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How does magical healing affect medicinal development? [closed]

In a world with a magic system halfway between hard and soft, which doesn't require technology due to said magic. It has to be remembered that magic isn't uncommon, but powerful magic is. It costs ...
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Landing on a new planet in Earth's near future, how long before they can reproduce the technology they came with?

So given an Earth in our near future, year 2100 or so, where some of our tech has improved to the point where we have robots and the usual sci-fi devices for interfacing with computers. A colony is ...
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Building a spaceship alone in the wilderness

I am currently working on a character backstory for somebody whose fictional character gets sent back in time an era before his species existed (essentially to bronze-age times or even earlier, it's ...
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What magic system do I need, for medieval crops to skip over a few hundred year’s worth of selective breeding within a few months?

My medieval city, they’re having food problems. People just die on the streets clutching their bellies, children with skin sticking to their bones are a common sight, and there are reports of ...
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How long can I realistically prevent a society from adopting innovations (technology, skills) in use elsewhere?

For my fantasy world, I want to prevent rapid modernization for as long as possible, yet have magic tools (or spells) exist that preform functions similar to modern technology (or even better than). ...
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How would weaponry develop differently in a world where you have total technological superiority?

In today’s modern military, massive things are generally frowned upon. They’re simply too big of a target. Oh! You have a big tank that could easily beat my tanks? Apply aircraft. Oh God! Oh no! ...
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How can an implant erase memories without causing irreparable damage?

The government has a procedure that employees undergo when working on special projects regarding experimental technology. These scientists are taken to a clandestine site where they will not be able ...
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Civlization with no domestication

Let's have your typical fantasy world, with many races. During searching what I could do to make humans a little special, someone give me idea of letting them to be only race that have ability to ...
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How might wyverns affect Medieval warfare?

Despite being somewhat rare nowadays, many warlords captured wyverns for use in war and possibly starting some early form of domestication. Now here are some characteristics of these wyverns: have ...
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How far would technology have progressed for a 100 person tribe with knowledge of current technology in 15 years? [closed]

In my world, approximately 100 humans with were stranded on a planet with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They all have at least high school education, but most of them do not have degrees. ...
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Food ingredients in the medieval ages compared to their modern counterparts?

One of my characters (who comes from Earth) wants to open a restaurant in a fantasy world. This world is currently in its medieval era. The restaurant would serve all sorts of modern food; deep fried,...
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How a character from the future, reincarnated in the medieval times, could use their knowledge without being accused of witchcraft? [closed]

The setting: more or less our regular medieval times, no magic or magical creatures, but religion is big and most people believe in folklore and superstition. The plot: character from the far future ...
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How to Justify Less Developed Air Power Despite Modern Tech?

I am writing a story where the technology of the time could be roughly characterized as akin to ours back in the 90's, if not quite the history that led to it being that way. So you'd see things like ...
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How long to rebuild the world if you could still travel to the current one?

Premise: Modern society discovers a magic portal that leads to a parallel universe that is almost identical to our own but the earth on the other side never had humans (or any other technology ...
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How can I explain a continent with extremely un-equal progress between its nations?

A long-running concept I have for my fantasy continent of Diggoran is its isolated and unequalized technological and industrial progress. By ''isolated progress'' I refer to the fact that Diggoran's ...
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Building an "animal punk" nation

With a group of friends, we are trying to build an RPG in a quite specific setup which I have a hard time to find elsewhere in order to get some inspiration/information. So what I mean by that is: a ...
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What environmental factors would prevent electronics from developing?

Humans developed technology from sticks and stones to computers and rockets in thousands of years. However most of this is only possible given access to certain elements like iron, copper and the like....
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What should a god put on an island, so that its human settlers will more quickly achieve an industrialised society?

A class of young gods at Cthulhu University were given a planet to divide between themselves. They are each given an artificially isolated island the size of Ukraine, and must make conditions on that ...
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200 commoners of varying gender/age from 1750 Europe are marooned in a strange land. What does population growth look like?

200 inadvertent settlers fall through a portal, and the portal closes. These 200 people were possibly the population of a small hamlet, transported against their will. They find themselves in a land ...
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How far can technology on a planet made of just hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen be developed? [closed]

The planet only has three elements to work with: hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. Organic life forms also exist on the planet. They have no access to other elements. Given (based on) our organic ...
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How can I prevent an industrial revolution from destroying a magitech society?

Testosterone and estrogen are two important chemicals for the Drow in regards to magic. Estrogen allows one to be conductors of magic, while testosterone allows one to be conduits for it. Because of ...
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Could earthquake cancellation work?

Imagine we could scale up noise cancellation technology in earphones and apply it to earthquake prone zone, what challenges beside engineering and cost would make such a machine impossible to realise?...
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How to prevent humanity from using alien spaceships and technology exclusively?

A long time ago, far far away, in the distant future of this galaxy, (don't think about that too hard) aliens created links between star systems enabling interstellar travel to occur within a day. Now ...
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How do I incorporate runestones into my magic system? [closed]

Orgone, also referred to as Mana, is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practitioners must draw on this reserve of power in their souls ...
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Can transistors be made in the stone age? (Spoiler: Dr.Stone)

WARNING: This post contains some spoilers for the anime/manga Dr.Stone. As I'm watching Dr.Stone, I see Senku and the gang trying to make vacuum tubes for their circuits. The vacuum tube is an ...
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What would make mana-batteries an unsuitable alternative to mages combining their power?

Orgone, also referred to as Mana, is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practitioners must draw on this reserve of power in their souls ...
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Could a technologically advanced society exist as a feudal monarchy?

The Enlightenment brought both technological and scientific advancement (starting a period of discovery and achievement that hasn't yet ended) and social/political advancement. We generally think of ...
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A setting in which people have discovered all of science

So this is very loosely inspired by a theory I have about Star Wars as a setting, but it is not something they really discuss overtly even in the Extended Universe. One of the interesting things about ...
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How much would we learn from observing an FTL starship fly by?

On a mythical world almost identical to our own, deep space telescopes notice as an object appears out near the orbit of Jupiter. In the instance after its appearance, the light which bounced off it ...
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Path to K2 status [closed]

Im looking to make a small web choice based game. The aim harness all the suns power as soon as possible. High score depends on overall population of solar system and the time it took to get to the ...
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How long can the invention of guns be put off?

Fantasy writers tend to prefer forms of combat that predate guns, because they are more showy, and they involve close and long-duration combat with an identified adversary instead of shooting at ...
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In a world where Magic steam Engines exist what would keep people from making cars

I am working a wild wild west mixed with contemorary fantasy setting. So imagine knights in shining Armor, riding along side a train as a dragon flies over and breathes fire down. on they have what ...
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Woodpunk World- 'Super Wood' developed in the mid-late 19th century?

So, here's the premise- in this alternate 'woodpunk' historical timeline, primarily focused upon Japan, someone stumbles across this development far earlier on, in the mid to late 19th century (as ...
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Earliest viable modern battery

I'm building a world where high-density, low cost batteries are discovered far, far in advance of modern times, leading to a decentralised power grid. It has become convention for homes and buildings ...
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Space travel without knowledge of relativity

A civilization has begun its space program without any knowledge of general or special relativity. How would this affect the program? Would this establish any limits on where/how they could travel? ...
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Doing chemistry under water?

Aquatic races are usually assumed to be stunted in technological development by the inability to create fire or forge metals. But what about doing chemistry at all? The development of chemistry in ...
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At what point in time would humans notice a 21st century satellite observing them?

I was considering a story based on a version of Earth that was being observed from the beginning of civilisation (Around 3000-4000 BC in my understanding "Early civilizations arose first in Lower ...
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Improving Weapons with only plant life

We live in a jungle that is devoid of metal and stone. A giant vine forest hanging high above everything. We’re totally reliant upon the plant life to supply to our every need. Which isn’t all bad, ...
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What is the minimum earth population required to keep up the current technologic state of the art long term?

I'm wondering what would be the minimum number of people living on earth required to keep our current level of technology, e.g., in each field the state-of-the-art. Many technologies have long ...
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How to improve the speed of ancient mariners

My world is set in ancient times on a planet similar to Earth, but with a different civilization and different geography (and lots of canals). I need to find a way of giving the inhabitants better ...
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Speed of civilization change

Imagine one to three persons going back in time to a society like that of the Roman Kingdom (the period before the Republic), and they attempt to reform as well as modernize to an extent (up to the ...
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Teleportation is invented but it has nasty side-effects % of the time, how will that affect usage of the technology?

A few decades ago, a new glorious invention in our huge FTL interstellar empire was created - teleportation tech. A 2 meter cube is technologically put in a "Warp" field at one location and deployed 1 ...
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What would be shocking to learn your neighbor did with his machine that clones anything for only 0.05 seconds? [closed]

This is a stub from an overbroad question in the Sandbox I have a device similar to what Douglas E. Richards' used in Split Second (I have never read his book) such that any object of less than 3 m3 ...
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What would be considered an “emerging tech” in Star Wars? [closed]

I'm trying to think of something in Star Wars that might be researched by the time of the end of the Skywalker Saga. I was told on another site that technology only gets refined or bigger/smaller in ...
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If 120 experts in 12 different fields were sent back 10,000 years, could they recreate the 21st century in 100 years?

Ten experts (CEOs, professors) of each of the fields of math, physics, chemistry, economics, engineering, electrical engineering, CS, sociology, psychology, art, politics and education (120 total) are ...
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What would be a good reason for space colonists to lose their technology?

In my universe, humans nuked themselves in a war so thoroughly that the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable. As a result, they have to leave Earth and find a new home. They briefly tried to settle ...
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Thermal airship in ancient Rome [closed]

Could a thermal airship be made by the roman empire? If so how long would it take and how would it work? what are the limitations? And if it can't work, are there any other forms of aircraft the ...
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Avoiding unintended consequences of balancing out the sex ratio of a nation?

In 1979, China introduced the one-chils policy, an extreme form of population control. The policy was part of a birth planning program designed to control the size of its population. Although ...
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How can I avoid scientific genetic engineering in a story about a biological creature's DNA manipulation?

I have a story based around DNA manipulation by biological creatures that evolved into what they are today, but can gain abilities by taking the DNA of other creatures. The story is set in the ...
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How Can I Explain a Teleportation Machine? [closed]

In my world, teleporters have been developed. I'm having trouble trying to explain it and its invention. This is due to the fact that it is one of the only extremely futuristic technologies in my ...

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