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I have a faction called the Wayward Brotherhood. May I have general input on their methods? The problem is that they feel cruel for cruelty's sake [closed]

The Wayward Brotherhood is an anti-theist shadow-organization in my medieval high-fantasy setting inspired by Blasphemous and Fear and Hunger. The mysterious elders of this group have ruled it ...
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How to feed a vampire blood spontaneously

Suppose a common situation with a vampire occurs. They're short of blood, you want to save them, you need to deliver a moderate amount of blood to them to revive them but you don't want to be ...
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What would be the most efficient way for vampires to farm human blood? [closed]

A bit of background to the question. Vampires are rare in human kingdoms and are hunted down, and the technology level across the world is around the 17th century level in terms of our world, since ...
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How do I calculate strength and other physical factors based on size?

In my game you can be minuscule or gigantic, everything has its pros and cons Outside of obvious things like weight, I've seen that the tallest people tend to be anorexic at absurdly high weights like ...
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How to keep the imprisonment of mythical creatures a secret from the public, but not from their human family members?

For longer than has been recorded, "monster hunters" of various denominations have hunted humanoid magical creatures which have lived in hiding for even longer. Most of these creatures can ...
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How can human sebum be harvested and how much could you get out of a human?

So, some aliens discover that human skin oil has unique properties that are desirable for them. They cannot synthetically synthesize it for whatever reason. So, to be clear, they really want the stuff....
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How to survive a helicopter crash using alien biotechnology?

In the near-future, in a war between aliens and humans, the aliens hatch a plan to seemingly assassinate a human leader (on Earth), but make it look like it was done by other humans. They have it ...
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Feline rider's position: reclining, seated or Prone?

I'm looking at the idea of a large feline as a rideable mount, and I'm running into a question about the rider's posture when riding. Would it be best to have the rider mounted Prone, like on a modern ...
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How long would it take humans to notice a civilization on Venus?

Now I know this is a very weird and impossible question, there is clearly no civilization on Venus. But for the sake of the story I'm cooking up in my head, Venus remains habitable and develops life ...
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Is a society where children are entirely raised by boarding schools sustainable?

In my previous question, I brought up a hypothetical society where children aren't raised at all by their biological parents. Instead, the children are taken care of by hospital staff for the first ...
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Can selective breeding maximize human intelligence without major complications?

I am writing a story about an extreme meritocracy that applies artificial selection and eugenics to humans. This society (called Sophia) views intelligence as the most important trait to have. Almost ...
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What are some evolutionary bugs in the human genome that could be ironed out by a god that is essentially intelligent evolution? [closed]

In my setting, humanity's gods are real and benevolent, but not omnipotent. They did not create the human species, but rather showed up early in its evolutionary history (equivalent of 300 kya in our ...
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Does the addition of dominant fantasy races change racism in humans?

Context: This takes place in an alternate reality earth; several fantasy races have existed since the Ladinian era of the break up of Pangea; meaning by the time humans evolved into homo-sapiens, they ...
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How would burn-proof people react to enflamed alcohol?

The Ardeites are a group of humans who are wholly immune to being injured by heat and flame. Furthermore, they cannot feel pain. All other features (including instinctive reactions to extreme ...
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How do human girls who are sterilised at age 9 develop as they mature?

On the world of Ruquelis, there are three genders, men, women, and lilim who are a female sex, with wings and clawed feet. Because of the genetics of this situation, lilim are less fertile and can ...
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How many members of a species would be required to prevent inbreeding? [duplicate]

I’m writing for my Safespace series and I’ve hit a snag: I want Homo sapiens to have been abducted from Earth about 10,000 years ago so that when humans expand to the wider galaxy, they find “...
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How large of an initial population would it take for these new traits to average out into the standard population of the world?

Let's say, many years ago, hybrids between humans and other mammalians were created and introduced into the world for various purposes. They have the same cognitive abilities as the other humans, and ...
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Safety and practicality of a sweating ritual using hot coals

I am imagining rituals for a society that I am developing. I've heard of native american sweat lodges and global sauna culture, and I am considering something similar for my Pandemonic society. While ...
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What is the minimum complexity of summoned "food" that a person could live long-term on?

This question is inspired by an another question which asked how long a mage could survive on pure water, NaCl salt, and sucrose, which they could summon. In taking this a step farther, what is the ...
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Is there an evolutionary advantage for 12.5% of my mammalian species Homo genus to have blue-green colorblindness?

In my world, there is a species of human called Homo hematophagus (blood eating human). Traditionally, these vampires are a cannibalistic race: In war they often drank the blood from their rivals' ...
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How long could a person survive on nothing but water, salt, and sugar?

Magic System One of my worlds has a magic system that allows people to produce any element, as well as a small number of molecules. When something is produced using magic, it spawns into existence in ...
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Would it be possible for someone to have his prosthetics that were made from steampunk materials back in the 1930s?

Edit #1: As I was asked to define the steampunk materials, I should’ve clarify that by this term, I mean materials that consist of metallic elements in general, such as gold, might as well have bronze,...
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Evolutionary path of action/anime humans [closed]

In story I'm considering writing, a branch of hominid that had been trapped on another alternate earth after being crossing over through rifts are able to return to our earth after these rifts started ...
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Virus that affects only males? [duplicate]

Furrious Rabies affects only males in this universe, in our real universe it affects both genders. in our real universe I've never heard of any virus that only affects people with Y chromies. So I'm ...
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Could a newborn baby survive on a paleo diet?

Background Info One of my stories features the classic isekai trope of a person being reincarnated into a baby's body while still retaining their full cognitive abilities. The world they are ...
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How long after birth would it take for a fully-coordinated baby to begin walking?

In the isekai genre of anime, it is a common trope for a person to be reborn into a baby's body while retaining their full cognitive abilities. Assuming they maintain full control of their ...
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How could a radiowave controlled cyborg-mutant be possible?

The cells of certain gene edited superhumans were changed to make them produce molecular radiowave receiver inside the cell to allow the superhuman to coordinate the movements and even change genetic ...
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How might humans and their civilisations deal with living in a narrow band between a hot 🔥 face and cold ❄️ face of a planet? [closed]

Inspired by this answer. How would the humans and their civilisations deal with things like: The almost 1D direction of travel within a habitat zone The limited liveable space Having to go near the ...
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What effects would banning opposite-sex mating have on sexuality? [closed]

A load of children/teens developed magic mutations, so the government kidnapped them and locked them away for life. Due to the magic the kids can't be sterilized, and for economic and scientific ...
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Aligned AI Used By Misaligned Humans [closed]

Title. In my story idea, an extremist terror group uses an advanced AI to create a designer disease that ultimately kills ~20% of the world's population. This ultimately leads to humans banning all ...
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Murder is Legal, now what? [closed]

Background: I'm toying with a short story that deals with the concepts of: The limits of Policing, The (legitimate) use of force and the right to defend oneself. In the scenario - a society faces ever ...
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Coherence of Facial Features in an Antarctic Race

I am currently thinking of an Asian-descended race/type of humans who want from the Americas then were expulsed to an agriculturally viable Antarctica by what we know today as the Native Americans, I ...
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Could my planet be habitable (Or partially habitable) by humans?

Set up I'm currently building a planet that I want to have both alien life forms and humans. It has the following traits: Humans migrated from Earth a long time ago, but only landed on the planet 24 ...
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How can a person kill a giant ape without using a weapon?

In my world there are humans living in rainforests near the coast. In the depths of the forests live giant apes, similar to the extinct Gigantopithecus. Something like a 3 metre tall 300kg orangutang ...
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Slime substance containing collagen, used as glue

In my world, hagfish-like creatures live near the coast, and they produce a slime substance with their bodies, containing collagen. How can that substance be used as glue by aboriginal humans? The ...
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Indian Ocean continent - which humans get there first?

Trying to develop an ATL in which several 'lost' continents in the Indian Ocean - namely Kerguelen, Broken Ridge and the Mascarene Plateau (just east of Madagascar) - never end up being submerged and ...
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How fast can a cylinder spin, with a human on its inner wall, to NOT experience motion sickness?

Context I'm working on an interstellar Ark made of a few (probably 3 to be more specific) layers of cylinders (modified O'Neil's concept), while trying to get the station to be as compact as possible. ...
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Would there be any side-effects of modded humans breeding with vanilla humans

Context I plan on creating a world with two human populations, one that would have their respiratory and blood systems genetically modified (suited to be more resillient against oxygen poisoning ...
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How much information can humans transfer in five seconds? [closed]

Two persons can see and talk to each other a handful of seconds. How much information can they convey? The gods host "hunger games". A huge TV-show where the universe watches a few thousands ...
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Nose-wrestling for political power - Is a human trunk possible in terms of evolution?

In the far future, a planet in the Milky Way that was colonised by humans 500,000 years before has developed nose-wrestling as a means of establishing dominance. This is thought to have begun with a ...
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What are the physical symptoms of standing for too long? [closed]

Someone being forced to stand for seven hours give or take with no possibility of shifting position. It would last seven hours a day for about a week as a form of punishment. All I've been able to ...
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Why would dyadic cisgender women with facial hair be considered attractive? [closed]

In my world, there is a revolution in the world of fashion: women, men, non-binary people, and genderfluid people all must have facial hair if they want to be among the elite models. To be exact, men ...
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Could a humantaur in the US be accepted to West Point and/or have a career in the US Military?

For the last seventeen years, Kerner Syndrome children, known colloquially as humantaurs (as in the image below, having a fully functional second abdomen and second pair of legs, plus a horse-like ...
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Would an active-duty modern US special forces soldier be able to have retained foreign bodies from previous injuries?

I'm working on a character for my story. He is an active-duty US Army Ranger performing combat missions. I would like him to have had a previous injury suffered in the line of duty in which foreign ...
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Colonization of the Siberian taiga by engineering crops and ecosystem

(REVISED) It usually is common sense to believe that any crops would just die within Siberian soil. But I just thought about creating genetically modified crops which are adapted to boreal, permafrost ...
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What would humans look like on a tidally locked moon with 0.7 G, 0.85 atm of pressure and at the distance similar to mars? (more info in the picture) [closed]

In the picture is the info box of the tidally locked moon of Vaskas. I'm working on a nation what lives on this moon but I would like to know how people on this moon would look like. (This is my first ...
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What would have to be considered when designing a humanoid species with extra limbs? [closed]

My dad was talking about some book where these humans had one big arm and two smaller arms, and it got me thinking. What if humans had two extra arms? And not big ones like the Ben 10 alien, but ...
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Is "too few people left" a credible explanation for a global knowledge loss of this magnitude?

My setting is what I would call "post-post-apocalyptic", meaning that our civilization doesn't exist anymore, but the collapse has happened in a past distant enough that people aren't really ...
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How plausible is the idea of aquatic humans/humanoids having respiration like a frog instead of things like gills?

I was reading about frogs, which led me to think: what if, instead of gills, aquatic humanoids had a respiration system like frogs (absorbing the oxygen from the water through their skin)?
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Why do pantropy (genetically modified humans) and terraforming both exist?

I am trying to increase the diversity of beings in this sci-if futuristic project, and am considering the use of pantropy to do so. Pantropy means genetically altering humans to inhabit unfamiliar ...
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