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How to fight effectively on a space station [duplicate]

So the question here is fairly simple. What kind of weapons can you use on a space station that can kill someone in advanced body armor, and even the occasional person in powered armor, without too ...
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Why would someone ever want a horse as their animal companion? [closed]

This is something I've been brainstorming for months now. While Horses would obviously have their uses as cheap labor and other non-combat roles, in a world where it's not uncommon to domesticate and ...
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Making an exoskeleton for combat

Exoskeletons are primarily used for lifting strength and durability in our world. Most exoskeletons are not adapted for purposes such as general combat and punching. The exoskeleton should give the ...
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What injuries can leave permanent damage while allowing someone to move freely/fight?

I want to have a character who used to be the captain of/personal guard for a queen but has to retire due to an injury but I can't find any injury that would leave permenant damage without leaving ...
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Would it be petty of me to make the use of full plate armor a war crime? [closed]

Now this goes back to another question I asked a while back and i will openly admit this is more out of spite than anything else, but I just hear people going on and on about how full plate is the ...
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What swords and tactics would be effective against polearms and armor? [closed]

I've been asking all around about this for days trying to find out how swords could be effective against plate armor without feeling overly unrealistic or how a sword user could fight against polearms ...
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How effective could dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals be used for the USA Civil War? [closed]

In this world, dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals still exist and are used a lot in normal day actions, like farming, transportation, etc. So there is already a field of trained people who know how to ...
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How do you justify Adventurers being multiple [Character Classes] instead of everyone being Generalists in fantasy settings? [closed]

Someday I want to write a fantasy book wherein the MC is a solo adventurer or something similar, thing is when it comes to those types I notice they’re almost all the same…ability/skill-wise ...
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Combat between flying power armor: how would it work

In a certain world far beyond the reaches of our own, there are humans. Humans make war just like on Earth. They have an early modern level of technology- cannons, arquebuses, swords, axes, polearms, ...
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When does it makes sense for Sword Masters to use a sword beam as a one-time killing move?

Intro In the creation of my Wuxia-inspired world, 'Sword Intent' is a cornerstone concept where sword masters channel a life force known as 'Qi' to perform extraordinary feats. 'Sword Intent' in my ...
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How would a creature with third-and-second-person vision be able to wield a firearm effectively?

My urban fantasy story, set at the turn of the milennium, has a species of humanoid beings called the untethered. The most distinctive thing about them is that they lack eyes of their own. Rather than ...
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How much of a strength boost is my magic drug giving someone if it makes them liable to seriously injure themselves with their own attacks?

In my setting there are various types of magical potions that provide a variety of effects. One of these is a highly potent but dangerous performance enhancer most commonly known by the name of "...
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How horny can humans get before it's too horny

Trying to create horns which are both ornamental and defensive, I've read somewhere that beards evolved in humans because we punch each other so much that even just a minuscule amount of hair cushion ...
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How do I make skeletons strong without using magic? [duplicate]

Skellies are just parasites that take over the bones of the deceased and use them like a mecha/gundam. A stick-insect but in the shape of a human, and made out of bone. the skeleton of the heaviest, ...
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What's a good way to give a character a realistic edge in a post-apocalypse setting? [closed]

What's a realistic way to give a protagonist character a fighting edge against enemies with great numerical superiority, without making them superheroes? What's something believable?
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What combat gear would a supersoldier wear? [closed]

Bill is a genetic freak who is far stronger and more durable than any person should be. Bill absolutely dominated the sports scene in highschool and college, and has become somewhat of a celebrity. ...
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How can I translate fencing into a fast paced, high mobility and directional martial art, normally attributed to more aggressive and rogue chars? [closed]

So my main character in my story, is of a more aristocratic type house. Not necessarily in attitude, but in theme. So victorian style long coats and vests etc, while also being rogue/thief information ...
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How could a superhuman jump-attack be less telegraphed?

There's something of a trope in fiction, with one of the most famous examples being the Final Fantasy Dragoon, of a character jumping superhumanly high into the air and then coming down on their ...
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Modern era with magic that will stop gunpowder from igniting, what weapons are used instead?

One of the annoying problems with most urban fantasy series I've read is that they seem to mostly try to avoid discussing the fact that most of their fearsome magical foes could be felled with a ...
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How can medieval people defend their societies from Vanilla Puddings?

Puddings are a common strain of monsters that run amok on my fantasy world of Algernon. These slug-like creatures are about the size of a human head. Each species of pudding has a vibrant colour and ...
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Would foot weapons be viable in a street fight? [closed]

There are several weapons that are used to enhance a person's punches. These include brass knuckles, caestus, boxing tape, etc. These weapons are often used in disorganized conflict like bar brawls ...
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How does having super strength/speed but similar mass to a regular person change close combat fighting?

How does having super strength/speed but similar mass to a regular person change close combat fighting? This world is a cultivation world. That's a world where people can cultivate abilities by using ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements against Licorice Puddings?

I’m back with a question about the monsters of Algennon, a fantasy setting full of magic and danger. This question is about a member of the Pudding family (sluglike creatures that vary greatly in ...
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How Well Would Humans Fare In A Romero-Styled Zombie Apocalypse? [closed]

The Story takes place in the modern world, and starting from one day anyone who recently died with their brain intact will revive as a zombie to feed on living flesh. In this question we will not ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements from Peasoupers (giant acid slugs)?

Yet another question about the world of Algennon and its many monsters, this one concerning Peasoupers. Basically, they are bright green slime-covered slugs the size of a human head. They have two ...
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What would be the best technique to drink potions quickly in combat?

For the sake of scope, we'll assume the warrior already have the potion in their hand. Also for the sake of scope, we'll assume there's no magic to help a person drink faster. It all relies on ...
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Limb and body replacement is common. How many casualities before these small squads retreat? [closed]

I'm running a Cyberpunk Red TTRPG. In the setting: Combat is mainly ranged with modern/near-future small arms. Cybernetic limbs and bodies which are equal (in some cases superior) to organic ...
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How would you show battles that take place in temperatures of between -120 to -150 Degrees Celsius? [closed]

So basically what I'm talking about here are my Enslaver Aliens. This brings this back to my previous post. Such Aliens, when they appear, have an area wide effect. Whilst their main ability is to ...
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What kind of daily combat or exercises should see regular soldiers burn 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day?

Basically I'm trying to create a combat situation and training where recruits and people on the front line are expected to burn 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day. Now despite how messed up the war is ...
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What are some ways combat will occur in 0 gravity

While reading Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, I realized that most combat techniques don't work as well in space. Old fashioned hand to hand combat and swordplay don't work since there's no footing and ...
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Alien war machines to non-lethally neutralize and disarm human combatants

In Designing a railgun to disable man-portable firearms, I asked about the specifics of the way that I had imagined for alien war-bots to disarm humans... but I was convinced by the accepted answer ...
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Could my Anti-Regeneration spear technology work against this creature?

My story (set in the far future) has a bear-sized monster with a tough shell. The human settlers fighting it realize their ballistic firearms are not effective in killing it; though they may pierce ...
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Advanced Soldiers using Echolocation/Sonar?

My story takes place on a dark, dusty planet full of canyons and tunnels. The atmosphere is compositionally similar to Earth’s, but it is too dark and cloudy for humans to see properly. The humans ...
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How could people in the medieval times defeat an armored vehicle?

In my setting there is a mad artificer making armored cars for the army. The cars have wooden frames with 10 mm of steel on every side, wooden wheels with metal plates covering them, and are propelled ...
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How can I make this sword useful?

The sword I'm talking about is about 7 human heads tall. In the lore the sword is magical or at least thought to be magical. It is swung around by a creature capable of going invisible, which gives ...
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How would modern naval warfare be altered by a complete lack of fossil fuels?

Long story short, a bunch of people terraformed a planet and then were immediately technologically and societally forced back to the Stone Age thanks to interference/extermination/general-not-goodness ...
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What weapons and equipment would be best for a Dullahan in this setting?

Note: Other than a detachable head, there isn't much in common with the standard Irish myth, and this makes use of a magic system. I'm also fine with a little hand waving if I must, I would just ...
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What melee weapons to use for small fireteams fighting many small enemies?

The fluff: As part of the world I'm building there is modern technology of firearms. However there is a problem: there are some categories of creatures (from some of my previous questions) that just ...
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How capable would this android be against a modern military?

So I was thinking about a concept where this scientist/engineer in a post-apocalyptic America/an America-esque country(the rest of the world is pretty much normal) makes this android(a female if you ...
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What types of enemies would a two-handed sledge hammer be useful against in a medieval fantasy setting?

I'm trying to build up a set of weapons for an RPG system and I'm trying to make a semi-realistic system that tries to strike what I think is a good balance between complex enough for a semi-realistic ...
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How much of a tactical advantage does a single conspicuously dressed soldier give?

Why have one soldier dressed differently from the rest, ideally in a primary colour? Try looking at the picture bellow. This is the famous "black dot on a white page". As you can see, it is ...
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Would silverbloods actually make for better soldiers?

Silverbloods are those whose blood gleam like polished silver when alive and are a dull grey when dead, an image of them bleeding being much like the spilling of mercury. They have the ability to ...
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What weapon would this aircraft use against drones? [closed]

I need a weapon pod for anti-drone use to be mounted on a plane. The plane's performance is (roughly) equal to the Japanese Ki-10 biplane, but without all the extra combat bits attached (guns, ammo, ...
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Specific Seashells for Self-defense

Mermaids in my setting have the power to manipulate shells. In more specific terms, they can alter a shell's shape as if they are made of putty, as well as fuse them seamlessly. This enables them to ...
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Pragmatically, what is the ideal shape for enchanted jewelry to take?

Enchanted jewelry is a major mainstay of basically any genre of fiction involving magic. It comes in many forms, but the concept is the same: wear it, and it gives you certain powers or protects you ...
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How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time?

How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time? In my fantasy world, wizards are quite powerful, and they can kill anyone they know the location of with just a thought. The usual ...
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Can compressed air be used as a weapon?

Obviously guns or similar weapons can use air to propel projectiles, but I'm thinking more about close combat, or even a medieval setting, or generally less technologically advanced setting. If ...
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Ups and Downs of being a 7ft+ (2.13 m) female [closed]

I’ve read about people of certain heights having health and lifestly issues: I've read some have back problems; one guy died from a foot infection e couldn’t feel; additionally, being taller comes ...
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How hard magic could make bows, swords and other early/mid- medieval weapons relevant alongside fairly advanced gunpowder weapons?

Introduction In a quite a lot of games swords, bows and so forth exist on a regular basis alongside guns, and often are as powerful, if not more so, than firearms. In a realistic, non-magical setting, ...
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Why Would Naturally Evolved Monsters Have Weak Points?

This is akin to Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?, but with one important difference: these monsters developed more or less naturally, they're animals ...
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