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What's the feasible upper size for a medieval country?

I'm attempting to make a large tropical island, roughly 120k square miles in area, with a centralized monarch-based authority. Is this feasible, or will it quickly devolve into smaller kingdoms, ...
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Would silverbloods actually make for better soldiers?

Silverbloods are those whose blood gleam like polished silver when alive and are a dull grey when dead, an image of them bleeding being much like the spilling of mercury. They have the ability to ...
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Role of Flayt in Medieval Fantasy Society

Flayt are a sentient species of anthropomorphic animal, similar to harpies or tengu. Their intelligence is equal and like unto that of a human. General Physiology: Flayt are covered in white feathers ...
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Role of Lamia in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have another all-female species in my world, and it's Lamia; women from the waist up, snake from the waist down. Sort of like mermaids, but more commonly encountered by humans, as they live in ...
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Role of Mermaids in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have decided, upon due and proper consideration, to put All-Female Species in my book. However, if I want to have them as developed as Legend of Zelda's Gerudo, I'm going to need some help in ...
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How can a Middle-Age spy traveller hide as many ropes and gags as possible on themselves?

As I recalled about some Mermaids being tied up, I remembered some stealth game moments where the heroes, in order to have free moments wandering around without those annoying guards and honest ...
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Rural broomstick navigation on a moonless night

These days we have so much street lighting that the stars are blocked out, and cities are easily seen from space. That wasn't the case a few centuries ago. Flyers in the middle ages (witches on ...
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Uses for Surplus Plops

As suggested in the linked question's answer, Plop are kept in jars and used as living waste disposal, then when they get too big, they are placed inside a pit. The trouble is, when Plop reach maximum ...
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Can you make felt from fluffy bees?

The bees of my world have a thick coating of fluff. A portion of the fluff is made up of branched fibres, roughly resembling a spiny/prickly plant-shoot. Could these fibres, if they were the only ones ...
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What Uses Will Chompers Have In Medieval Society?

This overdue question concerns Chompers, which are adequately explained in this link. As a general rule, humanity either eliminates species or finds a use for them, and so I have to wonder what humans ...
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Utility of Grafts In Medieval Society

What Are Grafts? Grafts are special bodily modifications, created through magic and typically used by a small percentage of adventurers who care more about performance or cool abilities than ...
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Would a 'Brigambeson' be useful?

Would a brigandine-gambeson hybrid, which would be a gambeson with metal plates attached like in brigandine, be effective in protection, compared to other stuff that could be done with the same ...
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Assistive Technology for Snake People with Anosmia

If a snake-person, which we'll say is a human with a snake's face and senses, could not smell (the vomeronasal organ doesn't work), what technologies could be made to replace this sense's usual ...
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How to disguise insect meat?

The rot-weevil is a 10cm long flightless beetle (though not truly a weevil). It eats a wide variety of food, most of which is obtained from civilised settlements. If people wished to trap and sell ...
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Clothing for Fossorial People

The fossorial people are small humanoids. They have hair on their head, but it only grows to around shoulder length. They also have similar hair on their chest, hands, and feet. This hair can resist ...
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How Can Medieval People Defend Themselves Against Plopup?

Okay, so if you don't know what Plopup are, they are aptly explained in this link here. Plopup are a particular problem, as their speed, durability, regenerative capacity, and shapeshifting abilities ...
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What can you do with fungal spores? [closed]

The spores in question come from the vegetables described in this question. More specifically, the spores are like grains, with a chitinous shell, small wings, and a nutritious flesh, akin to softer ...
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What weapons would fossorial people use?

The fossorial people are similar to humans. They are around 3ft tall as adults. Their limbs are far stronger, and their hands and feet are larger, with the fingers being shorter and more robust, and ...
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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 ...