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How deep can, historically or realistically, aqueducts and/or underground pipeline systems get?

I'm designing a city where there are multiple layers of tunnels- there are catacombs(because the nobles ruling there bury their dead underground), there are escape tunnels from the royal palace, & ...
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Rebuilding a Medieval-type Land after a war

I have been researching online, but most of the results I receive are how to rebuild a modern country after a war. Many of their suggestions I can't see carrying over well to a more Medieval-type ...
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How long could an alien species survive at sea?

The species in question are Herbivores, bipedal in nature, around 50 to 80 pounds on average, and require around 2250 calories per day to stay healthy. The ships these populations would live on are ...
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Progressive level of abandonment of a place

My story is set in an abandoned medieval castle. I am having a hard time describing the effects of time on the place. What would happen if a place gets abandoned and neglected across the years? What ...
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How many generations to lock in androgynous human characteristics?

My story happens in fictional medieval age. There are the usual suspects of peasants, clergy, craftsman, merchants & aristocracy. There is also a specific class of hereditary servants. They work ...
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Why do I want to go near dragons? [closed]

For a project I'm working on, I have a world that is comparable to medieval Europe, except, dragons exist. Humans don't live anywhere close to dragons, since they are pretty destructive and the humans ...
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Bolas + Explosives + Magnets: Fun or Failure?

I have a character who bills himself as an explosives experimenter. He wants to try something new with explosives. He knows how to make a bolas and has the materials to make one. However, he has this ...
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Zombie servants are everywhere in the city, what problems does this cause and how do I mitigate them?

A quick rundown on the zombies: The Zombies essentially just Walking Corpses, nothing more special to them than that They are 100% obedient, and have limited intelligence (about the same as something ...
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Tunes to hum to identify other travellers from Earth on parallel worlds?

An English speaking person has accidentally fallen through to a parallel world and is now stuck there with no hope of return. English and other Earth-native languages are not spoken there. As they ...
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A Room for Heroes on the Run

This question was inspired by the the Fortnightly Challenge, and also a common occurrence in many fantasy novels. This question is going to use the incomes of England around 1270-1400, based from ...
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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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Spontaneous Human Combustion

Scenario Imagine there is a rise in crime rates over the last couple of weeks in a small town in medieval age Europe. The victims abruptly combust into flame in broad daylight according to multiple ...
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Balanced diet for a time traveler

Scenario (pick one): You accidentally travel through time Your time machine runs out of fuel or breaks Your time machine gets stolen A vengeful wizard banishes you to another time/dimension You ...
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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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Form of currency where precious metals are difficult to obtain?

In my world, most of the kingdom that the story takes place in is dominated by forests, with very few quarries or caves. The only active mines are on the edges of the kingdom, which are run by a cult-...
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How to keep a peasant army relevant in a setting where individuals can train to be superhuman?

Following on from this question, a fantasy setting exists where physical training has no limits and those dedicated enough can become super-fast, super strong and perform incredible feats. ...
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Can ice be used as a practical weapon in late medieval times?

Can ice, without the use of major magic, be used as an effective, easy to produce weapon? On my story's fictional planet, overall technology level comparable to late medieval Europe, I have a nation ...
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What is the highest quality method to produce steel with late medieval technology?

Assuming we have the tools and materials of the late medieval period in Europe (~ 15th century) but are allowed to use modern knowledge of metallurgy, what method/process of steel production would ...
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Alternate History: A European Empire in the Middle Ages - Feasibility

Summary What is the most feasible change that could be made to European History to allow the creation of a United European Empire during the Middle Ages, before the Third Crusade? Background My ...
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With medieval technology and governance, what advantages would a long tunnel have over river travel? [closed]

Background I'm working on a high-fantasy setting with the ANSI standard complement of fantasy races. I'm using a map of Earth, since all the geological work has been done for me. Here, the dwarves ...
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How to destroy a Global Religion? [closed]

Assuming this is situated in a medieval-esque world with swords and magic. The magic well consumes magic power, which is naturally absorbed into living beings so they have regeneration. The amount of ...
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Could a large string of mountains stop volcanic ash from traveling any farther?

I am adding a new area to my game (a free-roam RPG): the ashlands. I put a small volcano (only about 15ft wide and long, and about 20ft tall. Really, more of a lava vent) on the western edge and have ...
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Medieval gem values

I'm working on developing a realistic economy for my setting, but one thing my research has failed at is finding numbers that I can use to create a gem system that can be used to price gems of various ...
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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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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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Survival of an Industrial Revolution city after being transported to a fantasy world

Background: The story was located in a stereotypical fantasy world until now. The heroes had to save their land from an evil warlord/sorcerer that got his hands on a magical artifact that granted him ...
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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 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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What effects does a sudden population shift, near doubling the population, have on a medieval kingdom?

Six kingdoms are on the verge of war with a larger, imperial force that is impinging on their lands. The empire is eventually driven out, but not before one kingdom A is caught in the crossfire. A ...
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The empire built on sugar

I have this interesting idea for my world - note: while it is inherently science fiction, I've made a method that allows any kind of civilization, from pre-agricultural to post-singularity. So, a ...
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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 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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Why would a secret entrance be abandoned? [closed]

So in my RPG campaign, my players are sneaking into a keep occupied by vampires. They were told of a secret tunnel that leads from the cliffside and into the keep itself. This tunnel would've ...
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Sailing the Douro River against the current during 14th century

In my story, a young couple is given a ship to go from Portugal to Spain sailing the Douro River. As it can be noted, this goes against the current of the river. What should they need/have to do to ...
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What options does an all-powerful malevolent being have for preventing 50 First Dates?

I'm currently working on a world concept that revolves around an island, let's call it Amnesia, that is basically under siege by an all powerful malevolent force, let's call it BrainDamage. The idea ...
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How would a 99% illiterate town/fortress cope with sudden muteness of its population?

Imagine a society at a medieval technological level, with a fully populated town enclosed by stone walls and including a fort. One day the population wakes up to find none of them can speak, or make ...
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Execute Order “X”: Extermination of wizard

Scenario Set in Medieval Europe, there existed a small groups of gifted individual who practiced magic. These rare talents are mostly sought after by many nations to aid in their effort to size ...
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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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Could public-key cryptography, such as RSA, be useful and secure in the late Middle Ages in the absence of computers?

Cryptography has long history. Really long one. Of course, there is no need to say, how important was safety of secret messages between rulers and generals. In olden times, ciphers used were pretty ...
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The time travelling Dentist [closed]

A dentist discovers a machine that allows her to travel back in time and go to Europe in 1500 AD. The machine allows her to go back in time only once (and never to return). These are harsh conditions, ...
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Can a stone age civilization possible defend against colonial Europe?

Nearly every major stone age culture outside of Europe fell to European colonialism, they were immunized against the diseases they brought with them as well as their advanced technology made it nigh ...
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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 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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How often would an isolated village be visited?

Let's imagine a very tiny medieval village with a population of 20 to 50 people. This is the furthest village, the land next to it is very difficult to use. It is in the rough part of the country, ...
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How far off coast is land visible and how long to reach it in 15th century ship?

My character is travelling from mainland Europe to Plymouth in late 15th century. She awakes at dawn on a clear day and can see Plymouth. How close to the coastline would she need to be in order to ...
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How would a person work his way to being a Kingpin of a city or country? [closed]

I am making a fantasy story where a guy who starts from the bottom eventually becomes top-dog of the entire area through his own efforts. Let's say a charming and highly intelligent modern person (a ...
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How could you make a cat's tail prehensile enough to use weapons?

Simply for the cool factor I wanted to have my humanoid cat person tri-wield: one sword in each hand and a third in their tail. But would it be scientifically possible for the cat-person to have ...
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What size of battlefield? [closed]

This is a problem I have had many times. When I am planning battles the biggest problem for me is how large to make the battlefield. I can't find any references online. Is there a formula or ratio to ...
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How does a medieval european (1200, let's say) army operate? [closed]

Let's suppose medieval army A is preparing to attack medieval army B. Both armies are out on the field. Q1: How close can they realistically be? Can one army see the other? If they were to charge ...
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Which superpower is a huge advantage in medieval fights, but not so much in modern fights?

In my story, there is a special kind of humans, let's call them s-man. They look like humans, but they have some advantage. Around 1200, the s-man were feared as warriors in the Holy Roman Empire. ...