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Weird Spells & Powers

R.B.

New Member
Ok...
How about a magic coin purse that always has the exact amount of money and coin change needed to complete a transaction?

Pens that immediately throw themselves away when they won't write anymore?

The ability to harmlessly mute barking dogs and hysterical infants?

When you're in an awkward or dangerous situation, you can actually point and say 'Look! What's that over there?!" and some terrifying hallucination effects your would-be attacker, allowing you to escape.

The ability to always find an immaculate public bathroom stall.

Oh boy... this could get very distracting... last one for now...

Always know who stole your lunch from the office fridge by calling out "Theif!"... and the theif immediately vomits up the stolen food.
That last one's pretty funny.
 

Firefly

Troubadour
-Confetti/glitter spell. Perfect for wizards who want to be dramatic, less perfect for whoever has to clean the carpet
- Spell that switches around everything's colors so that the sky is pink and sheep are green. Could be more interesting if it were something more specific, like "all utensils are bright blue, except for sporks"
-Dyslexia curse that makes you incapable of understanding writing.
-Spell that establishes a permanent telepathic link with a random person. Or animal.
-The words you write change when you write them down. (Could be as harmless as synonyms switching,once the meaning of everything you say, make things rhyme, or just turn everything to gibberish.)
-Curse that only lets you wear the color black
-Curse that makes everything you eat taste like cinnamon.
-Curse that turns animals into furniture and vice-versa.
-Curse that makes you automatically fall asleep at sundown and wake up at sunrise, no matter what you're doing. Or, alternatively on some other trigger, such as hearing a certain name of smelling a certain type of soup.
-Fires only light when you say please.

I could probably think of more, but I should probably make myself stop now. Chaotic magic systems are my favorie, I think they're so much more fun than the ones that are super dry and technical.

Oh, and I particularly love this one:
When you're in an awkward or dangerous situation, you can actually point and say 'Look! What's that over there?!" and some terrifying hallucination effects your would-be attacker, allowing you to escape.
 

Ben Bryant

New Member
How about these?:
-An attraction spell that's always a little bit off. For example, attract bullets causes the case to fly across to the target while the bullets stay put.
-Flight/levitation, but the user can only go up- they have to use a ladder or something to get back down.
-Spontaneous solar flare-with very unpredictable, but usually destructive results.
 

Sheilawisz

Queen of Titania
Moderator
There is something else quite curious about Magic in my Alice into Darkness story.

All Mages in that world are capable of creating almost any object out of nowhere, and that includes all variety of food and drinks. You would think that this power would be extremely useful so the Mage Queens could provide unlimited food for their armies in combat, but... only Mages can enjoy magical food safely, so it's not for the ordinary folks!

Magical food is delicious, chemically identical to natural food and full of nutrients, but the fact remains that it was created by Magic and that cannot be changed. If ordinary people eat or drink any of that, well... it's absolutely lethal.

At first nothing bad would happen, but a few days later you fall sick with something similar to severe radiation poisoning and that's all.

Even the legendary Queen Amethyst depends on vast reserves of natural food if she wants her armies to fight and win a war, logistics remain critically important and this aspect of Magic is unique to that story in particular. In other stories of mine, ordinary folks can eat magical food and nothing bad happens to them.
 
How about these?:
-An attraction spell that's always a little bit off. For example, attract bullets causes the case to fly across to the target while the bullets stay put.
-Flight/levitation, but the user can only go up- they have to use a ladder or something to get back down.
-Spontaneous solar flare-with very unpredictable, but usually destructive results.

The levitation one is hilarious :p
 

CupofJoe

Myth Weaver
Is that person me?
I don't think so, unless you went on holiday with me in the 80s and are hiding your identity REALLY well.;)
My friend used to pack their clothes with Glitter and Pot-pourri, so whenever they unpacked there was a shower of sparkles and nice smells. I assumed that the Hotel Staff HATED us...
 
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Firefly

Troubadour
I don't think so, unless you went on holiday with me in the 80s and are hiding your identity REALLY well.;)
My friend used to pack their clothes with Glitter and Pot-pourri, so whenever they unpacked there was a shower of sparkles and nice smells. I assumed that the Hotel Staff HATED us...

That's amazing.
 
ACTIVITY: Try to come up with the weirdest spells or magical effects you can. No rules here, just be as weird as you can.

I read a comic once where the main character had a left arm that could lift any object, no matter how heavy, so long as he was holding his breath. A weird one, but also pretty cool and unique in its own way.
 
Kung-Fu Laser Fingers:
A spell that turns your fingers into laser guns- it also comes in enchanted thimble form, but it is very expensive. A favored weapon of wizards everywhere.
In order to use Kung-Fu Laser Fingers, you need to know Kung-Fu, then you can use Kung Fu to cast it.
There is also a Cheesy Laser Fingers, which is similar but you have to be cheesy, and know no other spells beforehand- you also need to steal cheese from Ban the Duke of Limbuger OR you must be made out of cheese. Never transmute someone into cheese, very bad idea, unless you want them to have cool magic powers.

 

Saigonnus

Auror
A spell that makes any container you point at to be unable to hold liquid... it just "dissipates" almost instantly.
A spell that changes the color of someone's blood to the same color as the shirt the mage is wearing. Over time this would affect the skin color as well.
A spell that permanently gives the target bad eyesight. (think coke bottle glasses)
A spell that make a person's nipples itch. The itch comes at random and can only be satisfied if scratched for a full minute.
A spell that summons 20 tentacles from beneath the ground. They can move along the ground at a fast pace, and they tickle those people they capture until they pee. Note: One must pee to be released; even if not ticklish.
 

Aldarion

Maester
A power where you gain a superpower for that day based on the first idea you had in the morning or else last dream you had during the night.

So with former, if you thought "I'm hungry, I wanna eat a pancake", you get superpower to make pancakes pop out of the air.
With latter, you get completely random stuff based on whatever BS your brain came up with while you were dreaming.
 

Saigonnus

Auror
A "toxic tempest" spell. Whenever the mage breaks wind, the smell increases the further from the mage it travels. It also picks up speed (think the butterfly effect) until it is a hurricane wind. It is even worse if the mage has diarrhea... you get "rain" amid the wind.
 

StuffNSuch

New Member
One of my favorite "super powers" I've ever heard of is the real life musical power, where if you start singing in public, those around you join in with all the talent and experience of a professional broadway crew that's been rehearsing for months. They perfectly match your song, emotional state, etc. to create an epic moment every time you sing.

If you really want some truly random magic, look at the infinite improbability drive from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is, in my opinion, the gold standard on what random should feel like.
 
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