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Questions tagged [combat]

For questions involving the specifics of combat.

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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

As per the cliché, after getting hit by a truck, our protagonist finds herself in a 'swords and sorcery' fantasy world. Also as per the cliché, she is granted an overpowered ability to make her new ...
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Shield only combat

Asking this for a more realistic view for ''rising of the shield hero' and possible uses in future writings. A shield is not a weapon, it is basically armor, that's why heavy armored knights rarely ...
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How advantageous is an invisible sword?

An adventurer has come into possession of an invisible sword. How advantageous in a duel or skirmish would this be? Good for a one-time trick, a significant advantage throughout a fight, or even a ...
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How practical is a Scythe? [closed]

In the story I am creating, I want to have the MC gain a shape-shifting scythe that can change sizes from a keychain to a massive 8-foot scythe. The scythe takes shape into a weapon most ideal for the ...
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War eagles, feasible?

Let's assume that there's a species of eagles that's about the size of an Andean Condor (about 3m wingspan, 1.5m length, 10kg) and that there's a culture that has managed to tame this creature (or ...
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Would ground-based vehicles become obsolete in the age of space combat?

I'd think the future combat of planetary invasion (as in conquering, not destroying) would use space fighters/gunships with infantry for CQC support. Realistically, in a universe where interstellar ...
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Would a non-lethal military be effective?

An empire spanning the globe has a military force trained and equipped for the temporary impairment of combat forces, such as sleeping gas, shields and nets. The empire is by far the most ...
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Effective strategies for aerial melee combat?

Given that melee combat usually requires that one have at least a semisolid footing in order to be able to exert significant force against one's opponent (instead of merely pushing the two combatants ...
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Would centaurs shoot more accurately than a cavalryman from horseback?

The question is fairly simple. If a Mongol and a Centaur ride by and shoot at you, who has the better chance of giving an arrow a new home in your gizzard? That is, given equal skill in shooting, ...
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Could Finger-Fencing be Fatal?

At the King's court, duels are sometimes used as a way of settling disputes. However to avoid too many injuries the king has decreed that combatants must use only one finger as a weapon. Any finger ...
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What could a person able to re-arrange their muscle strength accomplish?

Suppose there is a type of person who is otherwise a normal human, but can temporarily transfer muscle strength from one part of their body to another. Whether this occurs through mutant genes, ...
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Space combat: Is Jousting a counter to Ranged-Combat?

I had to think this one through, and even now I don't know if it belongs here, hopefully you guys can help. Most scifi media has the World War II approach to combat, chasing and maneuvering in ...
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How to defend when attacked by an avian species?

Bird people are humanoid creatures with a wingspan of 4 meters, they are as tall as humans and the fittest of them weight 72 kilograms or slightly less, so they are quite lighter than the average ...
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Cryomancer, combat style

Cryomancy is cool, ice is cool and ice mages too. But does it actually hold any utility other than keeping your food fresh, specially martially wise(?) How could an individual with ice magic powers ...
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Why don't mages use side weapons? [closed]

In fiction mages usually only hold wands, staffs, books or some magic orbs/discs floating around them and most of the time they run around empty handed. How can it be justified other than the rule ...
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Magic duels when defense is easier then offense?

I have a magic system in which mages can enhance existing power sources (such as taking a small spark and building it into a fireball) or launch pure 'magical' attacks, generally their magic is only ...
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What would the proper shooting stance be for a recoil-free arm cannon?

Quick summary: it’s the modern day, and everyone can use magic. Some of that magic is of the variety that lets you launch energy blasts from your fists, similar to a Mega Man style arm cannon. You ...
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How thick a stone castle wall needs to be to withstand a modern tank?

From In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? question I presume a tank could decimate something like an ordinary medieval castle as have survived to this day. But at some ...
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Modern Body Armor for Medieval Style Weapons

Imagine an alternate history, where weapons types didn't advance past "medieval" type weapons. So like: swords, maces, flails, crossbows, bows, polearms, mauls, etc. I'm intentionally excluding "gun"/...
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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?

It's a well-known fact that attacking or defending from a high ground gives a wide range of advantages over an opponent occupying a lower position. I'm DM-ing a campaign where PCs are about to defend ...
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Is a sword that deflects bullets feasible?

Often in science fiction, we see that there are swords that deflects bullets, almost every single renditions has the sword wielder having hyper reflexes. The undeniably most famous example of this ...
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Which MMA style would be most effective in an Ancient Roman Colosseum? [closed]

Premise Poof! A MMA heavyweight has been transported back in time to ancient Rome. He is to fight in the colosseum. One of the (many) things that fascinates me about this juxtaposition of worlds is ...
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In modern day combat, what would warrant singing during battle?

Cicad the singer is having a downtime in his career. Over the millennia, Cicad sang anywhere from royal courts to farmers' cottages and have been rewarded with many, many hand-claps. But to keep ...
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Physical Force Generation- Applications, weaknesses, and the science behind it [closed]

I've been developing this anti-hero, "Vicious," for a few weeks now- but I need some help concerning the specifics. Vicious has an ability known as "physical force generation." From any point on her ...
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How can a scythe be used for mass assassinations? [closed]

I want a scythe to be used for a mass murder, far-range combat, & close-range combat, and I need it to be large to create fear in opponents. Although the massive scythes shown in anime can be ...
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How would a dragon be used in a modern military?

The military of (insert nation here) has finished training its latest asset: an adult dragon. Let's call him Private Firestorm. He's got everything the top brass wants from a soldier: he's ...
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Making the 'Master Swordsman' fantasy realistic?

The idea of a truly masterful swordsman capable of taking on dozens of average swordsmen by himself (sometimes even above average!) is a pretty common depiction in fantasy media. A recent example I ...
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What effects would propellant that expands at near light speed have on firearm technology?

Think of firearm technology similar to that of today with better materials, machining, etc. A colony of humans has discovered a way to make propellant that expands at near light speed. What advantages ...
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Dresses for swordplay?

I've tried to write up a few new styles of swordsmanship for a story I've been planning. I've got a lot of mileage from different sword types and techniques, but have one idea that I can't find any ...
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Are folding Xiphoi practical?

I have a character that fights with a pair of xiphoi (double-edged, one-handed shortswords used by the ancient Greeks). These swords are stored in thick nylon sheaths around the character's forearms, ...
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A 21st Century Duelling Code

A few years from now, perhaps 10 or so, after a horribly botched first-contact led to the temporary conquest of humanity by aliens until humans could adjust to alien technology, humans are once again ...
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Would ai surpass humans in bipedal combat?

I was thinking of writing a story where a bipedal walker has the tactical, mechanical, and autonomy of a real person. Would it be viable to use an base ai that has already learned and trained to pilot ...
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What is a good excuse for why an early 1900's-like fantasy world has not yet invented rifles / guns of any sort?

I am writing a book where the world is split into multiple kingdoms, with each kingdom using a similar magic system to the rest, but using different powers. IE one can control the elements, another ...
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Creating a lightsaber clone

Lightsabers are cool, regardless of your opinion of the movies, lightsabers are really cool. From the fact that it can retract the blade to the lack of effort needed to cut through anything only makes ...
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Time-traveling Combat

Introduction This question is based on the time travel mechanic discussed in my previous question The Tricky Trouble with Two Time Travelers. I'll lay out the rules that I've decided on so far: ...
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What kinds of weapons produce little or no recoil that could be used aboard a spacestation?

And by "Weapons" I mean ranged weapons specifically. Melee weapons would certainly be useful for close-quarters, but due to the range at which combat occurs in this question, I'm looking for ranged ...
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How would soldiers with indestructible bones fight?

In order to increase both offensive and defensive capabilities in hand to hand combat, what would be some defensive and offensive maneuvers we might observe in a soldier with indestructible bones?
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Man-portable weapons for post-disaster Arkansan troll hunters

I have a short story in the making where two young men go hunt a troll for an old widow. I have some ideas for what they could be carrying, but am aware that messing up something as fundamental as ...
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Martial art for a pacifist in a wold of kung-fu? [closed]

A hero with no name is a strong pacifist. The why is not important right now. The problem: he lives in a world of kung-fu where just being quiet and polite to live happily can't work for long. This ...
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What mechanism would be needed to contain and inject super-heated plasma into a target?

Two days ago, I proposed a design for dual forearm-mounted super-heated stabbing blades composed of a Titanium-Coltan alloy and capable of reaching 1,000 °C. These arm-blades were intended to act as ...
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What are the practicalities and impracticalities of ultraheated forearm-mounted blades utilized by a robot? [duplicate]

I have a series of humanoid combat robot dubbed the Atlanta-Types created specially to fight someone (codenamed Heracles) with the powers of electrokinesis and Low-Mid regeneration on equal footing. ...
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Designing an anti-Degenerate combat robot [closed]

BACKGROUND INFORMATION After a massive explosion ravages Sydney and kills 2.1 million people, a multinational black-ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (an expy of the SCP Foundation and Blackwatch is tasked ...
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Superheated bullets and the damage they would deal

So, imagine that we're using technology that allows us to fire superheated bullets, and we decide to implement it against three types of opponents: Unarmored, wearing just normal clothes Lightly ...
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How much of an advantage in medieval-style combat would it be to have four arms with pivoting shoulders?

So I'm writing a story about humans of the modern world being given various superhuman powers by an unknown entity, which eventually causes society to partially collapse and turn into a bizarre mash-...
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Modern/Near Future Melee Armor

Modern Melee Weapons seem to be traditional melee weapons with stronger,lighter materials and improvements like shock circuitry. Are there examples of modern armors/material designed to stop modern ...
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Offensive Insect attacks (turn back Entomophobs)

I got this character that has micro-robots in his nervous system that come together and send signals to insects with the micro-robots in them. These effectively give him mind control over these ...
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How could an outrigger or catamaran ship be modified for age of sail naval combat?

If Age of Sail era Ships were to come into regular contact with Polynesian outrigger and Catamaran ships like the Hōkūleʻa, and the people using the ships did not start using the foreign design of ...
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Fighting Styles That Would Focus on Armoring the Extremities? [closed]

I had a thought, are there any conceivable fighting styles that would generate a focus on armoring the limbs, like gauntlets on the arms and boots on the legs, over the main body? Does anyone have any ...
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Boarding weapons in space

I'm writing a story that's relatively hard Science Fiction. Therefore (Although fancy and high tech) the personal weapons are, at their core, regular firearms. Now, in boarding scenarios you want to ...
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What technological improvements need to be made to gyrojets in order for them to be militarily effective?

Gyrojets are weapons that fire rocket propelled darts,they are lightweight, they have low recoil, are very silent, and at long ranges have extremely high velocity. They however are highly inaccurate, ...