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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 to calculate medieval urbanisation

Pretty simple question, or I think so, anyway. I want to know how to determine a realistic ratio of people in my fantasy medieval province living in supercities, cities, towns, villages and farming ...
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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 ...
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Mimics and wooden chests: chest-like monsters, or monster-like chests?

A mimic is a flesh-eating monster that looks like a chest: In my fictional medieval fantasy world, they cannot shapechange. They have that appearance (and with their mouths and eyes closed, resemble ...
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How long would a medieval castle last after people

So the scenario for my story involves an abandon castle that is located in a taboo area so no one goes near it and so no one is maintaining it anymore. Assume the castle was almost 1000 years old ...
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Useful (late-)medieval Weapon against Iron Buildings?

I'm going to jump straight into a very small description of the world my first novel-thing is build around. It's an Earth-like planet orbiting a binary star. Climate is slightly more extreme than on ...
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There's a person who can pass down his knowledge to someone else. How powerful would they actually be?

The dragon-blooded is a person who possesses the Power of the Dragons, despite not being one. Dragons have an innate way to communicate with one another through long distances, this way is called "...
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Is it possible to create a Gas Mask using only Medieval Technology?

This question was inspired by this one, which brought up the concept that a lot of the issues with a sword that created toxic fumes would also kill the user (that question also has one of the best ...
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what would allow for the use of cannons but not handheld guns

I'm looking to create a low fantasy world set in roughly the equivalent of the dark ages such that cities are defended with castle walls and armies are equipped with swords, axes, spears, bows, ...
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How to build a self-sufficient town

Other questions have tried to address how big/small towns have to be in order to function, but I'm more interested in approaching it from a different angle: How big would a town have to be to support ...
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How long would it take to build up a town after it has been reduced to rubble?

I am creating a world with roughly medieval levels of technology (It is actually in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign) and the world has just been almost destroyed. A city has been flattened to the ...
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Conceptual differences between nations inspired by East-West dichotomy

I have decided to completely rewrite my question, since the original text led people to believe that I am asking about historical facts. Let's imagine a world in ancient/medieval setting populated by ...
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Modern warfare theory in a medieval setting

Let's assume a medieval lord named Gary I of Flowers lives in a "Europe-ish" continent with no gun powder or magic. Somehow, he's aware about modern warfare theory. Maybe he found out a time-traveler ...
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The Earth-like world's been shrouded by darkness. For how long would the civilization be able survive?

In this setting, the Continent has been hit by several catastrophes, caused by the inner workings of planet's tectonics, and the eruption of a volcano far on the other side of the world. Gravest of ...
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How quickly would a wooden treasure chest rot?

Suppose a wooden treasure chest is placed in an underground dungeon in a medieval European climate. The chest is as sturdily built as is practical, but isn't protected by any kind of magic or advanced ...
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How would a village use its river that it shares with another village downstream?

This question is for a fantasy story loosely based on medieval west Europe. The story is centered around a small remote village in a mountain that sits by a river. The village uses its river for ...
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How would a disabled person earn their living in a medieval-type town?

We are in a far future. Humanity has widely abandoned technology, and effectively reached medieval level (so things need not be true to an actual medieval setting). We are in a larger town. In that ...
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Architectural feasibility of a tiered circular stone keep

I have created in my world a keep that lies inside a walled courtyard. Artistically I have designed the keep to rise in three tiers not unlike a wedding cake. (Though the castle is made of stone ...
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How much agricultural land per person in medieval society? [closed]

In medieval society corresponding to approximately year 1200 in Holy Roman Empire, how much agricultural land would there be on average per person? What would be typical composition of the land? (...
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Are there any medieval light sources without fire? [closed]

In a world of my story, which is loosely based on medieval times, fire disappeared. Are there any sources of lighting without fire that would be possible in a medieval setting? It is a fantasy book ...
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How effective would a full set of plate armor be against wild animals found in temperate regions (bears, snakes, wolves)?

Imagine the following situation: a late 16th century knight loses his horse in a battle and is forced to flee into a forest to escape capture. He lost all his weapons but still has his plate on (a ...
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What would a typical battalion soldier day look like? [closed]

I am wondering what a typical day for a soldier would look like. I am interested in a medieval setting. Like when do they get up, when do they train? What kind of food they have. Do they discuss ...
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Curses work by shouting - How to avoid collateral damage?

If I want to curse my enemy I say the curse to him. As a result, he will become sick and have a lot of bad luck. However, if he puts his fingers in his ears or uses some kind of earplug, I have to ...
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English Medieval town layout

In Medieval England how would a stronghold town be laid out, and what would their defenses have been? I'm putting a city together and one important point is that it is secure from attacks. Attacks ...
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How to use and maintain assault rifles brought to the past

A group of time-traveling soldiers ends up in 15th century Europe. They have an arsenal of either AR's or SMG's and need to use them until their resources (ammo) run out. How can they maintain the ...
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What is the minimum number of staff members of each role to keep a Medieval estate running?

Before we begin, I know full-well that the answer changes based on the time-period, size of the estate, number of people being taken care of, amount of money available, and so forth. A correct answer ...
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First innovation for time traveler to low-tech society [closed]

A time traveler goes back in time (one-way trip, and he does not get to choose the exact destination) to a low-tech society, similar to medieval Europe. His objective is to kickstart an industrial ...
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What services could a time traveller offer a medieval king? [closed]

A brilliant modern scientist/engineer has been sent back in time to medieval Europe (somewhere between 800 and 1100 CE). It would be very advantageous for him to have many friends among the various ...
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How large should my fortified medieval village be?

Backstory My poor medieval people are taken from our medieval Europe (Germany to be more specific) with an entire settlement to another world (think: cut a few square kilometeres of land and paste it ...
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Best natural armor possible for a fantasy humanoid

In my fantasy world a scholar magician creates a sub-specie of warriors with an optimal natural armor against medieval technology weapons. What would it be like? How can I make it as flexible as a ...
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How can a extremist group gain total political control of a medieval society?

The Dwarves, they mostly live within their mountains while a wealthy but small percentage of them own land on the surface. They are very isolationist preferring not to take sides when conflict arises ...
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How do I catch my runaway knight daughter? [closed]

This question is the continuity of "How do I escape my Knight duties". We're in a country that share many similarities with 16th century scotland. I'm a local lord and I noticed, this morning, that ...
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What are the disadvantages of a long living race?

In most fantasy settings and worlds, we have different races like Demons, Elves , Fairies, Angels and so on and on. Most of them usually have longer lifespans than humans and while it might seem like ...