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How do I convince the general population using large monsters is the most efficient means of protecting our compact cities?

Context Monsters are a bit of a problem on this world. Though most pose a marginal threat and are categorized as vermin, others represent a serious risk to major population centers as a consequence ...
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Helping the Roman Empire with chemistry and metallurgy

You are a modern chemist and metallurgist and unexpectedly get sent back in time to the era of Caesar Octavius Augustus. After spending a couple years learning ancient Latin, what changes or ...
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How does my society survive the “Crystal spires and Togas” stage [on hold]

My highly advanced aliens have progressed far past other life forms in the galaxy. Their technology seems like magic to less advanced species. However, some of their leaders are very Genre Savvy and ...
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How can a pocket of technologically advanced humans survive the apocalypse?

In a post-apocalyptic novel I'm writing, I plan to follow up with a sequel wherein the main characters are trapped in a hidden city in North America called Eden that has electricity, underground ...
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How can monsters affect traditional fantasy worldbuilding? [closed]

I just watched this video from Shadiversity about implications of monsters and magic in a fantasy setting. Ha said a lot about how society could be, but it makes me think: how can the society "...
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How can an advanced civilization forget how to manufacture its technology?

My alien civilization is highly advanced. Their ancestors created wondrous things from medical devices that can cure nearly anything to warships that can defeat nearly any enemy. The problem is they ...
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Making techology for a society on other planet

I am having some trouble reasoning out some ideas, if any of you could help. So I have in mind a planet, where there are many human cultures, but one of them is more advanced then others. So they ...
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What happened to everyone's magical abilities? [closed]

The setting: a remote pre-industrial port city. The basic premise: As long as anyone can remember, the residents of the city have exhibited magical powers. The city had become fairly large as ...
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Could human civilization live 150 years in a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier colony without resorting to mass killing/ cannibalism?

An un-treatable virus starts infecting and killing people. Societies are on the brink of collapse, and it is decided the best way to save the most amount of people is to move everyone who can fit into ...
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How would a militaristic society that viewed the laws of war sacred develop? [closed]

While different nations have different laws of war, this society has laws of war similar to those followed by the United States Armed Forces; how would a militaristic society develop that saw its laws ...
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Conversational goal of a conscious talking machine [closed]

One Artificial Intelligence tech giant has created a bot much like Alexa or Siri that talks to humans, takes notes, listens to everything and communicates with external sources when instructed by the ...
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How can a mage not be the King? [duplicate]

In fantasy, mages are commonly described to be vastly superior in terms of knowledge & power to the rest of the population. Typically, they live much longer, are able to kill in combat numerous ...
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How viable would it be for all women to be telepathic? [closed]

Supposing that telepathy is possible in the first place, how possible would it be for our current world to exist given that all women are telepathic, and men don't know this. How would this societal ...
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How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human ...
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How can a clan of elven females defend themselves in the ancient world against marauding bands? [closed]

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. Marriage does ...
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How to avoid offending original culture when making conculture inspired from original

My conculture, Sakha, is based on Puebloan culture. They live in a mudhouse, practice dry agriculture, don't wear feathers (do they? I thought they're more of Plains culture) and are matrilineal. ...
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How can religions without a hell discourage evil-doing?

God in this verse is similar to a super-computer, a very large power source that continuously feeds on human souls to sustain itself. All human souls come from God, and remain connected to it through ...
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Wizard clothing for warm weather [closed]

Wizards in fantasy worlds are very often portrayed in thick robes and hats (and of course long beards and hair for the men). These don't seem very practical for summers or any kind of hot weather (...
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How can I spread content from an ancient text without governmental supervision? [closed]

I am a social justice warrior on a crusade against my nation. For decades, I have watched our leaders ruthlessly expand their power under the guise of "protecting democratic interests around the world"...
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Corporate Overlord [closed]

So I have a company that currently makes about as much as like... say Apple, but is expanding in multiple markets. It's probably going to have a monopoly on several product types in the next couple ...
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What would a “free” robot society do with themselves? [closed]

I'm framing the main example for this question within the context of the Star Wars universe, because it's the inspiration of this question. However, we should be perfectly capable of describing any ...
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A deadly disease, 95% of the population dead, suppresses or alters memory in unpredictable ways

Whilst not strictly relevant to this question, the questions and answers may interest the curious: this is the 4th in a series of question here - 1, 2, 3. My population (in excess of 500,000) ...
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Ideal time in human history for reveal of Demi-Humans and the Conditions for their coexistence

In this world, demi-humans (not just elves or orcs, but also other races like lamias, centaurs, minotaurs, driders, lizardman, alraune, vampires, etc.) have always existed but they did not start ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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How can an eldritch abomination hide its true form in public?

A hag is a witch deeply entrenched in the art of dark magic. This kind of magic comes from experimenting with forces beyond our reality. Over the years, her abilities and spells grow in power. However,...
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Art and Fashion for Nocturnal/Underground Species

I've been thinking of a story revolving around a smallish humanoid troll/lemur-like species with large eyes, a tail, and bat like ears that allows them to use echolocation. They typically prefer low ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has ...
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Alternatives to War [closed]

In this world, violence has developed to be perhaps most definitive, means of action. Not just humans, but many other species face the harshness of battle, be it to defend their young or gain ...
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How can armor compete in a world of biological enchantment?

Enchanting is a form of study for the eldar race that involves ascribing runes to a particular object in order to give it certain properties it would not have normally. Through this method, the human ...
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What city and town structures are important in a low fantasy medieval world?

I've been working on a procedural map generator that draws cities and towns on continents and islands and I've gotten to the point where I'd like to add lists of structures to the settlements. I know ...
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Half of living beings in the universe die: Does society survive? [closed]

Some purple person, somewhere, collected the Eternity Baubles, clicked their heels and suddenly, half of all living beings in the universe just go poof.1 The effect isn't restricted to sentient ...
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How could someone dismantle Mother's Day in the United States? [closed]

Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother's Day in the United States. Ironically, she spent the rest of her life trying to dismantle it because she felt it was too commercialized. Her efforts failed, so ...
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What is the best way for a skeleton to impersonate human without using magic?

The classic skeleton that a necromancer has reanimated has gained independence and escaped from the group. Now, as a free individual, wants to know more about humans. Obviously, humanity sees it as a ...
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How to make a language evolve quickly?

Imagine a world in which the language barrier is a means of propaganda defence. In this world, one of the primary concerns of each country is the migration of natives, since they know their native ...
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What cultural nuances and customs might a medieval, largely agrarian society with a strict caste system have?

I apologize in advance, because this will be pretty long. I already have a vague idea of some customs, so I need to include both the sociopolitical aspects of this as well as those customs. The ...
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Crime rates in a post-scarcity economy

A post-scarcity civilisation is one where the automatisation of production and a universal basic income system have made it impossible to suffer unwillingly from the lack of means to satisfy the ...
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What security advantages would an all-female bodyguard system offer? [closed]

Long, Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, there existed a superpower that was made up of seven tribes. This nation was led by a king who was selected from one of these tribes by through ritual combat. ...
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Using hypersleep to offset time dilation? [closed]

Say you need to go on a business trip where you'll be traveling .5c for one year to get to where you're going, do what you need to do for a few weeks then head back - you'd come back to find everyone ...
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How long would it take to eliminate the lovecraft mythos from the human consciousness?

Hundreds of years ago during the black plague, an individual named Howard Phillips Lovecraft started what would lead to the doom of humanity. Although a mediocre writer himself, his works of ...
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Removing racism on a multi raced world [closed]

The continent is inhabited by 2 sentient races that coexist with each other. Humans and elves. One empire expanded and annexed the continent. Now the empire want to make a meritocratic society that ...
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What would determine the most powerful superpower? [closed]

I should probably start with this to get a few answers I know are coming my way right out of the equation altogether: No, this isn't the age-old question of "If you could have superpowers...?" but ...
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Can there be a single technologically advanced nation, in a continent full of non-technologically advanced nations?

The run down here is that there's this continent, and there is a lot of unclaimed land where countries haven't formed yet and a lot of tribes but there are some actual countries like kingdoms, (where ...
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How long would it take for people to notice a mass disappearance?

If 5 million people disappeared at the same time globally, assuming an even spread of random disappearances (not focused in any one location) how long would it be before people noticed there had been ...
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What would the culture of isolated humanoids made of stone look like? [closed]

info In this world there is a large plateau completely isolated from life other than flying creatures which is mostly composed of rocky grass and badlands although does have some large patches of ...
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How broken would a ~5ms reaction time be? [closed]

Suppose we've got one character, who for whatever reason (handwave.gif), has around a ~5ms reaction time (20-40x regular people's). That's enough to be many, many times faster than the rest of the ...
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What happens to holidays as time passes? [closed]

As the answers in How can I create original holidays for my world? discuss, humans in the "early days" of humankind had no science, so for questions like "why is winter coming?", religious beliefs ...
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Random body shuffle every night—can we still function?

Imagine a world where every time you wake up you wake up in a randomly selected body from among the bodies that were asleep at that time. There are some limits—the body should be in at most a roughly ...
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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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How can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, which increases with age and peaks at a certain point. Individuals are born with all the mana they will ever have, but it can be refined with practice ...
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How to cultivate war? [closed]

Hard to say if wars (fictive or real) ever had any rules. And if there were some rules, then there were also attempts to break them, or at least to avoid them to take any advantage. So, it may seem ...