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Questions tagged [weapons]

For questions about existing weapons or designing new ones.

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Power Drain Beams

In much of sci-fi we find examples "Power Draining Beams" and such the like. How feasible are these weapons? The weapon should drain power from the enemy ships systems in order to disable or disrupt ...
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Can a rogue nation trigger an earthquake?

In a story I'm working on, a rogue nation-state has decided to attack another country. They want to make the attack seem more natural, though, and so they've decided to trigger an earthquake. This ...
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How to safely knock someone out

I'm the new superhero on the block. I've got the classic powerset - super-strength and super-durability. I don't have to worry one bit about your average thug hurting me. On the contrary, I'm really ...
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Suitable melee or ranged weapons for weak mages? [closed]

My Pyromancers are considered the weakest mages of the kingdom,This guys can only ignite things in fire with small but powerful non-lethal taser-like sparks using their minds,this skill is limited by ...
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Can electronic warfare be used to bring space combat into visual range and protect fighters/bombers?

I'm building a science fiction setting for a space combat game, one in which players would be in the cockpit of a starfighter or bomber. Unfortunately, reality says they would be vaporized by a laser-...
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Why might modern demigods be unable to use guns? [closed]

In Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, Annabeth’s dad, Dr. Chase comes in at the end of his book and uses a machine gun on his Sopwith Camel, along with some celestial bronze bullets he created in ...
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How would a Biological Cannon work?

So I have a species of creatures who want to design a cannon using biological processes. Here are some things the cannon needs to do: Launch a 4 pound (~1.8 kg) cannonball at around 1430 ft (~435 ...
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How could gunpowder be inventable/refinable, but not percussion cap primers, with the least collateral damage to the world?

While gunpowder has been rightly characterized as one of the greatest leaps forward in the lethality of weapons, guns required some companion inventions to become the dominant small arms weapon system ...
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What weapons would be most effective for a military in space? [closed]

In the future FTL travel is discovered and human beings now travel all across the galaxy. All interstellar travel and trade is governed by the UEF ( United Earth federation). To make sure all people ...
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How accurately can Nuclear Missiles be tracked?

So if you're trying to build a Tom Clancy style political situation in a story about a nuclear exchange between a country and a superpower, would this be possible, or would it trigger the second ...
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Why should glass harm a fext? [closed]

Some monster weaknesses are well explained in various works. Werewolves are burnt by the touch of silver. Probably because silver was often associated with moon. Vampires can have this ...
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Which modern technologies can I use to pass myself off as a God / Demi-god in the medieval era? [closed]

Alex has a time machine. Alex wants to be revered as a god, change human history and make everyone worship him as the reincarnation of said god. I decide to be a god of war and conquer a big part of ...
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Can arsenic make deadly weapons?

Is arsenic, or arsenic alloy (arsenic + lead), deadly and can it be used for weapons in medieval / classical era? If a leader of assassins' guild wants a special (reusable) toxic weapon (from dagger ...
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What kind of poisons could be used in a hospital setting?

In my crime thriller, one of my characters is killed while recovering from a subdural hematoma in the hospital. What kind of poison could be injected into her IV that would cause her organs to shut ...
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What weapon would be suitable for bats? [closed]

I would like to arm fruit bats with weapons in this modern age (2017), but I don't know what to arm them with. A couple of bits of info: They are as intelligent as humans, so that is not a barrier. ...
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Firework Based Weapons? [closed]

Okay, so I had an idea for a relatively underdeveloped resistance force in a post apocalyptic setting that uses firework based weapons. I think I could get having things that work like muskets but ...
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Could an electromagnetic shield that keeps cosmic radiation work against a laser?

I started looking into new ways of forcing capital ships to fight in close range for a game I am developing. The game is a starfighter-centered space combat simulator, so having ships fighting ...
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How do I use explosives to erupt a small volcano and cause a pyroclastic flow and large plume? [duplicate]

I am evil and wish to destroy a town near a volcano and kill all of its citizens. The volcano is small - about 15 square kilometers in area. The town is even smaller. The thing is that I don't live ...
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What kind of weapon would you need to level an entire city to glass? [closed]

Title says it all but let's be more specific: I'm planning a post-apoc world where our current civilization has been wiped out in a large scale war. The story takes place centuries after the ...
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Are external lights on spaceships even necessary?

Many fictional spaceships of all kinds are known to have external lights. Do they even need them? Outer space is lit by the billions of stars and galaxies, so why are there external lights on ...
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Is it realistic or possible to implement the loading mechanism of a shotgun into a crossbow?

In the story that I am writing (medieval fantasy) I want one of the factions to have access to a remote weapon capable of penetrating heavy armor (we are talking about steel plates and chainmail, ...
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Fortifications design in a fantasy world with early cannons, magic and airships [closed]

The setting is a fantasy world with many races, magic, and 11th to 17th-century technology with a very small portion of steampunk, mostly airships and some downgraded steam-ish technology. The magic ...
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In a post-apocalyptic future planet where robots are the only sentient life… why would they use wild-west and WW2-era tech?

Context: The setting is a future where the planet is pretty much a giant city and due to reasons has become a post-apocalyptic landscape. Humans are long dead and the only sentient life left are the ...
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Arquebus muzzle velocity, and how to balance it with bows and crossbows

What would be the projectile velocity of a 16th, 15th or even 14th (basically a rustic) arquebus, and if that velocity exceeds that of an arrow or bolt by much, how would it be possible to make it ...
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What sort of weaponry would suit intelligent marine arthropods?

The Crabites are back, and they're ticked off! As a reminder, Crabites are deep-sea creatures, they'd remind you of Alaskan King Crabs. In the savage undersea desert, resources are at a premium. ...
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Would modern body armor be much more useful for creatures that only cared to protect their heart

Let's imagine a supernatural creature that can walk off all damage unless their heart is hit. (think Mr Sinister. The damage is done, it's just not lethal) These creatures exist in modern times, have ...
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Signature of destruction - kinetic bombardment

Following on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'm asking questions about the signature destructive patterns of different weapons systems. This is the ...
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How would medieval weaponry and combat be influenced in a world where humans project a magical barrier? [closed]

The barrier while active would keep anything from making contact, but force could still be transferred. Its not always on and can be "drained" from multiple blows. Approximately 20 full strength ...
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Signature of destruction - energy weapons

As an additional follow on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'm asking some questions about signature destructive patterns. This is the second one, the ...
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Making a Niven-style “variable blade” using electromagnetic fields

As opposed to stasis fields, which obviously don’t exist (more’s the pity). For those unfamiliar, a variable blade in the works of Larry Niven is basically your standard, garden-variety monomolecular ...
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Would there be any advantage to using depleted uranium bullets? [duplicate]

Would there be any advantage in using a depleted uranium, tungsten core bullets in a sniper rifle? I'm specifically thinking in the .416 calibre size, for use with the Barrett M95 Rifle. By ...
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How could medieval fantasy alternative to a cannon work without magic or gunpowder?

Currently, I am running a d&d campaign based of of 11th century middle ages, with the world including multiple kingdoms with cultures and technology based on that time period. Given this context....
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Killer Swarm Bio-weapons?

So I recently had this bizarre idea on using Swarming Wasps as Bio-weapons. (I'm going to simply use Bio-engineered wasps instead of bees for sake of less confusion on what the swarm is of) The ...
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Possibilites with very lightweight material for Weaponry [closed]

How do the properties of density, sharpness, brittleness of a material impact on the usability and the design of weapons. Would it cause weapons to be designed vastly different or would it make ...
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DNA/Organism specific weapon? [duplicate]

As i couldnt figure out how to delete my last question, im asking a second time, in more detail. Im writing a book, in which two characters from a super-advanced species are fighting against reviving ...
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Is there actually a way to create total orbital denial?

Orbital denial is like area denial but applied to the entire orbit of a planet or even a star. I don't remember where I first heard the term but I know Max Brooks uses it in World War Z and suggests ...
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Coil Gun Equivalents To Modern Firearm Types [closed]

I have a question regarding coilguns, but I'm using this knowledge for a specific worldbuilding project. I'll start with my question and some brief constraints, but I'll also include a brief ...
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DNA specified doomsday weapon? [closed]

I'm writing a book, and I am trying to develop a massive weapon of mass destruction. This particular weapon can detect particular strains of DNA or particular organisms (so like, any and all organisms ...
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How effective could a steam cannon be compared to a range of conventional weapons?

Could a steam powered cannon be a practical weapon? And if so how good a weapon might it be? As a measure of how good a steam cannon might be, comsider how might it compare to existing weaponry in ...
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Can a world exist with large calibre guns but without small calibre guns?

I would like to construct a world where firearm weaponry is known but is only used in large calibre weapons such as gun emplacements protecting cities and large cannons aboard large ships. There are ...
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Back flash, or did my gun just burn my face off?

I'm working out some bits and pieces around weapons and armour for a Sci-fi setting and it has occurred to me that when using modern firearms there is a small (as a percentage) but significant (in ...
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How can people kill considerably death-resistant aliens with everyday objects?

In a world where people find aliens invading their homes, with what household object or objects found on the street or nearby, could people defend themselves against the invader? The rules of the ...
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Is an “instant ice pack” sword actually feasible?

Working on my world, I'm reminded of ice mages that can instantly freeze their opponent using an Ice Ray. That got me thinking if this is possible in the real world. The most promising method of ...
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What's the stealthiest way to knock someone out? [closed]

A sneaky character needs to incapacitate someone. It's a sensitive situation, so this must be done quickly, quietly, and reliably. The target is a healthy human adult. Killing the target is highly ...
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What sort of weapons would a race of lizardmen use? [closed]

(This is in a medieval fantasy setting) Let me describe the creatures for you. There are a warm-blooded species of semi-humanoid dragon-like creatures. They have the traditional draconic features, ...
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Archery With Gibbon Anatomy

I've been conceiving a race of humanoids inspired by gibbons. As such, this race is characterized by: very long arms and hands a ball and socket jointed wrist feet capable of grasping about 3 ft tall ...
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Is making bullets from scratch possible? [closed]

In my world a a several members of the US Armed Forces get transported to a medieval world. They have only a limited amount of resources and they must find a way to replenish their supplies. ...
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Why would someone carry a traditional longbow instead of compound bow?

I have a community with great knowledge but limited resources so bows are preferenced over guns. Is there any reason why their warriors would carry "English" long bows instead of modern style compound ...
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Of Nazis and Zombies [closed]

It's 1942 and the Nazis finally perfected a weapon which will change the war : Die Früherwaffe This weapon basicly is some kind of mathematical-magic-powered weapon that allows you to cast spells. It'...
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Why would spacecraft carriers have long, flat, exposed flight decks, like contemporary aircraft carriers?

At some point in the far future, humankind has sufficiently advanced to construct spacecraft for warfare, ie. space navies. The smallest of these crafts are comparable in size to contemporary fighter ...