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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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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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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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Possible distance travelled by horse over 6 weeks?

I always get very annoyed if a writer is sloppy with maps and travel-distances. E.g. "They left city Y and arrived in city X 5 days later." When you look at the supplied map Y and X are a 1600 ...
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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 ...
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Would an Army using a controlled fire surrounding an opposing army in a heavily forested area be an effective way to destroy said army?

Imagine a scenario where Army A has received intel of the movement of Army B in a heavily forested area. Army A decides to spring a trap where in it sets fire to the forest encircling Army B, ...
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My carrier pigeons have been replaced by spoons: how can I send messages? [closed]

Yup. All my pigeons are now spoons. I knew my court alchemist was a sore loser, but I still think it's inappropriate to do that for a chess game. He vanished and I no longer have any means to ...
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Would a full body diamond armor and sword guarantee survival and victory against a medieval battalion?

As usual I write stuff like any professional fictional writers do, my protagonist worships a deity calling herself "The Expensive One" and she bestowed a flawless full body diamond armor which comes ...
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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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Why would a magic world be stuck in medieval times?

This is related to Must magic be tied to medieval tech?, but not the same. So the setup: There are two worlds, one is Earth, as it is now, with all its history. The other is a magic world, with an ...
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What percentage of a population can be part of a medieval military?

Here are the particulars: Medieval era and technology City population is 25,000 Arable farmland available as needed Ocean access for fishing Good sized trading hub Politically stable What percentage ...
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Just How Dangerous Would a Plopup Be?

Okay, I've been making quite a few Plop questions, and this one is a real heavy hitter. (You can see one, two, and three for more on Plop.) You see, every so often Plops form hidden hordes (like rats ...
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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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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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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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How could Medieval cultures defend themselves against dragons?

In a world where society and culture are very similar to Medieval kingdoms of past ages, and moreover a world where there is no one conclusive ruler, but a region of small city-states which each have ...
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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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The role of anthropomorphic foxes in a medieval army

In my universe I am designing anthropomorphic foxes similar in appearance to the japanese mythological kitsune. For those who are familiar with the game League of Legends: Ahri is a good example of ...
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How to escape a horde of worms using magic with minimal injury? [closed]

Background An evil Nature Mage (named Erilius) resides in a tropical forest where he has abundant access to local life (of which all the flora and fauna except people can be controlled by him) and ...
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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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Early Army without foraging: How do we keep ourselves supplied in the field?

In a previous question we determined that to survive on an alien planet, we'd be heavily reliant on stuff we brought with us. Whatever plants we could convince to grow that we happened to have on hand,...
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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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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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What would a medieval war against an aquatic race look like?

The setting; there’s a large population of merfolk living in the ocean, and a developing seafaring human nation on the neighbouring coastline. These merfolk are entirely aquatic. They have gills and ...
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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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A more powerful bow

What methods are there to make more powerful bows, besides simply upscaling it? Just for definition, I will take more powerful to mean that it has more draw strength and longer range. The tech level ...
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Oxygen cylinders in medieval world

There is this community where people dive into the sea for precious stones. I need an oxygen cylinder sort of thing for divers. It can be plant based or it can be a dependency on some other species. ...
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Creating a chemical industry from a medieval tech level without petroleum [closed]

You've been transported into a world with a medieval tech level. This world has coal deposits, but no petroleum deposits. You have no chemistry equipment with you, but you can use glassblowing or ...
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How Would Limited Space Travel Change Late Medieval/Early Renaissance-era Warfare?

In my book series, the various planets of the galaxy, give or take, generally have access to late medieval to early renaissance era technology in terms of warfare. That means full plate armor, siege ...
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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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What cheap modern items can I use to bribe medieval people? [closed]

Inspired by this question about a time traveller. So, I've travelled to the medieval age. Think 12th / 13th century Europe. Unlike the time traveller in the other question, I did bring batteries for ...
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Medieval politics with fantasy races

So it occurred to me while developing the political landscape for my world, that throwing fantasy races into the mix in an absolute monarchy/feudal system and pretending they just fit right in may in ...
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I was thrown into the middle ages, how do I power my time machine?

I forgot to charge my time machine and now I'm sitting in medieval Europe and need to recharge the batteries. Luckily, those are only car batteries and not the old plutonium powered ones. What's the ...
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How would cities be designed that were threatened by dragons?

The dragons aren't all that common but they live in the nearby mountains and after a harsh winter are more likely to come looking for easy prey to fatten back up on. What are the major design ...
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Aerial combat: winged humans

I shall present myself: I am Alfara Gal Strid, proud leader of a clan of Arat'nie - what you would simply call "winged humans". I come to you with a troublesome question. You see, for a long time we ...
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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 could medieval ships protect themselves from giant mermaids?

Long ago when apes and hominids split off a third group began to live in the seas and became mermaids/seafolk. Among several species of mermaids, there is a species of "giant mermaids" who ...
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For how long can I hide the discovery of a new continent?

I've got a late middle-age like world, with a situation similar to Europe/America: one continent has a technological advance, and enough sailing skills to discover the other continent. The incentive ...
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How would aluminum work as medieval armor?

I know aluminum was extremely hard to refine until the 20th century, which is one of the reasons why it wasn't used much. But what are the drawbacks to using it as armor or weapons in this type of ...
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How big were medieval cities?

My world includes a medieval city which contained a castle, a cathedral, university developed from a former monastery, a guild hall, a market place and number of houses and small farming families - ...
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How would fantasy dwarves produce steel?

I'm designing a computer game in a fantasy setting with dwarves who need to produce steel. This is a very traditional Tolkein-esque fantasy world at a relatively "middle ages" level of technology (no ...
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Castle surrounded by lava

After watching first Shrek, I got interested in one detail: Can you build a castle which is surrounded by lava, using medieval technology? For scope of this question: Imagine ultimate wealthy king/...
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Weapons for Long-armed (Winged) Dragons?

In a world I am building, I have a race of Dragons. A lot about them is based around questions previously asked on this site; as a result, most of them are around human-sized and cannot fly (a pox on ...
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How to hide an underground city?

Related to my previous question : How to live in an underground city? The refugees managed to live in their underground city with the few resources they can find. They are prepared to fight if ...
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How would medieval/Renaissance-era castles protect themselves from air raids?

Context : my fictional universe is set in a time period akin to the european Middle Ages/Renaissance. Think of the 1400s-1500s for reference. In most aspects (political, social, industrial etc.) my ...
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Size of family-owned medieval farm?

I’m writing a D&D campaign. The closest period of time in the real world that the setting of my story comes to is medieval Europe. (I don't know exactly where or when, but it doesn't matter since ...
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Imperial Kingdoms?

I am writing a fantasy story where a vast Empire has been weakened, and the previous (inept) emperor allowed the feudal lords to act nearly autonomously. Once he died, the lords that ruled their ...
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What would be the impact on a medieval society if "cure disease" magic was available to the powerful?

I'm building a world which is broadly a standard fantasy setting - similar to 15th to 16th century Europe in technology, government, growing urbanization and trade, etc., but with some magic. Very ...
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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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Medieval political hierarchy with an elite 4 counsel elected based on score points

Settings: In a Fantasy setup, different factions face up for the control of the subterranean territories they live in. One of the 4 factions is the Government (Human race not including the tribal ...
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