I'm playing around with the concept of a society that is built around optical illusions.
This society would heavily incorporate these illusions into their architecture and their very way of life.
As masters of optical illusions, I wonder just how sophisticated this society would become over hundreds or even thousands of years.
Specifically, can optical illusions be weaponized during war? If yes, to what extent is this possible?
In terms of practicality, you can ignore the cost of potential illusion applications; assume this society has nearly endless money and resources.
This world should be considered to be Earth-like and have technology like modern-day.
Some ideas include:
- Clothing that causes an enemy to be confused or disoriented about what they're seeing, due to an optical illusion (not including camouflage)
Using special effects to fool the enemy into thinking you have more power than you actually do
Home-field advantage of navigating through optical illusions while the enemy has no idea where they are going (like a giant room of mirrors).
For this question, "weaponizable" follows the following criteria:
- Repeatable: The advantage of the illusion must be kept - even if the enemy discovers how the illusion works.
- Portable: The weaponized illusion must be able to be taken anywhere; home-field advantage is disqualified.
- Practical: Setting up the illusion should not take so long that it gets in the way or makes them very vulnerable. (as stated above, ignore the cost)