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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Theoretically, would it be possible for a human to break another human''s neck?

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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What limitations, drawbacks, and gear can I give my hero who has absorption and reflection abilities?

I have a character who exists in a world where superpowers are a thing and common. Her ability is to absorb and reflect back energy and force she receives and even amplify that force (kinda like Black ...
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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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Battles in space [duplicate]

As far as I am aware, the realities of warfare in space is (or will be) vastly different to our current imagining. Star Wars and Star Trek both have ships relatively close to each other, firing lasers ...
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What would be the ideal “language” to control a complex machine via a human body?

Please assume the following scenario: A spaceship in a dense battle situation, controlled by a human beeing. The bridge is basically an empty room, consisting of screen-walls (showing the outside and ...
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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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How might microscopic humanoids capture an ant mound? ( series )

As part of a series of questions that I've been doing about microscopic humanoids ... In my world, there are a race of microscopic humanoid organisms (0.3 mm - 0.33 mm). They live in a variety of ...
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Relativity in regard to space combat

How would relativity affect space combat? I'm wondering how it would work at all. If everyone is moving at different speeds, then they're experiencing time differently, and maybe seeing ships where ...
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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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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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What hairstyles are practical for action characters? [closed]

I will instantly assume that ponytails and their kin (very grabbable) and long hair in general (see: impractical capes) are not the best hairstyles of choice for characters wanting to fight. I'm ...
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Controlling personal gravity – how would it affect a warrior's combat style?

So I have a character in a fantasy setting who is basically a human for the most part in terms of physical limits. They do have slightly stronger bone structure and greater endurance, along with ...
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Would it makes sense for medieval warriors to carry giant bladed weapon on weak gravity?

Imagine Earth has been a tenth as massive as it is now, does it makes sense for warriors in the medieval period to carry bladed weapon bigger than themselves? for this purpose we have to assume no ...
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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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why do people commonly think scythes are good weapon? [closed]

I'm asking this because I commonly see scythes in fiction. and people in fiction use them to cut people into bacon bits, but in reality, it is utterly useless. I've already been exposed to how bad of ...