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Medieval visual torture method

In my medieval fantasy world, there is the concept of the Five Pains for interrogation and punishment. Each pain correlated to a specific sense of the human body. Burning is used for touch, and a ...
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Aircraft Carrier or ship with similar functionality for Dragon Riders?

My World has Dragoons, these are Dragon Riders and the riders are expert marksmen. They use magic arrows like explosive/fire/wind/homing arrows for offensive (basically magic archers) along with ...
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How to prevent adventurers from ganging up on dragon?

In the 13th century A.D., the king put up a hefty bounty for anyone who can help defeat the dragon and rescue his daughter. Actually, this was all according to the king's devious plan. The dragon was ...
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Controlling Air Temperature on a Futuristic Spacestation with Iron Age Technology

The Setting World consists of humans with primitive technology living within an asteroid space station built by their technologically advanced ancestors. A lot of knowledge has been lost, obviously. ...
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Why does the "combat triangle" work? [closed]

In the medieval MMORPG Runescape, the combat is balanced by a concept called the combat trinagle. Basically it's like rock-paper-scissors: melee is effective against range, range is effective against ...
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What would a guerrilla band of authentic female medieval archers look like?

Historical background In discussions about European medieval archery, there is a lot of emphasis on the english longbow, and the physique and training required to field an archer of that caliber. The ...
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What could be the reasoning behind why Elves go into metamorphosis?

For my setting, I really want to push the non-human aspect of the other typical fantasy races. For Elves, I've been throwing the idea around that they go through a metamorphosis of sorts. I was ...
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How to know you are facing a hive-mind creature?

Setting We are in a European medieval society. Magic exists, but to answer this question you cannot use it. About the creature This creature could be an "Edge of Tomorrow" kind of monster,...
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How can a massive walled city be viable?

I'm working on a small story, and in it I'm wanting to include a city surrounded by multiple layers of walls. The walls themselves are colossal, but were created/held up by sorcery. I would go into ...
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How many minis would it take to kill a unarmed/lightly armed giant, given the minis have roughly medieval tech? [closed]

Let us say medieval tech level mini people/humanoids trained for combat need to kill an unarmed/lightly armed(stick/rocks), average, untrained human/giant for some reason, maybe it is attacking the ...
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What is the most advanced form of torch?

In a pre-electrical age, anyone who needs a mobile source of illumination must rely on a lantern, lamp, candle or torch. Torches seem to be the cheapest, most primitive option, yet surely they have ...
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Just How Omnipresent Would Cheap Cross Laminated Spider Silk Be?

In this timeline's equivalent of medieval level development, spider silk is dirt cheap, and cross-laminated sheets of spider silk are quite affordable. Portia jumping spiders were domesticated ...
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How far can a human see a human sized object in detail [closed]

I have a hero looking at a city under siege from a distance. He has some slight height advantage, say standing on a small mound or hill side, so I can ignore Earth curvature at the distances involved, ...
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How would a "computer" be useful in a medieval world? [duplicate]

I am working on a story idea where a character in a medieval world develops a rudimentary computer. It is made of simple building blocks similar to the flip-flop and and/nor gates of digital logic. ...
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How many workers are required for a medieval civilization to have metals?

The setting of my story is a medieval refugee community that has found a protected place to settle. They end up remaining in isolation for a few hundred years. The protection is a boost for life, in ...
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In a supercontinent would ships still be the primary way of transportation before the invention of engines?

introduction My world is made of a super-continent with very little isles, it has 100 countries, 97 of which are on land. 3 of those are underwater for folk who are able to live confortably in the ...
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How can the Vikings go up against a thunder wyvern?

During the dark ages (early middle ages), the Vikings visited an isle surrounded by strong waves and giant whirlpools that seemingly appears sporadically. The island is populated with many walrus and ...
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How would an industrial revolution affect the Catholic Church's theology in a 1400s setting [closed]

How would the Catholic Church be affected by the industrialization of Europe. How would this affect the Church's theology? The start of industrialization starts in the late 1300s also in Western ...
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How could force fields be stopped? [closed]

My fantasy world has magic. Magic you are born with, and magic that can be learned. The mechanics of the force field the main characters are trapped in is that when you go in you can't leave. You are ...
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What's the feasible upper size for a medieval country?

I'm attempting to make a large tropical island, roughly 120k square miles in area, with a centralized monarch-based authority. Is this feasible, or will it quickly devolve into smaller kingdoms, ...
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How could people hundreds of years ago have protected themselves from radiation?

In my world, there is a civilization with about 1800's-level technology. There is a nuclear accident in part of the world that they need to access. Is there a way for a civilization with this level of ...
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Would silverbloods actually make for better soldiers?

Silverbloods are those whose blood gleam like polished silver when alive and are a dull grey when dead, an image of them bleeding being much like the spilling of mercury. They have the ability to ...
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Medieval airship nomads

In a medieval society, an ethnic group lives most of their lives aboard airships. These airships are rudimentary, perhaps holding only enough room for a single family. They consist of slender wooden ...
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What kind of substance that existed in the Middle Ages could, when ignited, potentially destroy everything within several miles?

I am a DM for a homebrew D&D 5e game. In terms of technology, the time period loosely takes place somewhere between 1100 and 1400 CE (so High Middle Ages to Late Middle Ages). The villain of my ...
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Role of Flayt in Medieval Fantasy Society

Flayt are a sentient species of anthropomorphic animal, similar to harpies or tengu. Their intelligence is equal and like unto that of a human. General Physiology: Flayt are covered in white feathers ...
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Would medieval people be able to build a wall to keep the rising sea levels from engulfing their continent?

Long story short the earth-like planet is being bombarded by ice comets crashing into the oceans and the sea levels are rising. I want there to be a huge wall(probably around 20 meters or so) that ...
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Role of Lamia in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have another all-female species in my world, and it's Lamia; women from the waist up, snake from the waist down. Sort of like mermaids, but more commonly encountered by humans, as they live in ...
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Role of Mermaids in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have decided, upon due and proper consideration, to put All-Female Species in my book. However, if I want to have them as developed as Legend of Zelda's Gerudo, I'm going to need some help in ...
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Can a nonhuman species maintain an empire in a mostly human world? [closed]

In my fantasy world based on late antiquity/the early medieval era orcs have a large, powerful empire and seek to expand its borders to invade more land. Since most of the world's population is human ...
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Why would medieval sleeper agents gather in one place? [closed]

I am making a system of sleeper agents that work to support an invasion. This all takes place in a late-medieval Chinese-inspired setting, on a large island nation (let's say "Keiza") that ...
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Raid-efficient feline species

Let's say that there is a warlike tribe that focuses on raiding small villages. They are kind of like the Vikings, but they don't arrive by riverboats; they strike the oblivious villages, arriving ...
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How would an underwater city be structured? [closed]

Let's say there is an underwater civilization of merpeople. They were able to develop medieval technology (approximately, since an underwater civilization would develop differently than an above water ...
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Why would civilizations have no major technological development even after ten thousand years?

Basic Introduction (story background for anyone interested) I have a character whose punishment for causing massive genocide was immortality for ten thousand years. To be more specific, after his ...
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Can a group of assassins help win a war? [closed]

The Icratic empire and the Noctan Empire, both powerful empires, are fighting a war. The Noctan Empire has physically well-built soldiers that are well suited to the terrain they are fighting in, but ...
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How can a Middle-Age spy traveller hide as many ropes and gags as possible on themselves?

As I recalled about some Mermaids being tied up, I remembered some stealth game moments where the heroes, in order to have free moments wandering around without those annoying guards and honest ...
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Controlling the late-medieval world with just a network of agents and instant communication

The World Controlling Agency I have long had a concept about a world-spanning NGO; an organisation with the power to start and end wars, and whose CEO any monarch would kneel to rather than risk their ...
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How hard magic could make bows, swords and other early/mid- medieval weapons relevant alongside fairly advanced gunpowder weapons?

Introduction In a quite a lot of games swords, bows and so forth exist on a regular basis alongside guns, and often are as powerful, if not more so, than firearms. In a realistic, non-magical setting, ...
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What could be some limitations to magic to make it less overpowered? [closed]

In many movies and animations, magic is overpowered. Most of the time, magicians could only be countered by other magicians. I'm building a medieval fantasy world where magic exists. In this world, ...
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Rural broomstick navigation on a moonless night

These days we have so much street lighting that the stars are blocked out, and cities are easily seen from space. That wasn't the case a few centuries ago. Flyers in the middle ages (witches on ...
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How does one hide a floating island in the sky from anyone below looking up?

So, floating islands are a pretty common trope at least in the media I've consumed, and one thing that sort of stands out - oftentimes, they're meant to be a reveal to a larger world (Either as part ...
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Uses for Surplus Plops

As suggested in the linked question's answer, Plop are kept in jars and used as living waste disposal, then when they get too big, they are placed inside a pit. The trouble is, when Plop reach maximum ...
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Reality Check: Medieval economics - could peasants ban rent?

Question: Is there any economic reason they would be unable to do this / some unforeseen way it would ultimately come back to bite them? Ultimately they want to let their peasants live rent-free in ...
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Can you make felt from fluffy bees?

The bees of my world have a thick coating of fluff. A portion of the fluff is made up of branched fibres, roughly resembling a spiny/prickly plant-shoot. Could these fibres, if they were the only ones ...
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Lions and their natural habitat, and biomes

First time here in a few years. I remember that the last time the questions had to be specific to what I was looking for but I don't wanna swamp anyone with too much info, so I'll endeavour to be lean ...
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How Do You Get Wood in a World Where Monsters Defend The Forests?

PROJEKT ' IRON SONG ' In the Empire of Tyvertsia, there are many strange and often hostile beasts—bears, mountain lions, sirin, bauk and the like—living among the wildlife of the thick Western forests,...
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Taking the bayonet to its logical conclusion. Or, the pike-rifle

Due to some copious amount of handwavium, projectile weapons are not as effective as their melee counterparts. They are still very useful, but not to the point of replacing close combat. Historically, ...
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Would a feudal lord sabotage the education of a foreign noble child in their custody?

Count Bobbert of Frugundy has many children, and he has sent his third son, Preter, to be raised at the court of Duke Wudlig of Brutsels, both to honour his ally and to allow the child to benefit from ...
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Could medieval people build an airtight spaceship or space ark using their common resources?

This is set on a fictional alien world with medieval people. However, this world has alien livestock that are capable of flying into outer space and traveling to other worlds. These medieval-age ...
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What would a hammer designed for throwing look like?

In D&D there is a history of allowing 'light hammers' to be thrown. However, at the very least the ones I remember would be completely useless if thrown. The center of gravity and balance would ...
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Feasibility of an amateur setting their own broken nose

I am working on a fantasy set in a medieval age (the exact time period is loose due to magic progressing science differently to the real world), and an experienced fistfighter gets their nose broken ...
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