Questions tagged [low-fantasy]

For questions focused on worlds where magic exists, but is rare, in a world otherwise abiding to natural laws.

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Gaining a Better Understanding on how Sand Powers Work

Awhile ago, I posted a question on this site asking how a group of air-controlling mages could use their powers to create and project lightning/electricity, sorta like an Avatar/LoK sub-bending art ...
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Why is this less profitable for an adventurer to craft and then sell an artefact, rather than to sell ingredients needed to craft the artefact?

Suppose we have standard world of fantasy RPG videogame. The MC (main character) earns money by killing monsters and then selling loot. Also, sometimes there are people happy to pay generous reward ...
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How can nations control large plains and deserts?

How can organized nations in a fantasy setting control large land masses (20-30,000 km²) made of deserts, rocky deserts, and drymuds? By control, I mean enforcing laws, defending it during conflicts, ...
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Usefulness of a weapon based on throwing hot water

The people of my flat medieval fantasy world have found a rune that generates infinite boiling water, and they want to use it to kill each other. Sadly the water cannot be made with momentum included, ...
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Evolution of Monks [closed]

Wait, what? Monks...evolving? Don't worry, I don't mean biological evolution, I mean social evolution, the natural progression and alteration of a societal role, specifically the Monk Class. ...
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Why there is white ash everywhere?

In my world a war happened between a few tribal leaders a really long time ago. Those leaders had nearly god-like magical powers, giving them the ability to modify bodies, matter (like earth, stone, ...
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Medieval rebel army, mostly peasants, led by a small number of men with considerable military experience. What is camp life like?

In continuation to this question, my small (for now) force, made mostly of peasants, is rebelling against an empire that has conquered their land. Most people of this force have no military experience,...
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Explaining Swinger, giant bugs with swinging methods of hunting

What Are Swinger? Swinger are giant bugs (ranging from the size of a toy mallet to a mace), teardrop-shaped with a stalk growing out of their dorsal (top) side at the pointy end of their body. ...
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How hard would it be for a blacksmith to produce a cauldron?

I'm writing a story with a fantasy-adventure-like background. The usual world where adventurers take quests and explore dungeons, but instead, I want my main focus to be on the support roles. Those ...
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How can children dying increase fitness?

There are three true gods in the world: Order, Chaos and Nature. All of them patron a couple of humanoid races that carry their values. While Order and Chaos carry on their petty feud fought by their ...
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A huge forest native almost solely to elves who are widely regarded with hatred. What's to stop an army from simply burning the entire forest? [closed]

A big army, fearful and hateful of elves, is standing in front of the forest they all (or vast majority of) reside in. Behind them is a stream, and beyond the forest is the coast. What is to stop them ...
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What's a good fire-resistant material to write on?

In my setting (pretty generic medieval fantasy), certain valuable texts can simply not be copied (because of certain religious beliefs, a will to protect information through secrecy or because of some ...
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Medieval fantasy world, rebel forces against an empire, how can the rebels win? [closed]

So I found myself in this situation: My characters are in a land composed mainly of city states with some degree of recognition of common nationality (a la greeks at the time of the persian wars), the ...
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Keeping Giganoto Size In Check

This is the sequel to Figuring Out Giganto and covers the potential adverse effects of Gigantis, namely excessive size. You see, Gigantis defies the square-cube law, allowing for the strength of a ...
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Determining the Benefit of Greater Movement Speed

This is based off of Benefits of Quicken Enchantment on Humans and covers an unusual aspect of the Quicken enchantment. The average running speed for humans is about 14 miles per hour (+/- 23km/h), ...
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Figuring Out Giganto

Okay, so one of my monsters is a dinosaur called a Giganto, a Gigantosaurus mutated by Chaos Energy (more on that here). Like all my monsters, Gigantos have an Enchantment granted to whatever kills ...
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Adapting Chompers For Land and Sea

If you've seen my other questions, you know what Chompers are. I already have sky Chompers, or Droppers, but now I want to account for the possibility of aquatic or tunneling variants of Chompers. ...
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Why would guns be more popular/useful than magical swords against other humans and entities [closed]

Suppose there are some swords (not man made, but abundant enough to arm an army), that grant their users a magical abilities such as: extremely heightened reaction/increased perception of time and ...
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Will Plops Go Aquatic? [closed]

Plops, as described in the link, are pretty dangerous critters. Their water predators range from Snappers to octopi, and due to Rubberizing, the Enchantment they grant to whatever kills them, not many ...
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Mothril Armor: How Big Are Silver Moths? [closed]

This question is simple, sort of. Mithril is a fantasy staple, and my version is ridiculously hard and strong. On the Metal-Crystal Toughness Scale, I've ranked Iron as 1 and Steel as 2, but Mithril ...
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Creating a Torchblow Predator [closed]

Torchblow. What are they and why do they need a predator? This link should give you a good idea. Basically, it's a four-legged monster, the size of a typical pig with a 1/2-inch thick shell (a shell ...
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Gaining the Strengthen Enchantment [closed]

If an item kills a Whackagi, then it gains the Strengthen enchantment. The Strengthen Enchantment ups an object or material's rigidity (capacity to hold a shape without deforming), tensile strength, ...
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The Best Materials for Heatproof Armor [duplicate]

In the Kingdom of Fire, those with the ability to bend the burning element to their will have the unique secondary ability of being able to withstand extremely high temperatures and are able to set ...
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Ramifications of Leveling On Monsters [closed]

You may have seen my questions about Classes (like Dancers) or Monsters (like Plop). However, one problem particularly concerns me; while creatures (monsters, animals, and the like) don't have Classes ...
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Making a Predator For Wild Anklebiters

Wild Anklebiters (hereafter referred to as just Anklebiters) are odd creatures. They drain blood like lampreys or leeches, they tunnel through the ground like earthworms, and their physiology is a mix ...
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Creating a Dropper Predator

After posting Protecting Medieval Villagers From Droppers, I realized that Droppers must be kept in check-hard in check. Now, thanks to Classes, a Dropper's speed and agility can pretty easily be ...
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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 ...