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World-war in medieval times [closed]

A world war started, and now the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere are at war. It's in medieval times, so guns/planes are a no-no, as are ships because people can't reach the ocean due ...
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A gun camouflaged as nerf shooters? [closed]

So I thought about the possibility of an assassination in my story where the assassin camouflaged his gun as a nerf blaster. would that be possible?
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What are some realistic defenses against laser weapons in space? [duplicate]

In a mostly-realistic sci-fi setting (similar to the Expanse) there are spaceships, satellites, and drones who make use of high-powered lasers for weaponry - both for attack and for point defense. ...
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What weapon would be most effective [closed]

EDIT I have decided to remove this question as it might affect young people searching online Apologies to those who have already answered or spent time researching. I may rewrite the question ...
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What designs would small humanoids use for melee weapons? [duplicate]

These humanoid creatures would be 10x smaller than humans, and they will look like us, probably a bit more muscular. They would be standing at 15-18cm. Just imagine them being squirrel sized. They are ...
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Wattage of Laser Rifle

Looking for a ballpark estimate of the wattage of a pulse laser that would do a similar amount of damage as a .22 LR round. Something farmers would use for pest control. This is for flavor in a far-...
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What are things to consider and keep in mind when making a heavily fortified and militarized border?

Here are some maps for reference For some context, in my world, from 2030-2040, an event known as the Great Collapse saw the human race pushed towards the brink of extinction due to Unidentified ...
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What would a laser gun realistically look like? [closed]

I'm writing a science fiction book where laser gun are a common weapon. The idea being that the combatative capabilities come more from the laser ionizing the air and reacting with whatever it 'hits' (...
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Could medieval technology/materials take advantage of superhuman strength for muscle-powered weaponry?

Could muscle-powered weapons be made to take advantage of superhuman strength, or Would material limitations get in the way? Assuming: a Viking Age (say 800-1000AD) level of technology materials ...
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Why Would An Adventurer Use A Literal Sword Frog? [closed]

After seeing this question Why would an adventurer use a sword frog? I must admit I was a bit disappointed, though I understand it was a legitimate question. Understandably enough, I thought the ...
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Would a full plastic gun work? [duplicate]

So a pretty simple question. Excusing and firing springs/pins and the propellant and primer. The gun must be able to work for at least 100-200 rounds without destroying itself. Could a make a gun ...
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Optimal weapon for use by a blademancer [closed]

Background What are blademancers? Blademancers are mages (going by the definition "Anyone who uses magic", and not "old man who wears a pointy hat and carries a staff") who can ...
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Metal or alloy for special sword

A unique sword is to be forged for the hero, a human-dragon hybrid. Forged in the dragonfire of his draconic father... I don't actually think it would be much different than a sword from a regular ...
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Designing a Rogue's Dagger

As evident by the title, this is a Class-related system. So, what exactly do I mean by "Rogue's Dagger?" Simple-a dagger made for a Rogue. Small, easily concealable (size of a dinner knife? ...
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What would “medieval” weapons made by birds look like [duplicate]

I previously made a post about vehicles for birds. Now I want to know what their equivalent to swords, spears and other weapons would look like? I based the birds off of corvids, like ravens and crows....
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What Kind of weapon would create a scar like this? [closed]

Does anyone know what kind of weapon could make a jagged scar from the middle of your shoulder to just where your wrist starts?
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Dragons are supposed to have a “smart” breath weapon. How could that work?

So, I was just writing up the introduction for my races: "Even with their innate fragility, bird people sport impressive talons and wings that allow them to scale almost any obstacle. Thanks to ...
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Weapons for people who travel on all fours?

In a medieval (Europe) fantasy world where a race of humans have the ability to move on all fours-- what, if any, weapons would they use to fight? They are human in every sense of the word. They can ...
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Spacecraft-mounted weapons, in style

So I'm aware that the usual hard sci-fi array of spacecraft weapons generally includes self-guided missiles, rail guns, lasers, etc. However, in keeping with this spirit of hard science, I've ...
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Warhammer homonculi grow edged weapons out of their own bodies. What should those be made out of?

As I mentioned before, dragons would be too goofy, werewolves are closer to oversized dogs, while lizardfolk are now finally part of the standard fantasy races. These creatures are more cool than ...
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How to kill an alien with a decentralized organ system?

I had a cool but not so original idea: aliens with many many redundant organs, and a nervous system spread across their bodies. This creates some issues. How do I kill one? What the Alien is like: The ...
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Bathroom Mirror vs Eye Lasers

There is this scene where the main good girl is fighting the big bad alone. The big bad fires his eye lasers at the good girl, who uses a bathroom mirror to reflect the rays. The big bad can control ...
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What armament would be best for a 21st century airship?

So I am writing a story with 21st century airships. They replace all heavier than air flight and there are extensive “sky navies”. The airships are able to carry 150,000 pounds of whatever you want ...
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How could the sword be a viable weapon against modern technology, with the advantage of science-based superpowers?

The atmosphere in the Judging Hall was stretched so thin that it seemed like it would snap at the slightest blink of an eye. On one side of the hall sat the Master Judge and his guards, his hand ...
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Swallowing Multiple Grenades

Okay, there's a character who is force-fed multiple grenades. The resulting explosion does severe damage to their body, but doesn't completely destroy them, and their healing factor fixes all of the ...
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Why would humans still duel like cowboys in the 21st century?

So I have a story about a world where honor is the most important thing and where if someone insults you... duel to the death. Most often this is peacefully resolved but when duels happen I want a ...
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Missile warheads in space?

So I am thinking about space battles in my universe. The main weapons on my ships will be missiles/torpedos. Which of these would be the most effective warhead: Tungsten shotguns. The missile closes ...
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What would cause a culture to keep a distinct weapon for centuries?

Imagine you have the stereotypical mysterious nation across the ocean. Their mercenaries are sometimes contracted into your army. They dress weird, talk with an accent, and have really odd weapons. ...
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Realistic space battle distances?

Distance in space battles is a crucial variable that affects the tactics and outcomes. With the following tech what is a reasonable distance for battles to be engaged: Engines: Fusion drives with max ...
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Reason to use tridents over other weapons?

So, I wanted one of my species in a world of mine to primarily use tridents as their weapons. I'm not sure of their location outside of a mesa. I did a little research and tridents were indeed used in ...
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Best shotgun rounds for space boardings?

Here's the gist, my power armoured marines are going to be equipped with full-auto 8 gauge shotguns (in other words a quarter bigger then your average 12 guage shotgun). Now the marines are much more ...
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How Precisely Can a Space Cannon be Targeted?

If I have spaceships that are firing some variety of cannon at each other - MAC, laser, particle cannon, doesn't really matter the type - at extreme range, then even if the gun itself were somehow ...
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Shape of a Large Battle Laser?

If I have lasers being used as a primary weapon for spaceships in a realistic sci-fi setting, what would the proportions of the laser cannon itself be? Presumably the cannon would be cylindrical, but ...
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Which boarding option is easier?

So in my books I have a couple of boardings. Some of my previous questions make that clear. So I was wondering... Is it better to: A: use the available railgun tech to kill easier and just plug the ...
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Could I design a bolt action rifle during a period similar to the medieval age (with light magical assistance)? [duplicate]

Writing a fantasy story where my protag has knowledge of modern day Earth technology. Magic also exists but it can't just create things in and out of existence and uses the body's energy for it to ...
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Could an evaporating micro-black hole serve as a useful weapon?

According to Wikipedia and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, micro-black holes are expected to evaporate quickly due to Hawking radiation, releasing a burst of final emission equivalent to ...
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Scientifically Plausible Ranged Pain-inducing Weapon?

So, one of my characters was meant to be a Mr.Godcomplex type of guy, complete with the "Spare the child, spoil the rod" mentality towards his underlings and a penchant for making examples ...
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What modern tactical knives do you think will become future classics? [closed]

I’m developing a costume for some military characters in a story set in 2156. What knives of today do you think could still be popular and in use by armed forces in 136 years? What are the Fairbairn-...
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How useful would it be for a hunter to be able to climb trees really well?

I'm writing a medieval fantasy hunter character whose gimmick is that he's really good at climbing trees. If you can imagine a tree being climbed, then this guy can climb it without breaking a sweat ...
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How can mage guilds compete in an industry which allows others to resell their products?

Mage-smithing is a process in which forged weapons are imbued with magical attributes in order to create enchanted weapons. This process is long and hard, requiring numerous items and various rituals ...
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Logistics of crafting ammunition after the apocalypse?

So, nuclear war has wiped out civilization, and brought humanity to its knees. Nuclear winter, radiation and violence has turned the Earth into a wasteland; a slaughterhouse and a breeding ground for ...
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Semi-plausible reason why only NERF weaponry will kill invading aliens

Aliens are invading with lasers, spacecraft, and tons of superior technology. The end of the world seems to be coming, until some kid finds the aliens one weakness. Nerf guns*. For some reason the ...
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Why enchanted weapons are seldom recycled?

Set in the medieval period the one where King Arthur was supposed to obtain a certain quest reward from lady of the lake. Magic strength in this universe depends on species and most importantly the ...
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Dedicated castle assault unit

Medieval warfare can get ugly, particularly during sieges. Most will agree that the best course of action is to sit tight for a year or two and hope the defenders starve before your attacking force ...
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Creating the weight for my weapons in my MMORPG

I'm having a tough time coming up with good weights for my weapons to allow me to calculate what swords would take longer to swing, for example. Here is what I have come up with so far: ...
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How do guns not penetrate the hull of a spaceship/station and still punch through body armor? [duplicate]

There are plenty of modern or slightly futuristic developments of the firearm that would avoid punching a hole in spaceships. The problem is that in doing so, all of them are much worse against body ...
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Hard sci-fi super weapons?

So in my questions about the intergalactic highway and simulated ship quarters I established a universe where the navy fights a cult of alien worshipers over star gates. 500 to 700 years in the future....
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Would laser weapons have significant recoil?

I was bumming around Reddit the other day when I came across a discussion talking about how laser guns in Warhammer 40,000 have appreciable recoil, enough that a laser sniper rifle was described as ...
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Causing Nuclear Reactions With A Sword

Okay, so the ultimate villain of my story is a million-year-plus-old malevolent extraterrestrial believed (and for good reason) to be the most powerful being in the universe. He has incredible ...
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Firework-based ranged weapons?

This is an odd question, but one that has been taunting my mind for a while. I had the idea of a weapon which used a firework, or something similar to a firework, for ammunition. I'd prefer it to work ...

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