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Questions tagged [renaissance]

For questions related to the Renaissance era, on an equivalent era where there is a flourishing of knowledge, arts and all fields of human endeavour.

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Hollow Earth - how to measure it?

I'm making a map for my friend - I drew a pretty neat cartographic grid with a proper map projection - and then he reminded me that his world is actually an inverted Earth with a glowing ball of ...
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How do I catch my runaway knight daughter? [closed]

This question is the continuity of "How do I escape my Knight duties". We're in a country that share many similarities with 16th century scotland. I'm a local lord and I noticed, this morning, that ...
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How do I escape from my knight duties? [closed]

This question was inspired by How to survive for a day if everyone is trying to kill you. We're in a country that is basically 16th century Scotland. Born a girl, from a noble family, I became a ...
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Reality check: Buddhist Aztecs

Idea Is the following alternate history setup conceivable: Central Mexico has been converted to Buddhism by missionaries arriving from East Asia or South-East Asia hundreds of years before European ...
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Could marble sized bombs which detonate on impact (launched with slings) replace muskets in warfare?

I'm trying to build a sort of prime directive violated medieval or ancient society, where outside forces have influenced the development of their warfare. But the outsiders are reluctant to trade in ...
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Value of ice during the Renaissance

This is set during the Renaissance, a mostly normal European setting. Magic works through controlling the flux of energy. A mage can't simply create energy, but he can store and change it. Most ...
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Mining Based Civilisation

I'm wondering what type of society humans (with a Renaissance level of technology) would develop in an area with no arable land (soils too poor), but with a monopoly on various metal resources (iron, ...
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Psychological Warfare! [closed]

What are some ways that heavily armored mounted/unmounted terror troops could ellicit fear in their design, perhaps some burning fuses in a pauldrons?Some historical examples of psychological warfare ...
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Possible concealed lethal weapons in a medieval setting [closed]

For a character based around being invisible in a crowd and stealthy alone, what could a highly intelligent craftsmen (with abilities branching into renaissance era) what type of hidden and ...
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Only Three Books: Kickstarting grain production after civilization collapses

Global plagues have dropped the population to 1 billion and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick start ...
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Only Three Books: Restarting Medicine in 1801

Famines have dropped the population to 1 billion and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick start ...
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Only Three Books: Restarting Physics after civilization collapses [closed]

Global famines have dropped the population to 1 billion people and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick ...
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Only Three Books: Restarting Chemistry after civilization collapses

Global famines have dropped the population to 1 billion people and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick ...
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How advanced would a Roman themed empire be if there was no collapse and it advanced into the late medevil renisance era? [closed]

The Empire is a mix of the clasic Roman one, but mixed with influence's of greek, and general central European nations of the time. I understand that the Romans had a steam engine in the works, but ...
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At what rate would this renaissance-esqe mining operation proceed?

There is a group of people with about renaissance-level technology clearing out underground granite. They have no access to work animals. 700 men are working at any given time. Mining Using ...
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Is an economy based on piracy possible?

What would be needed for a piracy-based economy? One based mainly on raiding ships? I don't know if there are any real-life models of this that were successful, though I know that piracy existed (and ...
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How might airships be made using 18th century technology?

Using only what is available in the 18h century, across any culture, what might airships look like in such a culture, assuming that an inventor used the resources he had to create one.
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An environment where round beds are easier to build than rectangular

Welcome to this very strange question about bedroom furniture. We've all seen the round bed in Austin Powers, and novelty beds can be round. In my Renaissance-type Earth-like world, I wanted all the ...
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Would somebody from the middle ages be able to identify an atomic / nuclear bomb?

Setting: a fantasy world with a culture loosely based on the late middle ages or early renaissance, with more value placed on the fantasy elements than strictly adhering to a proper "time period" (i.e....
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How can I account for the curvature of Earth for my straight line (10th Century)?

It is the 10th Century and the hero, Ibn Muadhe has discovered trigonometry about six centuries before Cartes, and has received a wonderful gift. A very spiritual Avicenna had rushed by camel and ...
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Rambo style compound bows, feasible with renaissance tech-level?

One of my local TV stations re-broadcasted Rambo II last night and that got me thinking. That compound bow is really cool. It is relatively compact to carry around, because the limbs can be ...
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Possible: Canal town (e.g. Venice) in a River Valley?

I'm imagining a town in a river valley. The river runs straight through the town and is diverted or spread out into canals that form a grid in the central, low-lying part of the town. Technology is ...
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What makes trading cities rich?

(We're talking about a pre-industrial society here) Obviously there are many cities in important positions for trade, either because they control an important strait (Danish Sound, Bosphorus), an ...
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Why might businesses fail in a renaissance/magical mountain city?

I have a city built on the peak of a 3 km-high mountain that moves from place to place on a daily basis, the whole mountain appearing in a new place each dawn. Typically, the place in which it appears ...
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Blind Humanoid Species - how would they discover the concept that some species have sight?

There is a planet that is full of underground caves. Some are narrow and long, others, go on for miles and are wide enough to contain entire cities. However, all of these caves, are completely dark. ...
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Lightning-Powered Renaissance Golem Army

The massive Golems are nearly impervious to harm. Thanks to the New Golem Army, the nascent Dutch Republic's castles and forts are now safe from harm. The century-long external threat has been finally ...
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City in the wake of the Yggdrasil: Engineering Considerations

Following on from my previous question about how to consolidate my fantasy setting with science that was successful (thanks everyone!), things have been progressing well in my world design; and my ...
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Can you actually have a Forest Kingdom?

Is there any way to set a kingdom in a forest so that it still is a forest instead of a clearing surrounded by forest? The kingdom must live on the ground, and somehow, if transplanted to Renaissance ...
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How long would it take to train a medieval village girl to be a swordsgirl?

This is for a story set in a Renaissance-era type society but with improved scientific knowledge from spirits / divination or some such with common elemental magic (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water...) and ...
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How would a medieval to renaissance age underwater craft (i.e Submarine) operate?

In my world there is a strip of ocean which is uncross-able due to extreme currents and storms. The solution has been to simply go underneath this particular strip (which is very narrow; only a few ...
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Possible distance travelled by horse over 6 weeks?

I always get very annoyed if a writer is sloppy with maps and travel-distances. E.g. "They left city Y and arrived in city X 5 days later." When you look at the supplied map Y and X are a 1600 ...
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How can I estimate how many people are living in a specific territory?

In my own medieval fantasy setting, I have different countries that all have different populations. I admit that I have no idea of how many people should live in X or Y. Just using the numbers for the ...
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What would the effects of static teleportation points have on a Renaissance society?

You'll begin to see a pattern emerge... If there were teleportation points near major cities, at points of interest, and otherwise spread across a vast renaissance society, what would be the key ...
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How much would licensed necromancy affect the economy of a (European) Renaissance society?

I've been pondering this, and I'm curious to find out what potential issues could be created by even tightly licensed necromantic practices. Would the economy simply scale up to cover the extra ...