Questions tagged [low-fantasy]

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Gaining The Levitation Enchantment (or killing Droppers)

This is a direct extension of Protection Medieval Villagers From Droppers and concerns killing Droppers to gain their Enchantment: Levitation. 1. Be Alive Inside a Dropper When It Is Killed No mean ...
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Protecting Medieval Villagers From Droppers

This is a long-overdue sequel to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers? and covers Chomper's flying brethren: Droppers. These little devils are more than a little dangerous. A Dropper is ...
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Making Suitable Clothing For Fire Mages

In my world, there are mages capable of wielding the power of flame. The trouble is, trainee pyromancers tend to burst into flame, whenever they get excited. And later on, truly gifted pyromancers ...
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Making a Predator For Bitbugs

If you don't know what the heck a Bitbug is, this handy link should give you a good idea. Basically, these Kirbyesque bugs are living chaos, manifested in a cute, lovable, implacable, and infectious ...
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Crude oil and Uranium.in a fantasy world [closed]

After watching this Artifexian video it got me thinking about what I should do with Crude oil and Uranium in my fantasy world. I figure that my Dwarves will definitely find these resources, but it ...
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Figuring Out Monster Ecology

In one of my last questions, Making a Predator For Chompers, Daron pointed out that I should really post an ecology question, so now I'm trying to figure out the ecology of my world based on my most ...
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Creating a Predator For Snappers

Yep, it's another predator question. I know lots of animals eat fish, but the Snapper is a different breed of deadly animal, a ferocious, amphibious pirahna with dagger-hard teeth and the ability to ...
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Making a Predator For Chompers

Yep, I'm back with another predator question! Before I even posting Creating a Predator For Plops, I knew I'd have to post similar questions for Chompers, Snappers, and Anklebiters (the last will come ...
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Creating a Predator For Plops

After hearing the idea that Plop meant the end of all life on Earth multiple times in the comments on my Plop questions, I have come to decide a Plop predator should be created. (For a description of ...
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Protecting Medieval People From Snappers

My previous questions of this type (one concerning Plops, the other Chompers) concerned protecting medieval villages. This question is less specific, and here's why: Snappers can spawn anywhere. ...
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What wold be a viable defense against hostile dragon armies? [closed]

As you may know, there are two types of dragons in my world: wyverns and noble dragons. Wyverns are essentially the classic dragon: smart as a dog, bulky, loves treasure, tamable if you're stubborn ...
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Can my wyrms exist? [closed]

Now, in a science-based Dnd campaign I'm making, the dragons actually go through a larval state. Called wyrms, these gross little guys resemble extremely large maggots, except with a lot more teeth. ...
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Dealing With Cuckoo Dragon Eggs

There are many species of dragon, but the cuckoo dragon is the worst of all. You see, when normal dragons reproduce, they expend life force to create new life. The most powerful dragon species expend ...
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Preventing a Runaway Societal Effect

I am designing a medieval fantasy world, specifically one mirroring an RPG realistically (don't laugh, I'm actually doing a good job at that) and I need to make sure I have my population proportions ...
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Gaining the Quicken Enchantment

This question concerns the Quicken enchantment, which is gained from Runnark. Runnark are quick, agile, and deadly solo predators, a small dinosaur (like Indoraptor) that through convergent evolution ...
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How should I name “katana” sword in my fantasy world? [closed]

I want to put a type of swords in my fantasy world that looks like or is Japanese sword "katana". My question is: should I write that IT IS 'katana' or just describe the way it looks(the way ...
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Gaining The Predatory or Gluttony Enchantment

This can be considered an extension of What Is the Most Efficient Way To Kill An Evolved Chomper? and concerns gaining the Enchantments of a Glutton or Savage (ie. evolved Chomper). In order to gain a ...
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What Is the Most Efficient Way To Kill An Evolved Chomper?

This question was inspired by Defending Medieval Villages From Gluttons and Savages (please look at that question, it'll be a great reference) and covers Nosajimiki's great point: "Your monsters ...
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Defending Medieval Villages From Gluttons and Savages

This sequal to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers? concerns only one thing: Chomper Evolutions. Yeah, that's right, those potentially man-eating walking eggs evolve into even more ...
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Usefulness of Synergy Enchantment

I have recently conceived of a fifth member of the Little Four, the four most common monsters in my fantasy world: Bitbugs. These cute little bugs have rounded bodies (they look sort of like blimps), ...
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Gaining The Sevenfold Enchantment

This question is a follow-up to Just How Dangerous Would a Plopup Be? and concerns gaining its enchantment. You see, when any monster dies, its magical essence is released, enchanting items inside it ...
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Adventurers Recruiting Mermaids

Okay, after I posted Adventurers Transporting Mermaids, I realized I had made an embarrassing mistake: I had neglected to post a question about how adventurers would recruit mermaids to travel with ...
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How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers?

This is a follow-up to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Plops? and concerns Chompers, one of the Little Four (the four most common weak monsters). Why are Chompers a problem? Chompers are ...
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Gaining The Engorgement Enchantment For Peasants

So, this question concerns gaining the Engorgement Enchantment, which one can only obtain by killing an Engulfer without a weapon (ie. non-natural weaponry, one must use one's own body to accomplish ...
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Adventurers Transporting Mermaids

Okay, so in this world we have adventurers, the kind found in DnD and various other RPG and/or fantasy worlds. In this one, adventurers take mermaids along with them on their journies for multiple ...
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How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Plops?

After creating my version of fantasy slimes (please see this and this for more on them, they're called Plops) I realized a problem with their basic physiology. That is because in medieval times (and ...
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Implications of Adventurer's Aura [closed]

Okay, so this questions concerns my explanation for the recruitment mechanic in RPGs. Basically, all adventurers (as well as "heroes" and "villains") have an aura about them that ...
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How Would Ordinary People Be Persuaded To Join An Adventurer's Party? [closed]

Okay, so I'm trying to make a story inspired by RPGs, and a common trope in RPGs (as far as I know) is that one can recruit people into their "party" and take them on their journey. Usually, ...
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Metal or alloy for special sword

A unique sword is to be forged for the hero, a human-dragon hybrid. Forged in the dragonfire of his draconic father... I don't actually think it would be much different than a sword from a regular ...
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Minimum tech level required to outrun a terminator?

In the Terminator movies, a nigh-unstoppable cyborg travels back in time from the future to the present day to relentlessly hunt down and kill the human protagonists. They primarily manage to evade it ...
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In what way could a small, non-magical force hold a castle against a larger, magically-abled force?

Say that through some subterfuge and the element of surprise, a small, well equipped force of soldiers managed to wrest control of a castle from a government. The government wants that castle back, ...
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How long and how much money would it take to rebuild a war torn domain/city in a late Medieval esque society (+ levitation magic)?

This is research for a book I'm writing which is set in a world with the technology level and feudal system of the late medieval period. The only exception is that there is magic and a non-human race ...
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How to best do a Rock->Paper->Scissors city states with Technology->Military->Religion being the over arching theme in a fantasy setting

Background My setting an, ideally, low magic fantasy setting will be ruled by 3 City States. I don't want any of these to feel right. As in there's no good guy. i.e. the reader is not supposed to see ...
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Could intelligent animals stop civilizations from colonizing too much land?

I am trying to create a world where humans can survive and thrive, but they are unable to colonize every piece of fertile land available. There are great civilizations (early medieval technology) and ...
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Feeding Shadow Striders

Alright, so creatures in the Forbidden Forest called 'Shadow Striders' (Striders for short) are plotting on how to obtain their favorite food: humans. These creatures have the following traits: They'...
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How useful would it be for a hunter to be able to climb trees really well?

I'm writing a medieval fantasy hunter character whose gimmick is that he's really good at climbing trees. If you can imagine a tree being climbed, then this guy can climb it without breaking a sweat ...
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How would medieval Europeans react to discovery of fantasy races? [closed]

My question is inspired by this question Infinite flat world Basically instead of the Earth being a planet it is instead a small portion of an Alderson Disk. According to the writer Larry Niven "...
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Dedicated castle assault unit

Medieval warfare can get ugly, particularly during sieges. Most will agree that the best course of action is to sit tight for a year or two and hope the defenders starve before your attacking force ...
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How these characteristics effect war doctrines? [closed]

I like to put a few humanoid races in my world, each with some boons and/or banes. While it is easy enough to figure out the major implications of a single isolated characteristic, things get more ...
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Best Superpowers Gained From Arthopod Essence? [closed]

Please assume the following: Humans were taken by aliens and relocated to another planet. They have no memory of this event. High oxygen levels and alien alterations (which made them capable of ...
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What are ways for a renaissance culture to combat my invasive species? [closed]

My world is on the verge of being overrun by animals and plants from other planets that are well-adapted. Some of these creatures are magical in nature and more powerful and long-lived than the native ...
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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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On what timeline could modern know-how turn a late medieval kingdom into an industrial war machine? [closed]

Portal fantasy. A small team of modern-day experts is brought to a low-magic fantasy world, tech roughly that of mid-15th century France. They must help a sympathetic feudal kingdom defend itself ...
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Can an Umbrella deflect a Great Wyrm Red Dragon’s Breath?

From Giant in the Playground Forum: Well a Great Wyrm Red breathes hot enough to theoretically liquify[melt] 4 inches of solid iron across an 80 foot or so line. So an 80 foot wall of iron 4 inches ...
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How to explain a fast-acting “tar pit” projectile weapon?

In movies or on TV usually for entertainment reasons, quicksand is quite often and inaccurately portrayed as a kind of super fast acting, almost inescapable and extremely deadly trap capable of ...
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Could normie beat a psionic in a swordfight?

I'm writing low fantasy set in alternate Earth with technology level of 6th century. In my world I have psionics, born something like 1 in 10,000. They are several times stronger than normals, from 3 ...
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How close together could trees conceivably grow?

(low fantasy) I like things to make sense at least somewhat logically in my world, and I'm wondering how close trees could be planted together to create a "wall." Obviously, this could be ...
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Is it possible for the tribe to ignore useful technology?

I'm worlbuilding a low fantasy inspired by the dark ages something like 6th to 9th century in our world. The geography is completely different with one supercontinent containing almost all the ...
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Making Laws for your world [duplicate]

How do you create laws for your fantasy world? do you just have code of honour? or do you have a list of rules?
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How does a species with heat cycles deal with over population?

I'm at the very early world building for a potential story where I have a sort of humanoid feline species that I need to have been known as expansionist and/or war-like in the past but not be ...