Questions tagged [nomads]

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Keeping an environment warm without fire: fermenting grass

I am trying to develop a nomad population of human beings, living in a steppe like environment without modern technology, which for plot reasons don't use fire for keeping their refuges warm. I was ...
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Could a nomadic group build a portable library on wheels pulled by horses?

A fictional nomadic group lives in vardos much like the Romani people. Could such a nomadic group build a giant library on wheels like a giant vardo capable of carrying 50,000 books? This giant ...
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Non-Mongol Steppe Nomads

Most of the quasi-medieval world include nomads, most often there is only one culture of nomads and they are accompanied with the footnote "inspired by the Mongols". Even when that isn't the case, the ...
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Could domesticated mammoths sustain a group of nomads

In a fantasy world I have planned, I wanted one of the nomadic groups to live on a frozen steppe. They would primarily subsist by herding and domesticating mammoths. Would mammoths be comparable to, ...
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Is there any food a nomad in a carriage-like transport can easily live on?

Let's say there are 2-3 people in a carriage (or van,boat, or anything with a similar size), constantly on the move, unable to hunt (because of reasons) and of course unable to stay in one place and ...
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Mobile hydroponics vehicle

I had an idea for a group of nomads/travellers who sustain themselves with mobile hydroponics system and whatever they can grow on the move. How feasible would it be to have a mobile hydroponic farm ...
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How would air-nomads catch food in the sky?

The world: sky nomads in solar-powered airships, roaming planet earth The technology level: 2030s or 2040s. The airships are similar to the IRL designs LCAT60T airship by Flying Whales, Airlander 10, ...
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human version of hermit crabs

I have some tribes of nomads that live in pretty harsh places, going around by carts or building shelter is usually not an option. They live and sleep in some kind of heavy primitive armor, I was ...
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Could Bronze-Age Nomads Effectively Utilize Chariots for Warfare?

Horses were first domesticated on the steppes around 3500 BC, but the horse would not be ridden directly into battle for at least two more millennia. Instead chariots ruled the battlefields of the ...
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Navigation and time-keeping on a slow spinning planet

I'm working on a story set on a planet that spins very slowly. Days and nights last years, and since it's either scorching hot or freezing cold, people, animals and all living beings must travel ...
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Is The Use of Mounted Infantry a Viable Tactic for a Nomadic Empire?

By “Nomadic Empire” I am referring to an expansionist power that resembles the empires created by Eurasian Nomads throughout history ranging from the Scythians, Huns, and of course Mongols. Their ...
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Cliches to avoid when developing a fantasy nomad culture [closed]

The hero of a fantasy or science fiction story goes to another world and meets a fictional group of semi-nomadic and/or hunter-gatherer people, but, like, maybe not in a transparently racist way. ...
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Any natural way that a River can "move" by hundreds of kilometers seasonally

I'm designing a Nomadic culture and I had an interesting concept. One of the reasons for nomadism is to find resources that "move" annually. In the case of pastoral nomads, it is to find new ...
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What would the economy of a nomadic, spacefaring civilization look like? [closed]

For a writing project, I'm trying to break the mould of some others involved and depict nomadic people who travel in enormous colony-ships, searching for life-bearing worlds similar to their own and ...
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Largest Population for Ancient World Migration/Encampment

What is a reasonable range of number of people that could participate in a cohesive and centrally organized migration/encampment? Assumptions: Ancient times, desert terrain. People include adults ...
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What knowledge & technologies could still be in use centuries after becoming nomads?

Context: future humans settle a distant planet and genetically modify themselves to never be able to 'settle' (use agriculture, create cities, etc). (Just go with me on how!). As a result, they are ...
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Nomad tribe population

There lives in a desert a large nomad culture, composed of many tribes who wander about herding camels, goats and sheep, trading and offering services to cities and towns, and occasionally raiding ...
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What population size is reasonable for a moving, steam powered, predatory city?

For a DnD campaign, I'm designing a setting with steampunkish tech level, as well as magic used to explain tech accomplishments not possible with real world physics. Almost all settlements in this ...
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How Can River Nomads Protect Themselves?

A tribe of peripatetic nomads (Think Travelers or Romani rather than Mongols) ply their trade along a vast stretch of river, profiting as merchants, moneylenders and cargo haulers for an ...