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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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Sailing Ships For The Vārẽn Sea

PROJEKT ' ABYDOS ' The (as of yet pretty ill-defined) setting of one of my worldbuilding projects is the Vārẽn Sea (working title). It's a large gulf that opens into waters with a large amount of ...
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How would asexual reproduction (via mitosis) affect human cultural development?

I’m writing a humanoid race with perfectly symmetrical bilateral anatomy. This trait is shared by almost all complex life on their world and has shaped the way they reproduce; via mitosis. I’ve ...
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Why would Earth become an Entertainment powerhouse? [closed]

The time setting of this world can be from near 2000 to present day, to near future. But basically, Aliens from around the galaxy are visiting Earth...for our TV series/movies, animes-manga, and ...
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How could a world empire prevent rebellions with minimal bloodshed?

In the world I've thought of, monstrous beings more or less ended civilization on my planet. From the fires of this apocalyptic event, the world empire arose. It took over territory either by force or ...
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What would make Orcs wear less armor?

Orcs are typically depicted as being extremely warlike creatures. With their average intelligence slightly lower than humans. But they have more physical advantages such as superior strength and ...
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How would merfolk food presentation look like?

In my world there are merfolk who live in their own underwater civilization. They are sapient with unique and complex social customs, and one of them involves food. Just like on land, merfolk royalty ...
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How Would Political and Religious Structures Function in a Buddhist Medieval Europe? [closed]

In this alternate history timeline, the Roman Emperor Justinian declared the state religion to not be Christianity, but Buddhism. This wouldn't be too much of a stretch, as Buddhism predated ...
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What POD Would I Need to Make the European "Flag Samurais" a Reality? [closed]

In honor of the much-delayed Tokyo Olympics, Japanese artists (I've never found their names) have drawn the flags of all the nations personified as anime warriors. For this question, let's focus on ...
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Why would a world empire spend the time/resources to raise an endogamic military class?

In the world I'm creating, there is an empire that has stretched until it's taken over the world, in large part due to it's ability to effectively fight back against very dangerous monsters that are ...
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Would marriage exist in a parthenogenetic human society? [closed]

I'm working on something about an all-female human society modeled on real single-sex parthenogenetic species like the famous Whiptail Lizard. A few of the things I'm borrowing from Whiptails are: ...
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Reasons to settle outside cities on deserts

I need help solving some problems considering civilization living on plains The World: there is magic, everyone can perform it, it needs a lot of studying to perform - users need special type of ...
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How to keep a town in the 1960s mostly isolated?

So, the lead up to the story is that a skinwalker drags injured people into the deep forest and nails them to trees before summoning a demon into each of them, leaving them there as parasites who ...
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What are good alternatives for 'Admiral' in a space force? [closed]

I'm currently writing a far-future sci-fi novel. I have officer ranks and their equivalent positions sorted for my space force, I have decided to follow my in-universe naval rank structure for a ...
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Can two empires jointly administer a region?

In my book series, there is a group of people on the Planet Awal called the Tifinagh that are the source of quite a bit of tension between the Haxamanians (the dominant empire on Awal) and the Aureans ...
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Could a culture have free-market capitalism without corporations? [closed]

Could a culture have free-market capitalism that never (or at least rarely ever) results in corporations, large trusts, or other such groups? This culture is made up of a single alien species that ...
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A representative government in a world with rigid social castes [closed]

Globally, on this planet that's been around much longer than Earth has, with people who've been around much longer than humans have, there are four castes -- labor, military/law enforcement, science ...
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Single-sex species that has specific culture roles for different body types? [closed]

Basically what the title question says. I want there to at least be three socially constructed genders, each with their own expectations of how they should act and dress. I want the species to have a ...
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Underwater Cuneiform?

I am developing a culture for a species that lives in freshwater. They are solidly stone/bone-age, so no issues with "how do you develop metallurgy underwater?" and so on, but I would like ...
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Could cars drive normally on the inside of an o'neil cylinder?

Say we had some type of four-wheeled vehicle on the inside of an O'Neil cylinder with roads. I imagine if it drove in the same direction as the spin, there would not be many problems. However, I am ...
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Could Traditions Such as Human Sacrifice or Gladiatorial Combat Survive in a Modernizing World?

My science-fantasy series is set in a rapidly industrializing galaxy where a group called the Ishgas are dominating militarily, culturally, scientifically, and economically (overall, it's a similar ...
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How could gender on 1st person pronouns come into existence?

How could gender on 1st person pronouns come into existence? I've been working on a language where every noun is required to state what gender it is. The 5 genders male, female, real, not-real/unknown,...
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Multispecies meritocracy: Is it possible? [closed]

On Damarian there are many intelligent species, including many species of half-human half animal. The animals include zebra, camel, donkey, octopus, eel, crab and spider. Now, according to this ...
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Use of Sound in a Radio and Electric Communication Enabled Species

Alright, so I was bouncing ideas off the wall about how the society of a species (maybe genetically modified humans?) with biological radio communication and electric field communication would look ...
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Why would the gods be labelled?

The gods in this setting are extremely powerful but limited beings, who are similar to humans in their mind and decisions. The gods are the highest powers in the world but originate from reproduction ...

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