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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

The world: A standard medieval European-ish fantasy world, with very limited magic, which aside from the titular exception has little to no effect on everyday life. The continent is divided into ...
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How can I make a boat world where everyone lives on boats [closed]

Some people live on land, but a greater part decided to not be confined by dirt. Living off boats, fishing and traveling around the world... families on boats living all their lives on the sea, ...
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Which colors were rare for leather to be dyed?

My character has a book of research bound in leather. To make the cover of her book distinguishable, she has the leather dyed a rare color. Which color might that be? Assume money is no object. The ...
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Why could the militaristically superior dwarves who are the only ones with magic weapons be isolationist?

I want to have a world with dwarves who were gifted a magic language from their creator god (different one than the one who made humans) that they can use to inscribe magic onto weapons and other ...
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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

I'm world building a low-magic, early (to high) medieval (early 12th century-ish) fantasy world for a ttrpg. This world revolves around humans, but -while not something commonly encountered by humans- ...
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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

Clarification: based on the info below, are there non-obvious ways Matter Dulicator could be used to push the “tech level” of such a society so far past the late Medieval level that common dangers and ...
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What would be the most optimal way to produce and utilize an army of Pinocchios?

The setting: a mostly realistic medieval fantasy world with the tech base the same as European 1400s, except the gunpowder had not been invented yet. Magic exists and is known in general, but is ...
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Could medieval agriculture develop without soil?

In a water-world where the only "land" are the floating, rotting corpses of titans, how would a medieval civilization develop agriculture? Since they are of medieval technology level, ...
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How to make a plausible foot-based mercenary nomadic tribe work in a Late Medieval Setting?

The background of the World setting is similar to 15th Century Europe with low-magic. The tribe in question is a sub-race of human, but having a culture similar to IRL Romani People, who roams around ...
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how to wear multiple blades? does it matter?

both are quite easy to animate, no further programming required except switching secondary sword attachment from side_hip1.r to side_hip2.l so it's mostly about aesthetics now... which is a problem ...
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How come townsfolk can forge legendary weapons and teach powerful spells but not take on a dragon?

Set in 1100 BC, an evil dragon appears and is terrorising the world. All the towns seemed to have everything to prepare the adventurers on their rescue operations. They have blacksmiths to craft and ...
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Would an Army using a controlled fire surrounding an opposing army in a heavily forested area be an effective way to destroy said army?

Imagine a scenario where Army A has received intel of the movement of Army B in a heavily forested area. Army A decides to spring a trap where in it sets fire to the forest encircling Army B, ...
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How would a scaled-up ballista designed to launch 50-foot spears function?

This question is for a story in which society’s most advanced technology is basically identical to that which Europeans possessed in the Middle Ages, particularly around the last 50 years of said time ...
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Defensive Middle Ages measures against magic-controlled "smart" arrows

Hear hear, with the latest arcane technology, archers on the battlefield are able to shoot "smart arrows". Smart arrows are propelled by a little unit of magiteck, which allows the archer to ...
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General rule to spacing towers on a medieval city wall

I'm workshopping a medieval fantasy setting and one of the primary locations is a large port city, located on a bay out to the ocean. I'm still early in development, but since this settlement is quite ...
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Medieval Europe without animals [closed]

I'm working on a setting that in some ways looks like medieval Europe without domestic, or in general agriculturally significant, animals, and I'm trying to figure out what the implications would be. ...
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Space saved by squashing and grinding corpses with super strength

First time poster here. I play roleplaying games (Vampire the Dark Ages currently) and like to write a lot of homebrew material or suggest creative solutions to our Game Master. Here is my latest ...
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My Medieval kingdom has birth control, why is the population so high?

My world is roughly the same as the middle ages but has a natural form of birth control in the form of a root that can be grown and consumed to prevent pregnancy. Because of this root, opportunities ...
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Could you achieve a crude bessemer converter with late medieval technology

Planning to write a story. I was wondering if it was plausible that (with a decent understanding of how the thing works), if you could build a crude Bessemer converter using only technology available ...
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How detailed would these medieval era reports be?

I have no idea how to start researching this, so I'm going to here, where there are people who are much smarter than me. So I'm writing a story set in the medieval time period. In my story, there is a ...
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To what extent would bad conditions slow down medieval travel?

I'm writing a story set in the medieval era, and it wouldn't be a real medieval story without dealing with the nightmare of the logistics of medieval travel, nor would it be a medieval story without ...
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How much space do I need to fit 1 million people in an isolated city?

Imagine an isolated circle-shaped city in a medieval setting. Within this circle is another circle, where the Highborn are living (around 100k people). Common folk (around 900k people) lives on the ...
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What would a Medieval-Tech "super-metal" look like?

Edit: I am not looking for a specifically scientifically supportable answer. Rather, I am curious as to what characteristics of weapon metal lead to making them harder, and better at penetrating/...
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How fast will information travel through my chain of command?

In the story I'm writing, there is a lot of medieval warfare. I want to know how well information and commands would be able to travel through my armies (clarification: by how well, I mean stuff like ...
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How long will it take for my medieval army to travel?

This question is complicated, so hang on. A medieval army made up mostly of foot soldiers wearing plate armor (although there are cavalry, they're going at the speed of the foot soldiers) with enough ...
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How long do Brown Bear coats/pelts last?

I have a character who intends to wear the pelt of a Brown Bear at a particular point in time. That doesn't come about for a decade. I was wondering how badly degraded, or preserved will the coat be ...
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How to use and abuse a transformable metal [closed]

My dm has given my character a metal that can: "Be as flexible as linen or more rigid than tungsten. Properties that can be adjusted: tensile strength, torque strength, rigidity, density." ...
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How would better access to medication affect a medieval society's medical knowledge? [closed]

Edit: As this is an open-ended question, and might become closed, there is now a chat room for it. In a medieval setting, people find medication much easier to come by. Medicines have a lot more ...
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How much would a population be able to recover after half of them being killed? [closed]

In a medieval setting, a kingdom had about 50% percent of its population killed (this includes all ages). About 50% of infrastructure was in need of repair, and a separate 25% of infrastructure needed ...
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What are good reasons to create a city/nation in which a government wouldn't let you leave [closed]

I am building a city that the main character will be prohibited to leave from and yet their intentions of entering the city are to save the world form an extra-planer threat. So they have to go in. ...
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What are the concerns with residents building lean-to's up against city fortifications? [closed]

In historical illustrations of cities with defensive walls, I have noticed that it is very rare for a non-defensive structure to be built directly adjacent to the inside face of the wall. A building ...
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Would a character who got burned as a baby, with a third degree burn in one arm lose mobility in that arm?

The story would be set in a sort of medieval period, and the character in present day would be about 16 years old.
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If mediæval people knew about copper IUDs, could they make them?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_IUD Copper IUDs seem very simple. There's no pharmaceutical chemistry required to make them. If I traveled back in time to 1500, and said to someone, "Hey all ...
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Is the way avians are used in warfare in my setting realistic?

In my medieval setting, bird people are about half the height of a human, have hollow bones, and have hands at the end of their wings. In warfare, there are 3 types of avian units: Scouts give the ...
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Good reasons the powerful good guys don't fight the powerful bad guys

It's a typical trope in stories, but why don't the powerful good guys fight the powerful bad guys? Usually a group of nobodies need to grow in power to the point that they're able to face the powerful ...
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Why would people colonize a ring of desert islands?

The Question I am setting up a world for a D&D campaign. Magic and technology are as usual for D&D worlds. This world consists of a ring of hundreds of islands, in which there is one lush ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

If you’ve seen any of my previous questions on Algennon’s fantastic and deadly ecosystem, you might know the drill: first a monster gets designed, then strategies to defend against it. But we’ve moved ...
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Would it be realistic for a group of ~20 bands of hunter-gatherers, with 50-100 members each, to unite and defeat a Dark Ages-level city's military? [closed]

In my newest world, I've been entertaining some ideas for the history of a continent, and it came to the point where the hunter-gatherer tribes living in a desert/savanna in the center of a continent ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How effective a sewage system can a roughly medieval location manage if told of sanitation but not how to make a sewer?

Let's say a modern man is transported to a world that is roughly medieval and modeled very clearly off of medieval Europe. He manages to impress the son of a king and eventually gets the king to hear ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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