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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

I have a Category 3 problem in my world This is an escape from pirates problem. The story requires a secret message to get past pirates and I don’t know how to design the captivity for it. Setting: ...
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Why can't the military stop my hidden pirate haven from illegal gambling and smuggling?

My pirate safe haven runs gambling rings, horse races, and trades contraband but no one can find it or penetrate it. Why? I've got a story revolving around pirates and a rescue. The pirates have a ...
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12 votes
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How can this prison induce Stockholm syndrome?

(please see note re: name controversy at the end) My world needs a captivity environment that convincingly tends to cause Stockholm syndrome in its captives, leading them to willfully serve their ...
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5 votes
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How to make a hybrid mapping system for aircraft on barren planets without celestial or compass use?

My captains and pirates belt out lots of navigational commands and jargon, but none of it can relate to terrestrial maps. So I’m needing a system they use in transit and combat, that they will ...
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Building a Base on the surface of a planet like Venus

I know living on Venus would be virtually impossible for us now. But I'm trying to picture what life would be like on the surface of such a world, and how advanced in technology a species would have ...
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A 19th century proximity suit

If 19th century workers needed to be working in an environment much like the inside an active volcano for several hours, would they have materials to make a proximity suit to do this? Assuming working ...
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How do I create a secret steampunk navigation scheme?

I need a hidden outpost to have signs that only a certain real-world technology can see and comprehend. These are basically road markers, or navigation aids, that won't be understandable by normal ...
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How to make a pump for lots of molten lead?

If I had a steady and powerful wind source and wanted to run a continuous flow of liquid lead, what method would work best to lift the fluid? One benefit of this fluid is that the machinery will be ...
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How to maintain large ships in hostile atmosphere?

The simplest effective method for maintaining large flying vessels is needed My society is a pirate haven which has low technology and resources. They have jury-rigged some system to keep the fleet ...
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2 votes
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When would a cannon be a quick weather device if you put a sock in it?

I’ve had an aerial combat scene written for a while but I’m not sure how to describe the environment that would make it work. In in the heat of pursuit, my very salty Captain is frustrated at his ...
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Could this world use a buoyant ballistic weapon?

I don't know if there is a word for a ballistic projectile with buoyancy, but feedback from the weapons in my dense atmosphere suggests that I should consider changing the shape of my projectile, and ...
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What geometry would an artificial sun take in a domed city?

My alien world has advanced to living in domed cities powered mostly by wind. They need to emulate a diurnal sunlight cycle and get the maximum full-visible-spectrum sunlight to the largest portion of ...
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