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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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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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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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How to Defeat a Precognitive Warrior? [closed]

My hapless wanderer (let's call her Alice) escaped the Wold forest only to stumble upon a large, featureless and dusty plane, at the center of which lies Castle Morrow, a fort populated by mechanical ...
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What would be the best way to fight a duel with lightsabers?

Lightsabers are really, really different from modern swords. They have weightless blades, will cut through their targets independent of velocity, and can be turned on and off fairly quickly. In light ...
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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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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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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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How could a group of 6 people destroy an army?

One of my wow moments when playing Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal happened when the three most powerful Bhaalspawn siblings (Imoen, Sarevok and the Player Character), together with just three more ...
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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 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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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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What would a battle between supercomputers be like with the battleground being the internet?

Assuming these supercomputers can think/reason in "internet battle terms", aka. having the capability to predict their opponents' movements and recognize patterns and prepare for different types of ...
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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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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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How can guns be countered by melee combat without raw-ability or exceptional explanations?

I'm writing a science fantasy setting for a tabletop game. Its major influences are Dune, Final Fantasy 7, and Borderlands. My goal is to give a universal account why swords, spears, etc., equal or ...
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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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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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Wearing a cape during combat?

In a book I'm writing, a king has a bodyguard of a dozen elite swordsmen, trained their whole lives to protect their sovereign. Their capes are long and trail behind them. What are the disadvantages ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Personal Teleportation as a Weapon

I've always considered teleportation to be one of the most under-rated super powers in all ways, but at the moment I'm thinking through the ramifications of personal teleportation as a superpower in ...
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Magic as Luck Control

Note: A fair bit of setting-lore is laid out in the more subtle magic question, so it might be worth paying that a visit, if you haven't already. The sky is dark and gloomy in the swamplands, the ...
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How to contain a shapeshifter

As mentioned in an earlier question of mine, my particular world has a class of humanoids which have the magical ability to change into a single animal form at will. As detailed in the linked question,...
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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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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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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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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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What would be the physical effects of a fistpunch with greatly magnified strength? [duplicate]

Assume a humanoid with greatly increased strength. He (or she) throws a massive direct punch at the middle of the breast of a human, who is standing in range. Assume a punching force of about 1000 KN....
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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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How to defeat exact copy of yourself?

Suppose you are fighting exact copy of yourself in perfectly balanced arena. Replica is doing same moves as you do. How would you defeat it ? edit1: Committing suicide 100% defeat for you and clone. ...
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To justify mortal combat

The setting is now-ish, with better robots and stuff to do our jobs for us. Somehow - that's the question - people bring back mortal combat to resolve their conflict (accepted by the law of course). ...
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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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Curses work by shouting - How to avoid collateral damage?

If I want to curse my enemy I say the curse to him. As a result, he will become sick and have a lot of bad luck. However, if he puts his fingers in his ears or uses some kind of earplug, I have to ...
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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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Best Ergonomic Design for a handheld ranged weapon

I know I’m flirting with “Primarily Opinion Based” here, but I’m hoping there’s some established knowledge out there in the community that I might be completely oblivious to. If you look at pretty ...
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Why Choose Less Effective Armour Types?

Full steel plate armour is seen as the most effective type of armour from the Medieval period, viewed by some as the pinnacle of medieval/early-renaissance armour. It’s rounded surfaces and layers of ...
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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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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 can I protect witches in combat who wear limited clothing?

On TV, witches often wear skimpy, impractical outfits when going into a fight. This is done for fanservice reasons, so I wanted a way to make this sensible. Witches perform magic by drawing in energy ...
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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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How would martial arts develop in world with monsters?

If you have played Eastern-style RPG's (role playing game, think Final Fantasy) your know they tend to have monsters of many types and sizes, some much larger, some smaller, some humanoid, some animal ...
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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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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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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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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 to make flashy fighting practical fighting

I have a friend who is a practitioner of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts), and who adores telling me all about realistic fighting techniques and why all the fight scenes I love suck. Well, I know ...