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Could a bird be a match for a small airship?

Could a large, aggressive bird of prey take an aircraft the size and weight of two motorcycles out of the sky? The bird is about the size of a child, but has sentient intellect. If it got through the ...
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The effect of a 20 kilojoule punch on a person that is wearing a plate armor

I have always been in love of hand to hand combat but I realize the concept of efficiency and why that is not an ideal choice for combat so I decided to write a story in which characters who are ...
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Killing undead fish underwater

To kill zombies on land, you usually have to either chop their head off, burn them down or use purification magic (if it is a fantasy world). But underwater you can't kill the zombies the same way as ...
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How would clothes be created for an easy put on/take out in the middle of combat?

There is a magic that allows a certain percentage of the population to create a twin of themselves instantly, a clone that is aware of itself and is equal in all aspects to the original, which makes ...
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What martial art style would most suit an unarmed 'support' character?

I'm toying with an RPG concept, which includes a younger unarmed martial artist (14/15). As keeping with martial arts tropes he fights unarmed and may fight against monsters as well as humans, but ...
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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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How long would it take to train peasants into useful troops? [closed]

How long would it take to train a medieval pesants to become a decent: spear & shield soldier foot archer mounted archer knight equivalent for commoner (man at arms?) For each unit type ...
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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 would paleolithic combat work in a world where you have instant, and permanent mastery when you hold any tool?

How would paleolithic combat work in a world where you have instant, and permanent mastery when you hold any tool? Weapons are limited to stones, slings, clubs, and stone-point spears, but any tool ...
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How would humanoid creatures with powerful jaws, claws, and a tail efficiently use their anatomy in barehanded combat?

In the story I am writing, there are several fight scenes between clearly non-human combatants. These combatants have several natural weapons at their disposal that humans do not have, including jaws, ...
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Most energy efficent attacks in a physics-bound magic system

I'm currently working on devising a magic system in which all the standard laws of physics are upheld (Conservation of mass/energy, thermodynamics/entropy, and more). 'Powering' the Spell: To keep ...
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How could a medieval army only use unarmed combat and still be effective?

This medieval fighting force, we'll just call them the Bruiser Army, uses only unarmed combat, but how are they still effective? They have absolutely no range compared to the spears and swords of ...
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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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How can I establish a nationwide combat training program for a country without causing economic or political instability?

I am the dictator of a nation with a population of 350 million people. In order to keep our nation strong and independent, I have decided to institute a nationwide combat preparation program in which ...
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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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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 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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Magic duels when defense is easier than 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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energy based super weapons in space, realistically possible?

So I'm already knee deep learning about science stuff for what I'm working on, but these two questions seem to have snagged me. Of note, I am looking at these issues from a highly technological ...
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Can a heat-seeking missile track a target in “Hell”? [closed]

Air laden with sulfur, boiling seas of lava, acid rains on areas that aren’t molten and when you think you’re safe, you hear the screams of the damned coming after you. This is Hell. Or is it? ...
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What animals lend themselves to being ridden by Quadrupeds?

In my world, A hurricane has washed a group of 8,000 pachyderms off of Afro-Eurasia and onto a large island cluster. Due to the island rule, dwarfism ensues, and the population is made of of a group ...
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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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Warfare in the presence of magic users [closed]

In this world you have normal earth like technology and also magic. There are multiples levels in magic from least powerful to invincible. The number of magicians at a level is inversely ...
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Best Way to Weaponize Malleable Golems

There is a race of golems that can Change their shape at will (although not their color) Manipulate objects within their body Change their hardness between modeling clay soft and rock hard The ...
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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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What's the fastest way to move on foot in low gravity [duplicate]

Say you're in a combat situation on a low gravity world and you're trying to move from one bit of cover to the next as quickly as possible. How would you do that?
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Fighting In The Highest Of Heels (chopines)

Assuming a combatant who has trained for some years with these shoes and assuming weaponry in terms of a one handed sword or perhaps a spear or one of the shorter, lighter polearms, how plausible ...
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Effects of copious amounts of spider silk

What would be the effects of copious amounts of spider silk be on a highly militaristic country? The country is somewhere between renaissance and industrial as far as development, and has had access ...
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What might mini submersible dogfights be like?

Recently, a company created a fascinating toy available to the sufficiently rich. It is not hard to imagine that military types have taken a close look at this, and have thought about ways to tweak ...
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Realistically calculating the movements of someone with super strength

Let's start by assuming a superhuman that isn't limited by biology for obvious reasons. Then let's assume they also receive super toughness to make this work. Their super toughness scales with ...
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What are the benefits of learning both sword-fighting and combat sorcery instead of just focusing on sorcery? [closed]

I've always liked the concept of using sorcery to enhance one's abilities while sword-fighting. For instance, increasing speed, casting waves of fire with the sword, making the sword cut through ...
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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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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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Explanation of Game-Balancing Mechanics for Creature “Types”

I'm working on a creature-capture/battling game (think Pokemon for the genre, but nothing trademarked and a more adult tone), and it will be story-centric. Background of the World Gemini is a nation ...
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How to explain hover technology

In many sci fi games we see vehicles (or in halo 4 and 5 guns) that use hover technology. But how using technology that is scientifically realistic could we explain military grade hover technology? By ...
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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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Is hand to hand combat the destined to make a comeback in space?

Okay, the title is a little misleading, but in Michael Hicks' In Her Name books an alien race many millennia old has achieved space travel and has highly advanced technology. When I say advanced, I ...
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Actual ramifications of time acceleration

For reference, the setting is urban fantasy, with a bit of hard science thrown in. One character can manipulate time; in this setting that means he can speed up his own movement through time. One of ...
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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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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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For a species that prefers throwing large rocks at foes, what else would those developed muscle groups make them good at?

Context: I'm working on a fantasy setting and one of the races I want to include are cyclops. When I implement a race into my setting, I usually take one or two sources as the primary inspirations ...
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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 music weaponizable for small-scale melee fighting?

Some people say music soothes the souls. However, could it have an effect on small-scale fights? The scenario I'm wondering about is quite similar to Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy: A human is ...
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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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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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Why would rapid-fire firearms do less damage than slower-firing ones?

It's a common trope in first-person shooter video games for the stopping power of a firearm to be inversely proportional to its fire rate and/or magazine capacity. This is done for game balance, in a ...
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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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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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Applications of Limited Kinetic Energy Manipulation [Superpower]

I see that similar questions have been asked before, but I have yet to find a sufficient answer. I'll try to keep it short. I'm currently working on a story involving a soldier who discovered he's ...