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Why is there no magical internet in most fantasy settings?

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by JarlFrank, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    These wizards have the power to create magical weapons and armors that lend their wielders superhuman powers. These wizards can launch the magical equivalent of a napalm bomb from their fingertips. They can mind control people, transform men into animals and back again, turn flesh into stone, and teleport around making travel a non-issue.

    So why isn't there a magical internet? Some kind of magical network that can be accessed through a wizard's crystal ball where wizards and witches can communicate on a secure channel that can't be tapped by any non-magic users.
     
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  2. ultra loser Novice

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    Most of fantasy settings don't even have electricity and lightbulbs.


    I think Witcher had its videoconference equivalent with portals though.
     
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  3. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Why do you need electricity and lightbulbs when you can just summon a magical floating sphere of light?
     
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  4. Fluent Arcane Possibly Retarded The Real Fanboy

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    Convenience? "Ugh, I gotta cast that Light spell again? Where's my firefly component? Is-maaaaar, Spectro, Patronum!"

    And what if you had a rough day and used all your mana at work? And your wife drank the last magic potion to use Charm on the shoe salesman for a new pair of discounted leather heels?

    Dude, just flip the switch. So much easier. :P
     
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  5. Dorateen Arcane

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    The palantir from Lord of the Rings.
     
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  6. moraes Cipher Patron

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    The access to magic made the intelligent races complacent. They never felt the need for long-distance communications that could not be provided by telepathy.
     
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  7. Fluent Arcane Possibly Retarded The Real Fanboy

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    Or provided by teleporting directly to the message receiver (if the message is important enough.) Otherwise they just send letters, or magical mail-carrying animals. :)
     
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  8. Zed Duke of Banville Arcane Patron

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    EXPLANATION OF SPELLS:
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    Continual Light: This spell creates a light wherever the caster desires. It sheds a circle
    of illumination 24" in diameter, but does not equal full daylight. It continues
    to shed light until dispelled. Range: 12".

    A 2nd level spell in original Dungeons & Dragons +M
     
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  9. Swigen Educated

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    The evil crone in Stephen Kings Dark Tower series watches people fucking in her crystal ball while her pet snake drills her pussy.
     
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  10. Arulan Arbiter

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    Technology doesn't progress linearly. A civilization's culture, environment, and many other variables may create needs that create wildly different advancement paths. Why would you expect them to have it?

    You mentioned travel being a non-issue. Would a civilization that can teleport to any location or person at will develop a strong need to communicate on the internet?

    I don't see why a fantasy setting can't have an internet equivalent, but I wouldn't expect them to.
     
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  11. Fluent Arcane Possibly Retarded The Real Fanboy

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    But what if an unwanted relative shows up and you have to quickly turn off the spell, then when they leave activate it again? Only you're now out of daily casts of that spell. +M
     
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  12. lukaszek the determinator

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    witcher had skype.
    aod had internet.
    One can assume that might&magic series had internet based on tech found
    dnd got sending spells. Additionally, isnt astral projection like decking in shadowrun?
    I believe warhammer had plenty of communication magic.
    lotr palantirs

    EDIT: i guess better question would be why they got no wikpedia
     
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    Shitposting and calling people fags without them trying to beat your ass is a fundamental human need but I guess they can't know that if they never tried
     
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  14. Fluent Arcane Possibly Retarded The Real Fanboy

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    Wow, an ultra loser. That's some seriously high (or low?) level of losing right there. What's it like?
     
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  15. J1M Arcane

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    They are in a state of post big-tech internet where the wizards have restricted the right to comment to those in an ivory tower. :smug:
     
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  16. J1M Arcane

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    Don't be retarded. That's like asking why you would text someone when a phone call exists.
     
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  17. Monkeyfinger Augur

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    Magic is pretty short range in most settings.
     
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  18. grom Educated

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    Isn't that basically what crystal balls do in fantasy anyway?
     
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  19. Gregz Arcane

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    Master of Magic has this, in the same way that you can instantly speak to your opponents in the Civ-likes.
     
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    In D&D and apparently in Pathfinder as well there's the spell of sending which is used to do exactly what you're talking about, Jarl: sending a private message magically/telepathically to someone instantaneously.

    I just saw it used in the storyline of the Varnhold's Lot DLC for Pathfinder: Kingmaker when I was playing last night.

    P.S. Since its casting time is so long (10 minutes) we can assume there's a very high ping rate and lots of lag.
     
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  22. Gerrard Arcane

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    - wizards are a bunch of dicks who don't want plebs using magic
    - magic is actually as subtle as a brick to the face (can cure stab wounds but cannot cure common cold)
    Two most common reasons that came to mind.
     
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  24. sser Arcane Cuck Developer

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    Heh, my first attempt at a novel was a sort of 'Smash TV' fantasy edition where wizards had adventurers storm a spire that was in reality just a bunch of trap rooms full of monsters. They'd then sell the tapes or collect them and it was kind of implied that like all the major 'victories' of fantasy heroism were really just setup for their entertainment.
     
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  25. aweigh Arcane

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    because it would remind the game's players about how they're just neckbearded internet-addicted incels playing LARP.
     
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