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How can an evil empire build a fortress that stands for a thousand years?

I'm in the fairly early stages of writing a story. My world is a low-magic (or even no magic- I haven't fully decided yet) fantasy setting, and I'll be adhering pretty hard to the medieval stasis ...
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How would a late 1890s/ early 1900s army and a early 16th century army interact in war without prior contact?

Armies of the late 1890s and the early 16th century are operating on practically completely different principles of war. How they fight battles is extremely different. However in this case, they've ...
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How can someone use bubbles to defeat a dragon? [closed]

6 mighty warriors from different places convened to discuss a plan to get rid of the evil fire-breathing dragon the size of a double decker. The leader came from the Fire nation, had mastered the ...
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What kind of tactical situation/s would be best approached with trained jetpack pilots?

I'm writing a story where there's a civil war fought by people with weapons and technology based on 50s experimentals, kind of like a subtle "What-if" aesthetic. How can I manipulate what ...
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How come townsfolk can forge legendary weapons and teach powerful spells but not take on a dragon?

Set in 1100 BC, an evil dragon appears and is terrorising the world. All the towns seemed to have everything to prepare the adventurers on their rescue operations. They have blacksmiths to craft and ...
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How can a vampire navigates a mirror maze? [closed]

Imagine a huge maze consists of mirrors on all sides, these are tempered glass coated with very reflective finishes. The ceiling is also made of tempered glass but it allows a certain wavelength of ...
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Defensive Middle Ages measures against magic-controlled "smart" arrows

Hear hear, with the latest arcane technology, archers on the battlefield are able to shoot "smart arrows". Smart arrows are propelled by a little unit of magiteck, which allows the archer to ...
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Realistically, how much redundancy needs to be added to crucial industries?

One thing I love to play with in worldbuilding is the dialectic of centralisation-decentralisation. Decentralisation has many advantages: when something (e.g. food) is produced decentrally, ...
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Sustaining linear warfare in futuristic combat [closed]

In my sci-fi setting, I’m looking for a way to have linear infantry formations, or something similar, in a world where airplanes and machine-guns also exist. It is made possible by the existence of ...
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How would medieval tactics have changed if guerrilla warfare had become common?

Say there was a fairly large island continent. Say half the size of Australia. Now lets say it is united under one ruler. Magic exists in this form: All magic requires runes and a verbal ...
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How to utilize dragons that are too small to ride in warfare?

Dragons in my setting are significantly smaller and less physically powerful than most depictions. The large males reach about 100 kilograms and just over two meters tall. This means that they ...
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How to non-lethally capture a sapient gorilla using only what can be found in an average American kitchen? [closed]

I'm writing this story where a good friend of the main character gets kidnapped by a clan of sapient Gorilla-like creatures. In order to find where they are keeping him captive, the MC decides that ...
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What would make winged centaurs a reasonable fighting force? [closed]

Within my world of Astarious, I have a race known as the Pegtauri, winged centaurs, who for a time were feared raiders on villages near the mountains that separated their plains from the rest of ...
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How to defeat Mesoamerican military without gunpowder? [closed]

Question : What weapons, armors and tactics required to defeat mesoamerican armies without gunpowder? Assume that your army is made of native Texans unified under one leader. Clarification: Native ...
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How would a modern military deal with an organized uprising from a group of werewolves?

I remember hearing in a discussion about modern geopolitics and military strategy how modern terrorist groups for a Western liberal democracy. The technological advantage most modern militaries have ...
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What types of tactics would humans develop against creatures that are hurt by light in a literal dark post-apocalyptic world?

In a post-apocalyptic world, monster-like creatures have taken over most of the planet, and twenty years later, only a few clusters of humanity still remain with somewhat functioning governments, and ...
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Could the source of nightly attacks from underground on a bronze age society stay undetected for an extended period of time [closed]

In a short story I am writing, a human kingdom on the technological level of late bronze age greece, has begun to be raided by a species of cruel catfolk called grimalkin. The humans are neither aware ...
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How Nazi Germany should use it's new Nukes to quickly and efficiently conquer the entire world [closed]

The premise is thus; A neo-nazi time traveler with a ton of money to throw around who's also done a ton of research into the manufacturing, mechanisms, and uses of nukes, brings a few construction ...
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How Would the Square-Cube Law change Medieval/Ancient Warfare Between Tiny Humanoids

My story has a battle between two tiny races of humanoids. Assume that both of these races have developed in relative isolation from one another so they have not had a lot of time to develop ...
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What good are undead cavalry as part of a modern army (fighting mostly orcs and goblins)? [closed]

Basically, the question is, what alterations would the necromancer/biomancer make to his horses to make them viable again? The horses can be trained and are sentient. The necromancer can repair them ...
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What would be the most effective role to place 150-300 modern soldiers in during the Civil War? [closed]

So, let’s say 300-ish modern American Soldiers/Marines are sent back to the civil war. They lack any heavy weaponry, but overall this is what their armament consists of: 250 of them have basic M4 ...
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How to deal with space pirates? [closed]

A normal trade ship can arm themselves with cannons, in order to deal with pirates. However that is merely 2 dimensional, and the pirates will be seen when they are in range to hit the trade ship (...
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How might Elves in this setting survive?

I'm working on a short story. In in this story there are elves. I'm hoping to realistically write how they would fight both one another and other races. NOTE: The elves didn't naturally evolve, they ...
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Can brittle but harder swords be preferred in period context or against unarmored opponents?

So its already been repeatedly established that any harder material will inevitably be more brittle than steel and more likely to break on impact in comparison to steel. However, what if the primary ...
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How much of a tactical advantage does a single conspicuously dressed soldier give?

Why have one soldier dressed differently from the rest, ideally in a primary colour? Try looking at the picture bellow. This is the famous "black dot on a white page". As you can see, it is ...
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How to make a weapon that never friendly fires?

On some computer games it is common to have a setting that disables friendly fire, it does not prevent shooting but it the bullets don't harm friend players. In real life would it be possible to make ...
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How effective would a scythe be in a one-on-one, sword-versus-scythe fight?

In one-on-one combat, with one combatant using a sword, the other the aforementioned false Death, how effective would a scythe be in combat? What tactics could be utilized with it, and what tactics ...
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How can these people fight these monsters? [closed]

On an alternate earth, lethal Pliosaurs size creatures infest the ocean, making sea travel impossible. Their cousin species tries to invade the surface every five years. The advantages of this ...
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How could an ancient army go about defeating a giant army of monsters? [closed]

I've been trying to study military victories against the odds but a lot of the stuff doesn't apply it seems. The armies in those battles are usually not outnumbered as severely and when they are, they'...
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How would an infantry army deal with infantry with shields? [closed]

Scenario: In a future conflict, one of the BRICS nation's infantry have effectively fielded personal shields, with medium long-term mobility. The logistics of the shield is such a way that every ...
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How could flightless dragons survive in a world with advanced firearms?

Warning: large pic ahead, scroll down for the text *BenWootten Dragons: Dragons are kinda small, by D&D standards, anyways. They measure 195 centimeters at, what I assume to be, the withers, ...
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What kind of spells would magicians cast in combat if the fuel to magic is very expensive

In the story I’m working on, there is a strict ruleset on how magic works, one of the main points being it needs a “fuel” to work, and that “fuel” is VERY expensive. That being, most magicians use ...
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Plausibility of tank-borne infantry in a world with very short sight ranges and rare, awful radios

This question takes place in the same setting as that of this post (tl;dr: the world is bathed in thick magic fog, the naked eye can't see past a hundred meters, an M4's effective range is 50 meters, ...
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World war-tier weaponry and lackluster electronics in a world with severely compressed effective ranges - how does tactical doctrine change? [closed]

The setting: Every relevant part of the world is bathed in a thick, soupy, magic juice fog (visibility hovers around a hundred meters on most days). Among other effects, it makes firearms extremely ...
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Advanced Tech beats Combined Arms [closed]

TL;DR: If I am insistent on a nation having a single weapons system spread throughout all of its troops, how much of a technological advantage is necessary to conquer the benefits of the enemy having ...
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Battlefield Tactics for eleven pixies carrying a machine gun

So, imagine a traditional fantasy world that has progressed into the modern age. Assume technology similar to that we had in world war 2. With the humans, orcs, elves, dwarves, and the like constantly ...
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How can an environmentally conscious dragon avoid uneccesary damage when using his acidic breath?

So, I decided to up the ante with dragons and make them much more destructive by giving the aqua regia as the breath weapon. The problem is that the dragon in this story is a sweet and cheeky kid, ...
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How to Defend Damaged Space Ships from Raiders

Story Details After a massive space battle that took place over a planet, the invading forces won, but with heavy losses on both sides. The space around the planet was littered with the bodies of the ...
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Realism of a multi-arrow bow

You may have heard of this common fantasy trope, an archer firing multiple (usually 3) arrows in a single pull of the bow. Now, I am not an expert at bows or tactics, but it seems to me that the ...
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What tactical advantages can be gained from frenzied, berserkir units on the battlefield?

Let's picture a medieval world, where a tribe of Viking-like mercenaries live for the thick of the fight, the blood nourishing the ground, and the honour of the gods of war. So they are equipped, ...
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Would dragons with automatic grenade launchers strapped to their backs be useful?

My Dragons: Smaller and cuddlier than their original version (well, most writers copy Smaug to varying degrees). They have long lifespans and human intelligence. They can mimic just about any sound ...
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How these characteristics effect war doctrines? [closed]

I like to put a few humanoid races in my world, each with some boons and/or banes. While it is easy enough to figure out the major implications of a single isolated characteristic, things get more ...
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Medieval military tactics, given the presence of a single invincible champion in every nation's army

The setting is low fantasy medieval. Magic (and other supernatural things) belong exclusively to the realms of the gods, and are not for mortal beings to wield. However, there is one major exception. ...
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Would tanks or small walkers be better for Lunar militaries?

This question is similar to my other question "would walkers work on airless worlds?", however even though it's the same setting and I am talking about the same battle group tactic that question dealt ...
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19th Century Warfare With 18 Fantasy Races: Or, 19th Century Combat With Magic and No Guns [closed]

Alright, my races from this question (Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating) are going to war. However, combat works differently here. They lack gunpowder weapons ...
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Medieval style tactics vs high-positioned archers

I am working out a situation where an army is invading a heavily wooded land, two large units of regular footmen with sword and shield and supporting archers, against a force almost exclusively of ...
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How could dragons and gryphons reduce their hitbox?

So, the thing is that this world (let's call it World A) is shared between several sapient races, some smaller (kobolds), some bigger (dragons, gryphons, minotaurs, centaurs) than humans. Storywise, ...
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How would larger quadrupeds dodge gunfire and use cover?

Okay, it's not exactly "dodging", more like running for cover, but you should get the point. There are a handful of creatures in my setting that are quadruped and cover the same size range ...
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How would a higher delta in human performance effect medieval warfare?

In this universe the average human's physical ability is the same but the extremes are greater. There is a 5 percent chance that a human is born much stronger/weaker then baseline humanity. This isn't ...
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How to add tactics and maneuvering into space warfare

I have a setting with space fleets fighting, the include both capital ships and human flown 'space fighters', which I already put some work into justifying: How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in ...