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Why do people still live on earthlike planets?

Like our good SciFi prophet Isaac Arthur postulates, for a civilization with a decent space presence planets are overrated and rubbish. They're down there in the deep gravity well. There is no ...
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How Can People Hoard Dragons?

After posting How Dragons Can Hoard People, I decided to do a role reversal and get a different side of things. You see, humans are great at turning things around (AKA subverting devices, reversing ...
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Role Of Whirling Blades in Fantasy Society (RPG Classes)

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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Why Would A Queen Strider Connect With Shadow Dancers? [closed]

Background: The Queen Strider is like a Queen Bee or Ant, except for the following differences: She's huge and resembles a Spinosaurus, with chitinous hide, segmented eyes, antennae and horns, a ...
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How to compensate for the non-magic wielding humans, when others, such as elves, can?

So in the beginning when the world was anew, the god Sky gave life to the Elder races of elves, dwarfs, goblins, frells, and nisfelms. In the Age of Dawn, Sky gave magic to the elder races. After they ...
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How to survive a siege for fifty years?

A long and costly war is finally coming to a close. The rebels are losing territory fast and only have rolling hills to guard their last city. According to the scouts, the imperialist regime is about ...
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What Role Would Monks Have In a Fantasy Society?

Yep, I'm back with another Class-related society question! This definitely won't be the last, so you might want to buckle up. Oh, and I'll be copying and pasting parts of my last question on Classes ...
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How Dragons Can Hoard People

Dragons hoard things, they're known for it. In this setting, they're quite possessive and like hoarding. However, some dragons have been observing humans and noticed something odd: when introducing a ...
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How would an RPG style job or class system work?

So if you've ever played an RPG (tabletop or computer) you're probably familiar with the idea of jobs or classes. Some of these can be easily explained away as they correspond (roughly anyway) to real ...
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Dancer's Role in Fantasy Society (RPG Classes)

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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How long would it take people to realise some rabbits are sapient?

Set in modern day, a small warren of rabbits randomly achieve sapience in an unremarkable, rural countryside. These rabbits become capable of thinking and self-reflection, as well as advanced ...
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Dragon Children: Bringing Them Into The Fold?

Background: Last we checked, the dragons had come up with a plan to preserve their species by sending samples of SEDNA (Spiritual Equivalent of DNA) into willing women, causing them to give birth to ...
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Dragons Rising: Subverting the Dragonslayers

After their success with the Dragon Mother and Dragonborn Repatriation projects, ( see Dragon Mothers: Recruiting? and Dragon Children: Bringing Them Into The Fold? if you're curious), the dragons ...
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Feeding Shadow Striders

Alright, so creatures in the Forbidden Forest called 'Shadow Striders' (Striders for short) are plotting on how to obtain their favorite food: humans. These creatures have the following traits: They'...
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Would a lobby-like system of self-governing work?

In this form of self-government, a lobby is a set of 21 people in an area. Similar to a county, but on a much smaller scale, each lobby governs their immediate surroundings. The 21 people are only ...
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Besides distance, what factors could contribute to unique societies and cultures?

My guilty pleasure when worldbuilding is creating varied and unique cultures, however, different cultures are often the result of distance between each other (which allows them to develop unique ...
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Could a city live in a money-free system in a medieval fantasy setting?

I am currently building a world based in a medieval fantasy setup. View it as if the world got a soft reset and cannot (I say cannot) go further than electricity, and I imagined a village where people ...
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What mammal most abhors physical violence?

Imagine a world of anthropomorphic animals (if you're thinking of Zootopia, that's a reasonable starting point). People in this world have a lot in common with humans — opposable thumbs, language, the ...
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How can a summoning circle dilute the effects of radiation over a wide surface area?

Summoning circles are a way to communicate with entities within the ethereal realm from beyond the veil. A mage uses the summoning circle as a bridge to bring the entity from its realm and ...
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How can massive forest burning be an entirely terrible thing?

I'm writing a story about a fantasy medieval world where flightless dragons roam vast tropical rainforests (like Vietnam or Borneo) and preys on animals and people alike. These dragons are so powerful ...
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How do you make men relevant in a setting where only women can use magic?

The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it as it is naturally inborn. It requires training, some females being stronger than others. Magic takes the form of spells ...
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Symbiotic benefits for large sentient bio-machine

I’m working on a setting, and have a state I want to achieve but need to come up with a compelling reason for why it is the way it is (even if no one but me ever knows the ‘why’.) I’m after a reasoned,...
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Dragon Mothers: Recruiting?

After many years of struggling to survive against hostile humans, even traveling into an alternate dimension with the help of a powerful wizard, the dragons have come up with a daring plan to preserve ...
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How can I redirect Great Britain back to Catholicism after the English Reformation?

I, Mary the Magnificent, am the greatest and most successful queen in the British Empire. I grew up in luxury as a member of the valiant Tudor family. Unfortunately, Europe had taken a dark turn some ...
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How can a witch elf ensure that their soul is resurrected?

Drow society is broken down into houses, each with its own family. There are several royal houses which represent the political and religious power of the drow. Each house is headed by a matron, who ...
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How do my dragons hunt?

Okay, I am designing a dragon. The average adult male specimen is about 20 feet long, with an extra 5-8 ft of the tail; females are slightly smaller. Their wingspan is approx. 20 ft. The above image ...
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What was the state of newspaper delivery in 1940's Britain to apartments? Also, how well off financially was the country? [migrated]

I am writing a story set in the winter in 1940's London. The first chapter features one main character receiving a newspaper. The building is not very grand, in fact, it's a rather dirty and slightly ...
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Avatar Inheritance: Is It Too Powerful?

Okay, so for those who haven't seen my other Avatar-related questions, here's the pertinent information: Avatars are created from Ether, or solidified Mana, but have a real form (if it's an animal, ...
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What Effect Will This Pseudo-magic Substance Have On Early Humanity?

This world is like ours, but with the addition of an enhancing substance that comes in different colors and is found in rare (and small, no bigger than a fridge) meteorites that have been landing at (...
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Can a world completely free of violence sustain life and civilization for a long time? [closed]

I have heard the (fictional) story of the demise of a civilization with no concept of violence after they were invaded by alien and inability to resist. But in the absence of external influence, would ...
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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 could lead humans to go extinct after a collapse of technological civilization?

A few hundred years from now, a prosperous humanity heavily relying on technology is hit by a disaster. It's not a type of a disaster that kills many people instantly, but it takes out enough ...
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Is technology a natural consequence of civilization?

Can a civilization be highly evolved as far as culture, ethics, societal norms, laws, language, literature and arts, but not ever come to develop any sort of advanced technology besides main practical ...
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How would a kitsune conceal her presence in a city?

(First question I've ever asked here, don't be too harsh on me, please!) Suppose you have a kitsune (Ahri from League of Legends is a perfect example of what I have in mind), who loves to roam near ...
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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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How would a population react to an AI made for the purpose of statewide surveillance using current tech?

Setting The US is waging a failing War on Drugs where cartels are quickly gaining power. Scenario In the near future, say 2030, with current technology, the Texas state government is implementing a ...
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Why would humans chose to change their appearance [closed]

Now, the title of the question is somewhat misleading, but to give context. In the far future, humanity has slightly mastered genetic engineering, and many people can now live extremely long lives, ...
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Beds for people who practise group marriage

On the world of Thirdrock, the humans there practise group marriage: one to three women marry one to three men, with a maximum of four people in the marriage (or occasionally five under rare and ...
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Marriage keys for a society with polyamorous marriages

In Beds for people who practise group marriage I describe how marriage works on the world of Thirdrock: in essence, these people practise polyamorous group marriage, with a marriage consisting of at ...
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Rebuilding a collapsed empire

I am making a galaxy where humans have reached an age where everything is peaceful and paradise, like spanning thousands of planets. However, a disaster happened that caused all the worlds to be ...
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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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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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why would gods allow give their mortals significant control over them?

The gods created the earth and the humans that live across it. Mankind developed their civilizations and cultures, worshipping various gods related to different aspects. Humanity worship the same gods,...
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How to sustain this sedentary hunter-gatherer society?

There is this great and dangerous forest in this world, way more bioproductive than anywhere on earth. The climate is humid subtropical, with cold but not freezing winters. There is plenty of fruits, ...
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How to limit population growth in a utopia?

In my fictional nation, the government has figured out how to provide sufficient nutrition to the entire population indiscriminately. This leaves most citizens time to explore and develop technologies ...
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Is a utopia a necessarily aged society?

Following the issues raised in the question How to limit population growth in a utopia? I'd like to ask a related question. In a stable utopia, would the population be old-aged, compared to less-than-...
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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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What would society be like, if there was infinite food and booze?

Inspired by a certain @KSmarts , based on a previous question over here, which talks about a kingdom with a super grasstato plant. So, the kingdom is absolutely overflowing with potatoes, and it ...
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Why is this culture against repairing broken things?

This culture is approximately at the very early Renaissance levels of development. There is a cultural semi-religious taboo against repairing broken things - you are expected to take care of your ...
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Lifetime Groundhog-Day Loop… For Everyone (UPDATED) [closed]

Four and a half years ago, IchabodE asked a very famous question about what would happen if everybody experienced a single-day loop like the one in Groundhog Day. Recently I saw the question again (I ...

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