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How would a Society Develop in the Underworld?

I am writing a story about a period of time in my world where the God of Death has been arrested for being too merciful, and is thus unable to move any souls to their afterlives. The court that ...
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How hard would it be for a cockroach to massacre over a dozen humans at around the same scale 'barehanded'?

I know ANOTHER weird cockroach question, but bare with me. I have this very W.I.P story about an non-governmental organization that wants to send out people to make peaceful first contact(not ...
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Ceremonial death

This is a little bit gruesome. In my world there's a tribe of aborigenal humans in pluvial biomes, extremely efficient hunters. In a traditional rite of passage, the chieftain gets their throat slowly ...
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How deadly would a singe mutant cockroach be in modern day Florida?

Ok, so this is a modified question from yesterday to hopefully meet WB.SE's rules about not being too plot- or opinion-based. I had an idea about a freak incident in Florida where a cockroach sprayed ...
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How high would the bodycount of a 6 foot tall mutant killer cockroach be in modern times before it is taken out by military/police/armed citizen(s)? [closed]

Ok, so another weird cockroach related question from me. Anyway, I had an idea about a freak incident in Florida where a cockroach sprayed with (probably Raid)insecticide inadvertently getting into a ...
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How feasible would it be if cockroaches no bigger than an inch (2.5 centimetres) took fall damage from around 6-7 feet in the air or less?

Ok, so I have an unfinished/W.I.P world (may turn it into story) about a sapient civilization of cockroaches called Roachins that are pretty much German Cockroachs, but most/many can fly and can stand ...
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Near-Death Experiences At a Point in History with No Medical Science?

I want a scenario where a person witnesses a "near death experience". But here's the catch -- there is no medical science available (pick your time, as far back as you like). The person must ...
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What are the legal implications of murdering a necromancer? [closed]

Someone has just poisoned a Necromancer in a modern society like ours (just with mages around since a few decades). The Necromancer's body died, but he had spells in place that automatically turn his ...
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How much electric power would instantly kill a person (volts, amps, etc.)?

Context: It is a near-future sci-fi and they adopted electrolasers as main weapons, because you wouldn't need to worry about propellant, ammo etc. "Just" battery and fuel. An electrolaser is ...
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Teleportation without loss of consciousness

Trying to figure out a method for a teleportation machine that definitely does NOT "kill" the user in any way. The big thing is preventing a loss of consciousness during the process. Even if ...
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What are some surefire and easy methods of suicide without preparation? [closed]

I have no intention of killing myself or my neighbor so no worries. Stories like Re:Zero and Summertime Render have characters which go back in time or somehow benefit every time they die. Assassins ...
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Is human meat sustainable as a food? What else could add to a full diet?

In this story, set sometime in the future, most farm animals have gone extinct due to diseases. I remember reading somewhere that the average human has around 100 thousand calories, meaning that one ...
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XO of a naval cruiser leads an internal investigation

In a future space navy setup, a Long Duration Mission cruiser experiences a mysterious death while in deep space. A member of the crew mysteriously dies while at their station and causes a series of ...
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Post-mortem brain digitization of the future: HDD backup?

Far in the future, can there be some kind of mechanism where we can slice through a waxed brain and image every synapse, copy the neural map into a computer and find memories and personality traits ...
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What ways could an underground society decompose bodies?

What methods could an underground society with no access to the surface help to speed the decomposition rate of bodies? Ideally, is there a method they could speed decomposition and still use the ...
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Marooned in space! How would they die?

I should say: this is for a video game, not a short story or novel. Calibrate accordingly. ;) Imagine that we solved the rocket equation with some kind of impossibly energy-dense fuel. Interplanetary ...
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Zombies: if magic kept them "living" or at least conscious, what would they experience as they rotted? [closed]

Instead of being spread by a virus or the temporary effects of a voodoo-induced trance or paralysis, zombies are created by a magical curse that causes the person to rot while remaining relatively ...
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How to fake my death in 1994 [closed]

The year is 1994. I am being monitored by a shadow organization with agents in every corner of the government, public service, and positions of power. Fortunately for me they have a lot of people to ...
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If magic violates causality, then why there is no instant death spell? [closed]

In a parallel universe people born with high affinity can apply magic directly on the material world, you can use magic to harm others at the expanse of risking magical feedback similar to the ...
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If magic can manipulate memories for inmates on death row, why hasn't capital punishment been abolished?

This is set in the modern day but in a parallel universe. As usual we have a food crisis and climate changes, etc. Imagine a serial killer was finally arrested and sentenced to death, as the country ...
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What is a plausible reason for everyone to disappear/die except for one person?

Let's say that everyone on Earth disappears or dies spontaneously - except for one person. What would a plausible reason for this be? Note that this isn't something gradual, like a disease wiping out ...
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How could a supreme god give patch notes to reality?

A supreme god has decided that reality has some serious faults. Supply lines are moving too slowly, technology has stagnated, and disasters threaten the planet's future structure. As such, they intend ...
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What is the point of introducing puzzles into tomb design if you don't want anyone to disturb whatever hidden?

My family comes from a long line of well known tomb designers and my spouse is a part time tomb raider, we really are a perfect match! I explained to my spouse that a tomb is a very sacred place for ...
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PTSD from death by knife [closed]

Say you have someone who died due to their throat being cut with a knife. It was by someone they were familiar with, but not exactly a friend or someone they really trusted. They get resurrected with ...
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necrobotany and necromancy - bringing the dead back [closed]

in the story i'm writing, there are different types of energy that can do different, but related things. Green energy is the closest to earth magic (think control over plants, but it can also be ...
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How easily can one single slap kill a person?

On the left side we have Emperor Kaht, 23 years old, 67.5 kilograms of weight with a height of 178 centimetres. On the right side, the northern kingdom's hero, a man of which fame stomps that of ...
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What is the reason behind the First Iron Law of necromancy, "In order to raise the dead you must be dead yourself"?

Question: Given the rules of my world as explained below, how can I justify "The First Iron Law of Necromancy?" A living person can't simply raise the dead from their slumber, only somebody ...
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How effective would a scythe be in a one-on-one, sword-versus-scythe fight?

In one-on-one combat, with one combatant using a sword, the other the aforementioned false Death, how effective would a scythe be in combat? What tactics could be utilized with it, and what tactics ...
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Why would they use human soldiers over undead ones?

In my setting you can revive people from the dead as long as the brain is intact, though you have to remove all their organs and replace them with a suitable alternative Egyptian mummy style. The ...
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How quickly would someone die from another organism bursting from their body?

I have a scene where a humanoid monster tries to swallow another being alive, only for them to die when the smaller being rapidly increases in size through shape-shifting and tears its way out of the ...
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Will our creator terminate us when the reason of our existence is no longer needed or completed? Let's take example of AI [closed]

TL;DR : Let's say we are created to do one thing and we completed that, what will our creator do with us then? terminate / eliminate us? Example of Artificial Intelligence : Let's say we made a AI ...
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What would happen if all nitrogen in your body disappeared?

I'm working on a character able to manipulate nitrogen to his will, changing it's physical properties (like temperature, velocity and such) and making it bond to other atoms or molecules. Now, this ...
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What danger would a mummy pose if resurrected where they need to cover/protect its body?

Mummies are widely considered to be one of the most iconic undead monsters, but are often overshadowed by their vampire & zombie brethren. Furthermore, while the vampire has a bevy of supernatural ...
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How will resurrection affect inheritance law? [closed]

In our world, but in the future, humans have just discovered a technology that will resurrect any person for which a sample of DNA can be obtained. Now, for the first time, some people have been ...
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How could death hold its value if resurrection is widely available?

Sadly, plain resurrection is much simpler and scientifically more plausible than traveling back in time. However, time travel has the intrinsic drawback of erasing the progress you've made after a ...
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Is it murder if I stop a person's parents from meeting?

Suppose time-travel is common. There is someone who I want to eliminate for nefarious purposes of my own. If I go back in time and kill that person, then surely it's murder, but what if I go back and ...
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Piercing the brain stem as a painless way to go, a reliable method?

In my world, a doctor needs a reliable way to kill a human quickly and painlessly. The original concept on how to do this involved the use a long spike extending into each side of the head and ...
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How To Liquefy A Human [closed]

Okay, I'm asking this question because in my story, the main bad guy gets killed when he's punched so hard by the heroine that he explodes into bits. His skeleton is broken into many fragments, his ...
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Most painful/slow way to kill somebody by throwing off a building? [closed]

Let's say that a modern dictatorship wants to publicily execute somebody by repeatedly pushing him off a building. However, as we all know from stories of people jumping off skyscrapers, death might ...
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How would a society like Europe in the 11th century clean bones for burial?

I've got a society that worships their ancestors and frequently consults their spirits for advice through necromantic rites. I've decided that rather than burying or burning their dead they would ...
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Would more options of the death penalty be believable to present day audience and setting? [closed]

In one of my stories, my MC is a spy and has an ability to come back from the dead (but can't reveal such a fact) and after her first murder (she got killed by a mole and had her arm cut off with an ...
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A company offers fossilization as funeral option, how could it be credible?

A very powerful funeral company offers fossilization as burial options to very rich clients. Of course, no one can check if it would actually work in a few million years, but the company shows great ...
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what would be the psychological ramifications an individual with an unlimited amount of lives?

During the dark ages, a woman ran afoul of a witch, who put a curse upon her and her daughter with a spell. The evil witch cursed the poor woman with eternal motherhood. It gave her complete ...
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How could world civilization lose the knowledge of a global event?

Every 1000 years, the earth, moon, and sun perfectly align to form a solar eclipse that is seen around the planet. During this time, the barrier separating this reality from the demon world break down,...
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How to extinguish humanity in late 15th century? [closed]

Warning: this question involves an evil plot to kill all humanity, and it could be disturbing for some people. Suppose a humanoid being indistinguishible from an adult human appears in the late 15th ...
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What would a room full of six month old skeletons smell like? [closed]

I'm sure six months of decomposition, even in an enclosed, low-humidity space, will have the bodies reduced to dry skeletons. By then, would you still have the classic dead body stench that sends ...
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How to plausibly reanimate a person?

What hypothetical scientific procedure could be used to reanimate someone who is brain dead. I am aware that it is possible to bring someone back if they are clinically dead which is where a vital ...
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How would the greek gods of the olymp kill each other? [closed]

If two greek Gods, lets Ares and Athena, had beef and they decided to have a fight until one of them is dead, how would it be done and where would they go afterwards? What Kind of weapon could kill a ...
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How Would I Believably Wipe Out an Entire Planet's Population and Culture Without Destroying Said Planet?

In my story, there is a planet. The planet's name is not really important for the sake of this question, so we're going to refer to it as "dead planet". Background: Dead planet is entirely hot ...
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Possibly of achieving prolonged immortality

Death, most if not all of us fear it. However, it may be possible to postpone death for a while, and hopefully entirely. One major way of postponing death for awhile is through the biological route, I....
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