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Would Medieval Paratroopers be useful for sieging castles? [closed]

In my world, there exists giant eagles kind of similar to the ones in LOTR. These eagles are large enough to ride and are domesticated. As a result, people have been using this giant eagles in warfare....
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How would a medieval kingdom survive a zombie outbreak [closed]

In my world, there is a zombie infestation that destroys and takes out many kingdoms, citystates, and villages. These zombies are fast and like the ones from zombieland. It is possible to get cured, ...
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How would warfare change if everyone were concentrated into giant cities?

Due to environmental concerns (very cold winters) humans are concentrated into a few large cities all around the world; smaller isolated settlements die out quickly. These cities would form the basis ...
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What would a modern fortified castle look like?

Assume that paramilitary siege weapons were proliferated to the general public after America fell. Details below, but basically short of multi-billion dollar tactical weapons such as advanced fighter ...
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Biological siege weapons: Part 2 - Can a living thing effectively perform the role of ranged siege weaponry such as trebuchets?

As was pointed out by the great answers of my first question regarding biological siege weapons, organisms can be rather capable of making it through fortified defenses at close range, but what about ...
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Biological siege weapons: Part 1 - Are living things capable of breaking down the gates of a medieval gatehouse?

The setting features biomancers who, to summarize, are magic users who can create living things as minions or servants through various ways(seeds, modified eggs, whatever), have the option to directly ...
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Cannibal City: Part 1 - Eating your enemies

The Great City has impregnable walls. No-one has ever overwhelmed them and likely no-one ever will. The only way to defeat the inhabitants of this mighty city is to besiege them and simply starve ...
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Feasibility of entirely self-supporting fortress

In a Medieval Fantasy style world, I'd like to have a city/fortress that is impossible to besiege, because they can produce all of the food they need within the strong city walls. However, I'm not ...
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In what way could a small, non-magical force hold a castle against a larger, magically-abled force?

Say that through some subterfuge and the element of surprise, a small, well equipped force of soldiers managed to wrest control of a castle from a government. The government wants that castle back, ...
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Prolonging a siege indefinitely by tunneling

The Premise: I have this story about a medieval general getting besieged in a fortified town. The town is well fortified but the troops defending it, while enough to repel most determined attacks, are ...
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How can a WW-II style bunker be hidden?

Besides the obvious steel entry doors, I am most concerned about air-inlets and exhausts. Electricity for essential things like lighting, ventilation or pumping water is generated by diesel generators....
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Dedicated castle assault unit

Medieval warfare can get ugly, particularly during sieges. Most will agree that the best course of action is to sit tight for a year or two and hope the defenders starve before your attacking force ...
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How to survive a siege for fifty years?

A long and costly war is finally coming to a close. The rebels are losing territory fast and only have rolling hills to guard their last city. According to the scouts, the imperialist regime is about ...
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Would a giant atlatl be a viable siege engine?

I want to explore an advanced Native American civilisation; assume their general 'technology level' is 'equivalent' to 13th-century Europe. Biggest difference is that their metallurgy is lagging ...
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LEGO™ as a defence against barefoot warriors

LEGO™ as a defence against barefoot warriors In the far future, after the collapse of civilisation, there is an ongoing war between two tribes. The tribes have only the ability to make neolithic ...
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Defending a kingdom against highly arboreal (6-limbed) enemies

Before getting on to the main topic, I should point out that the defenders and attackers are both the same species, no humans are present in this scenario, as it does not take place on Earth. The race ...
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What substances found in a medieval town could be used for chemical warfare? [closed]

There is a small medieval town under siege by a much larger force. The town militia stands no chance at repelling the invading army, but the besiegers are in no rush to conquer the place. Instead of ...
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A nation is using a dragon in sieges. How could they neutralize ballistas without putting the dragon in danger?

Some time after successfully capturing a dragon, nation A goes to war and brings their newest pet with them. For various reasons, the dragon is irreplaceable and they can't afford to lose him plus he ...
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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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Feasibility of a griffin living in a castle?

In my story there is a griffin who has a long time grudge with the lord of a castle. When the lord ends up in a very weak position, the griffin takes the opportunity to kill him and seizes his castle ...
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Defending Castle from Zombies

TL;DR: You're defending coastal medieval fortress with help of about 1000 people from attack of zombies. Long version: In my fantasy world, I'm dealing with problem of how would you defend city ...
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rationalizing sieges in a modern/near-future setting

In a civilization with modern to near-future technology, are there ways so that a siege against fortresses, and eventually against cities itself, would still be required to properly conquer said city, ...
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How to protect a small modern military base from a large number of primitives?

So, let’s imagine a force of about 500 people, armed with what we would consider modern weaponry (or, more so, 1960s weaponry), are facing up against a force that outnumbers them at a ratio of 34:1, ...
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How can a religious order prepare their abbey for a siege?

A religious order has learned that the Big Bad wants their MacGuffin. They have contracted a local adventurer to prepare their defense as best he can before the enemy arrives. What is the most urgent ...
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Could a giant excavator (like Bagger 293) breach an armored wall in a siege?

I am writing a siege battle that takes place on a fallen world. The defenders are behind a large steel reinforced wall (20m by 8m). The attackers, after suffering heavy losses, decided to bring in the ...
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Selling food to the enemy

The castle is under siege. The inhabitants are running out of food but have plenty of gold. The attackers have food supplies but need money to keep them coming. Does it make sense for the attackers ...
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Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology

Let's say we want to build the strongest possible fortress¹ in a medieval (1300 CE) setting while having access to any modern technology and material. Said technology can only be used during the ...
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Why weren't medieval city gates backed with a system that would turn the gate into a rubble filled wall?

Before gunpowder, one of the common ways to break a city is to break the gates. Since they have to be opened and closed they are intrinsically weaker than the wall itself. There were various ...
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Heat regulation in an asteroid base powered by a small nuclear reactor

So, I’m writing about the siege of an asteroid base. This asteroid is near the outer edge an asteroid belt at the solar radiation equivalent of Saturn’s orbit from its star (although the raw distance ...
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How do we defend the great canyon city of Hurr from siege?

The setting is medieval fantasy (for example, D&D) with some magic (although I would prefer solutions without magic). "The majestic canyon city of Hurr, the gem of the Durr desert or whatever&...
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Siege technology for massive migratory fleets in a fantasy world

In a fantasy world that I am working on, the world is covered in one massive ocean, with the only land being these 300 square miles "god" corpses (that do not decay) that can grant people magical ...
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Seal off a modern town

Say I have a modern Era USA town. This town has a population of about 30,000 and an area of about 30 square miles (79.4 square km). It is a predominantly rural area, lots of farmland around the town. ...
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How to design a fortress in a mountain to keep it hidden, but still easily defensible?

How could a fortress that could hold around 5000 people with the technology available in medieval Western Europe (1200-1300) be built into a mountain? The fortress would be designed so it remains ...
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Assaulting a floating city: Two-Stage Ballista solution?

An evil empire is besieging a floating city. While not particularly high off the ground, none of the siege weapons can reach it effectively. They also need a way to get troops into the city. An ...
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In what ways could a traitor help the attacking forces overcome a siege? [closed]

In the story I'm working, there is a city by the lake, build upon a river delta. It has full fortifications and the landscape advantage to withstand a long siege by its enemies. The world could be ...
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How to build a fortress on a floating island?

The question How would a fortress built on a floating island look like? what kind of defensive emplacements and structures could be expected to be built for such a construction in order to defend it ...
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Can I build a self sufficient medieval city?

It's the ideal city for a siege. They have all the resources and man power required to sustain themselves during a siege. They are able to: eat drink be merry mend weapons make weapons tend to the ...
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What is the minimum number of medieval troops required to conquer and hold a city?

For the sake of simplicity, we will use 1200's Medieval Paris as an example. The city has walls 40 feet high and the initial defending army (army A) is 1500 strong. The attacking army has to breach ...
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