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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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Despite being invulnerable against ballistic projectiles, why does a wizard's robe still get wet during rain?

A battlemage practiced the art of close combat fighting, and could deal huge amounts of damage to his opponents at point blank range. He also had a special robe, which was enchanted by a powerful ...
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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 saw my other questions, you saw me bring up ...
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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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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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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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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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What benefit would a deity gain from spreading out a conflict over a long period of time?

Nyarlathotep, the Black Pharaoh, is in ancient conflict with other elder gods in his weight class, and seeks to enter the realm of Earth to rule over mankind. Unfortunately, he is prevented from ...
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Defending a planet's surface from ships in orbit

For a story I'm writing I'm planning a large-scale battle between human mercenaries on the surface who will eventually come under attack by hostile alien forces. At first, the fight will feature small ...
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Martial arts for small races(goblins, hobbits, etc)

What would their techniques be like, what weapons would they use(if at all), to what real martial art those would be comparable to and how would their strategies change depending on the opponent(Say, ...
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Interstellar combat without instant FTL

In this scenario there are two spacefaring empires, each with a handful of solar systems under their control. The two empires have been adversaries for millennia. In each solar system there are ...
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Theoretically, would it be possible for a human to break another human''s neck? [closed]

In this particular case, I am talking about an extremely flexible human. In my story, this human catches another's head with his legs and manages to snap his neck. I know a human can't simply snap ...
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Scaling anthropomorphized 'ship girls'

Currently i'm building a world where conventional warship is largely replaced by Kantai, anthropomorphized human female posessing power of modern warship. They are basicly a human sized girl that is ...
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Underground fight club realism

My story revolves around illegal fight club, one where opponents get serious and fights sometimes end in fatality. There is one problem though, I want to make more or less inclusive and appealing to ...
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How to make a professional guerilla/partisan army work?

When you see certain wargame scenario's, there are some places that are simply outmatched from the outset. For example in a scenario where Russia decides to attack the EU (or the EU decides to attack ...
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Fairy battle tactics

My fairies are hunted for food by basically anything that’ll eat bugs, mice, and small birds. Humans also target them because wild fairies are seen as a nuisance (and a tasty nuisance at that). How ...
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What kind of combat situation warrants the use of frequency modulating phaser? [closed]

I'm comparing 2 modes of modulation: amplitude(AM) and frequency(FM). My understanding is if the phaser is set to stun I can lower the power which is exactly what AM phaser is preferred but what about ...
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How would a higher delta in human performance effect medieval warfare?

In this universe the average human's physical ability is the same but the extremes are greater. There is a 5 percent chance that a human is born much stronger/weaker then baseline humanity. This isn't ...
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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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Arena strategy on Tron bikes on the interior of a sphere? [closed]

A group of humans have been transported to an alien arena, where they are forced to duel in many different arenas(I've asked about one of them here). This time, the characters have advanced from hand ...
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What would combat look like inside an O'Neill Cylinder?

Problem If you were attempting to take over an O'Neill Cylinder without destroying it or the majority of its inhabitants/ecology how would you go about it? What benefits or detriments to an attacking ...
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How do you beat an opponent that can read your moves? [duplicate]

How do you beat an opponent in a fight, who can read your mind and therefore knows what you're going to do before you do it? For example, in the video game Metal Gear Solid, an opponent called Psycho ...
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Composite armor plates: stainless steel mesh embedded in poly resin

Long story short: the setting is something like Highlander meets The Road or I Am Legend – basically a vast majority of humanity dies VERY suddenly such that vast quantities of regular items are ...
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Fighting techniques in an arena of rings rotating in alternating directions

This might be a bit story based, but here goes- I have an idea for an arena for one of my civilizations which involves about 20 rings a yard wide and rotating each other at different speeds. the outer ...
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In a medieval society with gigantic insects and arachnids which ones could be useful [closed]

so i'm thinking of a medieval society in a world with giant bugs. let's say the honeybee was about the size of a house mouse for reference (which makes the insects and arachnid nine times it's size). ...
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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, ...
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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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How would a bronze-age people harvest meat from a creature the size of a mountain?

In this world a flat but giant continent holds a ginormous and ancient but unrotting corpse, from which many peoples harvest large amounts of meat. However, as said, these people are at most in the ...
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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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Surviving within SCP-3008 (The Infinite IKEA)? [closed]

There was an old SCP I liked called SCP-3008 (The Infinity IKEA) here it is: http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3008 My question is, if a group of people were trapped within SCP-3008, what would be the ...
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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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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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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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Are there any historic armed combat sports that don't simulate sword-fighting (other than jousting)? [closed]

I'm focusing on a medieval warfare setting similar to Fire Emblem, and the tiresome abundance of swords has me thinking about alternative weapons to shine a spotlight on. I'm also thinking about the ...
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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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How would one train a group of women, who previously had no idea of the existence of aircraft, into pilots?

All the fantasy races like Elves, Dwarves, god-like beings and Demons have all grown sick of humanity’s shenanigans. They started a war of extermination against Humans, eventually confining them to an ...
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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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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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How could dragons effectively use their wings as weapons in ground combat?

One reason I prefer classical western dragons over wyverns is that they aren't totally handicaped on the ground. However, those forelegs are only supposed to be for better locomotion on ground and ...
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How would weaponry develop differently in a world where you have total technological superiority?

In today’s modern military, massive things are generally frowned upon. They’re simply too big of a target. Oh! You have a big tank that could easily beat my tanks? Apply aircraft. Oh God! Oh no! ...
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How long could a late WW2-era battleship last under sustained ship of the line cannon fire?

In an alternate world of magic, a battleship similar in design to the Bismarck is stopped in the middle of the ocean. It was built by a society of Earth humans who moved to this world. All other ...
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What changes would we see in humans genetically engineered for combat?

I've got a group of humans who believe as a central tenet of their religion that humans should be as physically perfect as possible. In pursuit of this goal, they've spent a few hundred years applying ...
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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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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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Is it possible to crush a human neck? [closed]

One of the character's in my story is a overly-augmented augmented warrior (has a terminator-esque endoskeleton beneath layers of dermal plating and everything) and at one point grabs someone's throat ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

It lots of fictional settings and worlds, 'rogues' and other skilled martial fighters are constantly throwing knives and daggers at people. Furthermore, assassins/rogues are often pictured as having a ...
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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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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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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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Are mechanical walking vehicles useful in combat?

This is a highly contested issue on this site, and I have seen many different opinions on this topic. Are mechanical legged vehicles (or mechs) useful in combat in a near future scenario? If so where?

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