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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Selfie stick The biggest advantage of a selfie stick is that no one would find it unusual if the owner is holding it high, waving it in the air in odd patterns and maybe even saying something while ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Collapsible Umbrella You carry a collapsible umbrella if the weather is too good for a coat, but perhaps it . . . might rain later? Of course these things are utter garbage. The moment it starts ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Electronic Stimulation Device To expand on the comment of Starfish Prime, there are situations where carrying one of these bad boys is optimal play. For example when passing through a security ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The diary is a ruse; the devil's goal is merely to corrupt the baron. He has no specific repayment in mind. His goal is simply to give the baron immortality in hopes that, like the parable of Gyges, ...
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Muggle military tactics against mind-controlling wizards

Death from Above You can mind control all you want, but if you can't see them, you can't magic them. To see them, you need to be at level with the crews... but the humans are fielding planes that ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

A Gun This presumes that concealed carry licenses are available for the mage. It assumes that you want to conceal the fact that you are a mage, not the fact that you are carrying a weapon. Maybe the ...
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Why would a desirable technology remain forbidden despite progress of time and civilization?

The methods to make magitek are not obvious at all. source Technological methods get lost. An analogy is ancient architecture. Medieval persons 1000 years later could bake a brick, and stack them ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

It might be a bit on the small end, but nothing more normal1 to carry around with you than a simple pen: Comes in all variations, materials, sizes, prices, colors… 1: apart from the ubiquitous ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

If your witches/wizards/sorcerers were able to masquerade as symphonic conductors, a conductor's baton would be the right shape and size, and is quite natural to wave about with ornate flourishes. (...
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Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

Desperate people do all kinds of desperate things. They join convents and give up on having children. They are cruel to other people and kill other people. Desperate people suffer and endure ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

Installment Soul Payments A person's soul is a big, powerful, important thing that grows as they do. It cannot be sold when you're twenty, because you only have twenty years of it to sell. Of course, ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

The wand-cane: Place the wand inside of something else bigger and less conspicuous than a wand. A cane, either fancy or for disabilities, is easily justified, and authorities won’t take it away from ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

New Layer Of Hell. In typical D&D fashion, all the fiends are constantly feuding with each other for power and influence. Stan is a medium rank devil. From a mortal's point of view, he is godlike. ...
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Muggle military tactics against mind-controlling wizards

/When it comes to warfare, fantasy-landers almost always resort to illusion and mind control magic/ Destroy their infrastructure. This is how modern muggles make war. Your fantasy folks will not be ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Most tools, actually I'll generalize what others are saying. It's easier than you think to find a long 1-foot item you can carry around and hide a conductible material within, and those are mostly ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Travel chopsticks Source: Snow Peak These unscrew in the middle and the tips nest inside the handles for transport. These are a bit unusual to carry (outside of East Asia) but shouldn't raise too ...
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A race created by a goddess of war

Ancient Grome She is the god of war. Not the god of battle. War is about logistics. War is about discipline. The Pahlim have ancient Greece/Rome inspired fluff. They have the largest and most ...
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Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

There's no set price. Everybody is different, and what would be a terrible sacrifice for me might be trivial for you. But the price can never be trivial. Finding what your price is is the first step ...
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Why would a desirable technology remain forbidden despite progress of time and civilization?

The disaster left a lot of demon code. While the full details may be lost, one thing that is known is that a lot of magitek was corrupted with viruses and corruptive spells on them. Anyone who builds ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

Psychometry, The Horcrux, and The Portal: Stan is in a bit of a bind. He's in exile, and his ability to do things outside the underworld is now really limited. He is, however, a really clever guy, and ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain sight. Under the name "magic wand" or similar several companies merchandise objects aimed at adult personal entertainment. In a good ...
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How can witches be prevented from cannibalizing each other to increase their power?

Mana Prions: Your witches have particles in themselves that they personally have adapted to handling. While they may harm the witch who has them in some way, the witch manages pretty well to deal with ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Flashlight. Not quite normal to carry one of those in business attire, but it could be in the glove compartment of any car. Bicycle pump. Perfectly normal if one is in the backpack along with a ...
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Under what circumstances would a species with 2 sexes evolve into a species with 1 sex?

Evolution through the intermediary of partial sexual reproduction You specifically ask for an evolutionary reason - rather than asking about a species that was always single-gendered. This has ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Glasses Glasses feature three very distinctive ways in which you can hide your magic wand, which I have generously pointed out in the following schematic: The location and direction of the magic wand ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Instead of completely avoiding notice, you can attempt to hide in plain sight if you pass it off as a Pimp Cane Gives a whole other meaning to the phrase "black magic". In order for this to ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Knitting needles About the right size and shape. Goes well with the "wise old grannie" trope.
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary?

The Baron's immediate goals arise from his need to maintain this book. He is constantly desiring raw materials that he can use to manufacture new pages and other book binding resources. This would ...
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Could it ever become a custom for human women to breed with ogres?

Unsustainable (probably) Let's look at the baseline human condition prior to modern medicine. Ignoring the surrounding social conditions, reproductive sexual activity occurs and then: a% of ...
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What modern-day object could a magic wand be disguised as?

Reusable straw case As plastic straws are becoming less common, people may carry their own reusable straw with them. Straw cases are widely available, so this would be a rather normal, rod-shaped, ...
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