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Find a normal person whom they can trust with their secret and become that person's "apprentice" or "assistant". Using this, their chaperone could get any number of high-paying jobs (doctor, etc.) and find great success with the help of their immortal knowledgeable pal. If people get suspicious, they can pack up and move to another place.


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Even thought the ingredients are common, that doesn't mean you have to stop the sale, only control it. Think about what the US government has done to try to reduce Methamphetamine production in the US. A quick and dirty way to produce meth is to use psuedoephedrine at one point in the process. Pseudoephedrine is a common and effective decongestant and was ...


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The Dark Sun role-playing setting had a magic system of this type. All magic required tapping into the lifeforce of nearby living things. The "Preservers" were careful about the amounts they drew when casting their spells. The "Defilers" would leave swaths of dead vegetation (and even animals for higher power spells). The entire desert world setting of ...


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There would be no problem at all. People in the days before modern medicine and hygiene got sick when they were kids. Some people stayed sick with chronic diseases, especially tuberculosis. If they were lucky enough to survive, these individuals might have their growth very much slowed down. They might not go through puberty. They would stay short and ...


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Good and evil are societal norms All you have to do is define something associated with your target form of magic that could be considered evil by the society. Picking a simple example, doing magic consumes something. When you use ingredients they are consumed, when you use no ingredients something else must be consumed, perhaps that's your soul, perhaps it ...


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There isn't anything people won't loot Oh look, a sign for a dentist office. Let's check it out. You have to understand that whether or not people loot a dentist office has nothing to do with having thought of it...simply seeing one along their travels will be enough for them to loot it. People will see a location, and then think about whether that ...


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Its like carrying a concealed weapon. "Good" magic takes time and preparations. Even the bodyparts of children could be donated by the parents (or the church, whichever has the most say). So this magic is viewed as controlled, intelligent work. Magic without ingredients and preparation is much more dangerous. In most societies guns and ammo need to be ...


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Bard, traveling musician The character could pass for a musical child prodigy, which would be a plausible cover for the fact that he/she has really been performing for decades or centuries. For example, Mozart, Chopin, and Mendelssohn displayed adult levels of musical ability at young ages. The character's musical abilities would attract notice but not ...


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Nests of zombies. If there are a lot of zombies, before that they were a lot of people. If there were a lot of people in one place, they had supplies for a lot of people. Once the people turn into zombies, they wont use the supplies. The presence of hundreds of zombies will dissuade casual looters. Likely zombie nests will be schools, refugee camps, sports ...


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Bottom line is that you simply can't prevent it. Harsh penalties don't work: see e.g. Prohibition, the "War on Drugs", attempts to censor pornography or "subversive" writings ("samizdat" in the USSR), and so on. So your society has to learn how to deal with it, perhaps by making it socially unacceptable, as with tobacco in recent decades, or by inventing ...


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There is a vast range in the rates at which children grow, as well as in their final adult sizes. So there is a great range in the possible size of your 14-year-old boy or girl, and in how old they look. Some 14-year-old more or less immortal kids might look much younger than 14 to most people who see them. Most would look sort of like 14-year-olds to ...


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Join a Monastery & Hide in a Sea of Miracles The best place to hide for hundreds of years would be in a small monastery. There the agelessness and other attributes would be considered a 'divine blessing' The monks could bring the child out on a regular basis as an example of their god's power. This would prevent any fears any believers would have about ...


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Love potion is basically a euphemism for date rape drug. Most people IRL don't use date rape drugs. Why would your world be any different? How to regulate drugs? You take a piece of paper, write "list of forbidden drugs" on top, then put "love potion" under it, then pass that paper to your legislature. Now, that may be a gross oversimplification, but that'...


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Commodity money Basically you are just going to use commodity money, some good that is easily fractionated/transportable does not spoil and is universally recognized as valuable. This is the money used by the majority of the world for most of history. In history the most common is cowry shells although weight of gold and other precious metals has also ...


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First mistake: your quantum entanglement whatever doesn't work. Other than the fact that quantum entanglement has nothing to do with what you are describing, there are no fixed points in space - everything is in constant motion compared to everything else. Whatever you tried to place in the middle of two "points" will immediately no longer be in the middle. ...


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Your easier casting method is riskier. Surely all of these inscriptions and ingredients have been rigourously studied and checked before put into use. Somebody didn't just start drawing weird circles and suddenly, bam! They cast Thunderclap. It requires thought, precision and study. However, just saying a few words to channel the magical power is way too ...


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Happiness is not a destination, it's the way you travel. Sure, being challenged and overcome this challenge will bring some happiness, as receiving a paycheck when you need the money for something nice. Still, it'll be fairly short as a state of being, and status quo will come back shortly. You cannot cheat on happiness, it has to come from within, and as ...


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This is the premise of the 2018 Anime film Sayonara no asa ni yakusoku no hana o kazarô (Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms). Shortly after being violently removed from the land where they all are like this, into the land of the humans, Maquia (a girl of about 15 or 16 years old) finds an orphaned human baby and takes him in. To the outside world, ...


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You need to decide on the nature of their immortality. If "passing" means death then they aren't true immortals by definition, they're just ultra long-lived mortals and passing is truly death, albeit a death whose timing can be chosen. In that case, one motivation for electing to die to maintain the equilibrium might be to free up resources for one's ...


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CRISPR isn't perfect Alright, let's get into the science behind CRISPR gene altering and why it can fail horribly. CRISPR is pretty awesome, it's a fairly accurate gene splicing technique which we borrowed from bacteria which lets us cuts out the parts of DNA we don't want. It's pretty accurate, given that we can give it direct parts of the DNA to cut. ...


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Do you know where the word salary comes from? It comes from the pay which was given to roman legionnaires, salaries, consisting of salt. Salt is hard to make and until recent time it was highly valuable for this very reason, thus it can be used as convenient value deposit.


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Blood tests If you suspect that someone you know might be a victim of a love potion, the law allows you to call for a test to be done on them to check for the presence of the relevant chemical signatures in their bloodstream. Ordinarily, doing a blood test on someone without their consent might be an invasion of their privacy, but the law allows it in ...


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Force everyone to take one final love potion to fall in love with the Love Potion Prohibition. mic drop


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The nomads do not settle. You do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Catherine%27s_Monastery Saint Catherine's Monastery lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai, near the town of Saint Catherine, Egypt... Built between 548 and 565, the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the ...


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Give both magics a reality-disrupting side effect or a left-over waste product which undermines the stability and life-friendly aspects of your world. The stricter ritualized method of casting includes steps which clean up these left-overs, returning any excess magical energies to where it came from. The simpler method ignores the clean up steps, leaving ...


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He can be a wanderer Many of your listed challenges can be avoided just by having your character be a wanderer. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques (better known for the Redwall series) takes this approach with an immortal boy and his dog. The boy is fated to live forever after being rescued from the Flying Dutchman and is given the command ...


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Assuming 16th Century Europe and an age that is not seen as adult yet by the general populace (both points that other answers and comments already went into), my suggestion would be to: Join a Church Walk up to a church, explain your parents have died and you've walked for days. Get taken in, help out, learn some bible stuff. As the years go by and ...


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A few things: a tail is meant for balance and is a truly horrible thing to bludgeon or sweep with. Imagine trying to sweep someone with your spine, only it is less robust than your spine and meant to move away from dangerous forces to prevent breaking it. the wings have a surface area that carries the person in flight and offers enough force to not just ...


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I would expect the fungus to provide something for its host in a symbiotic relationship. Perhaps the fungus can help the humans digest previously indigestible food stuffs allowing them to survive more easily in wild and remote areas where they might have to hide. Some key elements that need to be considered. How long is the incubation period? Short ...


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Make everyone use it If its cheap harmless and makes you feel good why not consume A LOT of it? Think refined sugar. People no longer let random hormonal states control their lives. Why would they if you can feel love for partner of your choosing(Choosing it self will probably change in some way). When everyone is taking love potions it will stand out big ...


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