Questions tagged [medieval]
For questions about the medieval era (500-1500AD o.e.) as a whole, regardless of the location.
How many customers per day would a medieval-era tavern serve on average in a big city? [closed]
Additionally, how many meals and/or drinks would they serve per day on average?
What would the consequences of a giant kaiju sleeping under a fantasy city [closed]
To summarize, the monster is called the Devourer, and the city it sleeps under is called Karflaynia. Karflaynia is in a square shape, 2000 by 2000 thousand feet. it is located in a high fantasy world ...
How can medieval people defend their societies from Vanilla Puddings?
Puddings are a common strain of monsters that run amok on my fantasy world of Algernon. These slug-like creatures are about the size of a human head. Each species of pudding has a vibrant colour and ...
Conditions to help Paganism survive until a Revival Movement
In my world, the Northern Kingdoms are the equivalent to Europe. Like Europe, in the Middle Ages, their version of Christianity began replacing old Pagan religions and gods. However, in my world, ...
What items can a time traveler trade in medieval England to quickly acquire wealth? [duplicate]
I'm writing a story about a man from modern-day Liverpool, UK, who can travel 800 years in the past with a machine. He wants to become a nobleman in the past before going on adventures. He wants to ...
Gravity-powered cannonballs for mountain dwellers
My mountain dwellers have endless patience. They spend their spare time fashioning spherical rock cannonballs of approximately equal size. This is in case of attack by enemies. Around their mountain ...
Removing slaves' digit to prevent uprising
What digit, if removed, would hamper a human from fighting using medieval weaponry? (I'm toying with both thumbs but this may be too limiting in the work that the slaves can do or both little fingers ...
Effects of industrialisation via runic magic in a Fantasy Economy
So, how would industrialisation via runecraft affect the economies involved in a high fantasy world? I have some worldbuilding down below that you can use if you want, but you can also just use this ...
What sort of strategies would a medieval military use against a fantasy giant?
This is in regards to a story I'm writing, where the two main characters are a human girl and her giant companion. They're both outlaws with the giant being seen as an outright monster by the vast ...
Weapon damage assessment, or What hell have I unleashed?
In Weaponizing the return-energy channel of a one-way portal, I describe the function of a hermes portal, which are magical devices that, when activated by some command, create a connection to a ...
What conditions could help the Roman Catholic Papacy revive Paganism successfully to reduce Protestantism?
In this alternate history, the Papacy becomes worried when those such as Martin Luther began complaining about the Church's practices. At this point, Luther breaks away, beginning Lutheranism. Fear of ...
Slings for giant
What are giants Giants are close cousin of humans, with only a few distinguishing features: first and foremost, their size. All of them are above 3 meters tall, with some nearing 4 meters - and with a ...
Asymmetric Newton's Cradle as a 'rapidly' firing medieval weapon - Is it practical [closed]
I wish to project an iron or steel 'cannonball' at a fortification. I construct a Newton's Cradle but there is a very large ball at one end and a relatively small cannonball at the other. NOTE - I use ...
How can medieval people defend their settlements against Licorice Puddings?
I’m back with a question about the monsters of Algennon, a fantasy setting full of magic and danger. This question is about a member of the Pudding family (sluglike creatures that vary greatly in ...
Amazon drones controlled by magic, how to control as many as possible with your brain given low technology level but runic alternative to coding [closed]
My research: In the real world the technology to read and interpret the human brain has been arround for almost a century now and the idea of controlling devices with your brain has been around for ...
Right of Conquest and Patrilineage [closed]
If I had a king who sits the throne by right of conquest. He has no natural born sons, but he does have a living father and a living younger brother. This is obviously throwing a wrench in my story ...
How do you motivate people to post flyers around town?
This one feels a bit trivial, but I am genuinely stumped on how best to word a job specification that one of my characters is posting in a fantasy world. The basic idea is I have a dwarf who is in a ...
How can medieval people defend their settlements from Peasoupers (giant acid slugs)?
Yet another question about the world of Algennon and its many monsters, this one concerning Peasoupers. Basically, they are bright green slime-covered slugs the size of a human head. They have two ...
What are the odds medieval individuals will recognize our time traveler's description of penicillin [closed]
Follow up on an old question/idea. My 'time traveler' (actually more of a dimension hopper) got thrown into a roughly medieval feudal society, very closely modeled off of, but not the same as, ...
What disease affects only the non-peasants?
Imagine a roughly medieval world with a feudal government. I want a new disease to show up and spread rapidly which affects the nobility and leaders, but not the peasantry, setting up a situation for ...
How can medieval peope defeat an army of volleyball-sized, armored, fire-breathing crabs? [closed]
In the world of Algennon humans are at a worldwide societal level equivalent to the Middle Ages. Humans also are divided into two subspecies: the Bellators (homo sapiens bellator) and the Plebeians (...
What kind of arrow would knock someone over?
Tods Workshop on youtube did a video showing that real arrows would not knock someone off their feet. Imagine a knight in armor is charging on foot at an archer. He wears a breastplate sufficient to ...
How to make stealthier armor?
In my setting a colonial power at a late medieval level of technology has gifted its native allies with mail armor. The natives are quite happy to receive it, but are simultaneously frustrated. The ...
Can a medieval fantasy world have a world war?
So I basically have a medieval fantasy world, where there are several empires on an Earthlike planet. These empires originated from early Bronze Age civilizations, and have stood the test of time in ...
Would Tungsten be a useful material for medieval armor and weapons?
Tungsten is a very dense and robust metal that has the highest melting point and boiling point of any metal. This makes it very resilient in certain situations but also makes it hard to craft stuff ...
What would people living on rocky terrain with access to a river use as building materials?
I'm looking for architectural inspiration for a city I'm designing, and I wonder what kind of building material would be used by the inhabitants. They live at the foot of a mountain, relatively close ...
Could a merchant city survive not having an military?
Picture a city set in the renaissance times (circa 1350, for example), a city surrounded by vast rich soil at the lip of a large bay. Given the city's close proximity to larger ally kingdoms (kingdoms ...
What is the timeframe for this abandoned space colony revert to a medieval society?
An outpost on a 2G (gravity) water planet (95% of the world's surface covered by oceans) becomes stranded / abandoned by the Galaxy Government, probably forever. The warp gate in orbit broke, nobody ...
Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?
In my story, the princess escapes her prison through the window. The window has a lock on it, made by a legendary locksmith, that's said to be unpickable. But either due to the locksmith not being ...
If people in Iron Age times had access to uranium, would it be used over iron?
Let's say that in 1,200 BC, aliens secretly come to Earth and turn all of the uranium oxides into pure uranium.The aliens then leave and humans discover this new metal. Uranium has a lower melting ...
Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?
Determining genetic fatherhood is very important in my worldbuilding experiment for lots of reasons, one being succession, but regardless it's the genetic component that's important But it's possible ...
Building 3 floor building in medieval days [closed]
In medieval days How much time it will take to build 3 floors building, with 10 apartment’s each floor? I don’t have labor problems, so I can use as much as I need. How many workers do I need for 1 ...
What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?
In our real world we have been blessed with many mechanical inventions throughout the ages. Wind mills, water driven sawmills, rope and pulley systems, cranes, marvels in clockwork and gearing such as ...
What conditions would bring a kingdom/country to want a dark lord ruling them (again)?
In my world, because of how difficult the dark lord antagonist is to kill, he was permanently trapped in a weird substance. However, centuries later, he gets out and he is free. He awakens now in my ...
How could peasants protest against superhuman kings?
In history, there were multiple theories like the Divine Right of Kings or Mandate of Heaven that stated that royalty weren't normal human beings but blessed by the Almighty himself. In my fantasy ...
Could medieval Native Americans domesticate the bison?
In an alternate universe where Eurasia is less advanced and the native peoples of the Americas and Australia build powerful civilizations, what animals could be domesticated that weren't domesticated ...
If thrusting is the most practical way of hurting a foe, why wouldn't ancient armies use barbed weapons to inflict even more damage? [closed]
I wonder why no military from history wouldn't make their spears and swords barbed. If the point of thrusting is to damage vital organs and cause massive blood loss, wouldn't it make more sense to ...
How realistic would it be for the son of the emperor to go to college undercover?
How realistic would it be for the son of an emperor to go to some college town (think something like Oxenfurth from The Witcher) with a false identity? He pretends that he is some kind of lower-rank ...
Would electric whips be good weapons in a medieval fantasy?
Whips are ancient tools that have been around for millennia. They were originally made to direct livestock and later on they were used to punish soldiers, slaves, and criminals. On the surface, a whip ...
Would a spear ever out perform a bow when wielded by an insanely powerful person?
I am writing a story where humans are battling monsters (Think orcs, goblins, dire wolves, etc). I wanted to stay away from the typical ‘go for guns’ and try historical weaponry. I know the bow has ...
What's the fastest a medieval projectile could go, if it was powered by human muscles?
How fast could a human-powered medieval projectile go? Rules: The weapon must be made of materials available in medieval times: wood, steel, catgut, bone, rope, etc. No modern composites or plastics. ...
How would a medieval army poise itself for invasion at a given moment?
I'm DMing a D&D campaign and I'm creating a story for it. It is set in a Medieval Fantasy setting. Essentially there is suddenly an unclaimed piece of land bordering two nations. They both want to ...
How fast can technology be brought from 11th century to 21st century?
In my story, there is a man who has an incredible memory. He lives on Earth for the first seventy years of his life, during which time he can recall everything he reads. Through a complicated series ...
How could I logically place cities and towns on my map?
The setting is a medieval fantasy, think general dnd or LotR. I have already created a map and it’s existed for a while now but I desperately want to know where cities and towns might logically pop up....
How long would it take an iron key to rust away
I'm writing a fantasy story where an iron key was thrown down a deep well. The key needs to rust away completely in order to reform in another place. So how long would it take for an 8 cm ornate ...
Medieval Footwear in swamplands
In my world, people live in a swamp where the ground is consistently covered in at least 4-5 in of water and occasionally higher, reaching up to the knees. My Question is what kinds of medieval style ...
Empire across the Himalayas
I was bouncing ideas off the wall about empires that could've plausibly existed in Asia if certain things went differently, and I stumbled across the very physical barrier of the Himalayas. So my ...
Stagnated renaissance era technology in a fantasy setting?
I am early in this design but am imagining a fictional world in the age of exploration including classic fantasy tropes of monsters and magic, with renaissance era technology, that is cannons, muskets,...
What are some animals a fifteen year old boy should be able to hunt, easily, in an Early Modern Setting?
Overall I am trying to show the romance between a fifteen year old boy and girl as they both grow and age over the next few years. One of the major points of attraction is his incredible hunting ...
What are the implications of gorilla anatomy on medieval warfare? [closed]
Let me know if I need to break this into smaller questions...my preference is to keep it as one. I have a sentient species that has intelligence indistinguishable from humans, but with the body of a ...