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Impact of Stats Magic on education and fitness? [closed]

There are five tenets, or "stats," that control magical power in this world: Impact, Dexterity, Agility, Wisdom, and Will. Impact determines the power of one's mana; this is determined by ...
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How would an environmentalist society deal with pests?

Imagine from birth you are taught that all life matters, no matter how small. From the enormous elephants to the tiny mice, it is immoral to harm them. A person of this culture would rather die to a ...
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Impact of Dexterity: More Organized Society

This question is a follow-up to Increasing Impact: Fitter Society? and focuses on a property called Dexterity, which determines the focus and precision of spells and rituals. High Impact individuals ...
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Increasing Impact: Fitter Society?

In this world, everyone has magic, but differing levels of ability. The average person (AKA couch potato) can do barely anything with magic; lighting a candle, tiny static shocks, or lifting a pencil ...
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Role of Shamans In Desert Society? [closed]

Shamans are Mages restricted to Elemental magic alone, and the Elements they can gain control over are determined by their environment (in this case, a desert). The title of Shaman is a Class, granted ...
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Effects of Food With LIFE

Okay, I know I'm posting a really implausible question, please be understanding.... Many years ago, a powerful mage went mad (occupational hazard; one does encounter eldritch horrors and reality-...
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Preserving Order In Post-Apocalypse Labyrinths (As shelters!)

After the discovery of eldritch horrors and the existence of magic (never mind the subsequent apocalypse), people went underground. Special shelters called Labyrinths channel the chaotic energy of the ...
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Food With Life: Humanity's Reaction [duplicate]

Reading Effects of Food With LIFE is recommended, but if you choose not to, the basics are below for this question: What Happens After Food Gains LIFE? In other words, after the mad mage grants life (...
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Food With Life: Reacting To Humans

This is the sequel, per se, of Effects of Food With LIFE. After coming up with the initial premise and getting a very good idea of how humans would interact with living food, a problem came up: Would ...
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How to design religions for a species built around logic [closed]

I'm working on a species that is built around always making the most efficient available decisions as possible, and always trying to logically correlate events to make pattern sequences for how the ...
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How can a troglodytic society democratize braille literature?

Premise The surface of my world cannot support life. The inhabitants of my world sustain themselves off troglophauna and aquifers. I'm leaving the mechanics of where energy comes from in this shadow-...
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Impact of Sages on Medieval Society

Alright, so after posting Impact of Druids on Medieval Fantasy Society? (closed) and How Would Shamans Impact Medieval Society? I decided to take a chance and ask this question. Sages are another ...
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How Would Shamans Impact Medieval Society? [closed]

Please Notice: If you want my question closed, that's fine, but I'd like feedback so I can focus/edit my question/ask a better question. Thank you! If this looks like Impact of Druids on Medieval ...
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Can there be democracy in a society that cannot count?

Parallel universe, human in this alternate Earth are innumerate at least; they do not have a sense of counting or quantifying if you will. I am wondering since these primitive humans are beginning to ...
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What would the world look like if everone was a wizard? [closed]

In my world everyone has magic powers. They aren't super powerful (no murder on sight spells...) but every single person has limited magic. What political, social, military and agricultural things ...
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What would be the best city in the U.S./Canada to live in for a supernatural being trying to exist undetected from humanity?

I am wondering if there are any specific cities on the North American continent (not considering Mexico for the moment being, for reasons detailed below) that supernatural beings trying to live hidden ...
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What would be the ideal of beauty in a world of a completely female human species?

This is a very hard question, if well the future and sociocultural interactions are hard to predict and many times could be wrong, but with the enough antropologic investigation comparing historical ...
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Modern trading card game viable in late medieval / renaissance times?

A tad bit late perhaps, but the creation of Gwent in The Witcher 3 PC RPG game has got me thinking: would a modern trading card game(hereafter referred to as TCG) like Magic: The Gathering be able to ...
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Mermaids on Land?

One of the inspirations for this was Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis, where I liked their depiction of slithering, combat-worthy mermaids. I've been trying to develop mermaids who make pilgrimages to ...
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Could an Ambush Predator Evolve Human Level Sentience?

There are no humans on this planet, obviously, but could an ambush predator fill the same niche as a human did on Earth? I'm unsure if humans being pursuit predators actually mattered in our growth in ...
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How far can a society advance technologically without learning to count?

Inspired by Can there be democracy in a society that cannot count?, how advanced could that society get technologically without learning to count? What important innovation on a hypothetical tech tree ...
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Impact of Druids on Medieval Fantasy Society? [closed]

There was progress made in the Dark Ages, but it wasn't much compared to later ages (and especially today, when it comes to computers) and I'm sure we can agree this was because people were struggling ...
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Why would merpeople let people ride them?

Okay, I know this is a crazy question, but go easy on me (I'll restate it below in more precise terms): Why would merpeople (mermen and mermaids) allow someone to ride them? Such a ludicrous question ...
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How does near-guaranteed pregnancy affect a species' libido?

I have a species of intelligent human-like creatures. One of the things that makes them different from humans is that unprotected sex has a very high likelihood of resulting in the female becoming ...
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What mandates travel in an interstellar society?

A while ago this question on medieval travel was asked. I looked at it again today and it got me thinking about situations that would mandate travel in other settings, in particular what would force ...
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A medieval police force…?

This is kind of a companion question to this one (How to reconcile a feudal system with a congressional/parliamentary democracy...?), so if you are looking for some extra context, you can read this ...
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Why would a flourishing city need so many outdated robots?

Near future, Boston, United States of America. This city brands itself as the leader in both medicine and quantum computing. The city looks awfully youthful and energetic; after all, they cured old ...
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Why would neutral necromancers put animal souls in human corpses?

In my world, a creature is made up of three parts: the body (the physical stuff you live in), the spirit (your senses, locomotion, survival instinct and what makes you 'alive'), and the soul (the ...
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How can tengu avoid being conquered?

So, I decided to replace elves with tengu, a race of six-limbed humanoid birds. Firstly, because I'm tired of seeing Legolas everywhere. Second is that compared to a bog-standard human-elf romantic ...
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How do you think an oligarchical society will function? [closed]

I'm currently drafting ideas for a comic I've been working on, and I need some ideas on an oligarchical society will work. Here's what I mean: For context, an oligarchy is a small group of people ...
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What kind of companies and fronts would a humanitarian conspiracy have?

A humanitarian AI known as URAED has set up a one-AI infrastructure for supporting a conspiracy. This conspiracy being the intrusion, resource extraction, and deployment of humanitarian resources and ...
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How effective would the White House serve as a fortress or makeshift Forward Operating Base/FOB?

So in my world, the entire White House area has been turned into a small fortress/FOB. Due to the post-apocalyptic dystopian state of my world what with zombies, breakaway secessionist states, hostile ...
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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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Proud warrior race with terrible depth perception. How do they look?

I was working on a science fiction story with a variety of alien species. Most of them seemed entertaining and plausible enough, but I got stuck on one particular species that I could use some help on....
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Are These Serpentmaw Duels Feasible?

Alright, so as the Lamias began forming their society (see How Would Lamia Defend Themselves From Each Other?), they came upon an idea that would eliminate the potential of Maraliths; an acceptable ...
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How Would Lamia Defend Themselves From Each Other?

After posting (Would Lamia Keep Themselves In Check Through Intraspecies Conflict), I realized that for Lamia society to form, Lamia would need to protect themselves from each other. As you'll see ...
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Why are cambions unable to reproduce amongst each other?

There is an ancient, satanical practice that is performed in this society called the sabbatical. This ritual takes the form of a festival, in which witches get together and discuss recent events, ...
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What Will Be The Implications of Crafting Cubes? [closed]

Background (setting): My world, Alendyias, is more than a little interesting. As the Fracture in Reality grows and expands, it takes apart and reforms worlds inside itself, and over the ages this has ...
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Impact and Implications of Pregnancy-Inducing Healing

Alright, I'm trying to restate a closed question to see what I get....I'm more than a little nervous. Background: In a world where Desonia exists (see What Would The Result of Tangible Chaos Be On The ...
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How Can Lamia Survive In Alendyias?

In this case, I mean a race of sapient beings who are female from the waist up and giant snake from the waist down (they're an all-female race). My world (Alendyias) is medieval fantasy. Now, let me ...
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Role of Rangers In Fantasy Society

Yes, I'm back with another Class-related question. Don't worry; I looked through all 24 of my Classes and decided to focus on only the ones I can't come up with roles for. Recap-How Classes Work: In ...
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In the modern era, how could I have a very bad recession comparable to the Great Depression?

In my world (modern day Earth, but at a higher technology level with national AI systems being commonplace across the world, cybernetics limbs being an option, and autonomous weapon systems being ...
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Societal implications of a 200 year lifespan?

The year is 2120, and the world is (depressingly/refreshingly) similar. Sure, technology has advanced and there are flying cars, trains run through voided tunnels at 1000 mph and scramjets take the ...
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Repatriating Shadow Dancers

After the monarch of a species of dragons called Shadow Striders and her people was slain by a team of Dragonslayers (they like to eat humans, and they were getting too powerful), her human slaves ...
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Role of Druids in Fantasy Society

Recap-How Classes Work: In my book, a mysterious pulse of energy sent a young man named John into another world called Alendyias. This event resulted in John becoming Rorjon, a bluish ghost-like being ...
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Chaos Manifested: Can of Worms [closed]

In one of the stories I'm working on, I realized I had made a big, very big problem. The characters have been infected by Desonia, a manifestation of chaos, and are working as a superpowered response ...
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How can a non-person enter society and live a normal life?

One day, you run into a young man (~20 years old) who has spent his life in a laboratory being weaponized by the state until he finally escaped. He is a non-person, there is no public record of his ...
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Most likely source of conflict between humans and werewolves?

So, my werewolves are a diet version of the classical lycanthrope. They have considerable strength and a thick hide, but a trained human can still overpower them. They can be hurt with regular ...
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Men Protecting Themselves From Bewitchment

Alright, while trying to figure out the cultural impact of my (Dnd-style) class system, I realized that there was a problem with the Dancer Class: Bewitching Dance-This dance only works on a small ...
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How can a kingdom bring back the inquisition without letting them become horribly corrupt and despotic? [closed]

Backstory So, the Kingdom of Maliscyle used to have an inquisition, to weed out the cult of the horned lord (a terrible demon). But... they found they were almost as bad as the cultists, as they just ...

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