Questions tagged [urban-fantasy]

Questions for incorporating fantastical elements into the modern world (20th century or later), with an emphasis on cities.

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Would a demon be afforded civil rights?

Synopsis For reasons unimportant to the question all divine/infernal beings and deities took a hiatus from interacting with the earth in the dark ages. For reasons equally obscure they are back and ...
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How powerful would the church become if demons regularly visited Earth?

Setting: the walls between Dimensions have grown thin. This allows malevolent creatures, who for lack of a better term we shall call demons, to enter our world. Details: The demons are on ...
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How big would a Daddy Longlegs Spider need to be to kill an average Human?

Daddy Longlegs Spiders, officially "Pholcidae" are known to be the worlds most venomous spiders, sort of. We are supposedly unaffected by them because their fangs are too small, the shape of their ...
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Reason why dimensional travelling would be restricted

Alternate dimensions/timelines are an important part of one of my settings, a modern fantasy. Magic is well known, and it is possible for objects to be enchanted by a powerful magic user to connect ...
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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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Why do dragons like shiny stuff?

I like the classic trope of dragons loving gold and collecting it in their lair, yet it seems poorly justified. I know that it is often used as a metaphor for greed; "dragons disease" to show how ...
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Is an hour-long weekly driving ban feasible in modern America?

So here's the deal: my story takes place in modern America in the aftermath of an unexplained event where a runic magic system was introduced to humanity by an unknown entity. Every week a new rune is ...
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How to differentiate between demonic possession and mental illness?

It turns out that all of the deities and various demons, angels, and spirits are real. The super natural world took a hiatus since the dark ages for reasons not relevant to this question and for ...
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Can an individual be their own Sovereign Nation?

Setting: I'm working on a scifantasy setting that has many of the "classic" monster tropes turned on their heads a bit/adds unique biology/ that sort of thing. The metacommentary is about ...
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Where could a vampire get blood without harming people?

I am looking for possible ways in which a vampire could obtain blood to feed in an modern urban fantasy setting explicitly without harming humans or other sapient beings. Parameters for this question ...
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How lethal is a gunshot in world where rapid healing is available?

I'm writing an urban fantasy world set in a world that was very similar to our own, except that powerful healing abilities have recently become available. It's now possible to heal someone from ...
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Would a person from the past be able to survive for a week in New York?

A person from the 15th century Europe, by way of an Assiti Shard, gets thrown forward in time to 21st century New York City. They are aware they're going someplace weird, because the shard manifests ...
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What would be a source of iron to ward off faeries in todays world

In a story I'm writing, I'm going to need iron to ward off magical creatures, faeries to be exact. This iron should not be used in an alloy with other metals or coated with something like paint, tin,...
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How can a 15-year-old vampire get human blood?

Since they can't really work a job that would allow easy access to blood, I thought of having them volunteer at a blood bank then maybe steal a bag. Alternatively, is it plausible that they would come ...
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How quickly could the fashion industry react to new humanoid fantasy races?

So in my urban fantasy story, among other things, new fantasy races suddenly start appearing in the modern world via the system I outlined in this thread: Reasons to voluntarily change into a ...
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How to keep wizards and other magicial creatures from taking over the government? [duplicate]

In most urban fantasy, powerful wizards and other magical creatures form their own societies with their own governments and politics (The Magical Congress of America, for example). They seem very ...
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Reasons to voluntarily change into a fantasy race?

So one of the biggest quirks of the world I'm building is that, along with supernatural powers suddenly becoming real in modern day, the human race is granted multiple separate opportunities to ...
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If fairies don't need as much food, water or space, why wouldn't they overwhelm humans in the post-apocalypse? [closed]

I'm writing a story about the aftermath and consequences of a runic magic system being mysteriously introduced to the human race by an unknown entity. Every week a new rune is given to everyone on ...
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Is it realistic for a town to completely disappear overnight without a major crisis and massive cultural/historical impacts?

I was inspired by this question which talks about feuding clans of immortals in an urban fantasy setting trying to wipe out each other's cities while under a masquerade. There's a lot of this kind of ...
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Would the collapse of civilization make turning into a vampire and colonizing the ocean floor a sane idea?

One idea I've always wanted to try writing is the concept of vampires exploiting their lack of a need to breathe and generally low-maintenance biology to escape the brunt of the sun's rays by living ...
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How do you all work out the relative costs of spells?

Magic system question here. Would much appreciate your help! I've read a decent bit about writing magic and I think I have a decent grasp of Sanderson's laws. My magic has a cost (you have to shed ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

So, here's my situation: my first book revolves around an unknown entity giving modern day humanity an assortment of supernatural powers. Every week a new power is given to everyone on Earth over the ...
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Could fairies be a hominid subfamily?

By "fairies," I'm referring to the eldritch horrors and creepy-crawlies of Celtic folklore, not the glittery pixies with butterfly wings. My urban fantasy setting puts a sci-fi spin on supernatural ...
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How much of an advantage in medieval-style combat would it be to have four arms with pivoting shoulders?

So I'm writing a story about humans of the modern world being given various superhuman powers by an unknown entity, which eventually causes society to partially collapse and turn into a bizarre mash-...
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How to make magic different from science [duplicate]

I am building a world that has both magic and technology. I'm wondering how to make magic that is different form fields of science such as biology or chemistry. Simply put I don't want magic to ...
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How would prisons handle superpowered inmates?

A major plot point of my story that's been bugging me for a while has me wondering what exactly the (specifically American) prison system could and would do to deal with the fact that the entire ...
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Anatomically Correct Dungeons and Dragons Mimic?

This one’s a bit of a stretch, so bear with me. The classic monster in table top games and video games alike: a monster that can imitate the shape of things (mostly treasure chests) to lure in people ...
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Earth under one roof: Feasible?

Okay, so how feasible is it- if even possible- to put the Earth under 'one roof'? So here is the premise. The world is heavily heavily over populated, so overpopulated in fact that almost all of the ...
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Some science or graspable logic behind a whole new world below the ocean on earth

So not trying to wander into flat earth theory here, But a hidden fantasy world (of elves) in the present day. How would we explain it. There is no contact whatsoever between the two world. Could ...
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What are some magic-based environmentally-friendly alternatives that can mirror our technology on Earth? [closed]

The fantasy world I'm writing in is populated by elves, fairies, vampires, humans, etc. It has a handful of portals connecting it to large modern-day cities on Earth as we know it. These portals are ...
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How would the role of the church change in this post apocalyptic world?

A super-natural vampire plague has ravaged the world. Millions have been turned in the USA alone, everyone lives in fear of a vampire attack. In this world vampires can be killed by a stake to the ...
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How would a fantasy airship operate?

I want to incorporate hot air balloons as a means of common travel in my fantasy world, but I recognize that hot air balloons aren't really "propel-able". My question is, how would someone ...
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What would a beach look like if prolonged exposure to humans made the sand change color?

So one of the supernatural elements in my urban fantasy story is a system of "aura-syncing" that explains how various supernatural abilities extend to one's clothes and belongings. A full explanation ...
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What are some reasons for mages to use guns as well as magic? [duplicate]

The world that I'm building is set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of the early 20th century. Magic involves the traditional eight schools and anyone can become a magician if they choose to ...
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What would be the best city in the U.S./Canada to live in for a supernatural being trying to exist undetected from humanity?

I am wondering if there are any specific cities on the North American continent (not considering Mexico for the moment being, for reasons detailed below) that supernatural beings trying to live hidden ...
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Would subways/trains be adapted to be practical for various fantasy species or would something else be invented?

The title says my question exactly. Also if another mode of general transportation were invented for a landlocked city, what would it be? Below are the specific fantasy species that I am dealing ...
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How do I strike a balance between real-world inspiration and purely fictional design, especially for alternate cities? [closed]

My primary question comes from a fledgling animator's perspective. I'd like to capture the general look and feel of a lot of South Florida's cities, while also combining it with my urban-fantasy/...
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Centaurs in an Urban Fantasy [closed]

Okay trying to make this as narrow as possible. I hope. I have world where magic has returned in modern times. It came back in 2010 but the story takes place in 2018. In this word some people have ...
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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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Death toll of a week without technology?

So the climax of my urban fantasy story, long story short, involves a supernatural event taking place in the modern time sometime around March on a Saturday, 12:00 PM EST, that renders guns and ...
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Would a guard dog be afraid of a walking, talking fantasy skeleton? [closed]

Suppose that there was a standard fantasy skeleton, walking, talking, essentially a live human but minus the fleshy bits. Call it magic, whatever, it's here in our modern world, and it's up and doing ...
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Modern polytheism, who are the new gods? [closed]

Background: By spreading themselves too thin, and then through a series of events the current mono theistic gods accidentally kill themselves. (This is very sad, and I don't wish to offend anyone ...
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How could my secret societies of immortals take over rival-clan-controlled towns without breaking the masquerade?

In a previous question, I brought up the concept of sanctuary towns, towns populated entirely by people who know about the population of immortal (as in they can't get old or sick; they can still be ...
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How large could a population of supernatural beings be and still be plausibly hidden?

I am trying to figure out how large the population of supernatural beings can be in a stereotypical urban fantasy setting before their numbers stretch the suspension of disbelief. I.e., your standard ...
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Rotating city in a fantasy world

In my fantasy world, the world is covered in a massive ocean that is miles deep in all directions, the only "land" are massive bodies of gods that dot the blue world. How these bodies got here is not ...
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How do you keep magical creatures trapped in a closed village while allowing for expansion?

Magical people such as trolls, vampires, and nopperabou have had a complicated relationship with nonmagical folk. They were mostly sworn to secrecy, but not everybody followed that oath. Nonmagicals ...
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Procedure for a bite from a fanged humanoid, and resulting effects

I am currently working on a story idea involving vampire-esque fanged humans, they require blood for sustenance once or twice a month, and are willing to pay. It goes through special canals, so they ...
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Public Transit for Merfolk

In an urban fantasy type world, how exactly would public transit work for merfolk? Situation A: The merfolk are living in a big cross-species city that also has humanoids. For purposes of this ...
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How to mitigate the economic impact of immortality?

So, I'm writing a story about the modern world after a mysterious event starts giving humans superpowers. While most people can only keep a couple of them at a time, there were a few that everyone ...
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Tracking time between multiple different realities simultaneously

How do I track time (using a special time system) between two realities that are not necessarily parallel but if a person jumps from one to the other what would the time be in comparison to their ...