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Why would a species take until ~50 years to 'mature' and stop being teenagers?

I'm writing fiction in a shared world that I have some control over, and for my own benefit I'm trying to figure out a reason why the Dwarves in this world wouldn't be 'mature' until they'd reached 50....
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Why do all magic schools have streaming?

Streaming is the practice of grouping students based on their magical potential, usually at the end of the entrance exam the candidate has to don a talking pointed hat which then announces their ...
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How to distinguish between immoveable spell and ownership spell?

Suppose I have 2 different type of spells namely immoveable spell and ownership spell, assuming the requirements and magical costs for both are similar I need help to distinguish between the two. ...
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How to engineer a lethal memetic weapon?

Memes are self-replicating constructs that "care" mostly about their own spread. They are an analogy to genes, only that they are purely informational. Like genes, memes don't necessarily ...
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Why must all magic teachers master the basics of forbidden dark magic?

In the school of fine magic, all magic teachers must undergo a course on forbidden dark magic such as witchcraft and voodoo curses and achieve a satisfactory result in the exam before they are ...
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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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Why do people below not know what the people up above look like?

Why would regular people not know what the rich people on Earth looked like? Setting details: I'm writing a story in which Earth is basically turning into trash. Not quite Wall-E level trash yet but ...
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Scources for metastable Metallic Hydrogen

Recently I've been looking into Metallic Hydrogen as a fuel for the vehicles of my fictional future world. The only issue is that I'm uncertain if the blasted stuff is metastable. And while I know ...
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How long to rebuild the world if you could still travel to the current one?

Premise: Modern society discovers a magic portal that leads to a parallel universe that is almost identical to our own but the earth on the other side never had humans (or any other technology ...
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Can sudden knowledge cause health risks?

Well, the story goes like this: In a sci-fi space war setting, the protagonist is blasted away and somehow he crashes in a medieval-setting planet. Over there he is rescued by the princess of a ...
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How can I spread content from an ancient text without governmental supervision? [closed]

I am a social justice warrior on a crusade against my nation. For decades, I have watched our leaders ruthlessly expand their power under the guise of "protecting democratic interests around the world"...
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Losing Knowledge

Is it plausible to create a world in which the people who live inside it developed technologies like the ones we had in WW2, but after their progress came to a halt they forgot their knowledge. ...
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How do you study magic without it being a science? [duplicate]

I want wizards in my setting to study magic, building libraries of arcane tomes and conducting zany experiments, but I don't want them to be able to share the benefits of their research because that ...
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Being reborn with your memories - Knowledge is power, but how much?

Imagine a world like ours, with humans that have a soul which passes on into a new human body, taking the memories with it. They get accessible during puberty, gradually. as the number of humans is ...
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