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How would an entity benefit from a contradictory origin story?

Most people believe that H.P. Lovecraft was a racist, basing the monsters in his cosmic horror story on his fears of a modernizing world and prejudiced views on other races and cultures. However, the ...
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Method of constructing pre-modern shanties

In my world the technology is around the mid 1800s or a bit earlier, and I have a big city with an empire and all sorts of colonialism problems that are minorly irrelevant to this question. What is ...
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Domesticating rockfolk

part 2 of: Evolution of Rockfolk the world i'm writing a sub-species of my Rockfolk have been Domesticated by humans becoming Golems, and are commonly use as a type guard dog or for field labor. some ...
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How can you have an eternal war against vastly weaker opponents?

I want an empire that is simultaneously enlightened and barbaric. So the idea is to split the territory in two: the meritocracy in my previous question, a mostly peaceful realm, has a vast periphery ...
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Could Orcs have domesticated hyenas?

In the story i'm writing Orcs have managed to domesticate hyenas possibly even cave hyenas In actuality, could Orcs (or any other intelligent hominid) domesticate hyenas? Even if we assume that ...
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How to Build a Stable Dystopia

I have an immortal, magically powerful character who has decided that he's had enough of the world's suffering. He therefore sets out to unify every society in the world into a single whole with a ...
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Can you have a multicultural meritocracy?

I want to ape Ming dynasty China for my setting. Key points are that there's a big empire, several centuries old, but hereditary transition of power is practically non-existent. Instead, the country's ...
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Trials to save humanity

The Question What would be the most likely reason for a post-scarcity civilization to preserve humanity from extinction and move it to different planet, along with terrestrial life that has been ...
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Is it plausible for a tribe to have a standing army?

I'm creating a parallel world inspired by migration period in the dark ages. I have a tribe that has a something akin to standing army consisting of infantry cavalry rangers Wealthier clan leaders ...
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A society where you imprison/ bury the females [closed]

The hornbill imprisons its mate in a tree to deter predators. In Wayne Barlowe's Expedition, the sac-back female buries itself. What if something like this were a feature in a sentient species? How ...
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What would a Bandit Kingdom look like and how will it survive? [closed]

this question on this platform. My question is that, "What would a Bandit Kingdom look like and how will it survive?" This question had me thinking as I watched a gameplay of a Mount & ...
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How can I prevent the invention of skyscrapers?

Introduction I want my story, set in the modern day, to have a unique architectural feel. Part of my strategy - no skyscrapers. Wikipedia: The term skyscraper was first applied to buildings of ...
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Any motivation for racism still existing in a transhumanist future?

Humanity is immortal. You can backup your mind, you can choose your body, biological or robotic, in any shape or form. In a universe like that, there is any motivation for racism to still exist?
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How can we limit or avoid addiction to virtual reality in a technologically advanced society?

Premise Please ladies and gentlemen, draw your eyes to our plight. Sometime in the future on Earth our society has not reached post-scarcity but has achieved: a reliable and inexpensive power source. ...
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Merfolk Laws And Government [closed]

Recently, I saw this image, and later, this image, which inspired me to think about the culture of merpeople. I've got quite a lot worked out, but I'd appreciate hearing other's ideas. In particular, ...
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The profession “Torturer”/“Executioner” [closed]

During medieval times, torturers and executioners stood at the bottom of the social and professional hierarchy, comparable to the Untouchables of India. Due to the nature of their job, village ...
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In a medieval society with gigantic insects and arachnids which ones could be useful [closed]

so i'm thinking of a medieval society in a world with giant bugs. let's say the honeybee was about the size of a house mouse for reference (which makes the insects and arachnid nine times it's size). ...
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Could polygamous family survive half siblings incest?

I'm worbuilding a situation about a polygamous family, consisting of a father, his several wives and their many children. They are cut off from their tribe, by highland rebellion which closed the only ...
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A world of unrequited love

In an isolated colony of a few hundred people, a curse has ensured that no-one is attracted to anyone who likes them. Additionally everyone does like somebody else - a different person in every case. ...
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Why would being (left/right)-handed be considered a disability in a world where most are ambidextrous?

I'm creating a world where most of the population (99% or so) is ambidextrous. In the real world, most people are right-handed. A lot of everyday objects (e.g. scissors, mouse cursors) are built with ...
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Chaotic World: Large or Small Settlements?

Environment There exists a strange dimension called the Margins of Reality. All supernatural things in the world come from here and are caused by what the natives call "Margin Spirits." In ...
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A fictional world where morals and ethics are completely reversed? [closed]

I want to create a world that exist in an alternate universe where all ethics and moral behaviors on earth are completely reversed/backwards. What would society in this alternate world look like?, to ...
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How long would it take for two (or more) groups of geographically isolated human beings to lose the ability to procreate with one another?

Primarily a biological question, but I'd also love to dig into social implications. Here's the story - Humans have colonized at least one other planet and trade / communication remained open for some ...
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How to shape society's values such that paleontology becomes the largest / most profitable industry?

In our iteration of "Earth," there are several studies suggesting that the study of paleontology is itself going extinct. In an attempt to envision a brighter future for the field, I want to build a ...
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What's the Use of a Susskind Hologram?

(this question may need to go to sandbox for refining) Leonard Susskind proposed that the surface of a black hole might be kind-of recording device for everything falling into it. Where 3D of space + ...
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How would a jungle dwelling humanoid canine pack oriented society be like? [closed]

If a race of pack-oriented caninoids (humanoid canines) evolved in a jungle setting, how would their society develop? You can use real world examples in your answers. By pack oriented, the pack could ...
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Why might there be a sizable population of feral dogs in a poor country where food is in short supply?

Consider a country in the third world where there is a lot of hunger and poverty. Suppose that there are no laws or customs against killing dogs, that firearms are somewhat common (say, 20% firearm ...
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How would companies capitalize on the existence of magic, forcing the little peopel to rise against them? [closed]

I wanted to combine "Shadowrun" - "industrial espionage runs rampant in a near-future setting. A "Shadowrun" is successful data theft or physical break-in at a rival ...
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How can black magic be prevented from becoming common? [closed]

Since the olden days, black magic was used by malevolent individuals to cause harm to others. A bloke who wanted revenge or was spiteful against another could use these spells to hex that person, ...
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How do I isolate a city?

Is it possible, the world being as it is for a city to be isolated completely from the world? Assume technological advancements to be the same as they are today. Would such a scenario be feasible? ...
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How could world civilization lose the knowledge of a global event?

Every 1000 years, the earth, moon, and sun perfectly align to form a solar eclipse that is seen around the planet. During this time, the barrier separating this reality from the demon world break down,...
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Would this presidential directive be practical to implement?

So I currently have something call the National Defense-Continuity Directive (AKA Directive 0), which is basically a national call to arms. Directive 0 is only signed off on when there is a truly ...
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How would a dual-government country with a cordon and central zone make sense?

I want a utopian seeming country that consists of 'cordon' and 'central' zones. The central zone is supposed to be an open-border, somewhat anarchistic area with an immigrant influx, automated ...
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What's a possible justification for orcs not taking over the world?

I'm making a story with the standard Tolkien races. Not terribly original, I know, but it makes for good practice fantasy writing. While I was planning out the history, I realized that orcs generally ...
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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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Under what conditions would humans host earth to alien refugees? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with two scenarios for my story that takes place in a distant future where a fleet of starships with millions of unarmed humanoid aliens landed on Earth and claimed that their ...
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Laws between humans and anthropomorphic dragons (WIP / Questions) [closed]

I am currently creating a society for a short CG film. My main character is a young a,thropomorphic dragon living in the same standards as humans (as you can see on the image). I would have wanted to ...
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How can states effectively run a maternity center protected by magical wards?

Amelia Dryer was a witch who ran a baby farm for unwanted infants. She ultimately became responsible for the murders of many infants, and was executed for her crimes. She continued her activities by ...
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What society might survive the 3 generation rule

A not widely accepted psycho-social phenomenon but one our descendents might sometime face, the Three Generation Rule states: that the degree of social discipline needed for a space habitat to ...
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Humans, except they always find the right solution to the wrong predicament [closed]

Two mothers say a baby is theirs, simple solution, split the baby in two so they bot get half! Lost your family? Find a new one! Your husband cheats on you with your friend? Cheat on him too with your ...
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What would people in early civilization with magical food source do?

So, on a large (20-25 000 km^2) island, there is a lake, and in middle of that lake is a small lake-island, where there is a city of 9 thousand Skrits. These poor folks built their city on top of a ...
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what is the highest altitude a group of Yetis could live at?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Pseudo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: have human level ...
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When colonizing Mars, what would the emergence of a local economy look like? [closed]

Let's say humanity keeps advancing in its attempt to achieve permanent human presence on Mars, At the beginning it might be only temporary deployments (like to the ISS), but after some time let's say ...
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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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How can I bring down an evil website to prevent it from warping reality? [closed]

In Wisconsin 2014, two 12 year old girls were accused of stabbing another playmate 19 times. When questioned by authorities, they admitted to committing the attempted murder in order to demonstrate ...
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How can I limit the application of resurrecting spells?

A cauldron is symbolic of the goddess Cerridwen, a goddess associated with rebirth, and have been useful to warring armies throughout the centuries. There is a spell involving ressureccting a corpse ...
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Snowball Hopping

If you take real physics, you could travel to the next star in moving cities. Imagine independent, self-sufficient mining outposts attached to an asteroid. While the asteroid is being used up, the ...
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How do I make my dynasty last 1000s of years?

My Kingdom X is a great and prosperous nation, having a decent amount of natural resources. The kingdom's founding dynasty has stood the test of time for 1000s of years, until Kingdom Y launches a war ...
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What would human society be like if we could clearly remember our time in the womb? [closed]

The Humans of planet Eros in my worldbuilding project have superior memory compared to real humans. This superior memory is advanced enough to allow Erosi Humans to naturally and clearly remember ...
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How to find out if someone is guilty of adultery?

Cheaters are considered to be inferior humans with defective genes and just like mentally ill people and individuals born with various handicaps are eliminated from the gene pool. Capital punishment ...

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