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Why are extra-dimensional monsters harmed by electricity but not physical blows? [closed]

Setting is based heavily on the works of HP Lovecraft, set in a world where mankind has to contend with extradimensional monsters known as Horrors. The Horrors vary in ability and physiology, but a ...
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Why is Hyperspace more hostile to computers than human brains?

For stylistic reasons, I wanted to impose some limits on the use of computers and automation to justify my setting's retro-aesthetic and elements for my science fantasy story. Basically humanity has ...
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Tanks, weapons, equipments and armor for super soldiers

I am writing a fiction draft about a main character who happens to be transported into another world as the leader of his main faction in an RTS game he used to play. The background of his RTS faction ...
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How can a nuclear submarine cross an eldritch ocean safely?

Submarines are now the sole method of communication and transport between allies on the different continents of Earth. This is because eldritch monsters have begun appearing all over the globe, with ...
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Can a supernatural hollow earth be concealed from people?

The Earth is actually hollow. Beneath our feet is a world of supernatural monsters and heroes and magic and mystery. If you dig deep enough you'll hit their tunnels and start seeing lots of weird ...
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Why would a corporation secretly trigger kaiju attacks against humanity? [closed]

Some context In a parallel version of our Earth, some decades ago a big attack was launched from an unspecified point, where insect-like kaijus (some as "small" as cars and houses, others as ...
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How could the lottery and gambling work with accurate fortune tellers?

In my world, fortune tellers and psychics aren't con men but actually possess supernatural abilities. People born into the Romani lifestyle can make repeated and accurate predictions via tarot cards, ...
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Jet lag - Effect on supernatural creatures [closed]

I am not sure how well we really understand jet lag in humans, but as supernatural creatures avail themselves to modern transportation I imagine they could face several problems, or try to exploit ...
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How would the world view superhumans that are more human or weaker? [closed]

When I say being more human. I'm not talking about a character being more relatable to an audience. Like Superman working in a 9 to 5 job. I'm more so talking about a superhuman character being more ...
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Is it "Force Majeure" if I invited the god of storm and he kills people? [closed]

Suppose I'm in charge of the opening of a new safari somewhere in the United States. The particular venue is chosen because it is not near to any known epicenter, fault line, volcano and the last ...
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How can an expression of a god's power be used to authenticate the legitimacy of a sect within a religion?

The Cult of the Holy Mother is a female-dominated sect within a larger religious organization led by a male patriarch. Although the cult is small, it retains a significant role in the imagination of ...
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Are 4 magic systems too much when it comes to a modern type of world with a lot of moving parts? [closed]

I have four power systems. Superpowers Supertechnology, Magic, and the Charles Atlas Powers. All 4 systems are not original. The systems are pretty generic. The only difference is, im just putting my ...
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Would it be morally right to kill fiends by modern world standards? [closed]

Fiends in my story were usually were once human teenagers, but since then (usually voluntary) have gained power, immortality, and supernatural abilities by submitting themselves to The OtherWorld King....
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Are there any specific supernatural/scientific creatures which might fuse and grant abilities to a person?

A character of mine gains certain abilities after a creature fuses with em as he dies. However, I don’t know of any supernatural creature that would do this or something similar which might explain ...
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How might a person summon the devil from its prison? [closed]

A society of prophets live according to middle-age superstitions. They abide by a lunar calendar, put a strong emphasis on star signs, and believe they possess psychic powers such as palm reading and ...
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super power = strength, density and mass shifting

A person with the ability to bend and contort and twist a 5"/5"/8' steel beam. This person is strictly super. I understand the person has to have similar or greater density. In this mock-up, ...
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Do my Mutants having Chi/Spiritual/Magical/Supernatural powers undermined Religion and real-world beliefs? [closed]

I'm writing a story about superpowers similar to the X Men, The Boys, and My Hero Academia. The powers are explained with science. That alone already undermine the supernatural. But that's not the ...
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Why can dieties see "Star Souls" but humans cannot? [closed]

Star Souls This is an idea I have been bouncing off in my head, and I want some feedback. The idea is that the beauty in this universe are determinded by "star souls". They are created from ...
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What's the best place to open a vortex

First off, a little background. This is inspired by the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. In a forest, a portal opened up to let out several paranormal creatures. After a year of spreading out, they went ...
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Are ghosts made of virtual particles possible?

By ghosts, I'm referring to creatures possesing characteristics normally associated with traditional ghosts/spirits. Things like: Invisible (bonus point if they could choose to be visible) Could ...
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Vampire vision comparable or superior to human vision at night

I'm writing a story about the supernatural, except with as few "explained by magic" elements as possible. In the case of vampires, I want them to look as similar to humans as possible while being able ...
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How Plausible And To What Extent Could I Take A Vacuum Based Ability?

I currently drafting for a graphic novel and along with it, its world powers, though Im having a issues with this ability. It's loosely based off Kirby but can be seen in a way as air-bending (In ...
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Why would a government support organizations with completely opposing goals?

The SCP (Secure, Contain, Protect) foundation is an organization devoted to the containment of scps: dangerous supernatural anomalies or individuals that pose a threat to humanity's existence. It ...
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How would people in the 1920s-1930s explain or rationalize superpowers?

In June 1938 Action Comics #1 was published, introducing Superman to the world and codifying the modern idea of a superhero that the world has known for almost the past 80 years. There were ...
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Whats a good way to make the antagonists goal morally wrong, in the context of my story? [closed]

So this one might be a bit difficult, but still, here goes. In this world, in ancient times, humans used to hunt this very specific type of creature. These creatures where the only source of a ...
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Summoning A Technology Based Demon

I have a world where the "supernatural" is all sufficiently advanced technology. With examples like Gods, Demons, and Angels are AI's whose physical forms are swarms of nanobots/nanites. This being ...
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What's the name for the genre focusing on 70s & 80s tech-based sci-fi fantasy? [closed]

tl;dr - What does one call the genre space occupied by the 70s-80s tech of the Dharma Initiative (Lost) / Massive Dynamic (Fringe) / Hawkins National Laboratory (Stranger Things)? When looking for ...
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Why do people prefer metropolitan areas, considering monsters and villains?

About fifty years ago, a number of people started to get really lucky. While normal humans when exposed to toxic waste, radiation etc. die, these guys actually managed to exploit previously unknown ...
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Ideas for 3rd eye abilities [closed]

I am creating a super villain that developed special abilities from a mutated pineal gland. For now i'm referring to it as the Enhanced 3rd eye or the 3rd Eye ability. From the research I've done, ...
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Hierarchy: Protect, absorb and reflect vs destructive parasitic or vampiric spells such as leech or draw [closed]

Suppose there are two wizards, one using light magic to protect himself and others, via wards, barriers, shield spells and with some focus on drawing and absorbing energy whilst also attempting to ...
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How could a pair of twins be born with different abilities? [closed]

The demon king Sparda had an affair with a mortal woman. This union produced a set of twins named Dante and Virgil. However, a peculiarity occurred between their forming. The one called Dante was born ...
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How would the police investigate a supernatural event? [closed]

A police officer gets a call from a teenager that claims of having witnessed his friend getting killed by a werewolf. The officer look up in the archives of the department and realizes that this is ...
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How are humans better than supernaturals? [closed]

The world is ruled by three people each over their own group. A vampire rules the supernatural creatures. A sorceress rules over all magic users. And a man, granted a great man, rules over all ...
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Is it Possible for Humans to Fly? [closed]

I was reading a book on Human Super Training. I would like to know if a human body rising into the air is possible. Thank you experts!
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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)

How could a group, very possibly militarized, cut off a small-medium sized city from the rest of the world for an overnight period? This includes outside responses like police, national guard, so on ...
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Why would nature spirits be naked? [closed]

In the world I'm writing about, nature spirits such as dryads and nymphs are real. I want them to appear undressed to those humans who encounter them. In the course of the narrative, one of the dryads ...
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Would a weaponized priesthood violate separation of church and state?

The Situation For reasons unimportant to the question all divine/infernal beings ceased contact with humanity in the dark ages. For reasons equally obscure they are now back and busier than ever. Law ...
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Psychological Effects of being the World's only supernatural creature [closed]

Here's the pitch: A character gets outed as a supernatural creature. This person grew up around normal humans, grew up into adulthood (without anyone finding out what they are), and even has normal ...
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What Cult Would be Best for Someone Seeking to Bring Back the Nephilim [closed]

Dear StackExchange residents, My Name is Calvin M. Loue and I am a College Professor at Jinjel Majors School for the talented. I have been allotted a great deal of stem cells for research purposes ...
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Jobs for a Shape-shifter [closed]

What would be some interesting/ideal jobs for a character that can turn into any animal? (Edit: This is a world in which the character is the one that actually reveals the supernatural to the world, ...
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What would happen to a werewolf stuck in between transformation?

The coming of age in a group of werewolves is the first transformation. Some will transform properly and some will die in the process. However there are some who get stuck in between their human and ...
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Explanation for an organism that feeds off the life of others

A character of legendary status has the ability to bleed the life out of the objects around him. He was born with the ability on a lesser scale, but now it’s progressed to the point where he is able ...
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Great Old Ones Limited, or Why does Cthulhu need a Company?

A world much like our own. A city like the one in which you live. A corporation whose doors you pass every day. Maybe you notice the subtle sans-serif fonted words adorning the entrance, maybe you ...
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How fast would a race of humanoids establish a colony in Antarctica? [closed]

Say that there was a large supernatural portal that appeared in Antarctica and a large army of hive minded humanoids came out and began to colonize. These humanoids get all of their resources, up to ...
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I am the One, The promised prince - Do I have to live with my real identity hidden? [closed]

Let be known that I am the one, that Super-Man-like hero, who recently came to know that I got some special abilities. I am something more than the normal human race and I can achieve tough things ...
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How can new gods bring down the actual theocratic system? [closed]

As part of the new deities plan, they must bring down the elder gods in their world to create enough chaos to 'starve' them. The religious focus is simple: Old gods are the actual rulers in the ...
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Believing in non-existent beings

I'm inspired by this comment. Let's say "Supernatural beings are dependent on people believing they are real." Before they are born into existence, how can people believe they are real? How can ...
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How to explain no increase in suicides after proof of a happy afterlife?

A scientist creates device that allows some degree of communication with the afterlife. The communication is very difficult and the dead can only pass small bits of information on, so there is a lot ...
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How to trap a energy being?

I have a creature that can transform itself from matter into energy. Some scientist try to trap it by tricking it into a cage. But what kind of cage will hold an energy being? This take place in the ...
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How would an evil and malevolent god gather followers? [duplicate]

I am a Malevolent and deceitful god. My cruelty and treachery is well known throughout the world. These true stories about me are spread by my nemesis, the god of love, kindness and truth. Worship of ...
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