Questions tagged [internal-consistency]

For questions that ask if a given concept is consistent, or being used consistently, in the context of the referenced world rules. Answers should say yes or no, with supporting info. This tag should not be used with the science-based, hard-science, or science-fiction tags. Comparisons to the real world should use the science-based tag. This tag may not be used alone. This tag may not be used with the science-fiction, science-based, or hard-science tags.

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Is my climate map plausible?

I've created an Earthlike planet and spent a lot of time trying to get the climate right. I have included a map of elevation and currents. Are these climates possible, given their surrounding factors? ...
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Reasons for being sent to retrieve an all-powerful artefact? [migrated]

I'm considering (first time) DM'ing "The Silvyr Tower" for a group. However I am not sure how to sell the starting situation to my players. Summarizing the starting situation: the group is ...
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How could a hyperspace "ocean" work?

I've been working on a mostly hard sci-fi setting where there exists an extradimensional hyperspace that allows for superluminal travel and time travel called Deepspace or Darkspace, which has a very ...
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How do camouflage plates know what color to change to?

How could organic adaptive camouflage be implemented into materials implementable by humans? I have already developed a general system: the system is made of small plates that form larger plates. each ...
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Why are scout bots only used for reconnaissance?

Why would scout robots be used for recon only, not general combat? I have a situation in which scout robots akin to mars rovers are used for military applications by forces residing on a foreign ...
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How much of a small, isolated, civilization's culture would survive a magical cataclysm? [closed]

I'm starting with some background so the question can be answered in-context. Apologies if I veer into too much storytelling. Pre-Cataclysm Setting: A fantasy civilization, essentially only humans, in ...
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How does "innate magical power" fit into a magic system powered by emotion and memory?

In the magic system I've been workshopping, magic is powered by the caster's emotions and memories. Specifically, mages can shape spells by creating associations to their own memories, and strengthen ...
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How to recreate a "land" harp that can work in the deep sea?

Once again, I am asking questions based on my as of yet defined highly-evolved, human-derived "merfolk". But this time, I'm going towards deeper waters-- let's say about 5000 meters below ...
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Medieval Europe without animals [closed]

I'm working on a setting that in some ways looks like medieval Europe without domestic, or in general agriculturally significant, animals, and I'm trying to figure out what the implications would be. ...
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Non absurd way to lay a cable over light years of distance [closed]

This isn't entirely hard science but bear with me. (Prologue) In the near future, a series of increasing heavy elements are synthesized building on the theory of islands of stability, incredibly ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

In my world, advanced technological body modification exists. Those with any sort of modifications are rare, and those with extensive modifications are even rarer. These rare and uncommon cyborgs are ...
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How to make electro kinetic immune to electricity

In my hard science world there is a character that can output electrons around 30000 volts and around 50,000 amps.The problem is that they would instantly die every time they use their ability. So I ...
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Continent Formation and Volcanos

For over a year I've been writing about a fictional race of people that has taken on rather a life of its own. They live on an earth like world with similar geological processes to our own but I don't ...
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Is a species that mates by "tribadism" possible?

In real life, there are planarians that are hermaphroditic, which means that they produce both eggs and sperm, however, they have penises and scrotum without clitorises and vaginas. They sexually ...
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How can I incorporate both the metaphysics of the story and magic into a system without compromising one or the other? [closed]

I'll try my best to make this not so nonsensically long and give you the basics with brevity. I'll be summarizing ALOT. In the beginning was an entity known as the Eternal Sovereign, a being whose ...
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What potentially breathable gas behaves the most like a liquid?

So I've already found that Neon seems to be the highest viscosity gas, at least that I can find. However, I don't feel like simply adding a lot of Neon to the atmosphere of my fictional planet of ...
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Practicality of engine-mediated magic

In another universe in which humans may exist but did not evolve, the laws of physics allow phenomena that we in this universe would call magical, where matter and energy may be moved, transformed and ...
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Plausibility, habitability and conditions of shell-system

I have some questions regarding the feasibility of this planetary shell-based construction. I have read other questions about shell worlds, but this case has some unique elements, so I thought I would ...
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Sustaining linear warfare in futuristic combat [closed]

In my sci-fi setting, I’m looking for a way to have linear infantry formations, or something similar, in a world where airplanes and machine-guns also exist. It is made possible by the existence of ...
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How can kaiju exist in nature and not significantly alter civilization?

I'm building a world where kaiju-sized creatures exist alongside regular-sized creatures. How these kaiju don't crumble under their own weight doesn't matter, and can be explained away by them being ...
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Covert conflict between different organizations and paranormal groups [closed]

I was recently thinking of creating a reality very similar to the real world but which is under a supernatural "cold war", where scientists, researchers, wizards, techno-wizards, witches, ...
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The two societies of Hell - are they reasonable?

Once, thousands of years ago, there was a land called Dhelō. It was a bright, green, fertile land with rivers, lakes, plains, forests and farms. There was a great calamity, and the world broke into ...
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What medical problems would doctors in a far future setting, plausibly have trouble dealing with?

This is based on another thread in regards to how you can avoid having sci fi technology be a deus ex machina. So when it comes to writing inorganic technology, IE spaceships and laser guns, the laws ...
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How Would a Spacefaring Civilization Using No Electricity Communicate?

I'm working on a civilization who was born out of a century-long interstellar war with an AI. So they had previously developed electrical and digital technology but now they're avoiding using any of ...
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How can a Leader Remain in Power, Despite being Excessively Cruel and Murderous Towards the Subordinates?

Question inspired by Batman: Arkham games - although this trope is definitely not limited to this series, it is very widely (ab)used in various media. In Batman: Arkham, various mob leaders are ...
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Is it believable to store information in live DNA for billion years?

Imagine a civilization that approaches Kardashev II. They are deep into spacefaring, they live on a few less than one-hundred colonized worlds. They've not found evidence of other sapient life, so ...
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Would the presence of superhumans necessarily lead to giving them authority?

We all know the cliche from numerous comics, cartoons, anime shows, video games, etc: some members of the society are vastly more powerful than others. (These are called 'superheroes', 'wizards', '...
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Is it possible for rockets to exist in a world that is only in the early stages of developing jet aircraft?

More specifically, is it possible for rocket engines comparable to those of the mid 1960s to exist in a world where in atmosphere jet engines are only in their early stages of development? This world ...
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Rationale for sending manned mission to another star?

In the near future an ancient, derelict spacecraft or space station has been discovered orbiting Barnard's Star, 6 light years from Earth. Why would Earth send a manned mission to Barnard's Star to ...
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Building a settlement in a place in temporal stasis. What problems the settlers would face?

In my low-fantasy world there is a place where the environment has been frozen by magic in some kind of temporal stasis. It's an antarctic type of environment, with mountains and huge ice sheets: ...
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Is there a way to use language to hijack a persons reality, that wouldnt cause a [syntax error] in reality itself?

Joe has a special ability where everyone always believes whatever he says. For example, if Joe says "the sky is black" then everyone believes that the sky is black. If Joe says "1+1=3&...
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How could the ability to produce a negative electric charge without a corresponding positive charge be used to power a basic portable circuit?

Relevant Information My magic system consists of a fluid (called aura) emitted from the body whose position can be telekinetically controlled (manipulation), whose physical properties can be altered (...
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How would a civilization of techno-barbarians maintain their space ships?

Recently I've gotten interested in the planetary romance genre and the idea of a sword, sorcery and spaceships genre. So here's the dynamic is basically something like this. There is a star system ...
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Would it make more sense to terraform a planet with a single climate or multiple varieties of climate?

A human civilization in my story has terraformed hundreds, possibly thousands of planets across their galaxy to support life. They have done this by changing the atmospheres, adding minerals into the ...
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What makes my planetary shields more practical on the surface of planets than in space?

First off habitable planets play a major role in this setting. Furthermore this is a setting whose elements somewhat require that the surface of planets are not soft targets. In particular planets are ...
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Have I missed any obvious applications of my portal superpower?

One of the superpowers in my world is the ability to mentally manipulate portals. These portals are incorporeal, massless, 2-dimensional circles that connect points in space (akin to portals from the ...
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If a civilization had the technology to create portals (wormholes) for FTL space travel, what about wormholes would make them not work for weapons?

If a civilization had the technology to create wormholes for travel, what would stop them from using this technology to open wormholes right above their targets and launching a weapon through it? If ...
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Is there anything to super speed other than super strength, super durability, and accelerated thinking?

I was thinking of having superspeed, in my superhero world, be the result of the combination of several powers. In that case, should it (logically speaking) consist of any powers other than super ...
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How would a bioengineered warbeast get energy from fossil fuel products?

In the somewhat far future, mankind has become fairly adept at wet nanotechnology and synthetic biology. Allowing them to not just modify what exists in nature, but build beyond it with almost ...
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Creating magically binding contracts that can't be abused?

I'm toying with magically binding contracts existing. For now I'm trying to figure out if such can exist without being either leaving loopholes, being easily abused, or otherwise resulting in a very ...
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Is there a way to reconcile inertial dampening fields with conservation laws?

So I wish to make a sci fi setting that uses gravity manipulation tech and inertial dampeners. I have a number of ideas for how such a system works, and about how it should go. At the moment I'm ...
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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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Why is Hyperspace more hostile to computers than human brains?

For stylistic reasons, I wanted to impose some limits on the use of computers and automation to justify my setting's retro-aesthetic and elements for my science fantasy story. Basically humanity has ...
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Why would a sublight Alcubierre drive be more useful for braking than for propulsion?

To get to the point, ships in the setting I'm working on still use a conventional, albeit very advanced, form of rocket propulsion. However interstellar ships also use a sublight Alcubierre drive ...
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How can I make the rules of my Faerie Portal free from contradiction?

On the hilltop in the field near my house, there lives a coven of witches. Or, more accurately, there is a coven of witches living in a pocket of the Faerie Realm which has recently become attached to ...
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IF you had a territorial struggle based on magic, how would it play out? [closed]

A large part of the political power in my world building for my book is based around a concept called "grinding" where a faction would gradually amass influence and natural resources by ...
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Peak Copper Age Society

How far could the technology of a copper age society get; Could they work up to the level of late antiquity? Context: Im working on a si-fi/fantasy world were people have been transplanted onto a ...
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What would it be like for a human to maneuver while at supersonic speed?

The person is superhuman. There is both magic and sci-fi involved in the setting. They have the physical strength required to accelerate to supersonic speeds. They have the ability to latch ...
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Genetics of a human-animal hybrid

It’s the age of genetic engineering, and Scientists, in league with shady corporations, have created a group of human-animal hybrids, hereafter referred to as Metamorphs. Metamorphs are designed as ...
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Could you use the gravity of an extremely close gas giant to assist in leaving a planet

Scenario: A gas giant knocked off orbit is projected to make an extremely close approach to our planet. Close enough to cause miles high tides, continent wide earthquakes, and send our planet on an ...
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