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What would bloodstains look like after 500 years?

I realise this is a bit of a strange question, but what would bloodstains look like after ~500 years? Specifically, what would a text written on parchment using (human) blood as ink look like after ...
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What person/group can be trusted to secure and freely distribute extensive amount of future knowledge in the 1990s?

This is another attempt at helping my previously mentioned time traveler to distribute a significant amount of 2020 knowledge in 1990. This time we're assuming 2-3 loops have happened and he can ...
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Chaotic World: Calendar and Events

Environment There exists a strange dimension called the Margins of Reality. All supernatural things in the world come from here and are caused by what the natives call "Margin Spirits." In ...
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An alphabet with alternating reading order

I am in the middle of designing a con-lang that features, among other things a letter reading order that alternates by line from left-to-right to right-to-left and back again. My justification for ...
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Is there something wrong with my fictional lighthouse?

I'm writing a story of a fictional location on Earth, or a very Earth-like world, perhaps set in the late 1800s, or at some point when lighthouses were still in use. It's located on the Eastern end of ...
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Would it be possible for Tsar to escape execution and form a great power elsewhere?

I imagined the scenario for a story where the USSR still forms and will later fight in a Cold War with the USA. However, I am imagining a scenario where the tsar escapes, goes with some loyal ...
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How to decide what language(s) to use for place names? [closed]

I have a homebrew world for a TTRPG where I have generated languages for each of the cultures populating the planet. When referring to those places (on a map, in the player's guide, in-game, etc.), I'...
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Could my island, its inhabitants, and its tunnels exist? If so, how? If not, how could I tweak it to make it so?

My island is on Earth. It is my intention that it was a part of a larger landmass at some point during ancient history, so not as early as Pangaea. That’s important because the island’s inhabitants ...
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How do I write a fictional alternate history to handwave in a higher predilection for firearms among world cultures?

I'm not a fan of the word "handwaving" it just makes me sound like I'm bullshitting something I want into my story with various excuses. Essentially I want to have all of the world's ...
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How can I establish a long term banking system for the Medieval period?

Bernius Madolffo was a good and honest priest who turned to entrepreneurship after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. The death of the Catholic Church and fall of Christianity in the world ...
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In what war would 2020 semi-automatic pistols make a difference?

Just variegating this question for SEMI (NOT fully) automatic pistols like the M17 Modular Handgun System (variant of SIG Sauer P320) or Heckler & Koch P12. Pick whichever country and one of ...
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In what war would a 2020 Australian patrol boat with only guns make a difference? [closed]

Just variegating this question for a Royal Australian Navy Armidale-class patrol boat that has no aircraft or missiles. Like other question, assume a full weekly resupply of only ammunition and fuel. ...
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How can I make Orion pulse vehicles take off?

During the Cold War, the United States initiated Project ORION. This program was intended to build and launch super-heavy vehicles into space. They wanted to do this not with the use of chemical ...
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What could be a valuable resource in an isolated desert, where workforce should be really small in an era before the discovery of electricity?

It's an era before the discovery of electricity and I'm aiming for realism. There is a small desert town of only 15 people by a river and along a strong trade route (so they don't have to produce ...
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What kind of names are suitable for colonies, in-universe? [closed]

I'm making an alternate colonial scenario, and it comes with its own client states, settlements, and other things that the coloniser must have a name for. Historically, those names were often ...
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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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Ownership of a house if no owner can be found [closed]

Background: Currently I am working on a haunted-house story. The house in this story, has existed for an undetermined amount of time (how and when it was build is not really important for the story). ...
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Where could you obtain neon/argon in 1931 Las Vegas?

First question ever asked, so apologies if I've done this incorrectly! My current predicament: characters in 1931 Las Vegas are looking to get their hands on some neon/argon (for use in neon signs). ...
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I’m a billionaire that will time travel to the year 1100 CE with a shipping crate. How can I take over the world? [closed]

I have recently bought a time machine. It’s capable of sending me as well as a shipping crate full of items back to 1100 CE. I have one year to prepare and learn any skills that will help me I ...
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Blowing Up the Aswan Dam: How Many People Get Flooded? [closed]

Let's say in some war scenario, an enemy of Egypt decides to fire a missile which can crack the Aswan High Dam. How many Egyptians would become casualties? You can interpret that to include people ...
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Can a city develop without exterior trading?

I’m exploring different scenarios for a future D&D campaign. I want to know if it’s possible, for a growing settlement, to develop without trading with its neighbors. Let’s assume that they can ...
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Smallest required change to elect Thomas Dewey as POTUS in 1948? [closed]

As the question says, let's hear your ideas for how this famous headline printed in error could have been made a political reality... Bonus points if your history changes begin after the end of WWII (...
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Are there any historic armed combat sports that don't simulate sword-fighting (other than jousting)? [closed]

I'm focusing on a medieval warfare setting similar to Fire Emblem, and the tiresome abundance of swords has me thinking about alternative weapons to shine a spotlight on. I'm also thinking about the ...
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What key technologies in today's world would not exist if flight was never discovered? [closed]

For an alternate world sci-fi novel, I'm trying to figure out which technologies they have. I would prefer for flight not to exist. Would this interfere with things like computer technology? I ...
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Could Byzantines bridge a deep strait separating 2 continents?

In my book series, there are 2 main continents on the planet Aurea: Koumaris and Louzi. There is a spot here where the 2 continents come very close to touching, separated only by about 2,500 feet (760 ...
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How effective could a dragon be in wwII style warfare?

For my question, the dragons are no taller than the average human, and they would have about the same intelligence as a human as well, their colouring is grey-ish blue, and they have access to all ...
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Plausible reasons for a whole planet to have a temperate oceanic climate?

In my book series, I’m worldbuilding a planet whose culture is based on Celtic mythology and history, and in order to be consistent with real life I feel like the whole planet’s environment needs to ...
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Should languages ​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage?

Should languages ​​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage? I guess they should be similar for example in phonetics or in some other ...
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Could written documents last for 3 million years?

This is another question about my fantasy version of Pluto. Basically, I’d like the Plutonian’s civilization to be at least 3 million years old, and there are written documents from when their ...
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How would people in the 1920s-1930s explain or rationalize superpowers?

In June 1938 Action Comics #1 was published, introducing Superman to the world and codifying the modern idea of a superhero that the world has known for almost the past 80 years. There were ...
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Why would a civilization develop a taboo against a highly nutritious food that grows well in its climate?

A human civilization, civilization X, decides that food Y is not fit for consumption. Food Y grows well in its climate, is highly nutritious and tasty, and is not harmful to its inhabitants. Food Y ...
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Could pre-New World Native Americans open a modern safe using only their tools?

Suppose you've got a standard, protect-your-important-papers type safe like this one: And you've got a group of 15th century Native Americans: horses, fires, knives, bows and arrows, etc... Could ...
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How difficult would it be to invade Mainland China during WWII? [closed]

In an alternate history WWII scenario, the Republic of China became a fascist, one-party state similar to Nazi Germany (who they're closely allied with; Adolf Hitler IRL even considered the Chinese ...
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Did people have an idea of DNA in the 17th century? [closed]

I know that DNA was discovered later in time but during the 17th century, specifically around 1620 and onwards, would people have known anything about the idea of DNA? If so then how much would they ...
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Clear Waterproof Material in the Dark Ages

A traveling scholar during the Dark Ages, with full knowledge of how precious books were, decided to keep his rolled up in a scroll. He's fashioned a clever case for it that allows him to turn a nob ...
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How could the Empire of Japan and America be allies in WWII? [closed]

I am slowly building an alternate history story where America and the Empire of Japan are closely allied during the early 1940s instead of at war. They are so close, in fact, that Anchorage is seen as ...
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Plausibility of Star Trek's Voth

In Star Trek Voyager, the Voth are an intelligent, humanoid species of descendants of dinosaurs (hadrosaurs). Paleontologists estimate, that up around 99% of species, that ever lived, died out. ...
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The German Empire refuses to back Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia in 1914. What changes from there on? [closed]

When asked by Austria-Hungary to back their declaration of war on Serbia, the German Empire refuses, stating that with how unstable Europe currently is a war would be disastrous. How could WWI play ...
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BCS: Chola Empire colonizes Australia? [closed]

So, here's the premise- in the mid 11th century, a Vellalar prince, looking to gain influence and power in the Imperial Chola court, funds and organizes a small colonial expedition to search for new ...
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Can agriculture and megafauna coexist?

Some say that one of the reason humans developed agriculture is because megafauna (specifically the Pleistocene megafauna) were hunted for food to extinction and humans were forced to develop ...
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Ideal Firearms for time travel or low tech universe exploration

I am a world-hopping warlock who regularly goes on adventures in various worlds with differing levels of technological knowledge. Being a crafty warlock, I have a number of tricks, weapons, and ...
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At what point in time would humans notice a 21st century satellite observing them?

I was considering a story based on a version of Earth that was being observed from the beginning of civilisation (Around 3000-4000 BC in my understanding "Early civilizations arose first in Lower ...
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A Soldier With an Asymmetrical Shoulder: Which Weapons Would He Use?

Let us assume that we are reading a historical fantasy about a Chinese or Korean soldier set anywhen between the 11th and 15th centuries CE. Not exciting, so here's the real standout--his right ...
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Building a phone charger 500 years ago

Imagine a theoretical scenario where I am transported backwards in time 500 years with nothing but a mobile phone containing all of human knowledge. Clearly I want access to this valuable resource but ...
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How was currency converted in the middle ages?

I have tried to look for an answer using the [currency] tag but none of those questions had answers that sufficed. I understand that back then there were a myriad of currencies, most of these were ...
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Is it possible for a country to develop the equivalent of a Second Industrial Revolution while under a war of attrition?

I'm developing a setting that has majoritarily experienced a First Industrial Revolution after a period of peace, preceded by a period of warfare sort of equivalent to the Napoleonic wars. Now I am ...
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When is the earliest in Earth history when Grade 5 Titanium alloy could be made, assuming one knows the formula and has the feedstock?

Bob the time traveler has a problem. He went to 75,000,000 BC to get some dinosaur eggs (don't ask) and his time machine re-combobulator broke and a big chunk is missing. Fortunately he can still ...
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How can I pinpoint the closest time period to the modern world to develop a religion?

I am an entrepreneurial religious leader on the path to god hood, and have been said to be able to heal individuals of illnesses incurable by science. It has even been claimed that I brought a dying ...
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Are there examples of rowers who also fought?

In my world I plan to have a naval army with boats that are driven by manpower. The rowers are not slaves but are also soldiers. However, I am struggling to find examples of times in history where ...
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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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