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How does my bloodless sword work?

A LETTER FROM A ROYAL KNIGHT I have a sword. It is an excellent sword, but it has one strange proprety. Any cuts made by the sword, regardless of their size or depth, do not bleed. Unfortunatly, my ...
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Would Corrosive Weapons Work in Outer Space?

In the new Thrawn books by Timothy Zhan, he describes a weapon called a 'breacher missile'. In simple terms it is a missile that sprays a corrosive chemical onto an enemy ship or structure, damaging ...
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Would A Gravity Blade Be Possible To Create?

I am wanting to use gravity based weaponry in my plot. One of my ideas was to have some sort of blade that could focus extreme gravitational forces at the edge of the blade to slice through matter (...
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A world with WWII warships but more diverse classes/roles

I am trying to build a world where USN, RN, IJN, and KM are companies that build WWII ships that compete for ship components sales with more diverse/versatile roles in armour, turret, shells, rather ...
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Would 1000 glass cannons made out of sapphire be invincible throughout the 13th century AD?

This is the same material used in luxury watches to prevent scratches, it is called sapphire glass and now I am planning to donate 1000 units of these scratch-resistant glass cannons to assist the ...
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Give me a human-portable weapon capable of rapidly melting a Terminator into a molten puddle

See this? I want it melted into a puddle of glowing metal, since, from my admittedly-narrow perspective, it's the only way to be sure. I want it melted with something human-portable, so that I can ...
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Using a Dyson Sphere to Produce Antimatter?

Could a relatively sparse Dyson Sphere be used to produce a useful amount of antimatter for weaponry in the form of antimatter missiles and maybe basic antimatter fusion drives?
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How could pears be used as ammunition?

In a dramedy science-fantasy children's (for 8 to 15 years old) videogame I want to create, Salade de Fruits (which naturally means Fruit Salad) (my first language is French), there is a villainous ...
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Would people still be able to utilize Iron Alloy tools, Structures, Weapons & Armour in a Medieval high-oxygen world?

So me and my buddy are currently working on a story that takes place on a different earth-like planet similar to when carboniferous life like the Meganeura dragonfly inhabit the landscape. A few ...
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Could a active rotational bullet increase accuracy?

I don't know where I should ask this, on History, Aerodynamics, Physics or here. But here we go. So, from what I could see on youtube videos (not the best source, I know), the bullets on rifles and ...
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Can you build an auto turret with Victorian-era technology?

Auto turrets: When you think of auto-turrets you probably imagine something along the lines of: high tech or state-of-the-art weapon systems. You'd be right as such technology is heavily computerized ...
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Winged jetpack vs palm repulsors, which has more mobility in air?

Winged jetpack comes with 2 set of fixed thrusters and a pair of foldable wings with adjustable aileron. (You put on the jetpack like a schoolbag) Palm repulsors are heavy duty gloves each is equipped ...
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What could make a good equivalent to late 1700s/early 1800s rifles/rifleman for a near future setting?

What could make a good equivalent to late 1700s/early 1800s riflemen in a near future setting? The The important qualities are that they're elite, use long range man portable weapons, & have it ...
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What types of enemies would a two-handed sledge hammer be useful against in a medieval fantasy setting?

I'm trying to build up a set of weapons for an RPG system and I'm trying to make a semi-realistic system that tries to strike what I think is a good balance between complex enough for a semi-realistic ...
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If a person's strength weren't a problem, what would bows be made of? [duplicate]

Context I have a group of people with super strength and the durability to withstand its use. The super strength does not come with super weight/mass so they can't lift cars or punch through walls. ...
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Equipment, logistics and resupply of a team detecting hidden explosives in a warzone area?

I have a team (size can vary depending the answer to this question) that makes ends meet by sneaking through a warzone area and trying to detect a large amount of explosives hidden in for example a ...
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How would mallard ducks with Clawed fingers on their wing be able to handle guns?

How would mallard ducks be able to handle guns from say around World War 2 tech level? I assume with clawed fingers on their wing that it would be likely easier for them to handle a rifle, but not ...
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Can a NASER be used as a weapon?

Before I go to my question, let me refresh the basic principles of operation of a LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation): an active medium is brought in an excited state and, ...
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How would a rebel group best utilise ww2 era planes/equipment against a modern state/dictatorship? [closed]

For context: Modern United States, UK and several other countries have been taken over by a totalitarian dictatorship plotting to revive a Lovecraftian god(This happens later, does not affect this ...
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Realistic combat AI [closed]

The idea of combat robots is simple, they are robotic soldiers that don't eat, don't sleep and don't rest, but they never touch the issue of the AI they employ. The AI of a combat robot must meet the ...
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How Feasible are Weaponized Wings for Flayt?

Flayt, like Viji, are a race of anthropomorphic creatures, most resembling birds and around the size of a human. Back when I first imagined them, Flayt were essentially giant birds, with spotless ...
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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 to best defend against someone with a knife while unarmed? [closed]

My main character is experienced at fist fighting, though is self taught. At 18, he travels to a city in an industrial era time period (circa 1820 - 1850) to find work, but upon arriving there, is ...
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How Would a Highly Organized Standing Army Accomodate Different Sentient Species?

In my book series, the Aurean Empire has a very organized and professional standing military, heavily influenced by the Roman and Eastern Roman Empires, in which weapons and armor between soldiers is ...
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Plausible dragons & dragon slaying for "The 51st Dragon" [closed]

What dimensions must a dragon have, in order to make cutting off their heads with a sideways axe swing a plausible method of killing them? When I say plausible I mean (a) the axe can physically cut ...
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What materials would merfolk use to craft armor?

What materials in the environment could merpeople use to make armor? The merpeople live in the mediterranean sea and have contact and trade with humans who could provide resources and craft the armor ...
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Would wooden bullets work? [closed]

This article claims that the infusion of wood particles into the vampires bloodstream will cause blood clotting and eventually a stroke and other maladies for a vampires. This as opposed to other ...
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How rapidly can small nuclear weapons be produced?

In my setting, there is a ban on nuclear detonations greater than one kiloton in magnitude. This ban is enforced with a supranationally controlled strategic nuclear arsenal capable of essentially ...
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Why would a tank have multiple main weapons or a main weapon with multiple barrels?

Fiction is filled with examples of tanks with multiple main weapons, from Command and Conquer's Mammoth to Warhammer 40,000's Baneblade to World of Tanks's IS-2-II (although the IS-2-II was based on a ...
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Can Advanced Matter-based Weapons Target Fast-moving Targets Deep in the Atmosphere Without Collateral Damage?

UFO's are real and fighting around the Earth! I have an alien spacecraft in modern Earth's atmosphere, and rival alien spacecraft in Earth's Orbit. Both aliens are capable of maneuvering at great ...
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How would one contain and direct a beam of high energy plasma from a nuclear fusion powered gun?

It’s pretty much just that. If one designed a weapon that draws plasma from a fusion reactor using high powered electromagnets (that’s the easy part) how would it concentrate that beam and prevent it ...
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Can feathers be used as a natural defense mechanism?

In some fantasy-themed games, feathers are sharp enough (I'm guessing through magic) to be used as daggers. This idea of using feathers as weapons inspired me to create a creature that would be able ...
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Concrete Warships vs Steel Warships

Humanity in my world has to deal with the invasion of inter-dimensional beings (Their tech level is around WW2 and in certain departments they're more advanced than we were around that period and in ...
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Effectiveness of lightning weapon on a medieval sea

How effective would a charged weapon be on a medieval sea Alright, so imagine we have a barge — a city barge, similar to some of Technochtitlan raft farms. Due to (magicly caused) climate conditions ...
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Is a wood-core sword the best use of the metal?

I am currently reading the Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein, and the second book introduces us to a unique weapon used by Outskirter tribes who have very little access to metal. Rather than ...
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How much power/pressure would be required for air weapons to be as deadly as fire weapons?

Ironically, it would be thought that with modern technology, the "next step" for fire weapons would mean to produce direct energy weapons such as Rail Guns, Lasers or Microwaves, however, ...
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What wavelength of electromagnetic energy is best suited for burning into a tank's hull?

Background: in my setting, there's a defensive directed-energy weapon installation that runs off of four gas turbine engines similar to the General Electric T64. Between the four of them, ...
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Mechanical-electric firearm ignition

For some time I've been thinking upon the concept of a firearm that uses a mechanical system to generate an electrical current for use in a electrically ignited firearm without the hassle of batteries....
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Explosive flechette. Mechanism of detonation

In a world I am currently conceptualizing, the militaries of said world make use of flechette ammunition due to advance ballistic armor which has made all but the higher caliber conventional slug ...
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Can compressed air be used as a weapon?

Obviously guns or similar weapons can use air to propel projectiles, but I'm thinking more about close combat, or even a medieval setting, or generally less technologically advanced setting. If ...
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Could flammable alcohol be used as a weapon in combat?

I'm developing a character who becomes stronger the more alcohol is in his body but couldn't think of an appropriate weapon. Then I had the idea that he could use alcohol in some sort of flame based ...
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What threat would a highly technological alien species from a superEarth pose to human(-like) visitors?

I'm writing a setting where superEarths abound, frequently with intelligent life, but Earth-size habitable planets are rare, with the focus being on the five intelligent species from Earth-size ...
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Do my colonists stand a chance? A world of super-materials

When the first explorers returned from the New World, it was with terror in their eyes. Violent shores, a jungle with trees taller than hills, and unspeakable monsters behind every towering frond - ...
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How would a bow for super-humans use look like?

First, I shall explain the situation. I have a species of humanoids, Astriads, who are already quite stronger on average than humans are. However, this difference isn't great enough to cause problems ...
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space combat for a BTE 4x game game [closed]

l am currently writing a game - I'm making a racing table top game with high tech weapons. What's a weapon that would shoot through people that isn't just a high powered cannon? It doesn't have to be ...
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What are the chemical characteristics of a chemical weapon that kills in the short term and melts biomatter into slurry in the long term?

This substance must: be usable as a chemical weapon (i.e. deliverable via bombs, shells, mines, grenades, canisters, mortars, etc., and won't explode/denature/etc. when you synthesize it) within ...
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Taking the bayonet to its logical conclusion. Or, the pike-rifle

Due to some copious amount of handwavium, projectile weapons are not as effective as their melee counterparts. They are still very useful, but not to the point of replacing close combat. Historically, ...
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Use of fast-burning high-performance solid rocket fuel as gunpowder

Solid rocket propellants seem to have a much a higher energy density than smokeless powders. If you could somehow rig a mass of solid rocket fuel to burn almost instantly, would you get higher ...
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Making Dual Wielding Possible-And Effective

Self-explanatory title, right? No? Dual wielding is a common theme in fiction, but according to research is way too impractical; two weapons get in the way of each other, striking with both blades is ...
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Ergonomics of a Metal Storm Staff Gun

Upon the The Peaks of Comprehension lies the the Temple of Knowledge, where monks labor, record, observe and preserve knowledge both old and new. With the knowledge they have gained, the monks go out ...

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