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17th May '18 10:12:08 AM intastiel
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* Dawn's Helix from [[Literature/TheRadiantDawn]] has a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] that proves very effective for mowing down hordes of undead, blowing up artillery...and creating a makeshift buzzsaw to separate an air conditioning unit from the roof it's bolted to so the helicopter has enough space to land.

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* Dawn's Helix from [[Literature/TheRadiantDawn]] ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn'' has a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] that proves very effective for mowing down hordes of undead, blowing up artillery...and creating a makeshift buzzsaw to separate an air conditioning unit from the roof it's bolted to so the helicopter has enough space to land.
16th May '18 1:22:57 AM intastiel
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** Soulcasting is an ancient FunctionalMagic art of transmutation that's believed to be a gift of the Almighty, so holy that most people are forbidden from watching it in practice. It's also very handy for creating buildings on the fly, and absolutely vital to the Alethi military for creating food. That said, food created by soulcasting tends to taste either bland or outright gross.
23rd Apr '18 6:14:30 AM EspyPsyche
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* Dawn's Helix from [[Literature/TheRadiantDawn]] has a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] that proves very effective for mowing down hordes of undead, blowing up artillery...and creating a makeshift buzzsaw to separate an air conditioning unit from the roof it's bolted to so the helicopter has enough space to land.
24th Mar '18 10:08:03 PM SteelEdge
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* Percy's sword Riptide in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' can transform into a pen for concealment purposes. In the sequel series, it's revealed that he can write with it.
2nd Feb '18 1:48:36 AM Cryoclaste
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* Mendanbar, king of the [[EnchantedForestChronicles Enchanted Forest]], wields a magic sword responsible for choosing the succession and powerful enough to make him a match for "any three wizards" within his own territory. The first thing he does with it in his introductory book is place an improvised and stealthy spell to keep a wizard's staff from absorbing magic from his kingdom. The second? To unclog a sink. He offers to let it do the dishes as well, but is told that would be ridiculous.

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* Mendanbar, king of the [[EnchantedForestChronicles [[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Enchanted Forest]], wields a magic sword responsible for choosing the succession and powerful enough to make him a match for "any three wizards" within his own territory. The first thing he does with it in his introductory book is place an improvised and stealthy spell to keep a wizard's staff from absorbing magic from his kingdom. The second? To unclog a sink. He offers to let it do the dishes as well, but is told that would be ridiculous.
31st Jan '18 6:10:46 AM AceOfScarabs
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** Unseen University's omniscopes are powerful scrying devices that can see anywhere and anywhen. Because of this it's extremely hard to get them to show anywhere and anywhen ''in particular'', so they usually show the blackness of empty space (that being what most of the universe consists of). The wizards mostly use them as shaving mirrors. Ridcully, who is particularly skilled at using an omniscope, takes advantage of his skill to make stalking prey while hunting easier.
** On a lesser scale, Wizards will occasionally use magic for mundane purposes - in ''Sourcery,'' for example, Spelter turns water into sherry, and in various later books, the Dean uses a very tiny fireball to light a cigarette, Ridcully makes a tiny light spell that serves as a magical laser pointer for a presentation in ''The Science of Discworld'', and in ''Making Money'' Ponder gets the Cabinet of Curiosities to produce a Golem's Foot so that Adora Belle Dearheart could correctly identify some other Golems she was freeing from an underground area, and Hix calls back the late Professor Flead to translate Umnian for Adora and Moist.

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** Unseen University's omniscopes are powerful scrying devices that can see anywhere and anywhen. Because of this it's extremely hard to get them to show anywhere and anywhen ''in particular'', so they usually show the blackness of empty space (that being what most of the universe consists of). The wizards mostly use them as shaving mirrors. Ridcully, who is particularly skilled at using an omniscope, takes advantage of his skill to make stalking prey while hunting easier.
easier, and he helps to set up a set of 'synchronized' Omniscopes to serve as a form of teleconferencing setup during the events of ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.
** On a lesser scale, Wizards will occasionally use magic for mundane purposes - in ''Sourcery,'' for example, Spelter turns water into sherry, and in various later books, the Dean uses a very tiny fireball to light a cigarette, Ridcully makes a tiny light spell that serves as a magical laser pointer for a presentation in ''The Science of Discworld'', and in ''Making Money'' Ponder gets the Cabinet of Curiosities to produce a Golem's Foot so that Adora Belle Dearheart could correctly identify some other Golems she was freeing from an underground area, and Hix calls back the late Professor Flead to translate Umnian for Adora and Moist.Moist with [[InsistentTerminology Post-Mortem Communications]].
14th Jan '18 7:06:33 PM tytoman
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* In Diane Duane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, the protagonists are given access to the source code of the universe and are often seen using it for such frivolous things as teleporting around to save money on the train fare, finding a lost pen, and co-locating the inside of a fridge with someone else's when they want a snack.

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* In Diane Duane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, the protagonists are given access to the source code of the universe and are often seen using it for such frivolous things as teleporting around to save money on the train fare, finding a lost pen, and co-locating the inside of a fridge with someone else's when they want a snack. That said, what is and isnít frivolous here can be a bit of a grey area. Convincing a stubborn patch of crabgrass to move preserves its life, which fulfills the main purpose of wizardry while providing a shortcut in yard work[[spoiler:, and that lost pen is eventually used to give [[{{Satan}} the Lone One]] a chance at redemption]].
7th Dec '17 12:27:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/BestServedCold'': The supernatural ProfessionalKiller Shenkt uses his BulletTime ability to elongate and savor the quality time he spends with his beloved.
11th Oct '17 10:32:27 AM intastiel
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** In the ''Edgedancer'' novella, it's mentioned that the entire city of Yeddaw -- built into a vast web of deep trenches, to protect it from the Highstorms -- was excavated by renting the Imperial Shardblades. Ancient, tremendously valuable, {{Absurdly Sharp|Blade}} [[SoulCuttingBlade Soul-Cutting Blades]] might be the ultimate mark of prestige for a noble house, but they're also quite handy for public works projects.
1st Jul '17 10:48:16 AM JMQwilleran
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* In ''Aleca Zamm is a Wonder'', a children's chapter book, a girl named Aleca Zamm gains the ability to [[TimeStandsStill stop time]] just by saying her name. Upon learning she can do this, she uses it for stuff like playing pranks on her {{Jerkass}} math teacher, principal and classmates, cheating on a math test, and getting a couple of hours of extra sleep in the morning. At least, until her Great Aunt Zephyr, who has the power of {{Teleportation}} shows up and puts a stop to this, offering herself as a mentor.
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