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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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Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?

A malevolent force is lurking the shadows creating monsters to be its army and take over the world. WHY in the world does it put a highlighted weak point on all of them? It makes sense from a writers' ...
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Taking the bayonet to its logical conclusion. Or, the pike-rifle

Due to some copious amount of handwavium, projectile weapons are not as effective as their melee counterparts. They are still very useful, but not to the point of replacing close combat. Historically, ...
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Why do the enemies have finite aggro ranges?

Edit: (September 18 2021) So far there are are many good answers that address why a group of guard monsters or unaffiliated group of humans might have a finite aggro range. However these answers are ...
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secret underground tunnel underneath the city that the emperor doesn't know about- is it possible?

in the draft of my story, there is a city which is the capital of an empire. the empire has conquered many territories, but underneath the city, there is underground tunnels. the enemies infiltrate ...
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How can I improve my pressure based magic system?

My fantasy world Treyidal tentatively has a pressure based magic system. This started as an outgrowth of the inability of my merfolk to do a whole lot, and this is my hopeful solution to construction, ...
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Why do the nations in my world use tactical nuclear weapons but not strategic ones while still having both?

Exactly what it says on the tin: why do the nuclear bomb-having nations in my world use tactical nuclear weapons but not strategic ones while still having both? They're not launching ICBMs at one ...
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Weapons that are highly impractical for infantry use IRL but more practical if wielded by something stronger or larger than a human

TL;DR: what normally crew-served or heavy weapons could be used as infantry weapons by something larger and/or stronger than a human? Let's take the M2 Browning, or, rather the .50 Browning round it ...
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How effective would a scythe be in a one-on-one, sword-versus-scythe fight?

In one-on-one combat, with one combatant using a sword, the other the aforementioned false Death, how effective would a scythe be in combat? What tactics could be utilized with it, and what tactics ...
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Cryogenic Hydrogen Powered Fighter Jets Design [closed]

A possible future power source for passenger airline aircraft is liquid hydrogen, and assuming we solve the safety and infrastructure issues, it's doable and much less sci-fi, as for example, a Martin ...
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can I have a world where woman vs men in combat sports if they have superpowers?" [closed]

I don't know why but people still have a push back against the women fighting men in fiction thing. Because it's not realistic some say. Because men are biologically stronger than women. Despite ...
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Is my world top combat sport too vague? [closed]

In my world, I have a combat sport for superhumans who are peak humans. They are pretty much your typical quasi pseudo normal humans like Batman, Punisher, and Legends/Myth Bruce Lee. This sport is so ...
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Why should humans kill this space creature?

I thought about a fictional universe where humans populated most of it. I was thinking about a space creature that roams from planetary system to planetary system and I created this thing: They are ...
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Best place on the body to store fragile potions

The adventurers in my classic fantasy world have access to all sorts of potions. Some, like health potions and their more expensive cousins like regeneration potions, can bring people back from being ...
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Guide to medieval combat [closed]

There are many questions that ask about how medieval combat would work in one situation or another. What I am looking for are some books that document how medieval combat works, so I can learn more ...
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Surgery to safely stab through oneself to trick the opponent and win in a swordfight

Through some electronic interference breaking the casual flow of time, a samurai in feudal Japan, lets call him Mada Mada, receives visions of game streams bounced around by Starlink satallites to ...
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What would replace/be the next evolution of tanks in the future

What would tank design or even replacements look like in the far future. The proposed tech level is something akin to the expanse, but for hand wavy reasons ships in orbit cannot just bombard enemy ...
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Could a humanoid spinal/neck structure support horns used for combat? [duplicate]

Bouncing off of this question from a while back: What alterations without drastically altering their humanoid shape nor horns, can I make to my species that lower the risk of neck snapping? Let's ...
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At what age is a knight most dangerous? [closed]

It is a common occurrence in fantasy worlds to have knights, armoured humans fighting with melee weapons. Naturally, as these people age, their reaction times slow down, and as they get very much ...
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How much energy I would require for a railgun to shot a bullet in the same speed of normal rifles?

So, in this history, they just said "screw it, I'm giving railguns to the army", and they added a machine gun like rifle with big caliber, but low recoil, they carry a backpack with ...
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How would super strength affect fighting styles for women? [closed]

Because of sexual dimorphism, women in general are about 15% smaller than men on average. This in turn results in shorter reach and less mass to throw around as per the square-cube law. As a result, ...
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What happens during simultaneous hits on a tank

For various reasons I have an army that uses many smaller vehicles instead of spending a lot of full main battle tanks. This army uses mostly up to 90mm* cannons on their vehicles rather than the ...
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How would a "perfect" female fighter look like? [closed]

If one could "design" a female fighter, for example, by genetic engineering, what would be the optimal physical conditions? For example, is there a perfect size and weight? Would it really ...
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What would the fighting style of someone wielding a longsword-like arm blade look like?

I have this character who was a skilled swordswoman who fought using a longsword until she lost her left arm in a brutal battle which later replaced with a magical prosthetic arm forged from an ...
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Roughly how many levels of command were there in a large WW2 army?

I want to build the command structure for a WW2 technology level fictional army. I’m struggling with all of the different units and especially the HQ’s. I need to understand how a real army of this ...
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What weapon would be most effective [closed]

EDIT I have decided to remove this question as it might affect young people searching online Apologies to those who have already answered or spent time researching. I may rewrite the question ...
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Optimal weapon for use by a blademancer [closed]

Background What are blademancers? Blademancers are mages (going by the definition "Anyone who uses magic", and not "old man who wears a pointy hat and carries a staff") who can ...
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The physics of flying archers

A kind of soldiers in my world can use certain magical equipment to launch themselves into the air and stay airborne (sort of like gliders. They need to keep moving ahead; they can't hover much). Note ...
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Zero-gravity space bar fight?

I am having a bar fight instead. 8 space marines are getting hammered when all of a sudden a cult shows up and starts a bar fight in the zero-G bar where the marines are. The cult is also rather ...
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Reality Check: Sub-Dermal Armor / Dermal Armor

Multiple role playing games make use of sub-dermal or dermal armor. This includes fusing plates of material directly to the skin and implanting material below the derma. I see huge problems with all ...
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