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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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Benefits of the Sharpen Enchantment On Items

Sharpen is a very special enchantment, gained by certain items that kill a Spikagi. Wait, certain items? What items? Sharpen only affects solid items, and then only organic objects (like bone, wood, ...
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Benefits of the Quicken Enchantment On Items

This is long overdue, but here it is, a question determining the usefulness of the Quicken enchantment on items. As stated in this link, the Quicken Enchantment is gained by killing a Runnark, in this ...
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Benefits of the Pyris Enchantment For Humans

This is Usefulness of Pyris Enchantment for humans. The Pyris Enchantment can be gained two (technically three) ways: Eating a Monster If your teeth and jaws or stomach and stomach acid are what ...
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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 Whackagi More Dangerous

The successor of How Dangerous Are Whackagi?, meant to make Whackagi a credible threat to medieval Europeans. The main problem with Whackagi is twofold: Too slow-With a top speed of 0.63 mph, a ...
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How Dangerous Are Whackagi? [closed]

The twin of How Dangerous Are Spikagi?, which concerned Spikagi. This question concerns their big blue twin: Whackagi. It sounds funny, but it's not. These big blue bruisers are 4 feet 10 inches tall, ...
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How Dangerous Are Spikagi?

If you've seen How Dangerous Are Ploppers?, you know that only 9 out of 10 Chompers that eat a Plop become a Plopper. This question concerns what happens to the 10th Chomper. You see, that 10th ...
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How Dangerous Are Evolved Ploppers?

This is the sequel to How Dangerous Are Ploppers? and covers one vital aspect of Ploppers: evolution. Sure, Ploppers aren't much of a threat, but they grow up, evolving into a stronger equivalent of a ...
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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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How Dangerous Are Ploppers?

After realizing I made it way too easy for people to become lethal monster slayers, I felt the need to create the Plopper. So, what is a Plopper? Ploppers are essentially Chompers, but with a few key ...
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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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Benefits of Quicken Enchantment on Humans

This is a sequel to Gaining the Quicken Enchantment. Once someone has gained the Runnark enchantment, they are granted the Runner title. This gives them the speed of an Olympian sprinter and the ...
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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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Dragonslayers: Accounting For Draconic Culture

Dragonslayers are a common trope in fantasy, but mine are a bit different (please see this and that for more on that). The problem is not with the dragonslayers but with the dragons themselves. ...
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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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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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Weapons for people who travel on all fours?

In a medieval (Europe) fantasy world where a race of humans have the ability to move on all fours-- what, if any, weapons would they use to fight? They are human in every sense of the word. They can ...
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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 does 15th century beancurd delivery work?

The setting is the early 15th century C.E. My grandmother knew how to make delicious beancurd and it has since become famous as word spread like wildfire across the land. Business is good, as many ...
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What tactical advantages can be gained from frenzied, berserkir units on the battlefield?

Let's picture a medieval world, where a tribe of Viking-like mercenaries live for the thick of the fight, the blood nourishing the ground, and the honour of the gods of war. So they are equipped, ...
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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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What will cause nobles to tolerate the destruction of monarchy

I'm writing in a fantasy setting. My goal is to have noble houses which derived from monarchy but not a monarchy itself. My idea for what happened is this: Once upon a time, there was monarchy--there ...
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Is it realistic to depict a gradual growth from group of huts into a village and town? Or is it more realistic to depict it as series of big jumps?

Is it typical or at least sometimes happening to have a town that started as a group of huts? And have gradually and organically grown into a village and later into a town? To be more specific, it ...
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What are some games of chance that existed before 1500? [closed]

I am writing a scene where someone wins a dragon egg in a game of chance. Then I realized, what game of chance? The game must have existed before 1500. Please provide a basic overview of the rules. If ...
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A Rabid Black Death, Part I: How Virulent Would it Be?

Our first record of rabies, the infamous foaming madness disease, dated all the way back to 2000 BC. The foaming at the mouth and excessive aggression are among the most recognizable symptoms of ...
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In a fantasy setting with 15th century metallurgy, what metals could have been refined that were not discovered in our own medieval period?

For the fantasy setting I'm working on, for a roleplaying game system, civilizations have stagnated into a 15th century technology and metallurgy level with some deviations to make for more ...
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How to hide a small farming community from enemy raiders?

The high fantasy world I'm building is loosely based on 10th-century Scotland, under threat by Viking-type raiders. There's a small group of not-Scots with supernatural gifts that an ambitious chief ...
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damage to Medieval European knights charging into a concrete wall

Backstory During the Northern European Crusades, Christian knights in shining armor attempt to conquer independent pagan tribes. In one such battle 50 knights on horseback approach a relatively large ...
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How/why did the layout of a medieval village change over time? [closed]

Within the medieval era, I'm interested in knowing what sort of rules or reasons caused the layout to change from sparse rural villages with a few houses (lots of farmland) to dense sprawling city ...
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How many ships would a late medieval/early modern port see in a year? [closed]

I'm working on a story that involves a character searching through logbooks from a seaport in a mid-sized, bustling city (think a largish city in late medieval/early modern Europe, pre-industrial ...
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WW2 Era Soviet Rifle Squad, Time Travels to 1066 England, attempts to take over [closed]

(This part is pretty hand-wavy, and only exists to provide context for a fun thought-experiment/fictional story. Feel free to skip to next paragraph) In 1943, the Soviet Union has developed what they ...
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How do I ensure that two characters survive the black death without making them naturally immune?

Everyone in my community is collapsing to the ground and dying painfully. My husband, he is one of the few remaining men to bury the dead and I worry that soon I'll be left alone. How do I ensure that ...
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How could you legally obtain all the documents you need in modern English society? [duplicate]

My hero, who is pronouncing his name as Gee-yohm, is blinked into existence in Mary's home in England in 2018. His dress and appearance (T-tunic and leggings) are well-worn medieval European. He doesn'...
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What valuable resources or features could a city state have to keep themselves independent and a dominant local power? [closed]

Trying to build a coastal region of feudal/renaissance city states surrounded by small feudal kingdoms. Looking for resources that are valuable beyond their access to sea, its bounty and the trade ...
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How would I create an alternative medieval fantasy religion based on the Catholic church that worships a pantheon of deities?

Currently trying to create a religion that follows around a dozen God/Goddesses for several cultures based on medieval Catholic Europeans (11th century onwards). I have based the various deities ...
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Massive Medieval structures

A lot of Medieval fantasy works feature enormous constructions. A Song of Ice and Fire, for example, has immense castles like Harrenhal, Winterfell and Riverrun, and of course the Wall. Lord of the ...
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How would you capture deer alive in a medieval setting?

A medieval kingdom needs to capture deer, both male and female, alive and uninjured. How would they go about doing this?
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How would gryphons go about defending themselves against humans?

So, let's start turning the tables. Previously, we talked about humans slaying gryphons, now let's talk about gryphons fighting back against humans. Gryphons Gryphons are hexapodal creatures, ...
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How might wyverns affect Medieval warfare?

Despite being somewhat rare nowadays, many warlords captured wyverns for use in war and possibly starting some early form of domestication. Now here are some characteristics of these wyverns: have ...
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How would a well-equipped Renaissance knight mitigate a dragon's fire breath?

During the early Renaissance, how might a knight-errant equip themselves to mitigate the offensive capabilities of flying, fire-breathing reptiles? It can be assumed that the knight, backed by a ...
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A Medieval Industrial Revolution

Dwarves were a key component to the defeat of the Dark Lord, being the main source of ores and high quality weapons, having entered their own Industrial Revolution in the aftermath. The question I ...
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How might a Dark Lord quickly overhaul a civilization? [closed]

Orcs, or more specifically the Black Orcs society originally resembled ancient Celtic society being relatively sophisticated and placing a high value on honor. Now in a relatively short time the "Dark ...
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What early middle ages weapons would suit an extremely strong child?

I'm worldbuilding low fantasy with technology level of the early middle ages. Very few of the people could tap into psionic power, which makes them faster and stronger than common people. Average ...
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What would be the best way to capture a Wyvern?

Wyverns in a lot of ways are living weapons. They're huge (roughly the size of quetzalcoatlus), can fly, can support the weight of ONE unarmored human, and can breathe fire. Given these traits, it's ...
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What jobs would Goblins be suited for in a medieval setting?

Consider this a sequal to my What jobs would halflings be suited for in a medieval setting? post. While most Goblins live in their own isolated groups a good many of them live in human societies. ...
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What jobs would halflings be suited for in a medieval setting?

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups: goblins and halflings. Now, halflings still need to eat, and therefore, they need a job to make money and support themselves. Basic ...
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How many generations would it take until the noble and peasant classes become different species and cannot interbreed?

In this world: Technology: medieval, it should fit with real world history, for example: Low life life expectancy due to poor medical technology (vulnerable to disease), warfare, High infant ...