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What Uses Will Chompers Have In Medieval Society?

This overdue question concerns Chompers, which are adequately explained in this link. As a general rule, humanity either eliminates species or finds a use for them, and so I have to wonder what humans ...
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How could a medieval person drug someone to sleep?

My story takes place in a fantasy world with roughly medieval level technology (as is to be expected in that genre). One of my characters intends to spike someone's drink in order to make them fall ...
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How long will it take for a medieval human to adapt to our current world?

Meet Henry, he is a sharp and quick-witted rich young adult from the High Medieval Ages(1000-1347). He can be described as someone with decent adaptability skills, though not much He found a time-...
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Utility of Grafts In Medieval Society

What Are Grafts? Grafts are special bodily modifications, created through magic and typically used by a small percentage of adventurers who care more about performance or cool abilities than ...
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Vegetation on medieval farmland abandoned for 40-80 years

What kind of vegetation may I expect to encounter on a farmland that was abandoned partially about 80 and completely some 40-50 years prior? This is medieval-style farmland, so it is not wheat for ...
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Would a 'Brigambeson' be useful?

Would a brigandine-gambeson hybrid, which would be a gambeson with metal plates attached like in brigandine, be effective in protection, compared to other stuff that could be done with the same ...
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How many entrances did most European castles have? [closed]

Other than the obvious main gatehouse and watergate (if built near water), were there any other entrances or exits to European castles? Were there commonly found secret escape tunnels, entrances for ...
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How would a planet's (human) life adapt to inconsistent night duration?

I realise this question is rather broad, so I'll do my best to narrow down what I'm looking for as much as possible. The big idea The full daylight cycle on this hypothetical planet is consistent in ...
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Assistive Technology for Snake People with Anosmia

If a snake-person, which we'll say is a human with a snake's face and senses, could not smell (the vomeronasal organ doesn't work), what technologies could be made to replace this sense's usual ...
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How would someone talk to animals (without technology or magic)

In a short part of the story that I am writing, there is a scene in which all the characters are sitting together and asking a female character, "how does she talk to the animals?" The whole ...
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How to disguise insect meat?

The rot-weevil is a 10cm long flightless beetle (though not truly a weevil). It eats a wide variety of food, most of which is obtained from civilised settlements. If people wished to trap and sell ...
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Clothing for Fossorial People

The fossorial people are small humanoids. They have hair on their head, but it only grows to around shoulder length. They also have similar hair on their chest, hands, and feet. This hair can resist ...
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How effective would a scythe be in a one-on-one, sword-versus-scythe fight?

In one-on-one combat, with one combatant using a sword, the other the aforementioned false Death, how effective would a scythe be in combat? What tactics could be utilized with it, and what tactics ...
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Could my character dye her hair with clothing dye or other common materials? [duplicate]

The world is a sort of medieval era place with very widespread trade, so the character would have access to a range of materials from different climates The current colour is a blue-ish hue, but that'...
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Why would a government sanction crime within a city?

Assume this city is relatively large by late medieval standards, around 200,000 people. The city is mainly a site for trade due to its geographically central position and being on a river. Also, ...
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How to balance the power of magic warriors and physics warrior in medieval [closed]

I'm creating two character classes: Physics warrior - Just like an ordinary warrior Magic warrior - Like a physical warrior but using magic. (not a mage or magician).They can attack by firing magic ...
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How to estimate the price of an animal in a fantasy setting, or why does a duck cost more then a chicken? [closed]

I realise now that this is not the right place to ask this question, but for anyone else who happens to stop by and is looking for a good reference to use to price their animals, I've found a resource ...
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What point of departure would incite the medieval peoples to develop The Industrial Revolution at an earlier date than back home?

In our timeline, the Industrial Revolution spanned from 1760 to 1820...or 1840, depending on which source we're talking about. Bottom line is, this period in modern history was a pretty big deal, ...
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I want to build the safest habitat(a castle) I can

So I'm in the 1700s and thinking of building a castle surrounded by a 1000 metre moat. I am going to section off the moat into three parts so that each section contains piranha fish, crocodiles and ...
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Feasibilty of Chainmail in 12th Century Medieval Settings

This question is inspired by a comment in this video that the official war historian of the Battle of Cresson describing 140 knights attacking an army of 7,000 as "an experience that will turn ...
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Crewed polearms

In ancient and late medieval combat, the pike emerged as a supreme weapon, an evolution of the spear. The pike being longer than any other melee weapon, a phalanx of pikemen would skewer the front ...
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Evolution of Monks [closed]

Wait, what? Monks...evolving? Don't worry, I don't mean biological evolution, I mean social evolution, the natural progression and alteration of a societal role, specifically the Monk Class. ...
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How Can Medieval People Defend Themselves Against Plopup?

Okay, so if you don't know what Plopup are, they are aptly explained in this link here. Plopup are a particular problem, as their speed, durability, regenerative capacity, and shapeshifting abilities ...
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What can you do with fungal spores? [closed]

The spores in question come from the vegetables described in this question. More specifically, the spores are like grains, with a chitinous shell, small wings, and a nutritious flesh, akin to softer ...
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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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Ancient artillery, throwing bombs with slings [closed]

a sling can throw a projectile up to 400 meters or further, in some cultures children grow up training with slings and in adulthood it develops into an extension of their arm, developing the ability ...
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How to defend a kingdom without killing anyone [duplicate]

What resources, schemes, and strategies does a medieval king need to protect their power without killing or torturing?
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How might a person summon the devil from its prison? [closed]

A society of prophets live according to middle-age superstitions. They abide by a lunar calendar, put a strong emphasis on star signs, and believe they possess psychic powers such as palm reading and ...
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Medieval rebel army, mostly peasants, led by a small number of men with considerable military experience. What is camp life like?

In continuation to this question, my small (for now) force, made mostly of peasants, is rebelling against an empire that has conquered their land. Most people of this force have no military experience,...
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Aircraft aluminum grade 7075 used for body armor in medieval setting

I've read a few discussion on the use of aluminum in medieval armor. There are a lot of people saying that aluminum is a bad choice for armor because it's too soft and brittle. There are many ...
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Inventions that could have come earlier [closed]

There are some technical ideas that could have been developed much earlier, changing the ancient or medieval world. A sterling example is the hot-air balloon. It was actually invented at the close of ...
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Guide to medieval combat [closed]

There are many questions that ask about how medieval combat would work in one situation or another. What I am looking for are some books that document how medieval combat works, so I can learn more ...
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Cannibal City: Part 1 - Eating your enemies

The Great City has impregnable walls. No-one has ever overwhelmed them and likely no-one ever will. The only way to defeat the inhabitants of this mighty city is to besiege them and simply starve ...
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Benefits of Boomerang Enchantment for Humans

This is the long-overdue human equivalent of Benefits of Boomerang Enchantment on Items. On an item, the Boomerang Enchantment allows an item to fly back to their owner's hand after being thrown, ...
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Can archers on the ground shoot down a hot air balloon?

As a scenario, let's say that a group of heroes is traveling in a hot air balloon as a proof-of-concept for bandit-proof travel. Some particularly well-armed bandits naturally have taken an issue with ...
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A huge forest native almost solely to elves who are widely regarded with hatred. What's to stop an army from simply burning the entire forest? [closed]

A big army, fearful and hateful of elves, is standing in front of the forest they all (or vast majority of) reside in. Behind them is a stream, and beyond the forest is the coast. What is to stop them ...
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How long would a character stay unconscious when fainting after a combat?

I have a character who engages combat finishing with in-armour duel that pushes her to the limit. After it is over she is so exhausted (and probably dehydrated) that she faints. Assuming: she is not ...
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Medieval fantasy world, rebel forces against an empire, how can the rebels win? [closed]

So I found myself in this situation: My characters are in a land composed mainly of city states with some degree of recognition of common nationality (a la greeks at the time of the persian wars), the ...
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What ingredient is required to make a salve that can rapidly heal wounds in around 5 minutes?

In medieval times, instead of using potions to heal wounds, they use a healing salve that can rapidly heal open wounds of all types in, let's say, 5 minutes. (Not really severe ones or closed wounds ...
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Bow types and their pros and cons

What bows are used for different situations and what makes them the best choice? In my story a village is only easily accessible in one direction (Tall mountains around it and a fast river behind) ...
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Justification for each country having their own form of magic

There's three mighty countries in this part of the world. In each country, one finds magicians. They are very rare: about one in ten thousand babies is born with magic, and it doesn't matter whether ...
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What natural occurences can be blamed on Witches but also explained with medieval science [closed]

I want to write a Story about a medieval village This Village is plagued by a lot of misfortunes and as people are they blame it on witches but i am having a hard Time finding good occurences. The ...
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At what age is a knight most dangerous? [closed]

It is a common occurrence in fantasy worlds to have knights, armoured humans fighting with melee weapons. Naturally, as these people age, their reaction times slow down, and as they get very much ...
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Feasibility of foot launched projectile weapons

So, one of the species in a fantasy world I'm working on is a lemur like species that stands around 3-4 feet tall, or about the size and weight of baboons. They have very strong legs with opposable ...
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What disease could my time traveler find a definitive 'cure' for, without recognizing the specific disease

I've been toying with a story of person sent to a alternate reality that mirrors medieval Europe, but not necessarily with identical history/countries. The time traveler would earn the trust/support ...
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Creating a Torchblow Predator [closed]

Torchblow. What are they and why do they need a predator? This link should give you a good idea. Basically, it's a four-legged monster, the size of a typical pig with a 1/2-inch thick shell (a shell ...
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Gaining the Strengthen Enchantment [closed]

If an item kills a Whackagi, then it gains the Strengthen enchantment. The Strengthen Enchantment ups an object or material's rigidity (capacity to hold a shape without deforming), tensile strength, ...
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Benefits of the Sharpen Enchantment On Items

Sharpen is a very special enchantment, gained by certain items that kill a Spikagi. Wait, certain items? What items? Sharpen only affects solid items, and then only organic objects (like bone, wood, ...
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Insect-powered shoes

The Emperor (may he live for ever) feels that walking is too much trouble. He should be able to simply stand upright and his shoes take him where he wants them to. He also wants to impress his ...
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Benefits of the Quicken Enchantment On Items

This is long overdue, but here it is, a question determining the usefulness of the Quicken enchantment on items. As stated in this link, the Quicken Enchantment is gained by killing a Runnark, in this ...
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