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Where would Elves build a self sufficient stronghold?

Elves now a days are mostly peaceful but they weren't always. a long time ago their was a mighty Elven empire being the first to smelt steel while the other races were still using bronze armor and ...
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How would the world react to a theme park about Demons? [closed]

This can be considered a revised version of one of my earlier questions, that being the Heaven and Hell one. Before I can ask my question however, I have to give a little info, which my original ...
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What would a cold-adapted knight wear (at Pluto temperatures)?

This is a sequel to my previous question, involving the humanoids on Pluto. Before I ask my question, I want to provide a little context. Basically, they have a society similar to Europe during the ...
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How might a Dark Lord quickly overhaul a civilization?

Orcs, or more specifically the Black Orcs were originally semi-nomadic, kind of like a mix between some Celtic city states and the Mongols. Now in a relatively short time the "Dark Lord" has conquered ...
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Attempting to Cripple Society while Preserving Biosphere

Asking for a project that's floated in and out of my head for the past few years. I'm desiring to create a scenario where human society is globally affected - not wiped out, not even Mad-Maxed, but ...
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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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Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

The goblins in my world are classical fantasy goblins. They aren't too smart, have primitive technology, live in tribes, and use tamed boars, wolves, and other wild animals. They usually have a boss, ...
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Why would humans be the dominant species?

Humans, in most fantasy stories including in my own, are the dominant species. Why is that? Firstly, I guess I should give every race in my story strengths and weaknesses. Humans (same as us) have ...
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What would a society where humans coexist with a second species with the intelligence of an 8 year old look like?

An alternate Earth has two species coexisting in it: Humans and Khnosh (/x'ʔɒʃ/) since the Stone Age. Adult Khnosh have the intelligence of the average 8 year old human but the strength of a human ...
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How would people in the 1920s-1930s explain or rationalize superpowers?

In June 1938 Action Comics #1 was published, introducing Superman to the world and codifying the modern idea of a superhero that the world has known for almost the past 80 years. There were ...
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How feasible is a mobile city that sails across a salt flat?

Imagine a huge salt flat like Bonneville or Salar de Uyuni. Due to other logistical concerns, commerce between the economic powers on either side of the flat is forced travel across it. This has ...
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In what ways could a society that has rejected guns continue to improve on the Crossbow?

I have this idea for an alternate universe where guns were... flat out rejected. Basically, while the powers that were recognized that guns were more powerful and had greater range, they were ...
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How could a “communal country”, shared by three races with their own countries adjacent, exist and be stable?

In my world, there are three distinct races with each their own country in a corner of the world, adjacent to one another and a central country. Simplified layout would be like the google chrome logo: ...
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Societal Structure upon an interspecies Colony Ship? [closed]

In my story, there is FTL Travel. However, many intergalactic travel times are still rather long. On a "cruise" from Betelgeuse to Triangulum that will take approximately four years, there are about ...
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Rights of AIs in far future

We've just started 36th century, humanity is colonizing stars right and left. Technology is well developed, you know, typical Sci-Fi stuff. In 23rd century we finally were able to create true AI. But ...
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What jobs would Goblins be suited for in a medieval setting?

Consider this a sequal to my What jobs would halflings be suited for in a medieval setting? post. While most Goblins live in their own isolated groups a good many of them live in human societies. ...
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whats the highest a group of Yetis live?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Sodo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: are as intelligent as ...
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Creating a new form of societal hierarchy

Societies have hierarchies: today they are loosely divided into an upperclass, middle-class, lower-class. Our world used to be more focused on a caste system with royals at the top, religious ...
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What sports would a horse play? [closed]

So, you're a sapient, fun loving, and incredibly bored horse and so are your millions of culturally similar hoofed amigos. What sports could sate your equine needs? To specify this is aside from the ...
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Why NOT use surveillance cameras in future world

I'm GMing RPG game based on Stars Without Numbers, but its happening on my personal world. It's in the 36th century of our universe and humans are colonizing planets within the galaxy. In the far ...
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What acts could an Extremist Anti-Peace group commit to make two friendly nations go to War

If there was an Anti-Peace group that wanted two neighboring nations to go to war, what kind of actions could they take? They're malicious, fueled with hate, and they have little to no empathy for ...
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Why would a flourishing land-based civilisation move under-water?

For what reason would a civilisation experiencing an almost golden age in industry and agriculture, experiencing no catastrophic plague almost all move underwater in as such that they live entirely ...
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What jobs would halflings be suited for in a medieval setting?

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups: goblins and halflings. Now, halflings still need to eat, and therefore, they need a job to make money and support themselves. Basic ...
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One half of my population was eliminated. How do I restore them without causing havoc? [closed]

A few years back, the Evil Overlord magicked away half of the world population - they were effectively locked away in time, for all intents and purposes. Then, against all odds, the Super Team was ...
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Human Acid Blood [closed]

Inspired by this clip, the question arose what today's society would look like if humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) had blood that is so acidic that it eats through all matter. The only exception to this ...
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Could Orcs have domesticated hyenas?

In the story i'm writing Orcs have managed to domesticate hyenas possibly of the cave variant The question I want to ask is could Orcs (or any other intelligent hominid) domesticate hyenas? even ...
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What eugenic plan could a human nation use to turn beastfolk into petfolk without using force?

So in my world the human empire have lived together with humanoid beastfolk: think werewolf/lycanth, minotaur, big feline like tiger/lionfolk or humanoid jungle cat, etc. They are relatively smart or ...
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How feasible is it for imperialism to emerge from a non-hierarchical society?

In the current setting I'm working on, I have an idea for a society of non-human (but still humanoid) creatures who evolved from territorial, mostly independent predators. Even though they are now ...
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Loudspeaker announcement to evacuate due to bomb threat

This is a question about protocol/crowd control/building management. Let's say you're at a crowded building, like a sports game or rock concert. The management running the building has found out ...
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What's a good way to raise a child that is too powerful for you, while minimally hurting yourself or others? [closed]

Normal babies have temper tantrums. Magic babies burn down the house. As much as one tries, babies and children won't stay happy forever. What's the best way to raise a magic/quirk/mutant child with ...
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If a mayor were to find his city was about to be razed to the ground, who would he appeal to? [closed]

Let's imagine a scenario, where, in a dystopic industrial society, a mayor of a medium-sized city learns that his city is about to be destroyed by some powerful force within the bureaucracy of his ...
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What impact would a magic that slows down the loss of body heat have? [closed]

TL; DR I want to give my "snow elves" a magical ability to slow down the loss of body heat, which when used would constantly drain their mana and make their other spells weaker. It would be greatly ...
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Why would a food that is harmful to the environment be widely consumed in a society?

In a previous question, I asked why a taboo would develop around a food that grows well in a civilization’s climate and has no harmful effects. However, I will now ask the opposite question: why would ...
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What would people who have never seen a plane before call it? [closed]

In my story, my characters live in the wilderness, and they have no modern technology. They do see ruins from the past (from now) but other than that they have no idea how advanced other parts of the ...
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How would a medieval fantasy world adapt to a near-unstoppable horde-like civilization that's located in the middle of the known world [closed]

In most fantasy stories, and even IRL, there are horde-like nations/beings/creatures that come from a single direction (i.e. the North). I am creating a world where there is a demonic portal spawning ...
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Where could a vampire get blood without harming people?

I am looking for possible ways in which a vampire could obtain blood to feed in an modern urban fantasy setting explicitly without harming humans or other sapient beings. Parameters for this question ...
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What structures would allow random strangers to perform a musical number?

I am an alien from outer space who is visiting a planet called Earth. The species living here, humans, have a very primitive and strange culture. They seem to spontaneously burst into dance and song, ...
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What aspects in the dark ages regarding family would be affected by this change in biology?

Sort of a follow up: What change in human biology would lead to wild gestational periods? In an alternate world during the middle ages, women are regularly with child for more than a year, with the ...
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Could there be complete equality at some point in the future?

So in my story there is only one major advanced city left in the world, and it is incredibly diverse. I would imagine that over time (it has existed for around 800 years) there would be considerable ...
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What could stop excessive plastic surgery in a society based on popularity?

In other words, how can I stop everyone in the society from looking the same? And I'm talking about facial surgery, not weight loss. To specify the title, the social system of this society is ...
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How a character from the future, reincarnated in the medieval times, could use their knowledge without being accused of witchcraft? [closed]

The setting: more or less our regular medieval times, no magic or magical creatures, but religion is big and most people believe in folklore and superstition. The plot: character from the far future ...
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How to translate various human cultures into animal cultures?

I'm making a story where the main character travels the world. The world is made up of anthropomorphic animals. The animals would still have the urges of animals, But they become more sapient. Dogs ...
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How cities with deceitful robots score higher in happiness? [closed]

Set in the immediate future AI took many forms from an invisible alarm clock that wakes you only after you had done with wet dreams to an autonomous flying vehicle that map out routes filled with ...
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Does this type of organization make sense if it's all people have known?

These were taken from a bulletted list, so sorry if the grammar is weird. ...They do all this to keep the wealth and luxuries of the world within the city, so that no one inside is poor; it is a ...
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How could one branch of government operate secretly for hundreds of years?

So in my world, a government and city was created to protect the rich from the 'outsiders'. In reality, these people are just survivors of a disease, and are completely normal. All the original people ...
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How to Justify Less Developed Air Power Despite Modern Tech?

I am writing a story where the technology of the time could be roughly characterized as akin to ours back in the 90's, if not quite the history that led to it being that way. So you'd see things like ...
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What type of clothing could be made naturally in England?

My story takes place in England about 1000 years from now, and due to the circumstances there is no modern technology. (Modern as in after the 1800s.) So of course there are materials and plants that ...
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Third Pillar of Authority

For most of human history there have been two pillars of authority that affected most everyone's live; religion and government. I'm trying to come up with a concept of a third, but am struggling to ...
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Population math question

So I have a religious group that settled a new continent and made a colony in 1630. If that nation has thirty-six million people in the modern day (2020 at time of posting), how do I calculate the ...

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