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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

'Fire Magic' and 'Ice Magic' are what the ignorant masses call it. You can't expect an ignoramus to call a thing by its correct term. At least in English, a properly educated student of magic would ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Wind doesn't kill people... unless it literally sweeps them off their feet and slams them into an obstacle. Most of the time, deaths from strong winds occur because the victim was struck by wind-borne ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Umbrella lance. A devastating weapon. Only good for one shot, but what a shot.
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

Oops, you forgot that Mercury is in retrograde! The problem is not whether you followed the instructions correctly, it's about all the variables that the instructions forgot to account for. Your ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

You answered it yourself: elven magic is quite subtle and isn't very direct. much of it revolves around metaphysical worlds and emotional connection. This would make elves extremely good ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

Thermomagic and cryomagic These are the Greek-derived prefixes used to refer to heat and cold in scientific words like thermodynamics and cryogenics, so I can easily see them being used by educated ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

So, you have the answer in your question - you just dont see it: Trench Warfare Now - many people think of Trench warfare and think of Mass Artillery barrages, Machine guns mowing down scores of ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

I believe it was in a comedy bit from Ron White that I heard a profound observation that went something like, "It is not that the wind blows that can kill you, it is what the wind blows." ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

It's magic, not science. Science is anything that is deterministic, repeatable or probabilistic. A recipe involving unicorn horn, wolf spirit and boiling can be analyzed, separated and industrially ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

A blinded opponent cannot fight Imagine being able to concentrate a sudden burst of 200-300 kph column of air about the size of a pencil, directed at someone eyes. Blood Embolism Maybe not for ...
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Laser finger guns

I think the issue here is the important difference between power and energy. 100 W is not really very much power. A 100 W CW laser delivers 100 joules of energy over 1 second. That's not a lot of ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

Entropy magic In fact, what you're depicting as "fire magic", is magic of adding energy to system, therefore its opposite should be "magic of removing energy from the system". But, ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Stacking the battlefield in their favour Elves have developed magical options to neutralise or counteract the technological advantages of the humans. Notice-Me-Not Field, is the human name given to a ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Negative Enchantments elves can enchant items, like a boat that won't sink, a sword that doesn't dull, and armor that won't clank So elves can confer positive effects on items. What if they can also ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Control of Trade Routes If this island is near the entrance to a large body of water, then it could control trade access to an entire region. Most kingdoms throughout history have drawn thier borders ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Sandblast Have your wind mage wield a grapple of sand in one of his hands, then as the fight starts, toss that sand at your opponent at supersonic speeds. Hitting eyes would cause instant blindness, ...
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Laser finger guns

100 watts is not very much power. With 100% efficiency, that delivers 100 joules of energy every second, or enough to raise the temperature of just 25 grams of water by 1 degree Celsius. Human skin ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

Aristotle was right. With science, things work off of mechanistic logic. Effects have causes, $2H_2O \to 2H_2+O_2$, $\pi = 3.14... = {C \over d}$, etc. Importantly, things don't have "...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

There's manna in the air. The magical users require a basic essence to be present during a spell's casting, this is manna. It may or may not be possible to collect and concentrate this, it's up to you ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Maybe a tweak: enchanted items cannot generate energy of their own, but can (to an extent) absorb and repurpose energy given to them. Thus a sword could be magicked to absorb the kinetic energy of an ...
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Laser finger guns

I doubt 100 W would be effective at killing, maybe at permanently disabling a target, but not killing: no serious target would go around naked (your laser is tuned at max skin absorption). even a kW ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

I like Monte Wild's answer of the term "Fire Magic" being the layman's term, and there being a scientific term. In comments, you asked what the terms might be, and I feel that turns into an ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

To elaborate upon @Philipp's answer of calling it "Endothermic" and "Exothermic", I would propose the following terms: For the magic scholars: Mana (or something similar) is the ...
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Super speed based on magnetism

Iron filings = reaction mass The simplest explanation that pays even a nodding relationship to real-world physics is that the character carries a quantity of ferrous material with them and accelerates ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

As an inherently inconsequential piece of land, conflict over it could be symbolic - neighboring states can settle their differences by staging combat confined to the island, sparing their citizens ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Fishing Rights and Navy Bases Traditionally, islands and the waters around them are prime locations for fishing fleets. Dragons and Manticores both being apex predators, if you can convince them to ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Vacuum Assuming your magic has a physical basis, the wind they're creating has to come from somewhere. If they've got the control to do it, creating a negative pressure zone, a vacuum, would be a ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Even suffocating someone by sucking out the air from their lungs would take some minutes. I guess the fastest way is for the wind to lift something heavy and hit the target on the head with it. ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

The mental component Come now, why would mixing mandrake juice, unicorn horn powder and wolf's spirit ever create a love potion? Such nonsense! No, those are merely necessary conduits for the silent ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

I didn't feel like voting to close your question today. Asking the best name for anything is off-topic on this site. Names are just window dressing. They're meaningless.... Besides, trying to think ...
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