Questions tagged [medieval-europe]

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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. ...
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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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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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What change in history would cause the Dutch to speak German?

What single change(s) in history would cause the Dutch people to be speaking German instead of Dutch? I understand that German and Dutch are both Germanic languages and share a common ancestry, as ...
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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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How long would it take to build a simple stone building in medieval times?

So, this is for a story that has a medieval/fantasy vibe. It has to do with the small village my main character comes from. It's a very old village, having begun with a small monastery. I was thinking ...
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How close were inns in medieval Europe?

My story takes place in a fantasy/medieval setting, that will incorporate mostly European, most specifically, French medieval inspiration. My main character is traveling from a small village, to a ...
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Would a large delta allow my desert people to feed a continent?

Context : In a world, very similar to our good old Earth, with late medieval technology, a great kingdom has united a whole continent. Except, that is, for a small country, located southernmost of ...
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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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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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Tents in medieval fantasy?

Context: my protagonist is a single woman travelling on horseback with an all-male company, from whom she has reason to fear violence and would be strongly resistant to sharing sleeping quarters with ...
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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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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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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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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 would castles be built in a medieval setting where some humans can fly?

In my world a lot of people can fly. It isn't everyone and it isn't all to the same skill level. Some people can only float around a bit, while a master can break the sound barrier. There are enough ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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-...