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12th Feb '16 9:57:03 AM ChronoLegion
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[[folder:Web Animation]] * In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', all advanced technology is powered by Dust, a magical substance, whose properties vary depending on the type of Dust. While the technology of that world is quite advanced by our standards, space flight is still an impossibility for them, as Dust stops working in orbit. This also means no satellites. [[/folder]]
5th Feb '16 2:34:59 PM NativeJovian
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesCrystalBearers'' has the capital city of Alfitaria, which is powered entirely by Magitek crystals (as shown by the page picture of the nice Magitek screens).
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesCrystalBearers'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesTheCrystalBearers'' has the capital city of Alfitaria, which is powered entirely by Magitek crystals (as shown by the page picture of the nice Magitek screens).
29th Jan '16 10:03:07 PM superkeijikun
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyExplorers'' features a kingdom exploring an island to collect crystals to power its Magitek, which is utilized in some attacks (particularly from the Machinst class) and the construction of "mechanoid" enemies.
29th Jan '16 9:00:28 AM DarkStarling
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** The film is an interesting example, because while ClarkesThirdLaw is in full effect ("On Earth you distinguish between magic and science, where I come from they're one and the same"), it hasn't yet reached the levels of this trope. Specific items like weapons and clothing are imbued with incredible properties, and the Asgardians have the ability to make pinpoint wormholes and use anti-gravity to lift entire skyscrapers high in the air... but they still use horses. There's a lot of cultural tradition at work here.
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** The film is an interesting example, because while ClarkesThirdLaw is in full effect ("On Earth you distinguish between magic and science, where I come from they're one and the same"), it hasn't yet reached the levels of this trope. Specific items like weapons and clothing are imbued with incredible properties, and the Asgardians have the ability to make pinpoint wormholes and use anti-gravity to lift entire skyscrapers high in the air... but they still use (presumably genetically engineered) horses. There's a lot of cultural tradition at work here.
20th Jan '16 5:40:25 PM Adept
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* ''UltraManiac'' featured witches using computers to create magic spells for them. This was apparently not the only way to do so, however -- the main character, Nina, pretty much relies on this method because her magic skills are so poor.
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* ''UltraManiac'' ''Manga/UltraManiac'' featured witches using computers to create magic spells for them. This was apparently not the only way to do so, however -- the main character, Nina, pretty much relies on this method because her magic skills are so poor.
12th Jan '16 5:42:03 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/295408/marionettes Marionettes]]'', Twilight mentions Mana Engines charged by unicorn magic. [[spoiler:It turns out the robotic ponies (the title Marionettes) are powered by mana engines, but produce their own mana. Trixie also is shown to have a magic wand in place of her horn.]]
31st Dec '15 5:49:00 PM Fireblood
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*** Damascus Steel in particular has turned out to follow Clarke's Law surprisingly closely. We now know that the superior quality of Damascus Steel came from the mystical power of the 'carbon nanotube'.
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*** Damascus Steel in particular has turned out to follow Clarke's Law surprisingly closely. We have now know that reproduced the superior quality of Damascus Steel came from with the mystical power of the 'carbon nanotube'.
31st Dec '15 5:47:44 PM Fireblood
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* Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity has magitek [[UpToEleven applied on a Galactic scale]]. We have three Galactic Superpowers powered by energy crystals, along with interstellar portals powered by [[MotherEarth the planets themselves]] armies made out of magic powered tanks and artilery fighting alongside Greek Phalanxes and Roman legion loke units. In space fighters and bombers fly alongside Pegasus riders and [[Main/MiniMecha soldiers in powersuits with wings on their backs]] and technology like magic in our world have been mostly forgotten. So much so that when somone who knows technology, called a technosaucerer appears it make one of the Imperial Governour is afraid that it could turn local rebels into a full fledged revolt.
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* Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity has magitek [[UpToEleven applied on a Galactic scale]]. We have three Galactic Superpowers powered by energy crystals, along with interstellar portals powered by [[MotherEarth the planets themselves]] themselves]], plus armies made out of magic powered tanks and artilery artilkery fighting alongside Greek Phalanxes and Roman legion loke units. In space fighters and bombers fly alongside Pegasus riders and [[Main/MiniMecha soldiers in powersuits with wings on their backs]] backs]], and technology like magic in our world have been mostly forgotten. So much so that when somone someone who knows technology, called a technosaucerer technosorcerer, appears it make makes one of the Imperial Governour is Governors afraid that it could turn local rebels into a full fledged full-fledged revolt.

** This is actually more dangerous than it sounds: Anyone with a computer and some programming talent can summon demons, or out-and-out {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. ''By accident.'' Series protagonist Bob Howard was forcibly recruited because it turned out his latest project would have inadvertently summoned Nyarlathotep. Yes, [[CthulhuMythos THAT]] Nyarlathotep.
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** This is actually more dangerous than it sounds: Anyone anyone with a computer and some programming talent can summon demons, or out-and-out {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. ''By accident.'' Series protagonist Bob Howard was forcibly recruited because it turned out his latest project would have inadvertently summoned Nyarlathotep. Yes, [[CthulhuMythos THAT]] Nyarlathotep.

** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by resident wizard-nerd Ponder Stibbons at one point, explicitly referencing the quote at the top of the page-when he can't explain the technology behind his latest invention to another wizard, he chalks it up to "sufficiently advanced magic." * There are some examples in Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'' franchise. Especially noticeable within the realm of the live-action films. This is used to the point where technology is referred to as a {{Muggle|s}} substitute for magic (in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''). Examples of magic being used as technology don't occur much in the story itself, but it is clear from the dialogue that this is how it is used in the larger world the books take place in. Wizards don't seem to understand the Muggle concepts of "light bulbs" or "telephones" for example. The self-writing quills are word processors that suit the personal tastes and writing style of the writer: see Rita Skeeter's acid quill for that one. Then there are self-stirring cauldrons, sneakoscopes (alarms), wireless radios, apparating, broomsticks, the flying carpets, floo network, and portkeys (transportation), the Portrait Galleries that often act like a vast, sentient internet for anyone that happens to be able to persuade them. Lovegood's antique printing press-if the Quibbler has it, why not the Daily Prophet and every wizarding publisher in existence?
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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshaded}} by resident wizard-nerd Ponder Stibbons at one point, explicitly referencing the quote at the top of the page-when he can't explain the technology behind his latest invention to another wizard, he chalks it up to "sufficiently advanced magic." * There are some examples in Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'' franchise. Especially noticeable within the realm of the live-action films. This is used to the point where technology is referred to as a {{Muggle|s}} substitute for magic (in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''). Examples of magic being used as technology don't occur much in the story itself, but it is clear from the dialogue that this is how it is used in the larger world the books take place in. Wizards don't seem to understand the Muggle concepts of "light bulbs" or "telephones" for example. The self-writing quills are word processors that suit the personal tastes and writing style of the writer: see Rita Skeeter's acid quill for that one. Then there are self-stirring cauldrons, sneakoscopes (alarms), wireless radios, apparating, broomsticks, the flying carpets, floo network, and portkeys (transportation), and the Portrait Galleries that often act like a vast, sentient internet for anyone that happens to be able to persuade them. Lovegood's antique printing press-if press too-if the Quibbler has it, why not the Daily Prophet and every wizarding publisher in existence?

* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has artifacts from the Age of Legends called ter'angreal which each use the One Power to do a specific thing, including changing the weather, storing a library, and what is [[NoodleIncident implied]] to be some sort of sex toy. A great many require a [[WitchSpecies channeler]] to work, but a few do not. In the Age of Legends, something called "standing flows" allowed even the former to be usable by Muggles.
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has artifacts from the Age of Legends called ter'angreal which each use the One Power to do a specific thing, including changing the weather, storing a library, and what is [[NoodleIncident implied]] to be some sort of sex toy. A great many require a [[WitchSpecies [[MagicByAnyOtherName channeler]] to work, but a few do not. In the Age of Legends, something called "standing flows" allowed even the former to be usable by Muggles.

* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', most of Aleran society runs off of this. Since absolutely everyone ([[TheCallPutMeOnHold except Tavi]]) has ElementalPowers, technology has stagnated at a medieval level while everything else is taken care of by MundaneUtility applications of furycrafting. They have {{flying car}}s, a lightbulb-equivalent, refrigeration, and the like through applied magic, to the point where in-universe, scholars have started to deny that their precursors (the Romans) could possibly have built everything they did without furies. It also leads them into technological blind spots, however, such as when the Alerans fight the [[WolfMan Canim]], who mostly get by on their superhuman strength and toughness coupled with skilled engineering. One of the nastiest Canim weapons turns out to be a simple, if gigantic, crossbow that can easily kill an Aleran soldier through furycraft-enhanced armor and then continue on to kill the man behind him. Tavi and Bernard eventually apply technology and furycrafting to create [[spoiler: catapults that launch spheres loaded with tiny fire furies that essentially serve as incendiary cluster bombs, which prove to be the single most devastating weapon in the history of Alera.]]
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* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', most of Aleran society runs off of this. Since absolutely everyone ([[TheCallPutMeOnHold except Tavi]]) has ElementalPowers, non-magical technology has stagnated at a medieval level while everything else is taken care of by MundaneUtility applications of furycrafting. They have {{flying car}}s, a lightbulb-equivalent, refrigeration, and the like through applied magic, to the point where in-universe, scholars have started to deny that their precursors (the Romans) could possibly have built everything they did without furies. It also leads them into technological blind spots, however, such as when the Alerans fight the [[WolfMan Canim]], who mostly get by on their superhuman strength and toughness coupled with skilled engineering. One of the nastiest Canim weapons turns out to be a simple, if gigantic, crossbow that can easily kill an Aleran soldier through furycraft-enhanced armor and then continue on to kill the man behind him. Tavi and Bernard eventually apply technology and furycrafting to create [[spoiler: catapults that launch spheres loaded with tiny fire furies that essentially serve as incendiary cluster bombs, which prove to be the single most devastating weapon in the history of Alera.]]

* In ''Naím y el mago fugitivo'' (''Naím and the runaway magician''), by argentine author Sebastián Lalaurette, magic is a Magitek: magicians (called Rumotim) have to extract it first from nature, and then they can use it. Every spell requires a certain quantity of magic. Then [[spoiler:Rumotim Ramiro Grimor discovers a way to make magic grow, allowing every magician to dispose of virtually unlimited quantities of it]], and it looks like everything's going to hell. Fortunately [[spoiler:there are [[AntiMagic antimagicians]] as well.]]
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* In ''Naím y el mago fugitivo'' (''Naím and the runaway magician''), by argentine Argentine author Sebastián Lalaurette, magic is a Magitek: magicians (called Rumotim) have to extract it first from nature, and then they can use it. Every spell requires a certain quantity of magic. Then [[spoiler:Rumotim Ramiro Grimor discovers a way to make magic grow, allowing every magician to dispose of virtually unlimited quantities of it]], and it looks like everything's going to hell. Fortunately [[spoiler:there are [[AntiMagic antimagicians]] as well.]]

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us examples of straight-up magic, straight-up science... and this. The Wall is an AncientArtifact using [[LostTechnology lost construction methods]] and has a decidedly magical nature to it, for all it's maintained through straight-forward engineering. Other LostTechnology also has varying degrees of "magicness" too it: Valyrian steel, Winterfell's heating system, the House of Black and White, the dragonglass "light bulb"... the list is probably a lot longer. Some tech that is not lost also shares the semi-magical nature of that of the past: poisons that use magic as well as chemical processes and the "investigations" of the MadDoctor Qyburn are just two examples. And, what with the TheMagicComesBack, more may continue to be found or rediscovered.
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us examples of straight-up magic, straight-up science... and this. The Wall is an AncientArtifact using [[LostTechnology lost construction methods]] and has a decidedly magical nature to it, for all it's maintained through straight-forward engineering. Other LostTechnology also has varying degrees of "magicness" too to it: Valyrian steel, Winterfell's heating system, the House of Black and White, the dragonglass "light bulb"... the list is probably a lot longer. Some tech that is not lost also shares the semi-magical nature of that of the past: poisons that use magic as well as chemical processes and the "investigations" of the MadDoctor Qyburn are just two examples. And, what with the TheMagicComesBack, more may continue to be found or rediscovered.

** For instance, steel is basically carbonized iron which means that a molten sword must be smothered in biological products. Imagine then what comes next; "This sword was bathed in the blood of [[VirginSacrifice a virgin sacrificed]] to the WarGod."
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** For instance, steel is basically carbonized iron which means that a molten sword must be smothered in biological products. Imagine then what comes next; next: "This sword was bathed in the blood of [[VirginSacrifice a virgin sacrificed]] to the WarGod."

** The Mongol shamans practice of boiling drinking water to drive away "evil spirits." * Both sides of the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain tried to produce weapons powered by, and/or producing supernatural energy. Whether or not the scientists found anything interesting is something still researched today.
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** The Mongol shamans shamans' practice of boiling drinking water to drive away "evil spirits." * Both sides of the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain tried to produce weapons powered by, and/or producing producing, supernatural energy. Whether or not the scientists found anything interesting is something still researched today.
29th Dec '15 6:12:26 AM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', Mr. Fantastic considers magic a science that simply works with a different set of rules (albeit rules he can't quite comprehend, so he might be totally wrong). SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom has occasionally integrated the talent for sorcery he inherited from his mother into his inventions and schemes.
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* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', Mr. Fantastic considers magic a science that simply works with a different set of rules (albeit rules he can't quite comprehend, so he might be totally wrong). SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom has occasionally integrated the talent for sorcery he inherited from his mother into his inventions and schemes.
21st Dec '15 12:36:57 PM Observance
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* ''[[TheLaundrySeries]]'' is built on the basic premise that magic is a branch of applied mathematics where NP=P, and computers are machines for doing lots of calculations ''very quickly''. The end result is such inventions as light-bending '[[HandOfGlory hands of glory]]' optimized to use pigeon's feet, and if properly aligned can make lasers. Also video cameras that can convert carbon to silicon (Gorgon's Stare), which tends to [[YourHeadAsplode make things explode]]. Please note that while special skills that anyone can learn are needed to construct these devices and the accurate aiming and firing of a HandOfGlory/laser is described as taking some experience, all the Gorgon's Stare requires is to look through a pair of special lenses and press a button.
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* ''[[TheLaundrySeries]]'' ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' is built on the basic premise that magic is a branch of applied mathematics where NP=P, and computers are machines for doing lots of calculations ''very quickly''. The end result is such inventions as light-bending '[[HandOfGlory hands of glory]]' optimized to use pigeon's feet, and if properly aligned can make lasers. Also video cameras that can convert carbon to silicon (Gorgon's Stare), which tends to [[YourHeadAsplode make things explode]]. Please note that while special skills that anyone can learn are needed to construct these devices and the accurate aiming and firing of a HandOfGlory/laser is described as taking some experience, all the Gorgon's Stare requires is to look through a pair of special lenses and press a button.
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