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Why would murids (such as rats and mice) be sacred animals?

In a future web-series I want to create, there is a species of massive humanoids named giants (Homo gigas) (technically, there are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They are less social than ...
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Why would a nation require immigrants to fulfil a decade of military service to gain citizenship?

A militaristic, autocratic nation masquerading as a democracy resembling a mixture of Communist Romania & Post-Soviet Belarus exists in the future. This country has two pathways for migrants to ...
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War and Conflict within a O'Neil Cylinder

I have an idea for a story I'm brewing but I want to know if such things are possible or even plausible. The basic idea is that the O'neil cylinder was created after a failed attempt of colonizing a ...
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What unique differences might evolve in a society where an exclusively nocturnal and exclusively daytime species shared the same space?

Using 21st Century Western Anglophone society as a baseline: How would the infrastructure of cities (For example shared leisure spaces, transportation networks and homes) differ from our own in order ...
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How likely for a religion to be almost similar in a different world? [closed]

In my secondary world, one of the main religions is a vague medieval Christianity. Of course, there are differences made for it to fit in with the lore, as well as a few other major religions. After ...
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Would it be plausible for a group of pseudo-spiders to form a colony?

So, ants and bees form colonies, could my spider analogs from colonies? They’re the dominant species on the planet they live in, like humans are. The pseudo-spiders are about 2-3m long, about 1m tall ...
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Multi-Sophont Alliance, Episode 1: Is It Even Possible? [closed]

This question, if not the entire series, is based on the premise behind this painting by Dylan Bajda: Source Set in the world of Serina, the creatures on the boats are called "gravediggers" ...
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How Much is Too Much Land for One Province?

The Aurean Dominate is a sort of federated elective monarchy that rules all of the Planet Aurea (an approximately Earth-sized world but one where all the land is in the southern hemisphere and the ...
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How does my primitive species make baby carriers?

The Maruvans (plant/flowerlike species) are a very primitive and use Stone Age level tools. They can make clothes out of tree bark but I’m trying to figure out how they would make a baby carrier at ...
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The cultural effect of torture, imprisionment and war in a community [closed]

So, I've been writing about a planet called Tabor, a tidally locked earth-like planet with harsh conditions that humanity decided to use as a prison for political and religious criminals. To summarize,...
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Is it possible for another European-style medieval society to be on a separate continent?

In my world there are multiple continents with many cultures. In a far away continent, there are kingdoms that exist there. I was wondering how could they be medieval style like the mainland, and if ...
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Would a culture inhabiting the abandoned homeland of another people adopt parts of the previous inhabitants' language? [closed]

The Vareyn once lived in a fertile land at the head of a great desert, subsisting off of a great river and its bounty - until they were forced to leave after a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Many ...
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How would a town be designed for a winged race? [duplicate]

I am creating a world that has a race of winged humanoids, but I am unsure of how a town for them would be designed. They are a slightly smaller than human sized, pre-industrial, omnivorous species ...
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How do I design clothing for nomads?

I'm working on creating a pre-industrial culture of tundra-nomads that herd large, yak-like beasts with large bodies and thick wool, but I'm having trouble figuring out what their clothing would look ...
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What would social media look like in a setting where communication wasn't instant, and where content quality might be deliberately downgraded?

It's the near future, humanity has discovered a new element in the asteroid field that allows faster than light travel and communication through a brute force methods that's largely handwaved away at ...
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How do I design a musical instrument?

I am creating a tundra-nomad inspired culture, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to design instruments that will seem believable for these people and also be unique when compared to the real ...
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Measuring Time in a World Where the Sun Never Sets

First time here, so I don't know what to expect. I'm writing a dark sci fi mystery story that takes place on a hypothetical megastructure called an "Alderson Disk" (Example seen Below). ...
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What would be the cost of living in a country where only millionaires and billionaires are allowed to live?

I am imagining a small country with a relatively small population; say around five million people, where by law everyone living there needs to be a millionaire or a multimillionaire/billionaire. So ...
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How realistic would for Canada to become richer and wealthier than the United States because of climate change and global warming?

I believe that global warming could make Canada one of the most fertile land areas for agriculture and one of the countries with the most stable climates. So would be realistic that climate change ...
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Why are the good guys in my world hurting other people against their will to extend their own lives? [closed]

For the benefit of anyone who sees this and has a similar question. It seems like I should have asked this elsewhere. Maybe writing se or something. The problem I'm trying to solve: a faction is ...
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Where is culture manufactured?

I am building a little world where all culture is manufactured by commercial organizations in order to make profit. The world, a very "new" country that was formed of colonizers from another ...
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Can culture A adopt culture B's language entirely but keep their identity intact?

In my world, a group of nomads (culture a) conquered settled peoples (culture b) and adopted their language as an administrative language, think Aramaic or Koine Greek. I've also been playing with the ...
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How can you discourage relationships outside group marriage?

This world invisaged the institution of marriage differently due to most male infants being born dead. Marriages would occur between sister-wives, who would share a man between them. This form of ...
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How can succession rights work within group marriages?

This world envisaged the institution of marriage radically differently due to most male infants being born dead. Marriages would occur between sister-wives, who would share a man between them. This ...
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Radiation poisoning and primitive peoples

I'm working on a project, a world filled with radiated ruins thousands of years old. People still search these ruins as even now they may hold valuable treasures. Many of these 'Ruin Haunters' come ...
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Why would my sect permanently change the color of my hair and irises?

I live in a pre-industrial world, very similar to earth, but with very limited access to magic (no flight, only healing very minor injuries, making flowers grow faster, lighting a candle, etc.). I ...
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Why would people in the 23rd century appreciate 20th century music and fashion?

Problem that anyone who tries to describe an image from centuries ahead always faces: at what point will your present still exist there in the future? I can think about how fashion and art are ...
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Is it possible for a Stone-Age equivalent society to produce catgut sutures?

In my project, humans have gone extinct on Earth, and about 5 million years later, wolves have adapted to roughly human levels of intelligence, alongside raccoon-like front paws for grasping. The ...
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Why Do My Super-Soldiers Constantly Mutter Their Thoughts Out Loud?

I am creating a race (either near-alien or a human sub-species) in a science fiction setting that have an unfortunate "tell." While they can stay silent in non-social (stealth-requiring) ...
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Would android women be a better companionship and better sex partners for men than "real" women? [closed]

If robotics become advanced enough for the creation of humanlike androids( mentally and physically indistinguishable from flesh and blood humans) become possible in an affordable way for the average ...
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Why would great white sharks be sacred animals?

In a future web-series I want to create, there is a species of massive humanoids named giants (Homo maximus) (technically, they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They are less social than ...
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Why are Orcs always at war for seemingly no reason? [closed]

Orcs are just as smart as humans. They have access to all the resources they need to survive in abundance. Why are they constantly at war? INFO Orcs are a society of roughly 0.8 Million people. Each ...
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Feasibility of a Cannibalistic Army? [closed]

Among humans cannibalism has been practiced as a funerary ritual within numerous cultures across the world, and also as a way of ritualistically degrading defeated enemies, as was done most notably ...
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How can I justify an Iron monopoly?

In my world, only 2 cultures (who share a common ancestor, but are rivals) regularly use Iron, which they have for hundreds of years now, the rest of the many, many cultures have naught but bronze, ...
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"Planet of hats" species progressing out of their hats naturally [closed]

I thought of a sentient species, named the Koba, with multiple different races, that was originally created by a creative elder dragon as a spiteful gift to the other elder dragons with each dragon ...
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Why would a society promote a genetic dead end (half elves)

Humans and elves have a common ancestry, and are genetically similar enough that they can interbreed. Half elves are stronger and mature faster than elves but are mortal with less of a natural ...
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Using real-world art as inspiration for secondary worlds

Apologies if this is the wrong place to post this. I was wondering about the legality (and ethics) of using real-world art installations in fantasy worldbuilding. For example: Random Artist has some ...
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A Unified, Global Bronze Age, How It Would Affect America [closed]

Here are the points of departure to this scenario: China, not Southwestern Asia, began the Bronze Age in 3300 BCE Either China or the nearby steppes of Central Asia, not Eastern Europe, was the ...
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How to take inspiration cultures without copying them?

I'm currently creating a setting with a large culture that takes a lot of inspiration from Zoroastrianism and the Ancient Near east and Mediterranean. It's going pretty good I'd say, but I've realized ...
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Society/culture of intelligent, eusocial ambush predator aliens? [closed]

EDIT:// Mainly looking for religion/politics I suppose, but any answer would be great. Not omnivorous at all, I thought I made that clear already. Local ecology/environment -- I already described ...
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How does trauma change a culture [closed]

In my story there is a collection of people who, thousands of years ago, were exiled from their home world. They fought in a galactic scale war and were on the losing side, they were then used as a ...
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How can libraries retain their relevance as religious centers of power in a world of e-commerce?

Libraries are buildings containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to. They house updated material to meet the user's ...
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Advice on building some African styled names? [closed]

So in my little fantasy setting I got a fairly large and long standing dragon run empire. One of the cornerstones of its power is families of dragonbloods, humans with a dragon in their bloodline (the ...
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Can we Build a World Where Cooking is Difficult?

I want to build a world that satirizes the modern cult of cooking. The cult has a long list of infractions that will ruin a dish and render it inedible. For example: Chopping an onion the wrong way ...
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Minimum staff size for a modern day small town school

The world for my current work in progress is a fiction American small town with about 500 residents and 100 kids, located in geographically isolated location which makes busing to larger nearby towns ...
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Why can only this race of people called "bees" make honey and beeswax?

The "bees" of my world are not insects, but instead are a race of tiny bird-people, no more than an inch tall. They can make honey and wax with rather mundane means, not much different from ...
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Is it problematic to write fantasy based on cultural histories, traditions and practices that are not your own? [closed]

I have been thinking recently about this question and interested to hear some thoughts and opinions. It's not so much a technical worldbuilding question as a question about the 'right' way to ...
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Did young people REALLY drink alcohol in the 1800s? [closed]

In my studying of the setting for my story, a fantasy world analogous to 1800 - 1850, I've found a number of interesting things - one of these is that people in the past did a lot of really odd things....
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How well would a transplanted human civilization keep its technology and culture?

The people's of the 12 World's draw their lineage to various earthly civilizations.The magical 'events' that brought them to there new home's would also often bring along their belongings and ...
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Hypothetical religion [closed]

If some society had religion that didn't believe in eternal damnation with a maximum sentence in hell being 15 billion years and then all people, even the worst people go to heaven, could this ...
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