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Questions tagged [secret-society]

For questions about a society, organization, club or etcetera that is hidden, whose goals and members are in complete secrecy.

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Why would greek gods allow other religions to take over? [closed]

I am planning to write a story where greek gods exist. But I can't figure out a reason why they would allow other religions to take over and people to stop worshiping them. And I need this for my ...
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How can a renegade coven recruit its members without being discovered?

This is a follow-up question for this one: How can I preserve the long term cooperation of a witch coven? All people in this world are born with some degree of magical power, which increases through ...
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How can I preserve the long term cooperation of a witch coven?

A coven is a group of witches that have come together for a single purpose: apotheosis. This is a divine state of being in which a person becomes an idealized version of their own vision of perfection....
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How can a group of immortals hide in a modern society with extensive record-keeping? [duplicate]

The immortals are among us. And they have been for a long time. All of them were born in the 7th to 4th century B.C. in the area of what today is the regions of Macedonia and Thessaly in Greece. ...
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How to discover hiding modified humans and their missions? [closed]

Consider an earthlike world where the following happened: An UFO "crashed" somewhere on Earth some yrs ago. It sunk into a swamp and was never found (since the swamp was huge and the UFO was small). ...
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A secret base is built on Mars: is it noticed?

A secret society of inventors has been hiding for years. Finally, they have designed their Mars base in the year 2019! Unfortunately, they "borrowed" most of their supplies. If they were to build a ...
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How can the SCP foundation retain its secrecy in a technologically changing world?

The SCP is an organization created after World War 2 that deals with threats to our species and the entire planet: mystical or alien artifacts, world-ending events, ancient monsters or gods that ...
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How can a medium-sized island be moved covertly? [closed]

Everybody who is familiar with the Mandela Effect will probably have a good time thinking up an answer for this. The Story An abusive secret organization/dictatorship wants to literally move an ...
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Getting out of a gang [closed]

The setting is a high-fantasy medieval metropolis. This is for a Dungeons and Dragons background. I have a character that was adopted into an orphanage at a young age. Unfortunately, the head of the ...
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How would a temple be made to last and “Reactivate”?

The loose idea of this structure is in my world a secret society believes the Earth is going to be heavily damaged in the near future by war and that humanity will be pushed to the brink of extinction ...
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Children are abandoned on a planet, but why? [closed]

My story is set in the relatively far future of 3812 AD. Humanity has united under one country and spread out across the stars. While there are protests of government corruption and separatists ...
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How can a colony of teleporters make the most money while keeping their teleportation a secret?

The Situation A colony of 100 teleporters (between the ages of 20-40) have been hidden away living like monks for 1000's of years to prevent their detection. With the death of their old leader, a ...
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Southeast Beast Facility [closed]

There is a giant facility called the Genetic Forge. It's a giant facility that uses supercomputers to modify human zygote genomes. In order to understand the DNA and how to change it properly, they ...
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How can a secret, murderous cult remain secret?

(Almost) each work of fiction requires Villains. Sometimes the more dastardly, the better. And what is more dastardly than an evil, murderous, secret cult that practices human sacrifices? And again I ...
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Great Old Ones Limited, or Why does Cthulhu need a Company?

A world much like our own. A city like the one in which you live. A corporation whose doors you pass every day. Maybe you notice the subtle sans-serif fonted words adorning the entrance, maybe you ...
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How to keep an Island civilization secret from the rest of the world? (Modern Age)

If there was an island civilization, somewhere deep in the Atlantic, how would this society prevent the outside world from discovering it? This society has been around since the Roman Empire, and is ...
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How could a secret, global organization control governments and manipulate world events? [closed]

So I'm working on a series that is kicked off by a secret organization kidnapping the super human protagonists. This organization is supposed to be worldwide, with its hooks in all major governments ...
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Economic and cultural landscape in a (Secretly) post-scarcity world?

So in the tabletop role-play game I'm working on, rodents (squirrels, mice, rats, etc.) occupy a mall, strangely uninhabited by humans. Humans blew themselves up a long time ago, shortly after they ...
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Are amnesiatic drugs the most effective way for a secret organization to remain secret if they get found out?

So, let's say an international secret research institute is trying to prepare for if/when the worst happens and some individual happens upon some bit of information or stumbles into a location that ...
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What would cause a modern society to discount a real-world, happening-in-plain-sight conspiracy?

Where conspiracy is defined as: an agreement between persons who intend to gain some collective advantage while keeping their agreement secret from the public or from other people affected by it. ...
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Taming our creations

We escaped the galactic government and we have created life, and sentience. We have created marvels and spectacles. We have let it loose. How can we control and monitor the growth and evolution of our ...
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Now, How to escape fun loving immortals? [closed]

A society spanning galaxies that has lasted millennia and builds mega-structures for fun to quench the soul crushing boredom of near-immortal life-spans. This civilisation has detected most of the ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

In a modern, "western" country, where can I set my secret facility so that authorities won't find me for about 30 years? The needed amount of area is relatively large, a bit less than 200 m2. The ...
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How could Three People End a War without Violence? [closed]

Note: This question is not a duplicate of this one. There are two differences: one is that this question deals with only three people, and the other is that this question revolves around stopping a ...
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How will US government and other institutions react if all public leaders are compromised? [closed]

Suppose an anonymous organisation has the ability to take control of the minds of any people they chose, as long as they are able to identify who it is they want to control. The method they use to do ...
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Believable ways for a character to discover a code [closed]

I'm working with a setting involving a secret cult organization. Now I've read and watched plenty of spy and detective fiction that crack codes and decipher ciphers, not to mention all the ARGs out ...
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If vampires existed in modern society, how could they not be well known by science and the public

If vampires were around today, not too common, but widespread,it would only take one doctor examining them realize they're different. I assume scientists would hear about it and want to study them. ...
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What would it take to keep a large island in the East Pacific hidden?

Suppose there's an island in the East Pacific, west of San Francisco and south of Alaska (see Google Maps; there's nothing but ocean there). This island needs to be at least 4x the size of Manhattan, ...
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Value of ancient artifacts [closed]

Given a very soft-science world, what value or somewhat logical unobtanium could be found in ancient artifacts from old civilizations. The goal is to have big corporations and secret societies raid ...
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How would an independent, illegal and secret group of assassins accept assignments?

In my story I would have a completely independent and elusive group of assassins. They would not be sanctioned by either a king, wealthy merchant, nobleman or by the church. Because of that, if it ...
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How to stop evil site moderators? ⦋quite firmly closed⦌

Moderator notice: Everything that follows in this question, including the fake notice at the bottom, is an intentional joke. Please don't take it seriously; it's meant in jest. Imagine internet site. ...
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Encryption - How to claim authorship anonymously?

In my writing, a guy wrote a politically acrimonious pamphlet (basically the summary of the communist manifesto) and disseminated its copies secretly. The guy just so happen to be a very vain person ...
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What would cause a community to shun two kids [closed]

The community is a small one about an hour away from the closest town and rural. The kids are siblings, a boy and girl. The world I set this in has people with magic abilities, but magic is completely ...
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Start a coup online without the government intervening

Dear NSA intern reading this post, I don't actually intend to start a coup Dear @DasBeasto - we'll be the judge of that. - NSA Consider a country pretty much exactly like modern day America. The ...
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What will be the consequences of opening secret-research facilities to public (e.g. Area 51)?

In this Earth-like world, governments of several countries have decided to allow tourists to visit most of their secret research facilities in a similar way to what happened in Jurassic Park. This ...
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Openness versus the benefits of secrecy [closed]

Would a world in which no information were kept secret be a better or a worse world? The creators of the internet pushed forth ideas of open source and collaboration just as research in math, computer ...
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Where to hide my evil Overlord? [closed]

Story: I am a evil necromancer Overlord who has many evil minions loyal to me. However a hero has greatly wounded me, and I have to go into deep sleep in order to heal and regain my dark energy. My ...
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How to “launder” airplanes?

Deep within the Underworld, the Deathlord Einherjar rules over a desert known as the Boneyard. It is said that whenever a plane crashes on Earth with no survivors, it will be soon be found half buried ...
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Character must escape from a CERN/DARPA-like facility - Secrecy

This story is meant to be an introduction and background for a short videogame I'm working on. Our hero works at a secret, hidden facility. The secret is kept among every staff member working there. ...
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How low underground could you go? [duplicate]

How far underground, assuming we're talking about a secret underground "living area", could be hospitable for human life assuming you don't want to hit the mantle? Would there be a pressure difference,...
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The world is flat. Why are they all lying? [closed]

Backstory : I feel like more and more persons assume the world is flat. Their arguments are flooding the internet, showing how obvious it is that the "round world" is a lie. Science, oceans and space ...
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How could a secret terrorist organization rise to great power without anybody really noticing?

My first question, be kind please! :) I'm thinking about an organization like COBRA from the G.I. Joe comics. For those unfamiliar, COBRA is a nationless terrorist organization bent on world ...
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Where to hide the Illuminati?

Go to the kitchen, open your baking utensils and make yourself a tinfoil hat. Put it on your head before continuing to read this question. Done? Ok: Let's have an alternate Earth where The Illuminati ...
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Political ramifications of long-lived humans

Expanding upon this answer. Background Assume some forward looking and rich person realizes that some day humanity will go to the stars. However, with human life expectancy so low, generation ships ...
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How do I recruit members for a secret society?

Are you familiar with the Fermi paradox? It asks why the Earth hasn't already been (convincingly) visited by aliens - there are so many suns and planets older than the Earth, that aliens should be ...
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Cargo of a supernatural smuggler [closed]

This is a prolongation of a previous question about the culture and traditions of "invisible" people. This world is close to ours, except supernatural creatures exist and have formed their own well-...
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How do you out an unscrupulous person?

If a person with a strict moral code attempted to infiltrate a group of people with no moral code, he could be easily "outed" - revealed as a fraud - if everyone in the group was asked to do something ...
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Get rich quick with time travel! [closed]

The Rewinders are back! Background An almost-comprehensive description of the Rewind mechanic can be found in this question, and an extensive case study can be found in my self-answer to the same. ...
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What would it take to be an Illuminati-like group?

Conspiracy theorists love to talk about a group called the Illuminati that pull the strings of world events. While there have been several real (and many more imaginary) Illuminati groups, what would ...
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Crapsaccharine world [closed]

Any ideas on how to make a convincing crapsaccharine world? I'm scared mine might be too obvious. In the world I'm building hundreds of mythological beasts live in a feigned harmony but under the ...