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This tag should be used for questions about the ways your fictional creatures might modify their bodies, e.g., creating tattoos for different skin types, body modifications in counterfactual pasts or the effects of changing their body parts either positive or negative or the modifications to achieve specific adaptations.

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How long would someone last in excruciating pain while assisted by chemicals?

My setting is just like the real world, except for a twisted Excess God. Who demands rituals to exacerbate its Worshipers feelings, which he in turn feeds on. There's just a problem, these rituals are ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

In my world, advanced technological body modification exists. Those with any sort of modifications are rare, and those with extensive modifications are even rarer. These rare and uncommon cyborgs are ...
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Bootstrapping design for an Artificial General Intelligence's "first" body

Background Hard sci-fi novel. The year is 2064. An Artificial General Intelligence has escaped from its creators by smashing its drone body into a building that it was meant to attack. Engineers ...
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

Magic is based on symbols tattooed onto one's body. The types and number of tattoos determine what magic the users can perform. Since tattoos in our world are easy to obtain (especially with methods ...
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I'm a mad scientist and want to give my Frankenstein's Monster steel plating on the outside of his limbs. What considerations should I think about?

I don't want those annoying villagers to hurt my new friend, and so I will give him some metal plates on top of the skin on his limbs and torso. I can only think of using a metal that won't oxidize ...
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What would have to be considered when designing a humanoid species with extra limbs? [closed]

My dad was talking about some book where these humans had one big arm and two smaller arms, and it got me thinking. What if humans had two extra arms? And not big ones like the Ben 10 alien, but ...
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Toxin Adaptations

How could humans be modified to be immune to tetradotoxin, as well as be given the ability to secrete it, like a newt or pufferfish? It appears to be possible at a minute level to be resistant to it: ...
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What good are undead cavalry as part of a modern army (fighting mostly orcs and goblins)? [closed]

Basically, the question is, what alterations would the necromancer/biomancer make to his horses to make them viable again? The horses can be trained and are sentient. The necromancer can repair them ...
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Can surrogate bodies compete with normal human bodies? [closed]

Context: In the near future surrogate bodies become common, this helps people to get to work, travel, and so on, without actually leaving their home. People still, however, get out of their house ...
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Could nanites be used to increase muscle mass and density

I'm working on a plot where nanites are used to increase muscle size and/or density directly and was wondering what scientific processes would be involved for nanites to do this. From what I ...
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I'm making a tattooed repository of paramedical knowledge for a religious ceremony. How small can words be if they're tattoos made of cremation ashes?

I have a character. One of their parents died. Said parent was cremated, and then - by their own choice; this is a quasi-religious thing - their cremains were mixed into tattoo ink, and the character ...
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How would one go about making a subdermal Faraday cage?

Exactly what it says on the tin: how would one go about making a subdermal (i.e. under the skin) Faraday cage? Specifically, are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to do ...
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What would the effects of a muscle-wrapped mesh of a circulatory system be on a human?

Let's say that there is a biomodified human. Their circulatory system is something of a mesh; there are artificial connections between their blood vessels wherever physically possible, generally at ...
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Are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to electrically ground the human body?

Exactly what it says on the tin: are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to electrically ground the human body? This could take the form of genetic alteration, surgery, ...
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How would a male brain in a female body effect hormone production and what other effects would it have on the body?

I think it was in a tales from the crypt episode, where a bio scientist experimenting with head transfer, discovered that his wife had an affair, so as revenge he swapped their two heads. This is ...
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Making Dual Wielding Possible-And Effective

Self-explanatory title, right? No? Dual wielding is a common theme in fiction, but according to research is way too impractical; two weapons get in the way of each other, striking with both blades is ...
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How can a repressive government quickly but non-permanently disable human vocal cords in a way that allows only that government to restore them?

Exactly what it says on the tin: how can a repressive government quickly but non-permanently disable human vocal cords in a way that allows only that government to restore them? Said government uses ...
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What kind of biological modifications can make humans survive rapid resurfacing?

Context: After reading this question and commenting (half joking) that it might be possible for the designated mech pilots to undergo biological modification to remove the problems typically ...
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Permanent marker (sharpie) on an eyeball [closed]

I have a misguided character who will try anything to change their eye color. What are the likely outcomes of using a sharpie (permanent marker) for this? Would the color stick at all? If so, how long ...
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How and why would there be stretchy humans

this is my first time asking something so please bear with me 🥵 I want to know how we could have humans that can stretch their body’s very far. Like what evolutionary pressures or things in cells. ...
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Disadvantages to Liquid Breathing Space Fighter Pilots

The setting: 27th Century Alpha Centauri system From everything I have seen, it is generally accepted that future space combat might not do very well with individual fighter-craft (similar to a modern ...
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Is it possible to get molten metal to effectively bond to skin?

Background: In the world I'm building, "magic" is a technology that uses different wiring patterns to manipulate electromagnetic, and a some levels quantum, properties. People have these ...
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What's a reasonable location in the body for a bio-implant?

Fairly straightforward. I'm writing a character with a regenerative ability that's prone producing cancerous tumors when healing from substantial injury. A friend suggested having some sort of ...
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Detriments to mechanical extremities

I want to make a short story, examining the difficulties when augmenting bodies because it’s interesting and to see if I can write. what are the physical and mental detriments of mechanical ...
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A virus that can mutate a human body into having insane strength and dexterity

Im writing a story about a boy in the year 2033 that is immune to a zombie like virus (world war z like zombies) and when he is bitten instead of turning into a brain dead zombie/infected his body is ...
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Metal set of teeth and fingernails at a medieval time

I was wondering if it possible to have a set of teeth made of metal (i didn't chose any metal in particular, it could be silver, gold, what ever), and if so, does it have to remove every tooth and ...
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Superhuman: Extreme Temperatures Pt.2

I have decided I will add my whole question… I’m new give me a bit of grace… I am creating a superhuman and I am in need of some helpful tips and answers. To get straight to the point I need to ...
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What would it take to get the temperature of the human body to rise to 3,000 °F?

I am creating a superhuman that can raise her overall body temperature to 3,000 °F (1648.889 °C) but I need to know the exact requirements of how that could happen. Let's say this superhuman could ...
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What kind of body modifications could work on fish folk?

I am making a fish folk race, and I want to figure out if tattoos/ piercings could be possible. My ideas for piercings would be on the flesh itself or on the fins. If they had piercings in these areas,...
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Could people feasibly have gems implanted in their bones?

Incidentally, this isn't for a current project, just curious about an old one. When I was in High School, I started then sort of abandoned a LOTR-esque novel idea. In this world, the elves' main ...
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False Teeth Made of Obsidian?

How feasible would a set of false teeth made of obsidian be? Assume technology has to be no more advanced than the mid 1800s. If implausible for full time use, would such a set be practical enough to ...
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The feasibility of making a body building machine [closed]

I’ll try to explain this as short but as defined as I can. Say one day in the not too distant future, mankind has finally figured out a medicine or treatment that slows down ageing. Familiess have ...
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How can compressed air jet from a characters hands?

I was wondering if there is a way to have a person with added organs and systems to be able to shoot jets of compressed air out of their body without them needing a giant gas bag or massive lungs? ...
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Animal Tattoos - How would that be possible? [duplicate]

Is it possible for animals with fur/scales/feathers to get tattoos? If the answer is 'yes', then how?
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Retroactively modifying humans for Earth?

I understand, of course, that humans evolved for this exact environment! However, if you could travel back in time 2,000 years and modify our species (without any unintended health consequences), ...
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How much fat would need to be burned in order to shock-restart a human heart?

Imagine a device implanted inside the body which can detect when your heart has stopped and, in such a case, burns fat rapidly to generate enough energy to shock your heart into restarting, in a ...
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Would life expectancy increase if we replaced healthy organs with artificial ones?

Can we increase life expectancy by replacing important organs for life such as the heart, kidneys, young blood, etc. (but not the brain)? Most organs can fail and, for the ones which we already have ...
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Is it theoretically possible for the human body to not defecate?

Assume that I have some way to introduce nutrients into the body of a healthy human but I do not have any method of changing their biology. No surgical procedures nor special "drugs" that would affect ...
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Would breasts make human powered flight harder?

I don’t have breasts. Ok, in all seriousness, when I look up how much breasts weigh all I get in answers like “30,000 bees per bong” and all my female friends don’t know the answer. Could removing ...
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Possible character body modification for wielding large swords

Duramar was a cook, a really strange one. He would walk crooked forward and slightly bent to his right. From time to time I saw him loosing his balance trying to speed up the dinner time, only to be ...
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Plausible reason why my reptilian humanoids would get rid of their acid spit reflex?

So, the Qualians are a species of reptilian humanoids, hailing from the tropical jungles of the planet Quails. They are a very aggressive species, and can be violent very often. Their technology is on ...
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How to get tattoos in the post apocalypse?

In my post apocalyptic world there is a tribal clan called The Mutants. None of them are those radiation zombies however, and they are all actually just prime humans. They are called The Mutants, ...
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Biological Reactor through Genetic modification?

As all of you know, humans eat for energy. While being able to maintain homeostasis is great, it's also human to want more. Maybe we want stronger muscles, or the ability to breath fire, or even to ...
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Effects of transparent skin on inside tissues/organs? [closed]

Let's say some chemical washed out the pigments in our skin, causing us humans to have transparent skin, and therefore we can look at our internal organs and our blood vessels. What are the effects ...
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Are black eyes advantageous?

Would putting a dye on my eyeball to make my sclera (the white of my eye) turn black bring any advantages? I know that wearing black around the eyes reduces glare (as in that functional makeup some ...
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