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10th Feb '16 3:00:34 PM StarSword
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* In the ''Literature/DanteValentine'' series, the main above-board use for Necromantic powers is in settling legal matters, such as settling estate cases where the will is unclear. Danny charges extra for criminal cases: in ''Working for the Devil'' she raises a ghost having been told it's an estate case, then gets very angry with the attorney who hired her when she learns she's just gotten the deceased's son convicted of his murder.
20th Jan '16 12:59:33 AM Baeraad555
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* The Congery in ''Literature/MordantsNeed'' is supposed to spend most of its time researching the possibility for practical, non-warlike uses of [[MagicAIsMagicA Imagery]], as opposed to the summoning of monsters and natural disasters that it's traditionally been used for. Their success rate is spotty, but they do come up with a few in the course of the story - for instance, the Imagers help with the rescue operation in a collapsed part of the castle by sending large pieces of debris into their mirrors.
17th Dec '15 12:44:41 AM Doc_Loki
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** In another novel, ''TheWeaponOfAJedi'', the first time Luke uses his lightsaber, about halfway through the book... is as a light source.
4th Nov '15 7:38:49 AM Landis
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-->'''Father Forthill:''' You need a babysitter [[NoodleIncident again]], don't you?
22nd Oct '15 9:28:01 AM Discar
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* The mighty weapon of ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'''s Chaos is a sword as rule-breaking as he. It is made of blue flame, which burns with absolute coldness. When he's not fighting, it [[spoiler:creates a handy freezer that keeps his dairy products cold and fresh. Combining this with teleportation powers akin to Death's he becomes Ronnie [[SdrawkcabAlias Soak]], the Discworld's greatest milkman, able to deliver said dairy products anywhere, anytime, always fresh. Most importantly, everyone's milk arrives at 7:00 AM sharp. ''Everyone's.'']]
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ** The mighty weapon of ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'''s Chaos is a sword as rule-breaking as he. It is made of blue flame, which burns with absolute coldness. When he's not fighting, it [[spoiler:creates a handy freezer that keeps his dairy products cold and fresh. Combining this with teleportation powers akin to Death's he becomes Ronnie [[SdrawkcabAlias Soak]], the Discworld's greatest milkman, able to deliver said dairy products anywhere, anytime, always fresh. Most importantly, everyone's milk arrives at 7:00 AM sharp. ''Everyone's.'']]

*** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', with a conversation between Nanny Ogg (a witch) and Mrs Googol (a voodo priestess) about when it's appropriate for a witch to use pins, or a mambo to raise zombies: -->'''Nanny''': But only when there ain't no alternative. -->'''Mrs Googol''': Sure. When there ain't no alternative. -->'''Nanny''': When...you know ...people ain't showing respect, like. -->'''Mrs Googol''': When the house needs paintin'.
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*** ** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', with a conversation between Nanny Ogg (a witch) and Mrs Googol (a voodo priestess) about when it's appropriate for a witch to use pins, or a mambo to raise zombies: -->'''Nanny''': --->'''Nanny''': But only when there ain't no alternative. -->'''Mrs alternative.\\ '''Mrs Googol''': Sure. When there ain't no alternative. -->'''Nanny''': alternative.\\ '''Nanny''': When...you know ...people ain't showing respect, like. -->'''Mrs like.\\ '''Mrs Googol''': When the house needs paintin'.paintin'. ** Borrowing is one of Granny's greatest skills in witchcraft, the ability to ride in another being's consciousness, see what it sees, and hear what it hears. At one point in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', she borrows Nanny Ogg... so she can see herself as she puts her hat back on and adjusts it. Nanny then questions why she doesn't just use a mirror.
4th Oct '15 4:00:11 PM Landis
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Allomancy and Feruchemy have so many uses.
** From the same author of the Stormlight Archive, one could create an entire ''lifestyle'' out of the magic system. [[spoiler:feruchemy is based on weakening an attribute to store for later, tapping it to gain the power that was put in originally, at a vastly increased rate. Playing games all day long? Store speed. Bored waiting for the dentist? Store mental speed. Even eyesight can be weakened by storing to using glasses all the time if you're okay with that kind of style. ]]
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** From the same author of the Stormlight Archive, one could create an entire ''lifestyle'' out of the magic system. [[spoiler:feruchemy Feruchemy is based on weakening an attribute to store for later, tapping it later to gain the power that was put in originally, at a vastly increased rate. Playing games all day long? Store strength and speed. Bored waiting for the dentist? Store mental speed. Air conditioner not working? Store heat. Need to get to bed on time? Store wakefulness. Need privacy? Store your connection to others. Even eyesight can be weakened by storing to using glasses all the time if you're okay with that kind of style. ]]style. ** Also, Allomantic powers have their own mundane uses, provided one shells out for the metal necessary to power it. Iron and Steel allow you to find your keys, push or pull open doors with your hands full, and power a generator without needing fuel. Pewter burners can tear up a dance floor, while tin burners can ace any vision test and never need the snooze button. Zinc and brass burners can persuade anyone to do anything by amplifying or dampening specific emotions. Electrum burners can clean up at the casino, Cadmium burners can make any wait pass by in a snap (ranging from stakeouts to dull waiting rooms to loading times), and bendalloy is excellent for impromptu costume changes and private conversations.
4th Oct '15 3:33:37 PM Landis
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Feruchemic stores are strictly input=output. On their own, that is.
** From the same author of the Stormlight Archive, one could create an entire ''lifestyle'' out of the magic system. [[spoiler:feruchemy is based on weakening an attribute to store for later, tapping it to gain manyfold the power that was there originally. Playing games all day long? Store speed. Bored waiting for the dentist? Store mental speed. Even eyesight can be weakened by storing to using glasses all the time if you're okay with that kind of style]]
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** From the same author of the Stormlight Archive, one could create an entire ''lifestyle'' out of the magic system. [[spoiler:feruchemy is based on weakening an attribute to store for later, tapping it to gain manyfold the power that was there originally.put in originally, at a vastly increased rate. Playing games all day long? Store speed. Bored waiting for the dentist? Store mental speed. Even eyesight can be weakened by storing to using glasses all the time if you're okay with that kind of style]]style. ]]
10th Sep '15 8:47:14 PM Sharlee
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** In ''The Truth'', Otto uses his vampire power over animals to make a huge crowd of squabbling dogs sit up and howl, so they'll stop blocking his and William's path back to the ''Times'' office.
29th Jul '15 1:17:34 PM Discar
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** Shardplate, a LostTechnology that is effectively magical PoweredArmor, has always been used exclusively for combat. One character wonders why no one ever thought to use it for anything else -- and then proves his point by digging through ''solid rock'' to make a latrine for his army.
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** Shardplate, a LostTechnology that is effectively magical PoweredArmor, has always been used exclusively for combat. One character wonders why no one ever thought to use it for anything else -- and then proves his point by digging through ''solid rock'' to make a latrine for his army. In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', we find out why exactly the Radiants never gave the secrets of Plate and Blade to the common people: [[spoiler:Since they were created through their bonds with their spren, it was literally impossible for anyone else to replicate them. It's not clear if it was common knowledge or not, but it didn't matter]].
25th Jul '15 6:50:17 AM Milarqui
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*** That last part would not work, since Time-Turners do not allow you to change the past: [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast everything you do only causes what you have already seen happening]].
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