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Benefits of the Pyris Enchantment For Humans

This is Usefulness of Pyris Enchantment for humans. The Pyris Enchantment can be gained two (technically three) ways: Eating a Monster If your teeth and jaws or stomach and stomach acid are what ...
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Advanced mechanical engineering without electricity in a traditionally medieval fantasy setting?

Could you have advanced mechanical engineering without, say, advanced electrical engineering accompanying it? Thick clockwork, clickety clackety stuff, does it need steam/electricity by default? How ...
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Protecting Medieval Villagers From Droppers

This is a long-overdue sequel to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers? and covers Chomper's flying brethren: Droppers. These little devils are more than a little dangerous. A Dropper is ...
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Can I have an otherwise High Medieval society, if they are in perpetual Bronze Age?

I may have been too ambitious with one property of my advanced Mesoamerican civilisation. The very summarised background (which you can take as given; don't frame challenge this) is that after a wise ...
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Making Whackagi More Dangerous

The successor of How Dangerous Are Whackagi?, meant to make Whackagi a credible threat to medieval Europeans. The main problem with Whackagi is twofold: Too slow-With a top speed of 0.63 mph, a ...
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Isekaied in a late medieval world, how long before you get a flu and die? [duplicate]

You are in contact with 4 people a few minutes after your arrival and with an entire city after a day worth of traveling. Can you reasonably expect to survive at least a month?
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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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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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Figuring Out Monster Ecology

In one of my last questions, Making a Predator For Chompers, Daron pointed out that I should really post an ecology question, so now I'm trying to figure out the ecology of my world based on my most ...
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Medieval fantasy ship carrier

I'm currently working on developing the navy for the most advanced faction in my fantasy world and I'm stuck with the design of the largest ship, a sort of a medieval carrier ship. I'm talking about ...
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What circumstances would lead to griffins abandoning their mountainous habitats for castles?

Castles have high towers for them to roost in and scout, lots of surrounding land for food and water. Obviously the biggest problem would be getting the people living in them to either clear off, or ...
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How Dangerous Are Evolved Ploppers?

This is the sequel to How Dangerous Are Ploppers? and covers one vital aspect of Ploppers: evolution. Sure, Ploppers aren't much of a threat, but they grow up, evolving into a stronger equivalent of a ...
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Bringing the Bikini Into Medieval Times [closed]

Okay, so this question is a follow-up to Just How Dangerous Would a Plopup Be? and covers the simple fact that the bikini didn't exist in the medieval period. However, the Plopup have managed to come ...
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What would be an effective land based mode of transportation for mermaids?

(this is probably going to be my last mermaid based question for while) unlike their giant counterparts, most mermaids are more humanoid sized and have a life style similar to seals. now some of these ...
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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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How accurate was/ could minting be in the early middle ages regarding to the shape of the coin (circular)?

I am having trouble finding information on this and I lack the knowledge to know how feasible or not this would be. I'd like to know how perfectly round coins could be made in the early middle ages. ...
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How would giant mermaids wage raids/warfare against ships?

Part 2 of How could medieval ships protect themselves from giant mermaids? While hominids may rule the land, giant mermaids dominate the sea! Many nations employ these giant mermaids to wage warfare ...
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What could prevent my world from progressing past the early industrial age?

Now, my world is old. Very old. And, unfortunately, the story locked me in a paradox. Namely, the colonization of the lush caves featured in another of my questions, which also have a name now (Harat ...
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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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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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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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Dealing With Cuckoo Dragon Eggs

There are many species of dragon, but the cuckoo dragon is the worst of all. You see, when normal dragons reproduce, they expend life force to create new life. The most powerful dragon species expend ...
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Preventing a Runaway Societal Effect

I am designing a medieval fantasy world, specifically one mirroring an RPG realistically (don't laugh, I'm actually doing a good job at that) and I need to make sure I have my population proportions ...
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How can a mute cast spells that require incantation during medieval times? [closed]

In order for magic to manifest in this world, one has to recite a specific incantation following a visualization of the anticipated result, and only then will the magic occur. Amazingly, many students ...
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Help! Mage stuck inside a wall!

When teleporting an aura of magic covers your body and this aura works as a coating portal. Instead of you entering a portal, the portal eats you. The portal is created magically and eats the user in ...
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Benefits of Quicken Enchantment on Humans

This is a sequel to Gaining the Quicken Enchantment. Once someone has gained the Runnark enchantment, they are granted the Runner title. This gives them the speed of an Olympian sprinter and the ...
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Is my town realistic?

So, my setting is a small border town on the edge of the [x] empire- beyond the town is the Eastern Reaches and is mostly unexplored. The border has been explored up to around 60 miles by the feudal ...
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How would people in Medieval times react to the clothes worn by a time traveler coming from the present day?

My heroine (accidentally) travels through time and finds herself in a medieval setting (a forest in e.g. 1100). The only things that time traveled with her, are her clothes. At first she gets lost in ...
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How to cross a gorge with deep valley plagued by corrosive effluvium in medieval times?

There is a beautiful deep canyon called "Gorge Yor Ei Ou" by the local, it has a deep cleft filled with deadly and corrosive effluvium that doesn't seems to go away. The shortest distance ...
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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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Usefulness of Synergy Enchantment

I have recently conceived of a fifth member of the Little Four, the four most common monsters in my fantasy world: Bitbugs. These cute little bugs have rounded bodies (they look sort of like blimps), ...
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Dragonslayers: Accounting For Draconic Culture

Dragonslayers are a common trope in fantasy, but mine are a bit different (please see this and that for more on that). The problem is not with the dragonslayers but with the dragons themselves. ...
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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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Medieval society with four planets and teleportation

A solar system has 4 planets very similar to Earth, all in the habitable zone. The only differences between them are slight variations in size and therefore gravity. The tectonic plates and ...
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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 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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Why would a faction betray its leader in the middle of war? [closed]

Basically my protagonist is a medieval princess who refuses to marry either warring claimants to her throne. Eliminate one claimant, and his faction would naturally defect to the other claimant. Of ...
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Vampires as a never-ending source of mechanical energy

Background Vampires are the usual sort. They sleep in coffins during the day and awake when it gets dark. Apart from the normal ways of killing them, they are immortal and so, despite their thirst for ...
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Protective equipment of medieval firefighters?

Heating up with some context I have a kingdom where large patches of forest and dense vegetation lands are lying, ranging from mountainous (al)pine forests to deciduous trees from oceanic or mildly ...
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What would "medieval" weapons made by birds look like [duplicate]

I previously made a post about vehicles for birds. Now I want to know what their equivalent to swords, spears and other weapons would look like? I based the birds off of corvids, like ravens and crows....
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Could something approximating a Star Wars AT-AT be built with today’s technology?

It must be roughly the same size and height as an At-at and walk on legs, but it does not have to have all of the other At-at features. So no laser cannon or similar, but it can have missile launchers ...
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What Are Some Good Example Cases of How Middle Ages / Medieval Period Armies Occupied Conquered Cities?

For narrative purposes I need to have a city conquered and occupied by a neighboring empire whose eventual goal is to conquer / absorb the entire kingdom. The setting I'm aiming for is roughly ...
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Weapons for people who travel on all fours?

In a medieval (Europe) fantasy world where a race of humans have the ability to move on all fours-- what, if any, weapons would they use to fight? They are human in every sense of the word. They can ...
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Prolonging a siege indefinitely by tunneling

The Premise: I have this story about a medieval general getting besieged in a fortified town. The town is well fortified but the troops defending it, while enough to repel most determined attacks, are ...
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How to monitor speed limits on roads in the medieval time? [duplicate]

A decree has been issued by King User VMDCCLX in the 12th century CE to control traffic within the kingdom, a significant portion will be pour into upsizing the military. Despite it's unpopularity the ...
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How long and how much money would it take to rebuild a war torn domain/city in a late Medieval esque society (+ levitation magic)?

This is research for a book I'm writing which is set in a world with the technology level and feudal system of the late medieval period. The only exception is that there is magic and a non-human race ...
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A new way of invading a besieged castle?

Forget those old-fashioned siege ladders. No-one wants boiling oil poured on them as they labour to the top. They need to get there much quicker and with no ladder to be pushed away when they are at ...
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Air-traffic control for medieval airships

In my medieval fantasy world, airships are efficient and entrenched in the economy of trade and commerce. However, coordinating air travel on certain routes and prevailing winds seems difficult, ...
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How does 15th century beancurd delivery work?

The setting is the early 15th century C.E. My grandmother knew how to make delicious beancurd and it has since become famous as word spread like wildfire across the land. Business is good, as many ...
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Could medieval people make an electric motor?

It was suggested that a medieval people, with a readily available source of electricity, would develop electric motors and horseless carriages. I had thought these would be too complicated to make ...
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