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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}}''.
24th Sep '15 2:41:05 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': The reason why Eric can perform magic on Tariatla and not on Threa, is because the former has one of these and the later does not. Not only does it provide the {{mana}} for spells but it also gives rise to monsters through [[WasOnceAMan mana mutation]] and [[UpLiftedAnimal enables non-human animals to be as intelligent as humans]]. Ceiha, an island nation, is the only place in the world that ''isn't'' covered by this field, and such, magic is much more difficult there.
18th Sep '15 6:42:55 PM AcePedro
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* The Void, in the ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' franchise, a manifestation of space itself, which provides the Dark Templars with special psionic powers.
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