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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

Coronal Mass Ejection - On Steroids It seems you are not caring about using the planet afterwards, & I suspect you don't even care about the rest of the solar system. So I propose to you, have ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

EXTERMINATUS! Destroy the planet outright. Use the power of a gas giant harnessed through an electronic lens, focusing on the surface, to blast a molten channel through the surface and incinerate ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

Blasting them with electrons Considering the fact that you have a Star Wars-style civilisation, doing this is a cakewalk. Simply hook up a few Dyson Sphere to your ELECTRONLASER 4000 (Basically just a ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

Giant space mirrors. Napkin math says that the oceans would boil away if we 4x the energy input, it wouldn't take a lot of resources to make space mirror and they would likely already be in use for ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Never Mount a Land War Into Russia Elfland As Napoleon and Hitler both discovered, Russia's greatest defense is not its military, but its size and climate. Scorched earth retreats left the invading ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Magic and Technology Do Not Mash You can take inspiration from Arcanum, which had exactly the same problem with a human faction (and gnomes...) being a growing industrial power, while other human ...
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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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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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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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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

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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what types for guns and magic would be suited, for a arabian-style steampunk 5e setting?

Gunpowder in most of its forms is a combination of charcoal, saltpeter and sulfur. While charcoal is not particularily difficult to get, the other two ingredients are trickier. Sulfur needs to be ...
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what types for guns and magic would be suited, for a arabian-style steampunk 5e setting?

Well - if you are doing Steam Punk - aka Victorian aesthetic - you have a lot of options: Proper brass cased ammunition: 1840s-1860s Smokeless Powder and a 'modern' cartridge: 1886 (8mm lebel) Maxim ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

Scientists prefer Latin when trying to sound precise, but are still prone to speak in the vernacular. I agree with other answers that Fire Magic and Ice Magic should be the preferred terms in lay ...
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

Order Magic / Ordered Magic Similar to In Hoc Signo's suggestion. The opposite of disorder is order. The opposite of the thermal, disordering properties of fire/heat/vibration is the calming, ...
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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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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

Stasis Magic In the end, fire is a rapid exothermic chemical reaction. Therefore, the opposite is a lack of reaction.
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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

The first question is, what is 'Fire Magic'. Most people have addressed it as if it is 'Heat Magic', but it could also be 'Combustion Magic', which can be viewed as a destructive and randomizing ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

You don't need to design an inconsistent magic system; it already exists in our world. Our magic consists of affecting the consciousness of other beings, effectively making them feel more like doing ...
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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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Opposite 'Fire Magic'?

A physicist discovering magic might use the terms "Endothermic" and "Exothermic" magic. In physics, an exothermic reaction is one that creates heat (makes things hot), while an ...
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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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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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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'?

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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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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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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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

Pigeon Dances B.F. Skinner experimented in animal psychology. He created an experimental setup which has been given his name: Skinner boxes. Their purpose was to create an environment where we could ...
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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

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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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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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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How to achieve immortality?

Perhaps his Dna repair is improved, his telomeres lengthened? I may be incorrect, but I've read that errors in Dna replication are believed to be a major source of aging. Telomeres, meanwhile, are ...
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Changes to firearms based on gasoline

Gasoline has 13 times the energy of modern gunpowder. It's not weak at all. The problem is 1. Oxidizer. It needs a pump for ambient air. 2. Slightly different amounts of gasoline introduced to the ...
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How could a magic user increase air pressure for jet blast like effects

Funnel and spin the wind, that is all. If the Wind Mage can speed up the wind touching their body, then all they have to do is to force the entirety of the air touching any part of their skin (...
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How could a magic user increase air pressure for jet blast like effects

If they can push air 300mph out of their body then they're exerting a force on it that Newton says will create an equal and opposite force on their body. It's not about the distance the wind travels ...
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How could a magic user increase air pressure for jet blast like effects

Move more air into the same place Your magic users can control where air is, and therefore, can control its pressure. Imagine a 1m^3 box. At standard temperature and pressure, there’s about 2.5*10^25 ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Oh, this is easy. The most powerful tornados we've measured have a total kinetic energy of up to 31,000,000,000,000 joules. That's a sizeable amount of energy, in a tornado it's spread out across ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Expert shipbuilders Much like the Netherlands during the European colonial era, your island could be well-known for its expert shipbuilders. This could lead you to model other things off enlightenment-...
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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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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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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Especially given that all the kingdoms share a religion, the island could have some importance within the mythology of that religion, so protecting it and maintaining control over it could be ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

The island is the seat of a formerly independent principality, now split between the two rival kingdoms. Holding this seat adds legitimacy to claims on the lands of this principality. The island ...
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A smart way to ground yourself to help a person who is being shocked by electricity

Person B cannot ground themselves. They should seek to ground out the stream of electricity. I can't emphasize @AlexP's comments enough. It's a very bad idea to try and ground yourself when working ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Wind plus gadgets is a great way to superpower "lackluster" powers. You need to think a bit outside the box, in this case the box is a gun. A bullet is propelled by the high pressure formed ...
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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

Darts Carry around darts (or fletchettes) and blow a spread of them as projectile weapons. You want them to be just large enough to fly pointy-end first and pierce whatever armor the target has.
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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

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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Fastest way to do damage/kill with wind

A bomb. When a bomb explodes, it releases a shockwave of pressure through the air. This shockwave is what damages structures and kills people (if they aren't killed by the shrapnel the bomb throws off ...
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