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How big can my giant killer-eel grow?

In my fantasy world, Mainspring, the top of the oceans' food chain is the maculatum, a species of giant eel which originated on another plane/dimension. Maculatum reproduce asexually and wthout any ...
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How can you appear in an illusion in your own car [closed]

In the beginning of my story two girls arrive in their car to a central square of a little European looking town with no single living soul around. They take guns from the trunk, go to a church on ...
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How successful could rapidly spreading new predator be in world with today's type of development

I was rewatching Secret war from Love, Death & Robots and started wondering, would the monsters from that episode pose any actual threat in today's world? Let's assume the monsters have similar ...
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How would a medieval village protect themselves from invisible monsters? [closed]

How would a village of medieval-like technology protect themselves from rhino sized invisible praying mantis-like monsters? Context and details: The praying mantis’s have a top speed of 40 mph and ...
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Balancing ecosystems with monsters [closed]

When worldbuilding, I am trying to fill my world's nature with a lot of dangerous monsters. However, there was something I realized I forgot to do, and something that I notice many fantasy creators ...
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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 public works/infrastructure projects can recent high school graduates perform in a post-post apocalyptic setting?

My science-fantasy world has been devastated by monster attacks coming from various enormous pits in planet . The first lead to a total collapse of civilization and the next one, some 300 years later, ...
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Armor design for fighting flying monsters?

In my setting, there is a type of monster which is an aggressive, airborne humanoid which oftentimes preys on humans travelling through its habitat. Its prevalence, and the danger which it can cause ...
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What kind of melee weapon is ideal to destroy a monster's core?

Most regenerative monsters possess a "core" of some kind which must be destroyed in order to kill them. I've noticed this trope at least a dozen times in Japanese media specifically. In fact ...
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Is my magic system too convoluted for my own story? [closed]

I am planning an adventure story, focused in the fights, like a shonen anime. For that purpose I want to have a magic system similar to the the shaman's king one (fusing spirits with objects to give ...
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Justification for a Magic school being dangerous [duplicate]

Magic schools, most notably Harry Potter, have the trope of having a dangerous campus, and monsters hiding in different parts. Of course, parents would get angry and do would not want to enroll their ...
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Can you make effective poisons/acids/flammables from basic ingredients that would be useful in fighting monsters?

Can you make effective poisons/acids/flammables from basic ingredients that would be useful in fighting monsters? I am writing a story about a MC who goes into Portals to kill monsters (Typical DnD ...
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If the USA was hit by a bombardment of nuclear warheads, what would the landscape look like?

In my world, technology that could alter a living creature's biology (later called Lazarus Tech) became incredibly popular in many places, until the overuse of the technology cause countless millions ...
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How could the effectiveness of guided weapons be reduced against a non-paranormal giant monster?

How could the effectiveness of radar, heat seeking, or laser guided weapons be reduced during a battle between a monster the size of a 7 story building and the military of a small country. The monster ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

In monster\Kaiju movies it is common to see the military engaging giant monsters, using air power, at extremely close range. An early example of this was in the 1933 rendition of King Kong the biplane ...
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Why do wild creatures carry money?

It's an extremely common trope in Role Playing Games (RPG's) for wandering monsters to carry lootable currency (gold, moolah, dinero, big ones, cash, large, green, etc.). Now, it makes sense that non-...
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How to make a bear trap deadlier to monsters [closed]

My question for a novel I am writing. What alterations do you have to make to your average bear trap to make it far more lethal to monsters? (Think trolls, orcs, goblins, wargs). The trap has to be ...
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How can a country devote centuries of resources to building giant mechas without being stopped?

There is a world where giant monsters the size of mountains come every few hundred years and destroy huge amounts of the world and any organized civilization of humans. The only effective response ...
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Under what circumstances could an advanced civilization have detailed cultural awareness of monsters", but minimal scientific data?

Under what circumstances could a civilization that was roughly 100 years in advance of present day American society have a strong cultural awareness of "monsters" that included myths and ...
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How long would it a self-replicating gelatinous cube to take over the entirety of planet Earth?

Context: Experiment 87171 is a gelatinous cube that takes up a space of exactly 27 cubic centimeters of volume (meaning that each dimension is exactly 3 cm in length). It was created by the Helix ...
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If 100 giant monsters the size of Godzilla appear randomly on Earth, how powerful must they be in order to cause an apocalypse? [closed]

So in my fictional post-apocalyptic world there are Godzilla sized monsters that were powerful enough to destroy humanity. They are powerful but not too overpowered, for example, most of them can take ...
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What would a post-apocalyptic underground city be like after 1,000 years?

The city is modern/futuristic and is fairly large. It was designed to be self-contained, and has been sealed shut for a thousand years. All human residents died, so there has been no maintenance. ...
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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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Could slimes/mimics feasibly exist

In a world I'm building, one of the most common creatures is the Limus genus. There are two species in this genus, the Limus silva and the Limus informis. The first is a standard slime that dwells in ...
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What would be the largest animal that could exist within a grassland ecosystem dominated by machines?

For the story that I am writing currently, it is set on a colonized planet thousands of years after machines wiped out most of the human colony that were established there, and would go on to form an ...
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Plausible dragons & dragon slaying for "The 51st Dragon" [closed]

What dimensions must a dragon have, in order to make cutting off their heads with a sideways axe swing a plausible method of killing them? When I say plausible I mean (a) the axe can physically cut ...
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How could an ancient army go about defeating a giant army of monsters? [closed]

I've been trying to study military victories against the odds but a lot of the stuff doesn't apply it seems. The armies in those battles are usually not outnumbered as severely and when they are, they'...
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How Would Monsters Adapt to Respawning Adventurers? [closed]

Monsters are creatures mutated by Chaos Energy, which is the driving force behind "magic" in my setting. However, humans were also changed by Chaos Energy; mysterious beings called Kanyeri ...
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Explaining Why Monsters Don't Generally Prey On Their Own Kind

Monsters are creatures infused with (and mutated by) Chaos Energy, which both grants them "magic" and a sixth sense called, appropriately enough, Chaos Sense. However, magic in my world ...
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Explaining Monsters Shifting Form in Combat

As mentioned in past questions, in my world, there is monsters-creatures mutated by Chaos Energy. My characters will be facing monsters, which is fine-so far, so good, right? No trouble there. However,...
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Why Would Naturally Evolved Monsters Have Weak Points?

This is akin to Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?, but with one important difference: these monsters developed more or less naturally, they're animals ...
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Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?

A malevolent force is lurking the shadows creating monsters to be its army and take over the world. WHY in the world does it put a highlighted weak point on all of them? It makes sense from a writers' ...
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Why do the enemies have finite aggro ranges?

Edit: (September 18 2021) So far there are are many good answers that address why a group of guard monsters or unaffiliated group of humans might have a finite aggro range. However these answers are ...
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Will my cyber-kraken fry itself with these electromagnetic powers?

I'm currently building a kraken for one of my worlds and wanted it to be a threat to my more tech-savvy protagonists. So, I want to give it some cybernetics. In particular, I want it to be able to ...
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Why should humans kill this space creature?

I thought about a fictional universe where humans populated most of it. I was thinking about a space creature that roams from planetary system to planetary system and I created this thing: They are ...
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Realistic Noggin [closed]

Here’s question about My Singing Monsters, which may or may not generate a series. For people who don’t know about it, My Singing Monsters is a app where you buy monsters that sing or play a specific ...
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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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Why dummy skyscrapers used to trap large monsters are being demolished one by one? [closed]

Occasionally a large monster as tall as Empire State Building would emerge from the sea and goes into a rampage as it moves inland, we know this city lies in the middle of their migratory path and ...
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Why would humans fight a planet full of monsters? [closed]

So in my world a portal suddenly opened on a field. The portal leads to a planet full of monsters. Why would the people in my world attack and defeat the evil planet. What resources would there have ...
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What danger would a mummy pose if resurrected where they need to cover/protect its body?

Mummies are widely considered to be one of the most iconic undead monsters, but are often overshadowed by their vampire & zombie brethren. Furthermore, while the vampire has a bevy of supernatural ...
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How would monsters realistically exist in our world? [closed]

How would monsters exist in real life? Setting: The world is like ours, but with some changes. The geography is as if the tectonic plates did a different thing, the plants are similar but there also ...
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What terrifying monster attacks people's noses that stick out of a mask? [closed]

Suppose there is a creature that attacks human noses, if the nostrils are visible. People have discovered that they are safe from this monster, if they wear a mask. It is not enough to wear the mask ...
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Why is monster index still going strong?

An index is a measure of how a stock market is performing. Even the monsters know how to build up their portfolio. When a kill is secured -- say a human being -- or a carcass is recovered, they are ...
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How can a monster infested dungeon keep out hazardous gases?

There is a newly discovered dungeon believed to be made up of a series of interconnected tunnels and caverns that runs deep beneath the ground, the place is thriving with all kind of terrifying ...
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Why don't monster rulers work together to guard their dungeon against adventurers?

There is a huge dungeon that has been unexplored until recently it was opened up to the public by the authority, adventurers are encouraged to form party to ensure higher chance of survivability. ...
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Horror World Problems [closed]

I have left Super Dee behind, and is now focusing to truly build a world. In my new world, there are skeletons, vampires, zombies, witches, etc. Everywhere, people bring guns in their backpacks to ...
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How do guilds incentivize veteran adventurers to help out beginners?

Guilds often hand out quests which can range from tutorial level such as household chores to much more difficult ones such as defeating hordes of fire breathing dragons There are many veteran ...
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Communication between City States in Giant Monster World

I'm building a world, which takes place about 300 years in the future after an event in the near future, in which giant elemental monsters started to roam around the earth. These creatures are an ...
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Despite slain monsters continually yielding gold coins, why does gold's trading value seem to remain constant over the years?

Set in fantasy medieval times, monsters can be seen loitering around the kingdom. People discovered that the slain carcasses of these monsters contain a certain quantity of gold coins. The rest is ...
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How can defeating lesser monsters grant more magical power compared to more difficult ones?

Reality is both cruel and unjust when it comes to the point of absorbing magical power from a slain monster: every adventurer notices the significant boost in their magical power when they defeat ...
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