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How could a Renaissance level feudal society get into space?

My story features Renaissance-era feudal society with working space travel. Humans are able to travel around the Solar System (Earth, Mars, asteroid belt, moons of Jupiter) in spacecrafts fitted with ...
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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 to spread a taboo white paper at a large scale in a Renaissance-level, medium magic world?

Context In my world, magic has been granted to mortals by their gods. As a result, the Church heavily regulates it, and the only legal spellcasters are clerics and clergymen. Magic use is heavily ...
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Trojan horse for protecting against Roman inquisition [closed]

I'm imagining a world set in Medici Florence. As actual history plays out, despite the Medicis' growing power, the start of the Roman Inquisition still necessitated some concessions. For instance, ...
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What would a society with plant growing spells look like?

In a vaguely fantasy renaissance world threatened by monsters, certain reclusive tribal spellcasters follow religious traditions giving them nature based spells. Specifically one spell who's limits ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

In our real world we have been blessed with many mechanical inventions throughout the ages. Wind mills, water driven sawmills, rope and pulley systems, cranes, marvels in clockwork and gearing such as ...
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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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Stagnated renaissance era technology in a fantasy setting?

I am early in this design but am imagining a fictional world in the age of exploration including classic fantasy tropes of monsters and magic, with renaissance era technology, that is cannons, muskets,...
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How would a medieval society clear a jungle?

How would a late medieval to early renaissance society clear a 200,000mi² jungle? This country is also a version of the Mexico-sized country referenced here, but much younger, and without the moving ...
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How to recreate units of measure?

How is it possible to recreate standard units of measure (meter, kilogram, second) with Renaissance-level technology? A man (let's call him "Traveler") gets transported to a different world, ...
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Viability of a Matchlock Rotary Gun?

The first effective rotary gun was the Gatling Gun, invented in 1861 and it was a brutally effective weapon that had the advantage of high quality steel, rifling, and percussion caps. But for most of ...
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How Could Someone Make an Army Which is Immune or Resistant to Magic Attacks?

My DnD character is a sorta artificer/warlock mix who has technical prowess and has a patron that can give him glimpses into technology from alternate universes (basically advanced knowledge on ...
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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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How hard magic could make bows, swords and other early/mid- medieval weapons relevant alongside fairly advanced gunpowder weapons?

Introduction In a quite a lot of games swords, bows and so forth exist on a regular basis alongside guns, and often are as powerful, if not more so, than firearms. In a realistic, non-magical setting, ...
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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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Uses for dragons in combat in a Renaissance-level setting with cannons, muskets, and magic? [closed]

My fantasy setting has late Renaissance-level technology with cannons and muskets, along with a moderate level of magic (i.e. Wizards and other spellcasters are well-known, but pretty uncommon). How ...
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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 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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What are ways for a renaissance culture to combat my invasive species? [closed]

My world is on the verge of being overrun by animals and plants from other planets that are well-adapted. Some of these creatures are magical in nature and more powerful and long-lived than the native ...
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How might a pre-modern civilization make it to the "Moon"?

Backstory There is a double planet system. Both planets are habitable. One planet has humans and the other one animals. So instead of seeing a grey Moon in the sky, the humans living on the first ...
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What would the effect of having effective birth control have on European medieval/renaissance marriage? [closed]

I'm writing about a world where there is magic and one of the basic uses is as birth control, it is relatively cheap to obtain. I want to know the effect birth control would have on the concept of ...
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What kind of tradable resources would come from the ocean in a Renaissance era culture that would be different from our own society?

Ocean sourced Trade goods in a Renaissance era Earth I am in the process of writing a fantasy book that is set in a post-apocalyptic late medieval/renaissance era society. This is on Earth, about 1300-...
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How to prove character is a time traveller in the 16th century? [closed]

A character (person from the 21st century) is going to be sent back to Europe in the late 16th century. The plan is to upon arrival, immediately attempt to contact someone who is both reasonably ...
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Chariots for rocky terrain

A particular culture inhabiting a continent defined by tumbling wastelands, rough soil and bumpy highways is fixated with chariots. Ain’t nothing more lovely than riding and parading on them for these ...
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Ancient space exploration

What changes would you have to make to humans, the Earth, or the entire universe for humans to be able to go to explore the Moon and Mars with the technology levels of the Renaissance?
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What problem in classical physics can a computer solve that a human doing calculus cannot?

So in my setting there is a small and exclusive group of people that have access to devices that work like computers (but which are not the same as computers. They do not use semiconductors and ...
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How to Capture a Castle on a Tidal Island?

In my setting there is a tidal island fortress similar to Mont-Saint-Michel that is the refuge of important nobility and is therefore a target for an invading army. The fortress also has a library ...
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How would a well-equipped Renaissance knight mitigate a dragon's fire breath?

During the early Renaissance, how might a knight-errant equip themselves to mitigate the offensive capabilities of flying, fire-breathing reptiles? It can be assumed that the knight, backed by a ...
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Could a percussion rifle be produced in the 15th-17th century?

Could a percussion rifle such as the springfield m1861 be made somewhere between the 15th-17th century? If so how would it be made?
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How long would it take to kill an army of 100k

The time period is similar to the crusade time instead of asia there is an entirely different island continent. The people on it are not homosapiens but some different earlier branch. they are though ...
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How can a city-state keep their monopoly on firearms

I created a low-fantasy world (there is magic, but it cannot really do much) centered around a city-state similiar to medieval/renaissance Venice. On the broken remains of an old empire they became a ...
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Taking notes in a fantasy world that resembles our own early Renaissance? [closed]

In a fantasy world that resembles the renaissance in our own world (let's say 1500-99 southern France) how might someone take notes on the go? Would they have some parchment rolled up in their pant ...
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How to make money in the renaissance?

2019 sucks. I'm going back to the Renaissance -- specifically, Florence Italy in the year 1503. I've never been that great a planner, but I should think ahead at least a little. How do I earn a ...
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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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How to increase army size without modern farming/preservation inventions

i want to make renaissance era armies that are large in size and able to travel far( without plundering for resources) but I'm running into a problem regarding how to feed them since there is no ...
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How would medieval/Renaissance-era castles protect themselves from air raids?

Context : my fictional universe is set in a time period akin to the european Middle Ages/Renaissance. Think of the 1400s-1500s for reference. In most aspects (political, social, industrial etc.) my ...
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What if Modern Furniture was Brought to the Renaissance? [closed]

A protagonist equipped with unstable time traveling powers is shopping at their local furniture store when they realize their powers will knock them back to the Renaissance period. They only have a ...
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How to make a long lasting peace at the Medieval ages?

as known in the medieval ages wars and death were a normal thing and wars were frequent, in my world, there are two super nations with equal power, but I want to eventually unite them against a third ...
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Would building a large underwater dome be possible with European Renaissance technology?

So my novel setting is a pseudo-European continent that is at a Renaissance level of technology, and over the past century has experienced rampant sea level rise. I’d imagine that this would present a ...
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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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Solar cells in the Renaissance

An engineer goes back in time to attempt to rewrite history: since global warming has wiped out all but a few living species at his home timeline, he wants to prevent it without preventing an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...