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How to keep the imprisonment of mythical creatures a secret from the public, but not from their human family members?

For longer than has been recorded, "monster hunters" of various denominations have hunted humanoid magical creatures which have lived in hiding for even longer. Most of these creatures can ...
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How to ensure privacy while using the crystal ball?

I am forming a super secret coven or S.S.C. unit to overthrow the magistrates in Salem before New Year's Eve of 1963. The only means of communication as well as identification is the crystal ball, ...
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What is the libertarian solution to my setting's magical consequences for overpopulation?

I am writing an urban fantasy story set in the late 90s/early 00s revolving around the societies of magical immortal beings that secretly live amongst the human race. Despite their magical genetics ...
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How can I make the rules of my Faerie Portal free from contradiction?

On the hilltop in the field near my house, there lives a coven of witches. Or, more accurately, there is a coven of witches living in a pocket of the Faerie Realm which has recently become attached to ...
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Goblins are Vulnerable to Fire and Light -- What Weapons Should we Use?

I’m doing a project about secret agents in the same vein as MIB but it’s set in the year 2050 and instead of aliens they deal with monsters similar to goblins. The goblins evolve, growing from ...
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How can I make my fantasy cult believable?

In my world, there is a notorious cult. Despite its weird (and comical) origins, it manages to be one of the most infamous cults ever in existence. Originally, it was one big cult, formed during their ...
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How can a secret organisation enforce their plans without blowing their cover?

In my story there's a global organisation called Wormwood Foundation of which its very existence is classified. This organisation is tasked with protecting human civilization (and earth's biosphere) ...
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What sorts of media would a secret subculture of immortals most prominently produce?

Vampires, werewolves, elves, dwarves, merfolk and all manner of other magical creatures, collectively known as "immortals" due to their eternal youth and immunity to disease, secretly live ...
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Can a society completely erase all memory of a predecessor culture’s collapse in only three generations? [closed]

Something bad happened and the world chose to cover the event up by erasing their activities. My world believes they are survivors/refugees of a "lost civilization" such as the Khmer, and ...
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Most practical method for a secret demographic to get its news?

My story is set in 1998 and is about a secret 1-in-1000 minority demographic of the human race that are all actually magical beings like vampires and werewolves and merfolk. They secretly live amongst ...
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How does the Society of the Technologically Anonymous hide its origins and operations?

In the very near future, we find out about a secret society whose sole purpose is to raise children who have absolutely no online presence. They are moving to a mysterious "phase 2" of their ...
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Why can't immortals use the "make humans ignore this" symbol as an invisibility cloak?

My setting involves a masquerade (though in this setting the term used is "The Veil of Ignorance") where numerous immortal humanoid beings live in secret amongst humanity as a 1-in-1000 ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Long story short: my story has magical humanoids (known as "immortals" due to their immunity to old age and disease) existing in secret on mostly-modern-day Earth as a 1-in-1000-humans ...
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What is the simplest set of rules a masquerade can have to maintain history as we know it?

A common trope in fiction involving things like magic or aliens is the concept of the "Masquerade", wherein the fantastic elements of the setting are kept secret from most of society. While ...
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Why do witches don black "traffic cone" on their heads? [closed]

Witches practice a form of sorcery unlike magic, in fact they work with curses all the time. A curse is more difficult to lift, usually a witch must undergo years of training in dark culinary arts ...
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How would a secret tunnel be kept entirely secret?

The world this is set in is located in a valley and doesn't allow anyone to leave. They are very strict about this so there are many watchtowers along the top of the valley sides, and soldiers ...
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How do I create a secret steampunk navigation scheme?

I need a hidden outpost to have signs that only a certain real-world technology can see and comprehend. These are basically road markers, or navigation aids, that won't be understandable by normal ...
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The deaf prisoner got her secret message and the pirates never knew. How was that possible?

I have a Category 3 problem in my world This is an escape from pirates problem. The story requires a secret message to get past pirates and I don’t know how to design the captivity for it. Setting: ...
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How to safely team up in hostile society? [closed]

Imagine a situation happening in Nazi Germany around 1940. Person A is a member of secret anti-Nazi group. Person B secretly hates Nazis and is therefore a good candidate for membership. Now consider ...
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How can a secret machine cult hide the construction of underground forge complexes?

Prefacing information // The Creed of Forgemasters, a religious society worshipping what thry identify as the purity of machines and driven by the holy mission of liberating the pure, immortal souls ...
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How, if at all, could my secret immortal clans hold on to territory in small towns?

I have a story set in an alternate version of 1998 USA where nearly every single mythical humanoid humanity has ever believed in actually does exist (or used to before going extinct) and lives in ...
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How can controlling the flow of time prevent you from altering history?

The Leviathan is an ancient deity that exists outside the mortal plane. It seeks to enter the human world, which is separated from him by an all-enclosing barrier protecting it. However, the ...
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How would a small society of wizard geneticists spread magic powers through a magicless earth best?

A society of wizards has a magical gene they want to spread on an otherwise magicless earth. The magic gene is limited in total potency to any effects that you could produce with a million dollars. ...
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How could feral biotech vehicles stay hidden?

The vehicles are modular, composed of multiple genetically engineered animals with the ability to clip together with specialized structures. The vehicles appear designed with a humanoid size in mind, ...
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How would secret government organizations secure cooperation with police and military for their agents as well as civilians?

I am going to focus this question on the US, but I would love an answer that also includes the EU, or even the world. Let's say we have a secret organization. Something like the MIB or the SCP ...
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What would realistically be the secret base for someone who can teleport?

In this world, mutant animals and humans exist on earth, along with regular people. The MC can instantly teleport anywhere on earth freely (his super-power) no matter the distance, and can teleport ...
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What could prevent the leadership of a vast conspiracy from defecting, individually or in groups, other than fear or greed?

From the answers on my previous post, What reasons would motivate even low level personnel of vast secret organizations to keep the secret going, other than fear?, it seems that low level personnel ...
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How can I plausibly justify why a secret society of superhumans didn't get openly involved in the political events of the 2020s? [closed]

I have a setting that is intended to be set in the "present day" (i.e., whenever the reader is reading it) set in the United States which involves a secret society of supernatural people ...
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What reasons would motivate even low level personnel of vast secret organizations to keep the secret going, other than fear?

It’s common nowadays for many different types of fictional, and non-fictional, works to speculate on the possible existence, operation, and further expansion, of hidden organizations such as ‘deep ...
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How could my secret societies of immortals take over rival-clan-controlled towns without breaking the masquerade?

In a previous question, I brought up the concept of sanctuary towns, towns populated entirely by people who know about the population of immortal (as in they can't get old or sick; they can still be ...
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How to keep secret societies with super technology from taking over the world?

There are a lot of fictional settings that have some sort of elite peacekeeping organization that is tasked with keeping people safe or keeping things "normal" and are frequently depicted as ...
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Is it possible for a group of supernatural beings attempt to declare an independent, sovereign state from within the U.S [closed]

I had previously asked this question about how the U.S. military would deal with a secessionist uprising from an organized coalition of werewolves, when I realized I hadn't thought very much about the ...
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What would be the best city in the U.S./Canada to live in for a supernatural being trying to exist undetected from humanity?

I am wondering if there are any specific cities on the North American continent (not considering Mexico for the moment being, for reasons detailed below) that supernatural beings trying to live hidden ...
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What architectural tricks can I use to add a hidden floor to a building?

The Illuminati, Men In Black, NWO, Lizard people and various other secret organisations exist in my world, and for some reason (probably related to plot) they all favour having ‘hidden’ floors in ...
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Strategy for a class of manipulating magical teenagers to stay in power

Setting Take this isolated island country, about the size of Ireland. The technology and society can be compared to 17th century Western Europe. The country is densely populated, and the people have ...
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How large could a population of supernatural beings be and still be plausibly hidden?

I am trying to figure out how large the population of supernatural beings can be in a stereotypical urban fantasy setting before their numbers stretch the suspension of disbelief. I.e., your standard ...
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Mysterious Unexplained Appearance of Feature Films (live-action or animated) -- Who will notice? Who will care?

In the modern age, it doesn't take much (cheap commodity cameras, plus actors) to make a film, and quite a bit of animation can be done by a single shut-in with a computer. But to make something ...
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Can a store that doesn't need to buy merchandise stay unnoticed?

Setting A world like ours, plus the usual magical masquerade, in an european capital (not decided which one yet). This is for a story following a few families, each with one type of powers. The ...
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Keeping a large-scale kidnapping operation a secret

The Villain in my story kidnaps people and transfers their souls into robot bodies, wiping their memories in the process. This process has been going for a while, around thirty years. The current ...
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How can I convince the public that the evidence I have gathered is legitimate? [closed]

I have uncovered evidence of an international organization called the scp foundation that is supported and funded by various governments around the world. This organization investigates the paranormal ...
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How can the underworld nurture a relationship with the political elite? [closed]

I, John Gotti, am remembered as the greatest criminal Mastermind in American history. I became the head of La Costra Nostra, an underworld group of Italian businessmen who were unjustly prosecuted by ...
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Creating a convincing mafia? [closed]

I am currently in the process of creating my own world for an upcoming RPG, in a Victorian Era/Industrial Revolution/Steam Age setting. It's not overly steampunk but light elements of it are ...
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How can a powerless entity affect calamities around the world? [closed]

This is a follow-up question. How can I make my sealing ritual neccessary? The scarlett king is an ancient entity that exists across multiple dimensions, and seeks to enter our world. When the child ...
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How can I make my sealing ritual necessary?

This concept is based off of an scp foundation wiki monster. http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231 An ancient deity called the scarlet king exists across several dimensions, but is prevented from entering ...
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Whats a good way to make the antagonists goal morally wrong, in the context of my story? [closed]

So this one might be a bit difficult, but still, here goes. In this world, in ancient times, humans used to hunt this very specific type of creature. These creatures where the only source of a ...
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What Should the Size of These Secret Superhuman Organizations Be?

Background: Around 600 years ago, the whole world was in conflict. Outside of Ser, the world was a chaotic and dangerous place. Ser was the only neutral country in a world filled with violence and ...
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Making a Wainscot Fantasy From Scratch - Where to Begin? [closed]

Many wainscot settings are loosely based on a bunch of inspirations, in part or in full, while also having a lot of stuff added on. However, some 'splats' (types of entities living behind the wainscot)...
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How can reincarnation lead to a second personality? [closed]

The reality that we live in exists in the same dimensional space as another reality inhabited by demons. We cannot see them, and yet they are there watching us. Where we sleep, eat, work, where are ...
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How can you discreetly advertise underground death matches?

I, Rex Machismo, have determined that modern society has robbed this generation of its male identity. Gone are the days of conquerors, where we met each other on the field of battle with sword and ...
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How can I motivate mages to recruit individuals for a pyramid scheme of evil? [duplicate]

This particular coven operates as a powerful and widespread enterprise focused on accumulating power to direct the world in ways that align with their interests. This group operates similar to HYDRA ...
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