Questions tagged [assassination]

This tag refers to the act of killing someone famous or important, often for political reasons

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Assassinate a semi-omniscient crime lord

The setting is of 2010. No weird science nor aliens. There's this crime lord who climbed too quickly up the power ladder. He has an uncanny ability to know exactly what everyone within his range (20 ...
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How do you assassinate someone who is protected by precognitive people? [duplicate]

The US government is desperate to kill the superhuman rebel leader, but the man is surrounded by "precogs". They can see any attempt on his life before it happens. What plan will the government form ...
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Mosquito Assassin: What is the most deadly substance that can be injected into someone?

Designing an electronic 'mosquito' among my arsenal of 'bugs'. Some work as remote ears, others as eyes. This mosquito is the assassin. He can fly into a room and when he 'bites' someone can inject ...
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Assassination by means of shooting through wall

In the story I am writing right now, a scene portrays the attempt to kill the main character in his own apartment. After having studied the floor plan, the assassin decides to shoot him from the ...
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How can a firebender become an effective, but stealthy, assassin?

For the sake of this question, the firebending is set similar to the one of Avatar, except firebender cannot be a lightning bender. The setting is medieval, with villages, castles and such. There are ...
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A government that expects assassinations

It's a common plot device in stories for one politician to assassinate another in order to take their position. Normally though, these actions are frowned upon by everyone else and act as a motivation ...
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Assassin's bullet with mercury

This is something I have been wondering: if an assassin wanted to kill their target with a bullet from a sniper rifle, can they dip it in liquid mercury so even if the bullet itself doesn't kill them, ...
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Murder in the Age of Pervasive Surveillance

It's a few years from now, and someone needs killing at a remote secure facility, where a dangerous AI is being developed by a terror organization hiding behind a respectable corporate front, which ...
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Would a glass sword be plausible and useful?

Though glass knife existed and are still used in modern electron microscopy, glass is known for its brittleness and a sword need to be able to parry an attack. But the idea of a transparent glass ...
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Killing a mind controller [closed]

Bill has a special power: he can create any kind of sensory hallucination on anyone that gets near him (about 1 km range). The hallucination can be as complex as he wants it to be, and it doesn't ...
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How can a line of secret agents carry out their duties while retaining the same false identity? [closed]

This government regularly saves the world from megalomaniacal super villains bent on world domination. They accomplish this through a specific branch of agents that specialize in taking on this level ...
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Shooting around obstacles with bow and arrow (without magic) [closed]

Bow and arrow are a basic part of many medieval and fantasy settings. Be it for assassins (silent), for (elven) tribes that live in harmony with nature (not industrialized), or to emphasize the skill ...
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Dream-based Missions

So, in my world there are these hit-men/assassins, who get all their missions/targets through their dreams. This takes place on Earth in the future. They have a dream the day before the kill, which is ...
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In ancient times, was there a specific outfit for assassins? If so, did these garments have technical names? [closed]

I need to describe a certain scene from the POV of an assassin, and I'd like to use the terms that she would use. Think ninja assassin, rather than Mata Hari.
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Is it possible to hide suicide pills in beverages as beans, fruits, etc to assassinate someone

Adam asks an alleged assassin to drink some of the beverage he had just bought. Assassin did as bid. Adam was shocked. Adam walked away and drank from the cup. He felt something in his mouth, then ...
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How can a Billionaire Stop Elite Special Force [closed]

James John Smith IV is a multi-billionaire, with a finger in the pie of just about every industry known to man. In fact his wealth places him comfortably in the top ten richest men alive (although ...
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Mosquito Assassin 2: Curiosity killed with A catalyst!

In the last mission, my mosquito drone needed to deliver a payload of deadly substance, but most of the items either had an antidote if discovered in time or could conceivably be traced back to a ...
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Which person who lived within the last 150 years would have made the most difference to the world today if they were killed at age 15? [closed]

A time traveller wants to create a parallel world, and they want it to be as different as possible, but have certain restrictions imposed on them. They must do this by killing a person, without ...
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Help my Assassin Kill His Target [closed]

This normal looking man here is called Sam, and he’s about to kill a VERY important person whose death will bring about a great war. This would-be assassin is posing as an Alliance guard, face lift ...
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Could your hand stop an arrow from hitting you? [closed]

Question: Would an unarmoured hand stop an arrow shot from a bow Story Details: I was doing my usual scouting route along the Great Divide, when I chanced upon a Sun Empire's camp on the other side....
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Focused Earthquake by Remote Jumping up and down - Destroy the Palace!

This question draws on an old idea but it is different. The original question is, "If everyone in the world jumps at the same time, will the Earth move?" My question is,"If everyone in one hemisphere ...