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Questions tagged [combat]

For questions involving the specifics of combat.

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How can people kill considerably death-resistant aliens with everyday objects?

In a world where people find aliens invading their homes, with what household object or objects found on the street or nearby, could people defend themselves against the invader? The rules of the ...
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Would human body adaption to sub-zero temperatures be actually beneficial in arctic climates?

The setting is in tribal times. I was thinking about a being (or a tribe of beings), living in arctic climates where the temperature is mostly or even exclusively below 0 °C, that is identical to an ...
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A gold coin for an orc's ear: just how tough is an orc?

Suppose a generic medieval fantasy setting, where a well-to-do lord desires to keep the orc- and condottiero population down during times of peace, so as to prolong said times of peace. Therefore, he/...
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What body armor protects against a laser?

I've been working on a mostly-realistic story set, let's say, 500 years in the future. Humans have colonized the solar system and no longer live on Earth. Semi-automatic weapons with frangible rounds ...
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Feasibility of melee weapons in a highly futuristic sci-fi-fantasy setting? [duplicate]

What would be the feasibility of short ranged weapons, such as swords, brass knuckles, clubs and gauntlets in a sci-fi-fantasy setting? To clarify further, we are ignoring the standard bullet-beats-...
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Calculating the Resistance of Water, for Purposes of Violence

I'm writing a story about mermaids. For this reason, I'm wondering how much you can hurt someone by say, throwing a punch, hitting them with a rock, or even throwing a spear or rock. I'm not sure how ...
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Where realistically could somebody be stabbed and heal without modern medicine?

Assuming we are in post-apocalyptic wilderness where herbs are readily available for treatment, would it be feasible for someone to be stabbed with a knife and not only survive but heal enough to keep ...
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How can I explain a one-shot, slow-to-reload laser sidearm?

I'm writing a semi-realistic science fiction story set, let's say, 500 years in the future, where humanity has colonized some of the solar system. For combat purposes, I've been playing with the idea ...
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How Could a Human beat a Centaur in a Fight?

I write centaurs as wild barbarians that love fighting - especially with weakling, little humans. So let's say our centaur and hero are fighting in an open, little, dirt circle in the middle of the a ...
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Feasibility of the “Instant Legolas” quick shooting bow

Recently, the youtuber JoergSprave released a new video, where he built a bow capable of firing an arrow unpracticed at full power every second, as opposed to his initial 1 every 4 seconds. He does ...
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Swords more effective than guns [closed]

In our beautiful little world there are guns like pistols and rifles and for simplicity sake let's say they are of the Old West variety. In this world there also exist many beasts different and ...
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How would I make guns uncreatable in a post-apocalyptic world?

I am building a world in which technology has taken an enormous step back due to an apocalyptic event. For one reason or another guns no longer exist in the world and I would like to have a reason why ...
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Can Nano-Machines be used to increase strength

I am working on a story that involves the main character being one of a few magical beings on the planet, who are born human but awaken to their powers at age 14. If killed the cycle repeats, and they ...
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Laser Eyes: Practical?

I was wondering about the practicality of some superpowers. If someone had the ability to fire lasers out of his/her eyes, would the advantages of this ability be sufficient to overrides the risks? ...
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How could a low-quality, light armored but motivated army defeat a better army, battling in the mud? [closed]

Here's the facts: this kingdom is divided in 5 duchies. Once upon a time one of them was a small indipendent kingdom itself, but was conquered and now it's a Duchy, part of the bigger kingdom with ...
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What type of weaponry with the minimal amount of force would be appropriate to kill and subdue a superhuman? [closed]

I know this question might seem a bit vague so I hope to clarify here. Say, an individual, or group of individuals, is tasked to kill several superheroes/villains with superhuman physical ...
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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 a man have any chance againt knife wielding woman? [closed]

I have a very patriarchal human society set in sparsely populated frontier. Think of it as a cross between wild west and Afghanistan minus Abrahamic religions. There is very little law enforcement ...
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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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Comparing space combat to naval combat - Helicopters? [closed]

Although I realize it is technically wrong, I often draw comparisons to naval combat when thinking about potential combat in space between starships. While you can compare a capital ship in space ...
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What effect has would retirement have on the skills of “The Hero of Legend”?

I am currently writing a novel with a medieval Western European setting. One of the protagonists was a general some years ago, but he retired from a life of war after moving to another nation and ...
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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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Vibroblade Combat Feasability [duplicate]

The only related question I have found here is: What would it be like to use a vibro-blade But would a swung or thrust blade using a high-frequency oscillation actually improve its combat ...
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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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How do I create armor for a physically weak species?

In a world I am building, the sapient species (the Lokk) have discovered another species (the Lotl) and they have decided to go to war. The problem is that their bone design is physically weak against ...
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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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In a world where magic and mages are normal. Wouldn't combat be defensive?

So. This has been something I've been tossing up for a long time. Let's say you have a world that has a broad availability for magic power and mages are a normal part of life. Like DnD 3.5 worlds or ...
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Self-Sacrifice is the Only Way to Beat Him - Reality Check [closed]

Disclaimer: This question might be in the wrong place. I wasn't sure if this is the case, so please flag it for migration and let me know if it belongs somewhere else. I am writing a novel. In the ...
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Combat in “age of sail” air ship

Assume that you've conquered the issue of flotation, probably using some very-much-lighter-than-air gas bladder, allowing your ships to take to the skies. Assume also that you've invented a way to ...
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Plausible usage of melee weapons in a futuristic environment [closed]

Lets say humanity has colonized the solar system. We don't have FTL, but we can get pretty damn close to light speed. Now, lets say that a few planets decide that they want to break off. The main ...
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Mermaid Land (and Sea?) Combat

I might have a bit too much saltwater in my brain. I'd like to discuss (can you do that in this format?) the ideas of combative mermaids on land. If you say my other questions, you say my bring up ...
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Battle tactics for portal warfare / exploration

In a story a long time ago in an age long forgotten, the main characters find an ancient portal-gate-system, powered by an even more forgotten magic. The main characters have access to soldiers, ...
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How commonplace are Drones [closed]

I have asked why authoritative forces such as the police or the military would use robots and I have asked why said robots would be humanoid; now as I design the actually formations, I must know how ...
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Is there a military benefit to humanoid combat robots?

There have been questions of the validity of combat mechs and the shape of police robots before, but the general consensus is that the main reason for a mech to be humanoid is to appear less ...
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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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Is it practical to wield a bladed weapon in mouth?

In the vast army of famous swordsmen, there's someone who's very well known for a certain community, and completely unheard for the rest. He's Roronoa Zoro, from the anime One Piece. His possibly ...
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What is the most likely shape of a Super Sword? [closed]

I have in mind a bladed weapon that, left unpowered, looks like a "regular" sword, from whatever time period. The appearance of the weapon is important to the story; people need to know that it's a ...
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How would exposing a female warrior's (mostly) bare bottom help her in combat?

There's a valid discussion about feminism and objectification of women to be had. This is not the place for it, nor do I attempt to make it one. I noticed that in Fire Emblem: Fates (and probably ...
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What would happen if someone set a spear against a charging bison? [closed]

Let us say you are some young Lakota Sioux brave on the High Plains with your spear, and you have the misfortune of seeing an American bison headed straight for you at top speed while you are in a box ...
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Are gunswords feasible?

A common trope weapon in science fantasy (such as RWBY or the appropriately named Gun Sword) is the gunsword. As the name implies, a gunsword is a sword that's also a gun, or vice versa. This has ...
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Reasons for horns/antlers on helmets

One of the great misconceptions of history is the horned helmets of vikings. This is in fact untrue, they didn't have horned helmets. But horned helmets were a thing thousands of years before the ...
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How can I achieve swords in modern military [duplicate]

Let's be honest, swords are cool, we can all agree on this, but the invention of the bullet (which removed the musket's reloading time) has practically removed swords from any form of combat where ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

In my world front line assaults are done with Mechanized Assault Vehicles, or MAVs. They are kind of like the vehicles in the Mecha universe, but more armor than weapon, more humanoid, than purpose ...
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Justifying limited use of arrows, while allowing them to be effective in short ranges?

In my world I have two sides battling each other. Both sides consists of Soldiers, however, one side tends to have a smaller number of far more elite solders while the other side has mages which only ...
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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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How can infantry and light cavalry defeat heavy cavalry in a valley?

At the climax of my medieval low-fantasy novel the protagonist has to besiege a castle that (from his side) can only be accessed through a valley. The valley is quite cramped, and the hills are too ...
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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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Probable criteria for Ramming to become popularized for Space Combat

The society that I am developing is reminiscent on Early Medieval Society, and I want a version of the cavalry charge (and the cavalry cycle) to exist in my universe as well. Essentially I want ...
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How to convince a dragon to help people in battle? [closed]

The first part of stories of Old world ends in a great battle, a battle that will lead to remedy of Big change and also (finally) the defeat of the evil king Clerence and the evil faction of Shining ...
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What history supports modern day Gladiatorial Combat?

For the most part human against human bloodsport lived and died with the Romans, but a common sight in fantasy or science-fantasy is the existence of gladiator arenas in some form (Hunger Games to ...