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How would head shaping affect the ligament attachments of a gorillas skull?

After researching many head shaping cultures like the Paracas and proto Nazca it seems there is no adverse affects beyond physical. What would the affects be on a gorilla? Would it be able to function ...
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Erasing love from the world

TL:DR love sucks and causes humans to blindly look for a perfect match which eventually fails because no one is perfect for one another, relationship are built not gifted from God Evolutionary ...
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In the city of Altheia everyone dresses in copper: is this possible?

Altheia is the City of the Copper Folk. Its bishops and wise dictators believe that copper is the metal of gods, a holy item given to Altheians as a gift for their religious behavior. Edit to ...
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(GRUESOME CONTENT) skinning people and actually keeping them alive

In my story queen Caitlin is inspired by many "cruel" real queens of Chinese, African and European history. She has a strong sadistic pleasure in seeing other humans suffer. But most importantly a ...
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What would cause a sapient race to evolve oral castration as a core cultural part of reproductive intercourse? [closed]

I'm trying to insert a bit of weirdness into the world I'm building, and one of the ideas I'm toying with is to have one of my 3 alien races practice oral castration as a core part of reproduction. ...
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Can language stay static with immortals?

Question speaks for itself. If you had an immortal (thinking God-Emperor Leto style), would language change? Assuming an immortal presence in society holding a high (or multiple high) positions of ...
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What are the consequences of an earth overgrown with plants?? [closed]

Imagine if humans solved the climate crisis by developing plants that grew almost like a cancer. Imagine the growth as exponential, uncontrollable, and any chances of cutting down the trees would be ...
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Can a polytheistic culture survive even if surrounded by monotheistic centralized aggressive warlike cultures like Christianity and Islam? [closed]

Let's say a pagan polytheistic culture survives in the Middle East, with some fertile land and a couple hills to be able to defend itself, while still being a hub for trade. Would it be able to evolve ...
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How does magical healing affect medicinal development? [closed]

In a world with a magic system halfway between hard and soft, which doesn't require technology due to said magic. It has to be remembered that magic isn't uncommon, but powerful magic is. It costs ...
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What are some frightening characteristics humans and human culture (christianity in particular) would have in the eyes of aliens? [closed]

If humans made contact with intelligent aliens what could they find absolutely frightening about us and our culture. Culture-wise I am looking at christianity in particular.
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Would sound shifts be severe enough for two dialects to be mutually unintelligible after 400 years of no verbal contact?

A group of English-speaking settlers travel to the Earth-like exoplanet of Rataan, which is 5 light years away. They board the generation ship Genesis that will reach Rataan in 200 years (0.25% of the ...
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Names based on real world culture

I'm trying to name the gods of the pantheon of my world with names inspired by real world cultures and civilizations. My concern is that I come up with names that aren't culturally insensitive; ...
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What “big con game” could an alternate-reality traveller play on a knowledgeable and suspicious civilization?

I have a cosmos where FTL travel is via an alternate dimension. The problem is when you return to our universe, you find yourself at the right destination, but a completely different parallel world ...
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What could some alternative eating utensils be like?

I know it's not really all that exciting, but things like eating will be very prominent in the cultures and show up a lot in my story... In my world I want my race to have at least two different ...
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Immortal humans and menopause?

Setting, a land apart from the world, where an immortal race of humans live. Their social culture began as egalitarian hunter gatherers. Their cells are resistant to senescence and mutation, and they ...
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Would it be logical for races to have their own colonies to preserve their cultures post-Apocalypse?

In my story, Earth was destroyed and about 19 million survive (from races and cultures from all over the world) and go to a new planet as their new home. At the start of my Sci-fi book, it's set 125 ...
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What attributes can fathers pass on through their spirit?

In this world, humans have a strange way of reproducing. When partners decide to conceive, A female must be inseminated at specified intervals by a male in order to pass on her genes. However, males ...
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Is it realistic that mountain cultures use a different calendar than the low landers?

My fantasy setting is on a wet and humid world of innumerable islands; many of which are quite mountainous. With conditions ranging from Mediterranean to Tropical. The culture here experience only ...
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How can I write a society that has traditionally weak but functional family values? [closed]

The title is a bit wonky because I don't know how to properly describe the societal features I am aiming for since there doesn't appear to be a real-world equivalent for this specific concept. ...
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What language would we expect human-cuckoos to speak?

In my world there is an engineered species of changeling-like shapeshifters. Their lifecycle is similar to that of cuckoos (and the fair folk) of replacing human children with their own, who then run ...
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How might a group of hominids keep an accurate record of their history?

In my story Halflings and Goblins have a somewhat accurate knowledge of their history, despite being spread over multiple continents. Now for the longest time humans weren't that good at keeping ...
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How can two different creation stories be of two completely different religions yet be so similar

The way magic works in my world is runes. Some runes especially the basic variety have a story behind them. The culture my story starts off in is matriarchy and has a reverence to the rune of warmth/...
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What sports would a horse play? [closed]

So, you're a sapient, fun loving, and incredibly bored horse and so are your millions of culturally similar hoofed amigos. What sports could sate your equine needs? To specify this is aside from the ...
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Outside of architecture, what other things can be considered city “style”? [closed]

In the design of cities, you add a style factor to a city to flesh it out for your readers and players to give it a solid foundation as a place to visit. The primary style is its architecture. ...
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Why would a flourishing land-based civilisation move under-water?

For what reason would a civilisation experiencing an almost golden age in industry and agriculture, experiencing no catastrophic plague almost all move underwater in as such that they live entirely ...
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How to rock the universe without provoking intergalactic war?

Even in the distant future stupidly loud rock metal is being played and enjoyed by many humans, even those that finds it irritating still recognise it as a form of music alright... officially it's ...
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Exploration for a noble reason (something other than expansion of religion or conquest)?

I am currently building a world where one of the most powerful countries/kingdoms is much known for its exploration and architectural culture. To be really short, exploration is a noble profession for ...
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Why would a food that is harmful to the environment be widely consumed in a society?

In a previous question, I asked why a taboo would develop around a food that grows well in a civilization’s climate and has no harmful effects. However, I will now ask the opposite question: why would ...
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How to translate various human cultures into animal cultures?

I'm making a story where the main character travels the world. The world is made up of anthropomorphic animals. The animals would still have the urges of animals, But they become more sapient. Dogs ...
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Why would a civilization develop a taboo against a highly nutritious food that grows well in its climate?

A human civilization, civilization X, decides that food Y is not fit for consumption. Food Y grows well in its climate, is highly nutritious and tasty, and is not harmful to its inhabitants. Food Y ...
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Human uses for megafauna besides food or traction?

Ancient Man feasted on megafauna. From mammoths to every variety of deer and flightless bird humans have made the most of large wildlife, to the point of tragic excess. So what happens when the animal ...
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What qualities define a cultural style of music?

For context, I'm working on a music style generator for an online tool that procedurally generates fantasy cultures. I want each culture to have a distinct musical style. I have very little idea of ...
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Mid industrial revolution society on the planet from Pitch Black? [closed]

What would life be like for people in an 1800s era setting (give or take a century or specific technologies that should or should not exist if it's convenient), who live on a planet inhabited by the ...
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What would happen if all stars disappeared?

I'm imagining a hypothetical scenario based on the Big Rip theory of the end of the universe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rip), where eventually the expansion of the universe causes everything ...
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Why would an AI overlord want to give their robot citizens emotion?

In my world, a hyper-intelligent AI has struck out on their own to form a perfect, mechanized empire, populated by loyal robot citizens, devoted to the overlord as a child would be devoted to their ...
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Cultural effects of revenants

In my fantasy world, revenants are a special type of undead. They only occur when a person dies feeling that they were wronged in life. If their soul contains enough hatred for those who wronged them, ...
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What would make purity a necessity for a Dark Messiah?

Nyarlathotep Is an ancient deity that has gone by many names; The black pharoah, the crawling chaos, etc. He seeks to bring himself into this world, but cannot due to an ancient barrier that prevents ...
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Noir setting jobs/professions that we don't see much [closed]

On a noir setting I'm working on I'm trying to think of other jobs I could give my characters that aren't the classic ones like "the detective", "the cop" or(as it seems to be the case with most ...
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A test of faith, or better said the lack of faith [closed]

Setting: An alternate reality during medieval times where Europe is divided by two factions. Faction1: A highly religious Christian (with Islamic/Jewish influences) VS Faction 2: a Mainly atheistic (...
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How does a religion based around destroying the world attract followers

How would a religion centered around summoning a god of destrucion to destroy the world attract new members? What incentives or arguments would convince a mostly sane population to go along with ...
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Could a language based on absolute pitch develop music?

For those that are arguing that without vocabularly, it isn't considered a language: From Wikipedia: Language is a system that consists of the development, acquisition, maintenance and use of complex ...
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What role can lineage play when males have no legitimate heirs?

House Kardashian is a large clan in westeros that is made up of different clans, each further broken down into different families. Members of this house have genes which allows them to access Mana ...
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Feasible explanation to the continued existence of dangerous magical creatures in a modern setting

The setting is based on the Earth during the 60's, but with two big changes: Magic exists (although somewhat limited to humanity). And so do all sorts of magical creatures (Dragons, dryads, ghouls, ...
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If prey gave predators the corpses of members which had naturally died, would predators be able to subsist without killing the prey?

Both the prey (plural) and predator (singular) are intelligent and sapient. The predators are semi-solitary - they meet up occasionally to conduct rudimentary trade (think bartering), find mates and ...
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Why would prey creatures not hate predator creatures?

In this world, a number of intelligent, sapient creatures exist. They do not have especially complex societies or technology; they live as hunter-gatherers and nomads. The predator species isn't ...
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Why would an ordinary man be less likely to like or fall in love with a female mage/sorceress? [closed]

I think marrying a mage/sorceress would likely seems cool compared to an ordinary woman. Can heal family diseases more quickly using the knowledge of spells and potions, more likely to age slower (if ...
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Manners Maketh Man

Working on the art book for my post apocalyptic world building project I got used to accompanying the introduction of each character or topic with a quote to set the mood and to emphasize how little (...
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What exactly can I hinge the lack of rebellion of several conquered states on?

Culture and religion have always been a contributing factor in the mass control of humankind. Although, more so of the latter. I'm currently writing a novel wherein a particular nation arises with ...
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Would a medieval world use the word “trail” to describe a foot path?

I'm in the process of naming some routes and roads in my medieval fantasy themed world, and I want to specify routes that could only be managed on foot. I'm tempted to say trails, but since every body ...
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How would be affected survivability and basic technological development by limited access to fire? Are there alternatives?

I am creating a culture that has the ability to change between 2 forms. One humanoid (the natal form) and one feral, animal form (you can consider this to be a werewolf). Due to this they evolved to ...

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