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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Variable Intelligence Among Dragons

In the land of Dracoriri, there are dragons. There weren't always dragons, once humans were the dominant species, but then magic-an unexplained phenomenon-invaded earth alongside creatures from ...
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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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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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Feasibility of Giant Caterpillar Archetypes

Note: This question is not about the feasibility of giant caterpillars. That is covered by the addition of magic. However, evolution and natural selection still apply to magical beings (and I love ...
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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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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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Why would people bury their dead in tombs when they might become zombies?

This is partly a Skyrim-inspired question, but also relevant to a story I'm trying to flesh out. In this world, magic and necromancy are perhaps not commonplace, but certainly not unheard of. Walking ...
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What would a sentient, intelligent, but very small bird use as a ranged weapon against human or larger armored targets?

So I have sparrows, which are sentient and intelligent, which are physically exactly still just the same, no extra hands or anything, so any weapon would have to be held in the feet or somehow ...
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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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Challenges for using a bull as a character's mount

I'm writing a character for a fantasy setting, and I wanted him to be a gruff half-orc war master whose mount is a bull. I wanted to know if there has ever been an actual historical use of bulls or ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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How advantageous is an invisible sword?

An adventurer has come into possession of an invisible sword. How advantageous in a duel or skirmish would this be? Good for a one-time trick, a significant advantage throughout a fight, or even a ...
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In a world without stars, how would travelers navigate at night?

On Earth, sailors would navigate the oceans at night by using the stars as guides; since there are no landmarks in the ocean like there are on land (save for the occasional island), that's pretty much ...
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How to utilize dragons that are too small to ride in warfare?

Dragons in my setting are significantly smaller and less physically powerful than most depictions. The large males reach about 100 kilograms and just over two meters tall. This means that they ...
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Realistic fantasy Orcs [closed]

I want to figure out what kind of effects following physical attributes and in-universe conditions would have on Orc populations, society and warfare in a realistic low-fantasy setting: Physical ...
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If it could be shaped, would chitin from giant insects make decent body armor?

I found a previous question on using chitin from giant insects to make weapons and armor, but the answer left out something I had considered for the medieval fantasy setting I'm developing. The answer ...
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Best Military Use of Mercenary Giant Ape Men?

In my setting there is a race descended from Gigantopithecus blacki. These creatures retain much of their ancestors physical features, such as: •An impressive height of 2.75 meters (9 feet in freedom ...
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Why would a herbivore be armed and aggressive?

In Dracoriri, I plan to have a species of small dragon called a Malidge (by small, we mean about the size of a human). These dragons are red, shiny, and covered in plates instead of scales, a natural ...
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How Many Soldiers are Needed to Patrol/Defend a Medieval Wall?

I have a walled city in a medieval RPG setting. It's out in the middle of a desert and has an impossibly efficient means of acquiring water and producing food off of farmland inside the walls (magic ...
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How could an animal produce miraculous saliva?

Many species arise from evolution, but as in many fantasy works the creatures are created by gods, titans or something similar, so I think this gives a certain freedom to create creatures with ...
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Little Mermaids: Will They Survive?

No, this question is not about creating a subspecies of mermaid that all happen to look and act like a certain Disney princess. Not at all, in fact. You see, mermaids in my setting are capable of ...
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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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Determining the Best Wild Anklebiter Predator

The natural sequel to Making a Predator For Wild Anklebiters, which was inconclusive. You see, Wild Anklebiters are chimeric monsters-being equal parts flower, worm, and leech-with a rather ...
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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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Gastric Reversion: How Can It Work?

Scerafin, a species of quadrupedal darkeyed dragon that resemble sharks but live on land, are known for their telescoping necks (range of 3 yards), razor-sharp lance (read: snout horn) and tailfin, ...
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How Can a Bug Larvae Hijack a Robot?

When inactive, the robot looks like a Steelstone arch. Steelstone resembles marble only it is virtually indestructible. The knowledge to work Steelstone was lost thousands of years ago. When the robot ...
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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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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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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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What Adaptations Do Viji Need To Survive On Mountains?

"Metal Monsters?" Yeah, creatures called Viji. Their distinguishing traits are as follows: 1: Orb-like heads 2: Strong talons (noted for viselike grip and capacity to lock on grasped objects)...
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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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