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For questions dealing with the customary and artistic characteristics of a society.

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Building a Medieval/Victorian world. How should the architecture and culture be seen or visualized? [on hold]

I'm thinking this new world should have Medieval tech, but with Victorian/Gothic architecture. I want to know a little about how a kingdom's capital might look and how the culture may be affected. ...
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Could a magic-filled world have religions that are unrelated to magic?

Essentially, this is a sort of brainstorming question: Say a world has many kingdoms and cultures, and each of these have magicians who can use magic, which includes things like improving physical ...
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What are some ways stop magicians from using magic without resorting to the old 'special anti-magic metal' cliche?

In my world, the magic-users have to open small, thin 'holes' in reality to tap into the power from the Realm they are tapping into. As a result, said tears in reality must stay open for them to use ...
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How to justify the coexistence of countries with different levels of development? [closed]

Note: The word "culture" refers to a collective of peoples and countries using the mentioned technologies. So I'm running into the problem that I want multiple technological environments in my world ...
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How to handle a warrior caste? [closed]

For generations, a hundred petty kingdoms have been in a state of constant war. This has led to the emergence of a warrior caste within the hundred kingdoms. The members born into this caste are ...
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Why might obesity be seen as attractive in their culture?

So, on the Jungle world of Qualis, the Qualian species evolved from small, tiny lizards to intelligent humanoid who dominated their planet. They built cities, from small towns to large metropolises, ...
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Explanation as to why Male/Female Wizards have sexy bodies [closed]

I know that RPGs employ eye candy tactics to players of their preferred sex in order to entice the players into the game. Male Wizards are sexy and muscular. Female Wizards are sexy and have big ...
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Why might a society perceive erasing from history as worse than death?

So, long, long ago, on a planet in the Milky Way, dwells the Qualian civilization. The time is around Earth’s 16th century, in the Tasadian Empire. Emperor Zora II has just been betrayed and nearly ...
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Language features of solitary mesocarnivorous humanoids

The Background I have a species of intelligent humanoids roughly modelled after bears. They're hulking great grizzly-sized solitary mesocarnivores. Genus Homo and descended from H. sapiens, but ...
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Would Aztec language work well with Chinese characters?

In the event of cultural contact between Chinese Explorers and Aztec/other Mesoamerican peoples, would these Mexican societies find the Chinese writing system to be useful for their record keeping? ...
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Would an advanced and peaceful alien race have schools? [closed]

I am designing an alien planet which is inhabited by a peaceful advanced race and I was wondering, do aliens have schools or an education system on their planet? If so, what do you think it would be ...
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How plausible is it for a 12-year-old girl to walk through a village in her swimsuit in England? [closed]

I'm writing a MG novel (MG is aimed at a core audience of Middle Grade readers aged 8 to 12) set in Northern England, but I don't live there, so I'm not familiar with the local sense of propriety. In ...
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What would be the right Cultural Name of People that Identify being from a Federation [closed]

In my sci-fi book there is a faction that is a Federation (so original right). So a bunch of Colonial Sectors joined together under a federal government to fight against a much more powerful faction. ...
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How can I get my character home? [closed]

I'm writing a story in which my character has become unconscious due to physical means and due to the inability to kill him, his villains have drugged and moved him overseas to get him out of the way. ...
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How does one create specific swears and slang?

I am writing about two characters that come to our world from their own mirror dimension. There is cultural exchange between the two, but not tourism-level. The two characters are a royal witch and ...
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How would humanity react if aliens relocated humanity and then decided to bring humanity back a week later [closed]

I remember once in history class, we were taught about the whole stigma that during the United States early years, European Americans would take Native American lands and put them in preserves. I then ...
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I need names for 16 months [closed]

I have 2 moons circling the planet. The smaller moon orbits 16 times per year the larger 12. I am using the current 12 months and zodiac. I have made a second zodiac of 16. However I require 16 new ...
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How the world would change if it was possible to use Mind Uploading to upload the brain into customized artificial bodies? [closed]

I mean if in the future Mind Uploading become possible so people could create their own artificial bodies (robotic) and customize them in unique ways, even creating artificial bodies that would look ...
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Why would my advanced Dragon society forbid their young adults to engage in sexual activities

The Idea I currently play with the idea of a story where the protagonist travels a foreign world, visits places, studies customs hand history of locals, meets with survivors of historical events and ...
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Why would men find fedoras especially practical on a distant planet? [closed]

This question is a bit silly, I know. As an author my base motivation here is stylistic preference and a shameless attempt to evoke a flavor of golden era setting of so many great adventure and ...
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Making cooking require split-second timing

Consider a world in which cooking food is complicated by the need to employ split-second timing to prepare it correctly (for example, to prevent it from being overcooked or undercooked). This would ...
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Effect of source of river and its flow pattern on a budding civilization [closed]

Rivers can either be rain-fed or snow-fed. And most of the bigger civilizations of the past were located on the river banks. The climate of the region is temperate, but nearby there is a mountain ...
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Sapient species that is immune to damage from heat. What are the ramifications?

So I'm writing a story that has a species that's immune to being burned or suffering any kind of ill effect from being heated, functionally regardless of the temperature (I'm not planning on tossing ...
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Encouraging Kindness in Rich People? [closed]

As the video linked here shows, there is some evidence linking greater wealth to a greater chance of being more of a jerk. Assuming that we're talking about humans or a sapient race with more or less ...
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Avoiding moral hazard concerning Pokolpok (ancient Maya ball game)

Literature Review Pokolpok is the Mayan term for an ancient ball game that was played throughout Mesoamerica in antiquity. While much about the game (even the rules) has been lost to time, ...
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What Cult Would be Best for Someone Seeking to Bring Back the Nephilim [closed]

Dear StackExchange residents, My Name is Calvin M. Loue and I am a College Professor at Jinjel Majors School for the talented. I have been allotted a great deal of stem cells for research purposes ...
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Advanced Alien Coloring [closed]

The Mantis Shrimp is a crustacean known for two things: its punch its eyes For this question I will focus on the latter. A theory about the effects of their super vision is that it causes their ...
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Seven Deadly Sins As Virtues? [closed]

A series I found when trawling TV Tropes had as a theme that the Seven Deadly Sins (Pride, Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, and Wrath for the unfamiliar) could be virtues if controlled properly. ...
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What dictates a popularity of an art style in a certain period

What are the most common influences on art in a certain period? E.g., what made realism so popular in the time that it was active? I know that the goal of it was to show the lower casts of the ...
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How would society operate if everyone had two lives? [closed]

In a world where you can die twice, well more like you can resurrect once in your life. Imagine a world where your best-friend that got killed in that tragic car accident or a loved one was killed in ...
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How would interstellar human cultures describe themselves long after Earth was lost?

I was writing in my book when I decided I wanted to add some interesting characters into the mix (like an Irishmen, Chinese, Russian etc). But I hit a wall. You see a big plot point is that the Earth ...
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What useful information could a post-post apocalyptic world glean from a 4chan-like resource?

My post-post apocalyptic society (200+ years after the fall) is extremely technologically stratified, with the haves hoarding near-future technology and the have-nots making do with pre-industrial and ...
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Factors Condusive To Widespread Slavery? [closed]

What factors tend to be common in cultures with widespread institutionalized slavery? For example, I know that a demand for cheap labor is a factor, like with the slaves in the American South farming ...
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Idea for a post apocalyptic civilization in Britain? [closed]

A nuclear war happens, and most of Europe, Russia, North America, and Asia are destroyed. Technology has been knocked back to pre-industrial societies at best, pre agricultural at worst. England was ...
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Can religions like Islam or Hinduism be represented respectfully in a fictionalized/fantastical Earth? [closed]

Assuming this fictionalized Earth possesses features common to post-Tolkien fantasy: monsters/cryptids, sorcery, intelligent humanoids, etc. In the past, firebirds, djinni, spirits, angels, demons, ...
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How to make people spread over the earth?

I created human beings and placed them on a planet full of landmasses, oceans, rivers, forests, desserts, swaps, snow, mountains, hills, animals, insects, plants, fish you name it. But I have a ...
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Would ancient people understand “I'm from the future?”

Time travel is a major staple is sci-fi. You just can't escape it. Sometimes the characters travel so far back, that if or when they tell locals that they are from the future, I'm skeptical that the ...
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How does my hero compare to an average guy of a small late classical village?

The story My hero is an average European city boy of the 21th century. Eighteen years old, doing a bit of sport, eating well, with a job that doesn't require much physical efforts. He would appears ...
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Mining Based Civilisation

I'm wondering what type of society humans (with a Renaissance level of technology) would develop in an area with no arable land (soils too poor), but with a monopoly on various metal resources (iron, ...
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What cosmological/biological event could cause most if not all humans to go nocturnal?

I'd like to keep this as science based as possible. I'm not even sure if this sort of question fits this exchange. Is there a possible world wide affect that when triggered (by human/cosmological ...
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A “Temple City”

Trying to come up with a general feel for a city dominated by temples, where evil gods may be openly worshipped alongside good gods. It is an independent city-state in a 2000 year old world, near the ...
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Tattoos on Chitin Armor

If a humanoid species of what are essentially people covered in chitin, how would they color themselves in the way we get tattoos? I considered the idea of etching or carving, but that wouldn't leave ...
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Detritivore farming

So I have this intelligent alien race of detritivores and I was wondering if it would be more practical for them to be a farming society or a hunter-gatherer society. I don't know if this is very ...
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How to differentiate, male and female names of an alien? [closed]

I am working on a story. I just want to know, is there any easy way to make readers differentiate male and female (alien) characters by reading their names. According to my story those aliens are ...
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Factors that Promote Female Warriors? [duplicate]

Assuming that magic use and similar things are not present in the setting, what scenario(s) would lead to female warriors being considered fairly acceptable? The only example that I can think of from ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Give the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...
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What foods will lycanthropes and vampirism-afflicted individuals need to avoid?

In an alternate version of our world, lycanthropes and vampires were introduced about 300 years ago and are coexisting with us. Unfortunately, they had to adapt to our cuisine and avoid certain ...
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How to get multiple Societies with different levels of technology to co-exist on a single planet?

The basic question being how can I get a society in the medieval era of technology co-exist with a society closer to the stone age of technology? I have two distinct cultures I am trying to flesh out ...
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Which deities in Hinduism could be most closely equated to Titania and Oberon (fairy king & queen)? [closed]

I am looking to create a version of Titania & Oberon, the Queen & King of the Fairies in Midsummer Night's Dream, that would have context in India. Probably deities or mythological beings ...
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How can orientation-discriminating people keep their views when it turns out they live on a non-orientable surface?

In my world, there are two types of people, lefties and righties. They have opposite orientations, which means they are mirror images of each (they are Enantiomers of each other essentially). Through ...