A fox named Ridley
So, this is an idea I've had in my head in a while. For those who aren't familiar with it, a hard magic system is one where the magic has a set of well-defined rules for what can and cannot be done with that magic. In some of these hard magic settings, the "magic" is not referred to as magic by those who use it (examples include bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender, alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist, sympathy in the Kingkiller Chronicle, and pymary in Unsounded). In the latter three settings especially, this hard magic is essentially just an understanding of the natural laws of that govern their respective universes, and using that understanding to manipulate energy and matter. In some of these settings, it's an academic field unto itself, which includes studying the nature of the universe for the sake of understanding.Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clarke
But isn't that what science and technology are? Humans have made things, based on an understanding of chemistry and physics, that would seem magical to a technologically primitive society. That understanding has allowed us to make things like airplanes, computers, microwave ovens, radio telescopes, and antibiotics. And here we are, looking through telescopes and microscopes, even using parts of the spectrum invisible to our eyes. It almost seems like our own science and technology could fit in as a hard magic system.