Questions tagged [medieval-europe]

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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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How would a medieval doctor identify a poison that was administered through a cut?

How would a medieval doctor identify a poison that was administered through a cut? Is it strictly by symptoms? If the implement is produced, would that help in identifying the poison? The story is ...
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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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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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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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In a medieval setting, how far apart should towns be?

This is a medieval European (fantasy) setting, with the following (highly tentative) parameters: Each town is vaguely autonomous, and have their own municipal government system. Towns do trade with ...
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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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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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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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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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Would England of the 14th Century be capable of producing revolver bullets

A cowboy of the 19th Century got dragged back into the past (just in case, stable time loop does not apply here since it also has an alternative timeline/universe), after some feats of battle, the ...
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Truth Stone: Effects on the justice system, and criminal world

The setting is the medieval ages, vaguely European. No magic exists except what is explicitly stated in the question. The judicial system is similar to historic examples, with the head-of-state ...
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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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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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Would the existence of Megalodon during the medieval ages threaten Sea Travel and how to defend against them? [duplicate]

The Megalodon was an 59 feet (18 meter) long shark said to have roamed the entirety of Earth's ocean. Of course, it's quite extinct. However, what if somehow it managed to survive all the way to the ...
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How to protect shops in the medieval era against thievery?

While coming up with a medieval era world, I suddenly realized that there was pretty much no defense against thievery except for patrolling city guards which to be honest probably isn't very effective....
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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 ...
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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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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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Practicality of chainsaws as weapons in the medieval-ages and how to improve them?

Would a chainsaw be a practical weapon in the medieval ages where swords and bows were the their main armaments? How well would it do against swords and shields? Disregarding the problem with fuel ...
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How would humans in medieval times have adapted to giant roaming golems?

So in a world where giant rock and metal golems 'spawn' naturally. These golems are the kind with a power core hidden inside their bodies, their body and limbs are held together by invisible mana ...
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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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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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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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Is diamond armor better than traditional armor?

A medieval alchemist (from Europe) has figured out how to crystallize any object and turn it into diamond. Would diamond armor (e.g. chain mail and plate armor) and weapons be superior to their ...
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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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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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Creating a realistic timekeeping system for a fantasy world

When reading fantasy novels, I have as a rule been left with the impression that exact timekeeping is either avoided as a topic, or referred to only vaguely and obliquely. In many cases, the author ...
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Technology level for 1000 isolated people

In early 15th century Europe, a cataclysmic event causes a tropical jungle to cover the whole world. The jungle is populated by very dangerous, aggressive monsters (think Pitch Black). For unknown ...
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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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Can medieval people make a potato gun?

The spud gun uses air pressure to shoot a projectile - unusually a potato - at high speed towards a distant target much similar to todays revolvers. The only difference is that there is no gunpowder. ...
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How likely would a zombie apocalypse be to wipe out civilization in medieval England?

I am really surprised that I can't find a question that has already answered this. I am working on a book about essentially what might have happened had a zombie plague broken out in England in about ...
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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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Deity generation through the ages

In a thing I'm writing, the plot revolves around 'shards' fragments of a divine power that attach themselves to a rare few humans at birth- one in some many million. When that human hits a massive ...
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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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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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Are bones and skulls actually good building material?

If you see this type of road and you are Czech, you are going to say, that is made from cats heads: (Image source) Imagine I am Joe the Average, who was sent to medieval Europe (by accident) Not ...
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How would life be different in Medieval Europe if common people had Golems?

Setting: A version Medieval Europe where magic has always existed, but has evolved in a similar way to how technology changes, getting better with time. Eventually, someone figures out how to give a "...
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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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What could an average modern human achieve in medieval times?

Let's imagine that on one fateful day, John Doe, the absolutely average citizen, wakes up just outside of a small village during the Middle Ages, somewhere in Europe, maybe France or England. Let's ...
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How can I estimate how many people are living in a specific territory?

In my own medieval fantasy setting, I have different countries that all have different populations. I admit that I have no idea of how many people should live in X or Y. Just using the numbers for the ...
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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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Why would you build underground defensive structures in an an alternate world medieval europe?

Assuming a world otherwise like ours and at the same technological level of medieval Europe, what change in the world might have caused people to build defensive structures underground rather than ...
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How would the design of a habitable underground fortification differ to that of a castle?

As a follow up from riding flying creatures to attack castles, let's assume that the practice is now so prevalent that a standard castle is no longer defensible. How would the fundamental design of a ...
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How would the existence of large rideable flying creatures have changed the design of castles?

I'm thinking not only of the impact they would have had on how you would defend from an aerial attack, but also that they could be used for much more specific bombardment by dropping large rocks and ...
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What effect would elemental magic have on the work force

Imagine a society where everyone controls a variation of one of the four elements: earth, fire, water, and air. What I mean by variation is some might control metal, but not rocks. Others control ice, ...
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How quickly and accurately should news travel in a rural medieval setting?

I'd like to have a realistic idea of how, and how accurately, ordinary people in a rural low-tech (medieval-equivalent) setting should expect to hear news from outside their own communities. If you ...