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How do you motivate people to post flyers around town?

This one feels a bit trivial, but I am genuinely stumped on how best to word a job specification that one of my characters is posting in a fantasy world. The basic idea is I have a dwarf who is in a ...
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How can medieval people defend their settlements from Peasoupers (giant acid slugs)?

Yet another question about the world of Algennon and its many monsters, this one concerning Peasoupers. Basically, they are bright green slime-covered slugs the size of a human head. They have two ...
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What are the odds medieval individuals will recognize our time traveler's description of penicillin [closed]

Follow up on an old question/idea. My 'time traveler' (actually more of a dimension hopper) got thrown into a roughly medieval feudal society, very closely modeled off of, but not the same as, ...
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What disease affects only the non-peasants?

Imagine a roughly medieval world with a feudal government. I want a new disease to show up and spread rapidly which affects the nobility and leaders, but not the peasantry, setting up a situation for ...
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How can medieval peope defeat an army of volleyball-sized, armored, fire-breathing crabs? [closed]

In the world of Algennon humans are at a worldwide societal level equivalent to the Middle Ages. Humans also are divided into two subspecies: the Bellators (homo sapiens bellator) and the Plebeians (...
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What kind of arrow would knock someone over?

Tods Workshop on youtube did a video showing that real arrows would not knock someone off their feet. Imagine a knight in armor is charging on foot at an archer. He wears a breastplate sufficient to ...
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How to make stealthier armor?

In my setting a colonial power at a late medieval level of technology has gifted its native allies with mail armor. The natives are quite happy to receive it, but are simultaneously frustrated. The ...
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Can a medieval fantasy world have a world war?

So I basically have a medieval fantasy world, where there are several empires on an Earthlike planet. These empires originated from early Bronze Age civilizations, and have stood the test of time in ...
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Would Tungsten be a useful material for medieval armor and weapons?

Tungsten is a very dense and robust metal that has the highest melting point and boiling point of any metal. This makes it very resilient in certain situations but also makes it hard to craft stuff ...
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What would people living on rocky terrain with access to a river use as building materials?

I'm looking for architectural inspiration for a city I'm designing, and I wonder what kind of building material would be used by the inhabitants. They live at the foot of a mountain, relatively close ...
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The castle is under attack $-$ where does the chambermaid run? [closed]

In my story, there is a high level servant that I need to become aware that the area is under attack. I want her to be in her private quarters when it happens, then run toward wherever the duke and ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

Picture a city set in the renaissance times (circa 1350, for example), a city surrounded by vast rich soil at the lip of a large bay. Given the city's close proximity to larger ally kingdoms (kingdoms ...
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What is the timeframe for this abandoned space colony revert to a medieval society?

An outpost on a 2G (gravity) water planet (95% of the world's surface covered by oceans) becomes stranded / abandoned by the Galaxy Government, probably forever. The warp gate in orbit broke, nobody ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

In my story, the princess escapes her prison through the window. The window has a lock on it, made by a legendary locksmith, that's said to be unpickable. But either due to the locksmith not being ...
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If people in Iron Age times had access to uranium, would it be used over iron?

Let's say that in 1,200 BC, aliens secretly come to Earth and turn all of the uranium oxides into pure uranium.The aliens then leave and humans discover this new metal. Uranium has a lower melting ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Determining genetic fatherhood is very important in my worldbuilding experiment for lots of reasons, one being succession, but regardless it's the genetic component that's important But it's possible ...
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How to design a “legendary looking bow” that fits a Medieval European fantasy? [closed]

Introduction We often see bows and archer heroes (and heroines) being depicted in various fantasy series, wielding some “legendary bows” with bizarre and pointy shapes which looks like unattended ...
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Building 3 floor building in medieval days [closed]

In medieval days How much time it will take to build 3 floors building, with 10 apartment’s each floor? I don’t have labor problems, so I can use as much as I need. How many workers do I need for 1 ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

In our real world we have been blessed with many mechanical inventions throughout the ages. Wind mills, water driven sawmills, rope and pulley systems, cranes, marvels in clockwork and gearing such as ...
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What conditions would bring a kingdom/country to want a dark lord ruling them (again)?

In my world, because of how difficult the dark lord antagonist is to kill, he was permanently trapped in a weird substance. However, centuries later, he gets out and he is free. He awakens now in my ...
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How could peasants protest against superhuman kings?

In history, there were multiple theories like the Divine Right of Kings or Mandate of Heaven that stated that royalty weren't normal human beings but blessed by the Almighty himself. In my fantasy ...
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Could medieval Native Americans domesticate the bison?

In an alternate universe where Eurasia is less advanced and the native peoples of the Americas and Australia build powerful civilizations, what animals could be domesticated that weren't domesticated ...
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If thrusting is the most practical way of hurting a foe, why wouldn't ancient armies use barbed weapons to inflict even more damage? [closed]

I wonder why no military from history wouldn't make their spears and swords barbed. If the point of thrusting is to damage vital organs and cause massive blood loss, wouldn't it make more sense to ...
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How realistic would it be for the son of the emperor to go to college undercover?

How realistic would it be for the son of an emperor to go to some college town (think something like Oxenfurth from The Witcher) with a false identity? He pretends that he is some kind of lower-rank ...
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Would Medieval Paratroopers be useful for sieging castles? [closed]

In my world, there exists giant eagles kind of similar to the ones in LOTR. These eagles are large enough to ride and are domesticated. As a result, people have been using this giant eagles in warfare....
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Would airdropped kinetic projectiles be useful against medieval armies?

In my world, there exists giant eagles kind of similar to the ones in LOTR. These eagles are large enough to ride and are domesticated. As a result, people have been using this giant eagles in warfare....
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Would electric whips be good weapons in a medieval fantasy?

Whips are ancient tools that have been around for millennia. They were originally made to direct livestock and later on they were used to punish soldiers, slaves, and criminals. On the surface, a whip ...
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Would a spear ever out perform a bow when wielded by an insanely powerful person?

I am writing a story where humans are battling monsters (Think orcs, goblins, dire wolves, etc). I wanted to stay away from the typical ‘go for guns’ and try historical weaponry. I know the bow has ...
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What's the fastest a medieval projectile could go, if it was powered by human muscles?

How fast could a human-powered medieval projectile go? Rules: The weapon must be made of materials available in medieval times: wood, steel, catgut, bone, rope, etc. No modern composites or plastics. ...
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How would a medieval army poise itself for invasion at a given moment?

I'm DMing a D&D campaign and I'm creating a story for it. It is set in a Medieval Fantasy setting. Essentially there is suddenly an unclaimed piece of land bordering two nations. They both want to ...
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How fast can technology be brought from 11th century to 21st century?

In my story, there is a man who has an incredible memory. He lives on Earth for the first seventy years of his life, during which time he can recall everything he reads. Through a complicated series ...
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How could I logically place cities and towns on my map?

The setting is a medieval fantasy, think general dnd or LotR. I have already created a map and it’s existed for a while now but I desperately want to know where cities and towns might logically pop up....
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How long would it take an iron key to rust away

I'm writing a fantasy story where an iron key was thrown down a deep well. The key needs to rust away completely in order to reform in another place. So how long would it take for an 8 cm ornate ...
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Medieval Footwear in swamplands

In my world, people live in a swamp where the ground is consistently covered in at least 4-5 in of water and occasionally higher, reaching up to the knees. My Question is what kinds of medieval style ...
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Empire across the Himalayas

I was bouncing ideas off the wall about empires that could've plausibly existed in Asia if certain things went differently, and I stumbled across the very physical barrier of the Himalayas. So my ...
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Stagnated renaissance era technology in a fantasy setting?

I am early in this design but am imagining a fictional world in the age of exploration including classic fantasy tropes of monsters and magic, with renaissance era technology, that is cannons, muskets,...
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What are some animals a fifteen year old boy should be able to hunt, easily, in an Early Modern Setting?

Overall I am trying to show the romance between a fifteen year old boy and girl as they both grow and age over the next few years. One of the major points of attraction is his incredible hunting ...
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What are the implications of gorilla anatomy on medieval warfare? [closed]

Let me know if I need to break this into smaller questions...my preference is to keep it as one. I have a sentient species that has intelligence indistinguishable from humans, but with the body of a ...
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Is there a more balanced way to make a slightly better female rights setting but also make it authentically medieval? [closed]

The description of this question is lengthy because I want to make my situation precise , well-defined and detailed to avoid answers covering what I've already made my decisions with (Like how about X ...
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Is a decade-long battle in medieval times with magic possible?

Question: Is it possible to have one or multiple battles to continue for a decade or more in a fantasy medieval setting? The primary outcome required from the war is to have a constant stream of ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

Setup: Avians are a humanoid species with bird characteristics, they all posses the ability to fly. Just as other species they can learn to use bows, swords and magic. Their main fighting tactic is ...
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How much food surplus would medieval peasants have? [closed]

So, I am working on a setting. It is medieval fantasy with a focus on realism, and in my pursuits of realism, I am trying to figure out many things. One of them is the rough approximation of how much ...
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Litmus test for discerning worthy counterparty of medieval trade

Medieval Europe tends to be regarded as an example of significant fragmented sovereignty. That is to say multiple entities would stake claim to the same land and/or inhabitants. Of course there were ...
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Feasibility of an Empire with advanced ecological knowledge making Chott Melrhir a permanent lake?

What is the feasibility of a North African based Roman Empire turning Chott Melrhir into a permanent lake? The Empire has a population of around 8-10 millions, controls all of North Africa from ...
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Is it possible for another European-style medieval society to be on a separate continent?

In my world there are multiple continents with many cultures. In a far away continent, there are kingdoms that exist there. I was wondering how could they be medieval style like the mainland, and if ...
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Why would the devil give someone immortality in exchange for them maintaining a diary? [closed]

So bear with me on this So I'm working on constructing a world for a DnD game that I am going to be running. I have a general idea of the world that I would like to develop, but am getting stuck on ...
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How would a person with food allergies cope in the Middle Ages?

In a story I'm working on, a character suddenly finds himself transported back to the late Middle Ages. This is completely unexpected, so he doesn't have time to prepare. It occurred to me that a lot ...
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How would a medieval society clear a jungle?

How would a late medieval to early renaissance society clear a 200,000mi² jungle? This country is also a version of the Mexico-sized country referenced here, but much younger, and without the moving ...
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What would the government of a medieval city be like if it were transported through time and space? [closed]

I'm working on a story where an advanced civilisation show up near a medieval city (probably the capital) but there's an issue with their ship and through tech-wizard shenanigans the warp system ...
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How could armour be designed to improve unarmed martial arts?

How could armour be designed to improve hand-to-hand martial arts? Reinforced, angular greaves with pads underneath to improve sweeps and kicks? Full plate is always good, but I feel like it could ...
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