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11th Jun '16 10:55:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Larry Niven's ''TheMagicGoesAway'' was about what happens when a world of magic users hit PostPeakOil by ''using up'' their Background Magic Field. One character invents a device that depletes an area of magic (and then signals the completion of its task by EXPLODING!) called the "Warlock's Wheel." (It's a flywheel with two spells on it; "spin faster and faster," and "keep it together." When the out-of-control "spin faster and faster" spell finishes eating up all the area's magic, "keep it together" fails and centrifugal force makes it fly apart.)

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* Larry Niven's ''TheMagicGoesAway'' ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' was about what happens when a world of magic users hit PostPeakOil by ''using up'' their Background Magic Field. One character invents a device that depletes an area of magic (and then signals the completion of its task by EXPLODING!) called the "Warlock's Wheel." (It's a flywheel with two spells on it; "spin faster and faster," and "keep it together." When the out-of-control "spin faster and faster" spell finishes eating up all the area's magic, "keep it together" fails and centrifugal force makes it fly apart.)



* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'', Magic is the result of a "fifth fundamental force", expressed through particles called "magicons"-- the Magicon field of Earth has an effective radius not much larger than Earth itself, so magic cannot travel between planets.

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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'', ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'', Magic is the result of a "fifth fundamental force", expressed through particles called "magicons"-- the Magicon field of Earth has an effective radius not much larger than Earth itself, so magic cannot travel between planets.



* The different types of fae from the ''ColdfireTrilogy''--earth, solar, tidal, and dark--are this, with an emphasis on ''volatile''.
* The Jesker religion from ''{{Elantris}}'' believes in the existence of a pervasive energy field called the Dor which guides the universe. Turns out they're right, and [[PhysicalGod the Elantrians]] draw on the Dor for their power (through [[InstantRunes Aons]]). [[spoiler: There are other ways to access the Dor, however, and at least one is [[BlackMagic less than pleasant]]]].
* SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch Last Watch]]'' reveals that the Power is more complicated than Anton thought. While he knew from the beginning that the Others get their Power from humans, he didn't realize that the level of Power in the world depended on the human/Other ratio. There's a physiological property that each person has, a "magical temperature" of sorts. Most people have a higher magical temperature than the ambient one. Thus, they produce magic and fill the world with it. A small percentage has a lower-than-ambient temperature. They absorb more magic than they produce. Thus, they can manipulate it. They become Others. The lower the temperature, the more powerful the Other. Zero-level Others don't produce any magic and can theoretically absorb any amount of ambient magic and make use of it. This realization allows Anton to defeat the book's BigBad [[spoiler:who teleports into orbit after making himself a zero-level Other and is unable to get any ambient magic before burning up on re-entry]]. When he gives a lesson on the subject in ''School Supervision'' to newly-initiated Others, he explains that the Others will never go into space, at least until sufficiently large offworld colonies are established to allow them to do magic. This is a big letdown to the sizable number of Others who like science fiction.

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* The different types of fae from the ''ColdfireTrilogy''--earth, ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''--earth, solar, tidal, and dark--are this, with an emphasis on ''volatile''.
* The Jesker religion from ''{{Elantris}}'' ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' believes in the existence of a pervasive energy field called the Dor which guides the universe. Turns out they're right, and [[PhysicalGod the Elantrians]] draw on the Dor for their power (through [[InstantRunes Aons]]). [[spoiler: There are other ways to access the Dor, however, and at least one is [[BlackMagic less than pleasant]]]].
* SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch Last Watch]]'' reveals that the Power is more complicated than Anton thought. While he knew from the beginning that the Others get their Power from humans, he didn't realize that the level of Power in the world depended on the human/Other ratio. There's a physiological property that each person has, a "magical temperature" of sorts. Most people have a higher magical temperature than the ambient one. Thus, they produce magic and fill the world with it. A small percentage has a lower-than-ambient temperature. They absorb more magic than they produce. Thus, they can manipulate it. They become Others. The lower the temperature, the more powerful the Other. Zero-level Others don't produce any magic and can theoretically absorb any amount of ambient magic and make use of it. This realization allows Anton to defeat the book's BigBad [[spoiler:who teleports into orbit after making himself a zero-level Other and is unable to get any ambient magic before burning up on re-entry]]. When he gives a lesson on the subject in ''School Supervision'' to newly-initiated Others, he explains that the Others will never go into space, at least until sufficiently large offworld colonies are established to allow them to do magic. This is a big letdown to the sizable number of Others who like science fiction.
16th May '16 7:26:16 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[{{Mana}} Lux]] is another natural field, explicitly compared to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/TotQ/npc0000.html#Comic=107 heat, light, electricity, sound waves, atomic forces, and gravity]], generated by living things. Most humans can't sense the field or how it is manipulated, but other species like the Rac Cona Daimh can sense and use it, and many fairly simple physical phenomena manipulate the field. In particular, Lux can be artificially produced with mechanical generators, allowing it to power everything from household appliances to quarrying equipment to ([[Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger much later on]]) even ''[[CoolStarship starships]]''.

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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[{{Mana}} Lux]] is another natural field, explicitly compared to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/TotQ/npc0000.html#Comic=107 heat, light, electricity, sound waves, atomic forces, and gravity]], generated by living things. Most humans can't sense the field or how it is manipulated, but other species like the Rac Cona Daimh can sense and use it, and many fairly simple physical phenomena manipulate the field. In particular, Lux can be artificially produced with mechanical generators, allowing it to power everything from household appliances to quarrying equipment to ([[Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger much later on]]) even ''[[CoolStarship starships]]''.
21st Mar '16 4:13:03 PM TUSF
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* *In ''LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'', Mana serves as this. When it mixes with different things in nature, it can create monsters. Enough of it in one place will spawn a boss.

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* *In In ''LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'', Mana serves as this. When it mixes with different things in nature, it can create monsters. Enough of it in one place will spawn a boss.boss.
* The "spirit corridor" in ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'' is the source of all magic. All living beings contain spirits in their body, and having these spirits controlled can have a strong effect on them. Additionally being exposed to high levels of spirits can be crippling or even fatal to races that are less magically inclined, like humans.
13th Mar '16 9:25:05 PM GrammarNavi
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* The Tradition in ''TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' is an ambient magic native to the land and acts like the laws of nature. Specifically, it causes people's lives to follow the fairy tale they most resemble... without regard to how nice, happy, or even feasible those stories are.

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* The Tradition in ''TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' is an ambient magic native to the land and acts like the laws of nature. Specifically, it causes people's lives to follow the fairy tale they most resemble... without regard to how nice, happy, or even feasible those stories are.
31st Jan '16 6:20:07 PM Leidolf
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* *In ''LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'', Mana serves as this. When it mixes with different things in nature, it can create monsters. Enough of it in one place will spawn a boss.
18th Dec '15 5:50:01 PM Dravencour
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In some settings, magic is more of a raw natural phenomenon than something derived from designated gods or demons, acting as a kind of atmosphere enclosing a planet or permeating a universe. This background magic field, then, is magic in its rawest untapped form as a pervasive energy field that can and does affect the setting in much the same way that radiation or weather might affect our world. In areas where the [[PlaceOfPower background magic field is dense]], strange things happen, including spontaneous miracles and [[BodyHorror hideous mutation]]. However, it can also greatly (if unpredictably) increase the powers of mages who tap into it. Areas of calmer magic are much more predictable, and in areas where the field is [[AntiMagic weak or absent]], magic might not even be possible. If a background magic field exists in a setting, you can be quite sure at least one school of FunctionalMagic will involve the channelling of background magic into a more focused form. Often it's the sole source of magic in the setting.

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In some settings, magic is more of a raw natural phenomenon than something derived from designated gods or demons, acting as a kind of atmosphere enclosing a planet or permeating a universe. This background magic field, then, is magic in its rawest untapped form as a pervasive energy field that can and does affect the setting in much the same way that radiation or weather might affect our world. In areas where the [[PlaceOfPower background magic field is dense]], strange things happen, including spontaneous miracles and [[BodyHorror hideous mutation]]. However, it can also greatly (if unpredictably) increase the powers of mages who tap into it. Areas of calmer magic are much more predictable, and in areas where the field is [[AntiMagic weak or absent]], magic might not even be possible. If a background magic field exists in a setting, you can be quite sure that at least one school of FunctionalMagic will involve the channelling of background this magic into a more focused form. Often it's the sole source of magic in the setting.
14th Dec '15 4:56:24 PM MojoMarth
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles'' has ether, the substance of the Homs' being, which [[spoiler: allows Shulk to have his vision through the Monado by predicting the exact area, amount, andconcentration of ether in the universe.]]
20th Oct '15 2:57:42 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, magic acts much like running water -- always around, but in unequal concentrations. LifeEnergy bleeds off of living things into the background magic field, then collects into {{Ley Line}}s, which meet at [[PlaceOfPower nodes]]. Not only do ley lines run everywhere, but in places where they get muddled, [[WildMagic Bad Things tend to happen]]. Like people and animals mutating, sometimes even overnight. Naturally, the Kingdom of Valdemar backs onto a [[LostWoods whole wood full of muddled ley lines and mutated creatures]], one of the remnants of the [[CataclysmBackstory catastrophic war]] that occurred over three thousand years ago.
** After the ''Mage Storms'' trilogy, as a result of efforts to avert a second [[WorldWreckingWave Cataclysm]], the magic field is reset -- all of the ley lines and nodes are drained, and magic "rains" evenly over the world. The field is still there, but useless for accomplishing any powerful spells until the ley lines reestablish themselves.
--->He had heard it spoken of as "fog" by Starfall -- sure, there might be enough water in a barn-sized mass of fog, but it did you no good if you wanted a drink of water.

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* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, magic acts much like running water -- always water--always around, but in unequal concentrations. LifeEnergy bleeds off of living things into the background magic field, then collects into {{Ley Line}}s, which meet at [[PlaceOfPower nodes]]. Not only do ley lines run everywhere, but in places where they get muddled, [[WildMagic Bad Things tend to happen]]. Like happen]]--like people and animals mutating, sometimes even overnight. Naturally, the Kingdom of Valdemar backs onto a [[LostWoods whole wood full of muddled ley lines and mutated creatures]], one of the remnants of the [[CataclysmBackstory catastrophic war]] that occurred over three thousand years ago.
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A mage's ability to tap these sources of power depends on his training and his [[PowerLevels innate potential]]. Apprentice and Journeyman mages limit themselves to their personal power and what they can draw out of the background field, and your local village wizard or hedge-witch will specialize in making effective use of small amounts of power. Master- and Adept-class mages access the ley lines and nodes to produce more impressive effects.\\\
After the ''Mage Storms'' trilogy, as a result of efforts to avert a second [[WorldWreckingWave Cataclysm]], the magic field is reset -- all reset--all of the ley lines and nodes are drained, and magic "rains" evenly over the world. The field is still there, but useless for accomplishing any powerful spells until the ley lines reestablish themselves.
--->He -->[Darian] had heard it spoken of as "fog" by Starfall -- sure, Starfall--sure, there might be enough water in a barn-sized mass of fog, but it did you no good if you wanted a drink of water.
11th Oct '15 5:04:07 PM nombretomado
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* In PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'', Magic is the result of a "fifth fundamental force", expressed through particles called "magicons"-- the Magicon field of Earth has an effective radius not much larger than Earth itself, so magic cannot travel between planets.

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* In PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'', Magic is the result of a "fifth fundamental force", expressed through particles called "magicons"-- the Magicon field of Earth has an effective radius not much larger than Earth itself, so magic cannot travel between planets.
4th Oct '15 7:41:22 PM nombretomado
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* An important plot point in the Film/{{Thor}} and BeingHuman crossover ''Fanfic/{{Housemates}}''.

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* An important plot point in the Film/{{Thor}} ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and BeingHuman ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Housemates}}''.
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