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Can you make effective poisons/acids/flammables from basic ingredients that would be useful in fighting monsters?

Can you make effective poisons/acids/flammables from basic ingredients that would be useful in fighting monsters? I am writing a story about a MC who goes into Portals to kill monsters (Typical DnD ...
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Would this fire-based magical catastrophe turn a forest region into a desert?

A massive magic ritual involving the nation's greatest spellcasters utilizing an entire city as their focus, either through miscalculation or sabotage, inadvertently open a massive portal into the ...
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Metallurgy at different gravity strengths

Does the strength of gravity on a planet limit a species ability to create temperatures high enough to melt metals? I read that at low gravity fire burns at cooler temperatures and reduced convection ...
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How could a church maintain the illusion of an Eternal Flame for hundreds of years?

In the world I am developing, a group called the Garotakor Kobark base their belief system on a fire that has burned consistently for hundreds of years. It has been contained within a step pyramid-...
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Development of Firespines [closed]

The land of Dracori contains many magical creatures. One of these is the Firespline Landfish (also called a Terrakanthes). The Terrakanthes looks like a chubby lizard, with a ridge of magical spikes ...
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What kinds of things that aren't fire (but are related to fire) could cause fire damage in a world where elemental magic exists? [closed]

This question arose in the comments of a question about dragons and sunlight (How do migratory dragons avoid being blinded by sun?). The question is, what exactly is it that causes fire damage (in the ...
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How would a Salamander's senses work? [closed]

The salamander, or fire elemental, is a creature which lives inside burning fires. This is a rather unique environment for an animal to live in. Fires produce smoke, which is dark and noisome, and ...
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Plausibility of an advanced civilization that never found fire?

A world similar to earth (climate fluctuations, the need to cook food), and because the natural atmosphere doesn't have oxygen, the intelligent organisms there don't breath oxygen. How far could a ...
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Fire/Flame bombs vs plate armor

Ok, so i'm currently writing something and a question popped into my head as one of the character's threw a firebomb at a bunch of enemies with full plate armor...and questions popped in my head. how ...
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Flames with Unusual Colors

I saw that in A Song of Ice and Fire the dragons have flames of varying colors depending on the color of their scales. Balerion has black flames with red swirls, Tessarion has cobalt blue flames, ...
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Magnesium Sword as Non-Magical Flaming Swords

So I understand a lot of world builders and aspiring fiction writers have often tried to be creative with weapons and get shutdown for various reasons of impracticality or inferiority to steel. I'm ...
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What is the dragon's breath to be made of?

Inspired by GoT, I wanted the dragons of Arcadia (the world I'm building) to have their fire breath in the most biological way possible. By this I mean that fire will not be magical, technological, ...
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Spitting Explosive Fireballs

I'm designing fire dragons for my story and recently the question came up: how to make a dragon shoot fireballs? I don't know what it takes for fireballs, but the rest of the dragons I've designed ...
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A Dragon with Ignition abilities

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway through. As I don't want my dragon to have to eat stones to spit fire or light sparks because that could limit the dragon to ...
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Igniting a Dragon's Fire

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway there. The dragon has glands that allow it to produce a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it eats. To light the oil I ...
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How potent would a dragon's fire be?

In the Game of Thrones TV series the fire of the dragons is "biological" and comes from two tubes in the dragons' mouth. In the second last episode of Season 6, the dragons Viserion and ...
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Is my dragon's fire plausible?

The dragon, through a gland, produces a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it has eaten, the oil is stored in a bag, the blood circulation around the bag increases, heating the oil to the point ...
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How to keep fire magic out of the Army?

The big Empire in my setting has some inspiration from the pre-Islamic Persian Empires, and thus they really like Fire. They were the first to develop fire-magic and all of their priests are educated ...
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Would it be possible to create a humanoid that outputs fire from it's skin [duplicate]

Many stories [especially stuff like manga or anime] contain characters with the ability to output flames from their skin. This would require heat resistant skin while still outputting said flames / ...
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Could flammable alcohol be used as a weapon in combat?

I'm developing a character who becomes stronger the more alcohol is in his body but couldn't think of an appropriate weapon. Then I had the idea that he could use alcohol in some sort of flame based ...
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Could merfolk cook without air by using electrical heating?

Basically title. You can't light a fire to cook your food because everything's all wet and there's no air you see. But can you take some raw meat, apply an electric eel to it for 20 minutes, turning ...
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Designing a low technology flamethrower with limited resources

This is an extention of these question: Using dead bodies for material 4: ammunition and Arming all untrained people with firearms, which weapon would do? The world is suffering from the creatures of ...
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What are you actually moving when telekinetically moving/shaping fire?

Ok, so I'm willing to bet at least one person has looked at the title of this question and thought to themselves "What?", so I'll try and explain this as thoroughly as I can. Most ...
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How would you keep a reverse Hindenburg from exploding?

A colony ship was outfitted to set up operations in the "tiger stripe" ice caves of Enceladus. [sorry!] But its main drive was hacked during a course correction and the ship crashed on ...
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Human Combustion by Nanites

Nanites would likely generate a lot of heat. If a large number of nanites infested a human body, multiplied, and began moving / operating what would be the result? Could the composition of the ...
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Fire-themed enemy ideas [closed]

So I'm currently designing a video game lava level and I wanna fill it with fire-based animals that will essentially act as enemies for the players to interact with. So far I've currently got two ...
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Making a portable fire flute with thermoacoustics

Preliminary context Before we start, sit back and relax, and let me have you a cup of context : Last month, While wandering on the netdom, I wondered how I'd add some cultural interest to my medieval ...
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Would a pool of petroleum explode if lit on fire?

A large pool of crude oil 60 feet in diameter and about 10 feet deep. It sits atop a 100ft. tall stone pillar with a 5ft radius hole that leads down into the earth. If the oil on top is exposed to a ...
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Setting up a bonfire in a methane rich atmosphere: is it possible?

I am trying to describe the exploration of an hypothetical planet with a hydrocarbon rich atmosphere. Atmospheric pressure is around 1 bar, temperature around 10-20 Celsius, the main component of the ...
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Is it possible to have a cold flame?

Imagine I have this make-believe psionic microbe-or-something that feeds off of the heat energy from combustion. And let's say that this new fire radiates cold instead of hot. The big problem with ...
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Protective equipment of medieval firefighters?

Heating up with some context I have a kingdom where large patches of forest and dense vegetation lands are lying, ranging from mountainous (al)pine forests to deciduous trees from oceanic or mildly ...
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Is it possible to make blazing, flying spores/seeds?

You may have heard of pyrophites : They are plants which have a strong relationship to fire, whether they are extremely resilient to it, blossoming with it or simply as a way for their seeds to sprout....
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Would fire/heat powers be actually dangerous?

In a duel, one of the fighter is a fire mage who is capable of producing heat surges in a wave-like pattern. There are flames coming along with it, but it's purely for aethestics and has no physical ...
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What options does my hero have for burning down (or otherwise destroying) her house using means readily available? [closed]

My hero is a young female adult who's fascinated with old houses, so she bought one. The date is just "very old" and it is recognized as an historic building. Assume this is in the United ...
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How to activate and deactivate a fire stone the easy way? [closed]

In a world similar set in renaissance times, there are natural occurring stones with the ability to produce flames. The more precious the stone, the higher and stronger quality of the flame/fire. Each ...
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Reality check: A fire in a giant cave with two entrances. Where do the byproducts go?

There is an underground city in a multi-level cave with two entrances; it is otherwise enclosed. It's shaped more or less like an inverted pyramid, getting narrower with increasing depth. A fire ...
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Plausible setting that requires a wearable flamethrower

I've got a story I've started, and realized I have no explanation as to why the main character has a wearable flamethrower. Right now, I'm leaving it as 'He's a youtuber who makes stupid stuff so ...
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Anatomically Correct Salamander

The mythological salamander is a generally lizard-like creature which has been ascribed many traits and features, mainly in relation to fire. The basic traits of the mythological salamander are: They ...
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Laws between humans and anthropomorphic dragons (WIP / Questions) [closed]

I am currently creating a society for a short CG film. My main character is a young a,thropomorphic dragon living in the same standards as humans (as you can see on the image). I would have wanted to ...
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How would technology be affected if the use fire was restricted to just very specific locations?

So, imagine you live in a very humid climate. Much more than any tropical country. Fire doesn't appear in natural circumstances or, if it does, goes out extremely quickly. It's kind of a folk tale ...
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How easily can a medieval granary explode?

The villainous gremlins are attempting to cause as much damage to the lands of the Empire as possible with as little effort as practical. They have numerous plans to this end. One such plan is to blow ...
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Would it be possible to use a mount that requires a much higher temperature than the rider?

Would it be possible for an insect-sized intelligent species to ride a larger insect-sized species that can only survive at around 600°C, and if so, what would the mount need to be kept both warm and ...
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How can I expand the definition and some specifics of pyrokinesis?

I'm writing a sci-fi world where, if you put it in simple words, a small percentage of population can manipulate the matter. I'm not going to dive into specifics, because I'm still working on WHY and ...
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Metallurgy in the Carboniferous- Just how much hotter are fires?

The present day atmosphere is roughly 21% oxygen. Historically high-levels might have been as much as 35%, over 66% higher. This made the carboniferous a period of giant bugs and constant devastating ...
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Could one create solid rock from dirt using fire?

I have this idea of a character capable of manipulating heat (more than just controlling fire, really controlling the heat of stuff around him). Let's now say that this character digs a tunnel. Would ...
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How would a well-equipped Renaissance knight mitigate a dragon's fire breath?

During the early Renaissance, how might a knight-errant equip themselves to mitigate the offensive capabilities of flying, fire-breathing reptiles? It can be assumed that the knight, backed by a ...
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The chemical and nuclear science behind pyromancy

For quiet sometime now I’ve been stuck on one of the finer details of my world building. Namely that one of my characters is this world’s version of a pyromancer that, through the use of both the ...
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How to prevent medieval houses from being burnt to ground by fire breathing dragons?

Medieval houses generally made out of timber were often being raided by several dragons that can breathe chemical fire at a distance. They seldom touch the houses with their razor sharp talons nor ...
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How effective is fire in bathing?

I have a fantasy race that controls fire, and loses their powers when they get wet. They bathe by scarping all dirt and materials off their skin and heating the outside of their body to 600 degrees ...
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How to prove that “dragons“ spit fire?

Let's imagine there actually were dragons (dinosaurs) that spit fire. How could that be actually proven if you've lived in a day and age like today, where these kinds of creatures are actually ...
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