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Could a language based on absolute pitch develop music?

I am aware that languages already exist today that use relative changes in pitch. This question is not about relative pitch; it is about absolute pitch. In this country I've developed in my world, ...
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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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All my species have their languages based on the same few words. How do I keep them from inventing more words through combining existing ones?

What I want this system for: Language wouldn't be 'the one cool thing' only intelligent creatures have and all cultures would be as far/as close from understanding each other as from understanding ...
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To what extent can a language deviate as it evolves separately from its parent language in 50+ years?

In a setting where hundreds of scientists and engineers from around the world embark on an international mission to colonize a distant Earth-like planet (the ethics thereof are out of the scope of ...
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What would nordic culture be like in a desert environment? [closed]

In my fantasy world ''Diggoran'' ( pronounced Die-Ah-Ran ) there is a currently unnamed Nordic Country comprised of 6 autonomous eco-political regions. This Nordic Country was initially and still is ...
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Native American Society in a World Where Beringia Is Still High and Dry

Multiple times in Earth's geological history, a bridge connected Asia to North America, bringing in an influx of colonists. Without Beringia, North America would never have the iconic Triceratops or ...
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Should I use several languages or only one language in my fictional world? [closed]

I'm a new member in your forum, and since I want to success in my project to create a great fictional world, I would need some advices. Since I intend to "remix" our real world, I have to create ...
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Conceptual differences between nations inspired by East-West dichotomy

I have decided to completely rewrite my question, since the original text led people to believe that I am asking about historical facts. Let's imagine a world in ancient/medieval setting populated by ...
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Plausibility of only two cultures/peoples existing on one planet?

On Earth, it's virtually impossible to enumerate all the different cultures and ethnicities that exist, but if you hypothetically categorized every people as occurring with a language, that's roughly ...
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Where to start when worldbuilding cultures? [closed]

I just started to work on a low tech, non magical world. How should I go about create cultures without just making them a real world culture but with a slight adjustment?
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How closely correlated is culture to geography?

I am working on a story where I will take the geography of our world but install new peoples, cultures and histories. This will likely include fantastical elements as well as mundane. In working ...
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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?

I am thinking about a part of a world with a lot of small towns on a frontier, like the early colonial era in the Americas, or pioneer days in the American Midwest, and later the Great Plains and the ...
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What would be common simple materials for tools in a large-scale archipelago?

For this, I mean such materials as obsidian or other materials that fracture into sharp edges easily, or can be fashioned into them easily. I'm trying to come up with basic tools for the local tribal ...
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How would a renaissance andean native civilization look like? [closed]

The Karkalá Confederation is one of the main factions in my world. They were muiscas and incas teleported by Bochica to survive. They live on an archipelago with several mountain formations with two ...
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how plausible is this method of humans breathing fire?

My method of breathing fire involves humans stomachs producing ethane or methane and them holding a lit flame near their faces and just breathing out of burping . Fire breathing in this is more ...
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Units of measurement, especially length, when body parts vary in size among races

Historically, units of measurement are often based on sizes of body parts. Probably the most obvious example would be a "foot" literally being based on the length of someone's (or everyone's, or ...
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How to capture the dichotomy between “Ideal specimen” and an the species? [closed]

How to reasonably worldbuild a species that exhibits a set of qualities and principles (has a "hat"), but also doesn't view it as an ideal and would view that a perfect/moral specimen steps away from ...
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Aborting Abrahamism [closed]

Let's imagine that some powerful evil eldritch abomination decided to hijack Roman Republic 45 BC, saving Caesar in the last moment and fashion itself as Mercurius (Hermes), who was sent by Olympus as ...
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How do I convince the general population using large monsters is the most efficient means of protecting our compact cities?

Context Monsters are a bit of a problem on this world. Though most pose a marginal threat and are categorized as vermin, others represent a serious risk to major population centers as a consequence ...
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How to avoid offending original culture when making conculture inspired from original

My conculture, Sakha, is based on Puebloan culture. They live in a mudhouse, practice dry agriculture, don't wear feathers (do they? I thought they're more of Plains culture) and are matrilineal. ...
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I'm inventing a new calendar. What are good criteria for the choices of first day, first year, and first hour? [closed]

I'm inventing a new calendar: It will be used worldwide. It uses an intercalary (366th) day to be inserted every 4 years. If extremely successful (unlikely I know), it will replace the Gregorian ...
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Hygienic footwear for prehensile feet?

Prehensile hands have the advantage of not having to constantly touch anything they don't have to - with the exception of things like doorknobs. Feet don't have that luxury, and so in a sense will ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has ...
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What would be day to day life like, for people during a renaissance like period in a world I'm building [closed]

Like I said, what would people eat, what would they drink, how'd they spend their time. I realise this isn't really a hypothetical question, rather a question that requires some information from an ...
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Salem witch trials safe haven [closed]

With the story I'm writing I really want to find an accurate place to set up a school (preferably in New York) that was originally a safe place to go to during the Salem Witch Trials. I'm hoping to ...
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How can a coven of witches operate as a pyramid scheme?

A crone is a witch on the path to achieving godhood by stealing the life force of others through a dark ritual. The second stage on this path is the baba yaga, a point where the crone loses all traces ...
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Why would a “chosen one” come from outside a religion? [closed]

The crawling chaos, Nyalathothep, has formed a cult on the mortal plane devoted to his cause which worships him as a god. This cult has been operating in secret for thousands of years, sowing ...
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How could someone dismantle Mother's Day in the United States? [closed]

Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother's Day in the United States. Ironically, she spent the rest of her life trying to dismantle it because she felt it was too commercialized. Her efforts failed, so ...
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What cultural nuances and customs might a medieval, largely agrarian society with a strict caste system have?

I apologize in advance, because this will be pretty long. I already have a vague idea of some customs, so I need to include both the sociopolitical aspects of this as well as those customs. The ...
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What would the culture of isolated humanoids made of stone look like? [closed]

info In this world there is a large plateau completely isolated from life other than flying creatures which is mostly composed of rocky grass and badlands although does have some large patches of ...
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What happens to holidays as time passes? [closed]

As the answers in How can I create original holidays for my world? discuss, humans in the "early days" of humankind had no science, so for questions like "why is winter coming?", religious beliefs ...
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How do you conduct xenoanthropology after first contact?

In the very near future, humans (somehow) travel to a distant planet - and discover aliens who turn out to be uncannily like us. Their appearance is, to put it bluntly, freakish, but they are humanoid ...
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A Permanent Norse Presence in America, Part II: How Would Europe React to This?

Previously, I had asked a question on what point of departure I would need to make the Norse's presence in North America permanent. Perhaps the best answer I got was summarized right here: If one ...
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What kind of places would goblins live in a fantasy setting with strong states? [closed]

So I got a fantasy setting that left the Medieval era and entered the Renaissance with strong states that can maintain both order and infrastructure across their territories. While there are 'wild ...
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How to erase the cultural memory of post-apocalypse survivors

I'm writing a story that takes place after the decimation of almost all of humanity, and follows a group of survivors who, some time in the future, have formed new societies. Let's say the apocalyptic ...
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Art Critics in the Stone Age

In the stone-age world that I am building, I don't just want one-dimensional characters who are either hunters or gatherers. I want a great quantity of people including those who would have become art ...
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Would a Matriarchal Society Be Likely to Practice Toplessness? [closed]

Having read the Wikipedia article about toplessness, seem like many egalitarian societies practiced toplessness until they were influenced by the Europeans. So, would it be correct to assume that a ...
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Preventing cheating in the Socially Acceptable Olympics

The Olympics are clearly unfair. For example: Stronger people are privileged when it comes to weightlifting and so on. Let us redesign the Olympics and indeed all competition to allow for diversity. ...
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Is running away from 'the humans' a good way to go in terms of survival or just delaying the inevitable of being found? [closed]

In this context related in terms of my last question. I've seen this lots of times in fiction and TV shows where sub-species, such as Marvel's Mutants and Inhumans or anything considered 'super' or ...
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How can an pantheist council serve as an umbrella for various religious institutions?

Pantheism is the belief that all-things in reality compose an all-encompassing, immanent god. It characterizes a broad range of doctrines differing in forms of relationships between reality and ...
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Hypothetically, should cultural/genetic Homogeneity in Aliens be considered the Exception, or the Rule?

Humans all belong to a Single Species, localized on a single small-ish planet... Yet we are incredibly diverse in both Culture and Individual Appearance/Adaptation to our environment. This also seems ...
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Saving intelligent animals from abuse/large scale breeding

I have created semi-intelligent griffins in my fantasy world. Semi-intelligent meaning that adult griffins have the intelligence of an average 4 year old human. Now, I realized that once the ...