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How does interspecies romance work between fantasy races? [closed]

In my world, most of the fantasy races are very different from the typical. While there are some like ghouls, trolls, etc., there are animal people races instead of elves and dwarves. At some point, ...
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What would be the differences between our society and one where almost everyone is half-sisters? [closed]

Imagine a medieval society composed entirely of women, with some small number of machines (let's say 7) which can take material from two women and combines it to create an embryo that's implanted in ...
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What would social media look like in a setting where communication wasn't instant, and where content quality might be deliberately downgraded?

It's the near future, humanity has discovered a new element in the asteroid field that allows faster than light travel and communication through a brute force methods that's largely handwaved away at ...
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Could it ever become a custom for human women to breed with ogres?

I'm in the process of constructing a fantasy world that resembles our world and is predominantly inhabited by humans just like us, but which also contains ogres. The ogres in this world are between ...
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How can i make my worldbuilding magical, fun and a little dark, but still maintain realism? [closed]

I'm trying to make a character, and I'm first creating their world, but I'm can't figure out whether I want it to be all magical or more realistic. Helluva Boss did this great. It took place in hell, ...
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Would an extra-terrestrial human settlement rely on their endogenous or environmental rhythmic cycles to set their routines?

Setting: We have settled a planet with days and years not even approximately like earth. The settlers must decide what their workday is and their week, year, etc. Premise: Colonists will establish ...
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How to design a realistic school with coed rooms?

I am trying to design a "progressive", every high schooler's dream high school/boarding school where grades 9-12 attend (but could make it just the more senior years if that would work ...
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Why would great white sharks be sacred animals?

In a future web-series I want to create, there is a species of massive humanoids named giants (Homo maximus) (technically, they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They are less social than ...
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If a civilization has biotechnology, why do they still prefer mechanical augmentations?

Background This is a sci-fi setting. People there have advanced biotechnologies, being able to edit the genetic code of embryos (governmentally enforced to be strictly regulated and only for medical ...
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How do werewolves cope with integration into human society with tough ban on transformation? [closed]

In my world werewolves are humans but would transform into part man part wolf when they stares at round and shiny object such as a full moon, the humans knew about it and even extended their welcome ...
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

The world consist of several different countries who are no strangers to being at war with each other. Even more, some countries are ruled by different races, like humans, elves, dwarves, etc. Racism ...
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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 would be the societal effects of a human subspecies that can live for 200-500 years, and look young until death? [closed]

The basic conceit is this: the human subspecies in question has some magical abilities, and thanks to them every single member of their society has extreme ability to stay young and healthy until ...
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Creating a Society of Warrior Nymphs

Yep, it's another Nymph-related question! Recap: Nymphs are "born" when large amounts of residual life force (say, in a town cemetery or slaughterhouse) build up and combine with the magic ...
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Could a group of nobles in a tolkienesque society repress knowledge belonging to their children?

With reference to how society works in a classical idea of tolkienesque worlds, could a group of nobles stop a warning reaching the king, from the peasant children? Assume that the nobles don't want ...
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How Would A Society of PCs Deal With Overpowered Individuals? [closed]

Background: Through use of a reality-altering force, people were brought into a fantasy-style MMORPG (as PCs) on a whole new continent made just for them and formed a society. These people all hold ...
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What Would The Result of Tangible Chaos Be On The Military?

Backup Information: This world is similar to ours, but it has a substance called Desonia that acts as a manifestation of chaos. Once damaged, Desonia integrates itself into whatever damaged it. If an ...
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A functional fatalistic daredevil civilization in history?

I have been reading about fatalism: the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable. It made me consider designing a fictional civilization based around fatalism, but with the ...
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What would lead an entire country to systematically ignore home invasion, theft and vandalism from 1 particular person? [closed]

Evie is reading a book, when L. runs into her house, smashes all the pots, rifles through her wardrobe and runs off with her life savings and a bottle of red liquid. She doesn't even look up. Carl is ...
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Why does fantasy racism exist in my world if there isn't a reason for it? [closed]

In order for you to be able to hate a certain group of people, they must fulfill two criteria: They're within your vicinity You have some a (real or perceived) conflict of interests with them In my ...
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What circumstances would lead art and artisan works to be considered 'worthless' or detrimental in society?

Context: I'm looking for justification of the above in my story so I can have clandestine artists. But I'm having a little dificulty finding a situation in which art becomes to inherenty detrimental ...
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AGII Virus broke out, how does world surrive?

I am planning to start a post apocalypse centered web comic, however apocalypse is more social in nature, i.e no zombies or nukes for you. In near future AGII (Acute Gerontophobia Inducing Infection, ...
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Linguistics in a society with contrapositive thermodynamic philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the concept of energy as a positive, because we generally live on a planet in a low energy state which does work via fuel. As such, we don’t really have articulate language ...
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Societal implications of a portion of the population possessing immortality?

Background Info: All human beings possess magic in some way, shape, or form. This magic can express itself in a variety of ways, which is where the different types of magic-users come into play (...
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Books about Insults Across Cultures

I am trying to come up with insults and swears for some fictional races. Their cultures pretty well mapped out, but I am still having some trouble. I figured the best source of inspiration would be to ...
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What would happen to transgender culture/identity if sex were trivially chanageable? [closed]

This is a specific followup to the question 'How would society be different in a world where sex/gender is trivially changable?': in a future (Human, earth) society where (like in the Culture novels), ...
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Alternatives to a modern world that uses unemployed as a resource [closed]

In a human, modern, developed, technological world, the benefits of modernism begin to deliver bad results. It takes a huge force to concentrate in large cities, housing is unaffordable, jobs have ...
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What work is there to do in the sky?

So, it's the future and society has long since became divided upon distinct lines of rich and poor. The rich upper-class living a life of luxury and the poor lower-classes living each day at a time, ...
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Why do the rich want to live on the ground?

So, it's the future and society has long since became divided upon distinct lines of rich and poor. The rich upper-class living a life of luxury and the poor lower-classes living each day at a time, ...
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What's the best way to store genetic material in a dystopian environment?

In this setting, the family unit is based around a clan system. An individual's wealth and status is related to the clan they are born in, and its ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Due to ...
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How can society based on strict gender roles be "fair and balanced"?

House Kardashian is a large clan in westeros that is made up of different clans, each further broken down into different families. Members of this house have genes which allows them to access Mana ...
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What role can lineage play when males have no legitimate heirs?

House Kardashian is a large clan in westeros that is made up of different clans, each further broken down into different families. Members of this house have genes which allows them to access Mana ...
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Rite of Winter: How to Stop Crescian Couples from Mutual Assassination

Crescian Society In the Crescian society, on alternate Earth, the nobles take to settling disputes with mutual assassination. The unspoken rule is that assassinations must be carried out directly by ...
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How can I protect a cannibalistic ritual from corruption?

This country is dominated by witch covens, who celebrate a holiday every year called "the great feast". Each coven selects 7 witches from their community to participate in a ritual that ends with a ...
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Designing society for happiness

I’m designing a utopia but there’s one problem remaining. The setting is one of a highly advanced human society. We’ve eliminated disease and allowed the natural environment to replenish. ...
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Social Media for Blind Aliens

The Xy: There is a sentient alien species called the Xy, which primarily relies on its sense of touch, smell, and hearing to make its way around the world. Physiology: Due to evolving in dark ...
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How can I desensitize my audience to participate in a bloodsport? [closed]

I, Rex Machismo, am the host of a bloodsport called deathbattle. In this show, contestants go through a number of trials in different environments to fight for their survival. These contestants would ...
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A Society Built Around Theft?

Would it be possible for a stable society to be built around the concept of theft as a positive action, and thievery as a virtue, while still having theft be technically illegal, but having the ...
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How can a long lived species deal with generational shifts in society? [closed]

The Great Generational Shift unfolding today presents a whole new set of challenges for employers, employees, and managers. Human beings have short lives, which push us to make an impact on the world ...
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How can polyandry function as a stable system?

Polyandry us when a female has two or more husbands to promote sperm competition and increase genetic variability. However, this is seen as largely unstable in real life due to the fact that two males ...
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How can I keep a vat-grown race loyal to their royal house?

Artificial womb technology is a common luxury in society by those who can afford its exorbitant costs. Wealthy families and noble houses use it as an extension of their own power. However, artificial ...
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In a Sims like reality, How would a jailer get young men to wear a sarong and undershirts for nightwear? [duplicate]

I am sorry if this sounds repetitive but I asked the precursor of this question here What could be reasoning of male prison in VR world to only allow undershirt and sarong as nightwear to male ...
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Structural integrity of "The Wicker Elf"

Menzoberranzan is a large, elven nation of Drow that worships an ancient pagan religion that revolves around quasi-Wiccan traditions. This nation worships a religion revolving around nature with a ...
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Loss of Humanity [closed]

I have been looking at and researching dystopian fiction in hopes of writing my own story based in one. I know the kinds of factors that can all contribute to a dystopia, be it rigid governmental ...
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A cop's situational handling [closed]

I have this scene I'm writing were 10 16 year olds (three girls and seven boys) are loitering in a casino parking lot around a van, Cops have been called cause the kids haven't left. I'm trying to ...
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Would those living in a "perfect society" not understand satire [closed]

I wrote a little short story about a classroom in the distant future, where the world becomes "perfect", and the students are analyzing works of satire from different periods. The teacher uses these ...
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Societies are built on PR stints and propaganda. Why are people okay with this? [closed]

Every time I read, I find out that more and more 'truths', 'traditions', 'common knowledge', etc. were fabricated by some PR person in the not too distant past. People are okay with this though, and ...
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Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

Set in the immediate future, mankind visits Titan, moon of Saturn for the first time. A manned space station goes into orbit around the moon once every 4-5 hours. Actually there have been many people ...
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I want to build a world from the 1940's [closed]

I have a question for a new person when it comes to world building. I am a World War II writer and I have an idea to make a world where it is basically in the 1940's type of time period on a different ...
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In a world with multiracial creatures, what word can be used instead of mankind? [closed]

So, I've been trying to find a word which means all the people in the world. One would think of humanity, humankind, mankind, or just people, but I want something that can express the meaning properly ...
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