I'm working on a story, one of my biggest to date, and there's something I've been puzzling over for a long time. Perhaps a little input from other people could help in this regard. It involves something that has no doubt been discussed before, but I will specify the source of what is stumping me a little more specifically. It's the age old magic vs tech discussion. Namely how magic, if it existed in a world, would affect the development of technology, and it's limits. I've already decided some things about the world setting. The world I'm creating is closer to Victorian England, and the world is already evidencing advancement beyond most medieval story settings. Flintlock style firearms are in common use, repeating firearms have just recently hit the market at king's ransom prices, restricted only to the wealthy elite, thus they are a status symbol right now. The common method of transportation is still a horse, or something drawn by them, i.e. buggy/carriage/wagon. Standard knight's armor is falling out of use due to being so cumbersome and easily defeated by firearms. The setting is essentially a world in transition, moving from medieval times to a very early modernistic age. Problem one involves the limits of magic, because it is essentially able to do anything in a fictional setting. There's just so much possibility I'm having problems setting reasonable limits for can and can't do. Magic by definition can alter the fundamental laws of physics and reality itself, allowing one to manipulate the forces of nature, even time and space itself. I'm needing help defining the upper limits and what is just impossible even with magic. I've already done some work myself. Also due to the length of the post, I've split it into multiple posts.