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Why give super weapons personalities? [closed]

Cover Story: The minor arcana are four people, summoned from another world, that are prophesized to defeat the evil demon lord and bring peace and stability to this kingdom. Their weapons start out ...
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Would shotguns be a practical weapon to arm certain members of an anti-zombie military unit?

Let’s get some backstory first: So I’ve recently came up with the idea of this combat support anti-zombie unit that’s dedicated towards fighting both human enemies and zombies (but mostly zombies (...
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Does this magic system stray way too far from the realm of medieval fantasy? [closed]

I have thought of a magic system, I’ve just thought about it so it’s not a system really. There is a special kind of metal that when a magical powder touches, a practicer of the arts can cast a spell. ...
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How to protect against an orbital strike? [duplicate]

How can I protect a country against an unguided orbital strike/"rods from god" style weapon? I was thinking maybe stopping the launch would be easier than stopping/blowing up the actual rods in mid-...
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Would this presidential directive be practical to implement?

So I currently have something call the National Defense-Continuity Directive (AKA Directive 0), which is basically a national call to arms. Directive 0 is only signed off on when there is a truly ...
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how to siege a small island nation that is the most powerful country in the world [closed]

this question is linked to this question The governments of the world have come together and decided to attack the small island nation after many failed attempts at stealing their technology. defenses ...
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What would happen if a small island nation became the strongest country in the world? [closed]

What could happen if, say, a small island off of the coast of Africa became overnight the most powerful country in the world? Can we predict what would happen? Would the world's superpowers be nice ...
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Is a water-to-plasma gun feasible?

Would it be possible to turn water into plasma via hydrogen all in a compact gun like design, if not would it be possible at all? I know hydrogen plasma is a thing, so could it be weaponized? ...
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What should I consider when making walls or fortifications that can stand against zombies, bandits, and enemy militaries?

So recently I’ve decided to add a wall to Washington, DC and this is where the wall (named Federal Wall) would end up encircling, with the area being within the Wall being known as the Federal Defense ...
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a ranged weapon only powered by electricity [closed]

Requirements must be powered just by electricity must-have an effective range of 45 meters or more. must be easy to repair no fancy parts unless they last for a long time lightweight must cause ...
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Would anti-personnel mines be useful in mermaid warfare?

In real life, mines (at their most basic, small containers filled with explosive, fitted with some sort of triggering mechanism, and left to blow up the unwary) are a mainstay of warfare both on land ...
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What is the realistic approach for a person from modern age to build a modern weapon factory in the Bronze Age?

I often read a light novel that tells a story about a person who is transferred from their high tech modern society Earth to a fantasy land. These persons often have some expertise in modern science ...
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Are there any historic armed combat sports that don't simulate sword-fighting (other than jousting)? [closed]

I'm focusing on a medieval warfare setting similar to Fire Emblem, and the tiresome abundance of swords has me thinking about alternative weapons to shine a spotlight on. I'm also thinking about the ...
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How could the Kobold Cannon's munition work?

"That is a weapon, NOT a teleporter" - Samuel "Whyamieventrying" Hayden The concept is fairly simple. You have a crazy, but crazy talented kobold inventor with lots of spare time and junk. This ...
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How can these kinetic weapons be made more plausible?

I am looking for plausible mechanisms to legitimize (or replace) the physics-based weaponry used in the fictional world of my latest story. My story utilizes a range of weapons (like Starship ...
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Why would an adventurer use a sword frog?

Historically, swords were most often worn at the hip in either a sheath or a scabbard. The purpose of a sheath or scabbard was primarily to cover the blade to prevent the wearer from injuring ...
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Would you be able to shoot a metal collar off? [closed]

Say one of your characters have a metal collar attached. One that acts like a tracker and an alarm if they manage to escape their cell. If they get their hands on a gun, would they be able to aim it ...
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How effective would a pole-arm blunt weapon be?

No metal weapons allowed I'm limiting this to wooden or composite ones only (for example the use of something as tough or harder than lignum vitae and other materials). I accept far fetched answers ...
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Can a biological gun be evolved or exist [duplicate]

I had a idea of a alien flying creature on a low gravity planet that would hunt in a unique way. It would evolve a biological gun on its forehead. Is such thing plausible and how, if not why? Note i ...
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Can a group grow a garden of organic weapons?

One of the tools associated to ninjas were the makibishi, which were meant to be used as a tool of hindering and slowing down enemy pursuit while escaping. Based on this concept of organic tools, is ...
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How would underwater weaponry and technology look under high pressure?

Suppose we have a fictional water planet. Humans have discovered interstellar travel and have colonized the planet. They live in large underwater cities. Its oceans are under high pressure, say ...
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How to prevent bioweaponised animals from attacking friendly troops?

An organisation breeds surgically, virally and genetically enhanced animals called B.O.Ws (Bioweaponised Organisms of War) to bolster troop numbers and support them in the field. These B.O.Ws perform ...
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Could one grow an organic sword?

After the apocalypse event, humanity basically had to start from scratch. The systems made to store the information about modern technology were damaged beyond repair, with the new human race having ...
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What are the tactical advantages of having an attack animal that attacks in response to laser sighting?

In a world not too dissimilar from ours, a nefarious organisation fields various bioengineered attack animals (think B.O.Ws from Resident Evil) to support its foot soldiers in multiple situations. One ...
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What would happens if a human was compressed to the shape and size of a volley ball?

Imagine a device that forms a spherical electromagnetic barrier around an average human, and rapidly shrinks until its approximately the volume of a volley ball. What would be the aftermath other than ...
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Can flags be used as weapons? Has this been done in real life?

Simply put, what I'm imagining would be something like a quarterstaff or bo staff, except with a rectangular flag attached at one end (it would take up half of the staff's length). These would be used ...
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Silver needs to make contact with the skin to be effective, but vampires are wearing armor. What now?

So, if this is a science-based world, why are vampires, werewolves and other entities associated with the dark side so sensitive to silver? Well, it has nothing to do with the metal, but rather its ...
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Can a heat-seeking missile track a target in “Hell”? [closed]

Air laden with sulfur, boiling seas of lava, acid rains on areas that aren’t molten and when you think you’re safe, you hear the screams of the damned coming after you. This is Hell. Or is it? ...
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Can a group of sufficiently trained and armed high school seniors form an ad hoc force and defend against a battalion of militiamen? [closed]

Yeah this sounds really crazy but hear me out. So I’m working out this semi-alternate history and post-apocalyptic story that’s essentially similar to The 100, The Division, The Hunger Games trilogy,...
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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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Can Magic Enhance the use of 19th Century Firearms?

The setting is a post-apocalyptic Earth, a few hundred years after a "world-ending" war. What remains of humanity is beginning to emerge from Fallout-esque shelters, but (more importantly) magic ...
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Dragons can spray up to 5 liters of concentrated sulfuric acid. How screwed is a dragon slayer if it gets on them?

The answer, of course, is very screwed; however, I want to elaborate on that more. Background Despite what common propaganda (D&D, Tolkien, etc...) might have taught you, dragons rarely ever use ...
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If humans had evolved with “natural forcefields”, would blunt-trauma weapons replace spears as dominant battlefield weapons? [closed]

EDIT: I now realize that asking for a logical extrapolation from the consequences of auras upon ancient, post-classical, and modern warfare was far too broad considering warfare in these periods ...
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How long could a late WW2-era battleship last under sustained ship of the line cannon fire?

In an alternate world of magic, a battleship similar in design to the Bismarck is stopped in the middle of the ocean. It was built by a society of Earth humans who moved to this world. All other ...
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What is the best way to eliminate guns in a near future cyberpunk setting? [closed]

So I've asked a question about powered armor specifically as a solution here, and largely rejected that solution, but I can’t shake the feeling that I want a setting without guns. What is the best way ...
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How do I build a heart attack gun?

So hearing conspiracy theories about heart attack guns led me to try and come up with an explanation for how to build one. Is there some combination of heart attack causing factors that could be semi-...
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How to trap and kill a T-Rex-like creature?

The story: in a fantasy iron age world, a T-Rex-like animal (actually more like the size of allosaurus) has emerged from the forest and started killing people. The animal always retreats to the forest ...
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What makes magic artillery more powerful than a non-magic gun?

Magic (which is just ancient technology and not supernatural mumbo jumbo) in this setting is close to what you'd find in the anime Grimoire of Zero. That is to say it has a set of rules and the list ...
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Could a steel cylinder punch through plate armor?

I want to be a bit more creative in my design of medieval weapons, and have begun looking into the creation of an Arbalest that instead of shooting traditional crossbow bolts, shoots metallic ...
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Strength of a fictional armor against a crossbow bolt

So, in my story, there is a fictional material called master cloth with about 10x the strength of Kevlar, and an average thread thickness of 1/8 inch diameter. The cloth is as light as most fabrics, ...
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Could cobalt make a good sword? and what knownk alloy would be the closest to it?

The setting is semi modern urban fantasy where there are mercenaries with the task of slaying monsters on the unpopulated areas, steel is the first metal to go when it comes to making weapons on large ...
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Feasibility of making a imploding bomb

In a dystopian story I’ve created, humanity is in a near constant war, but is still more advanced than modern day humans. One weapon that is used in this war is called the “I.N”, short for imploding ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

It lots of fictional settings and worlds, 'rogues' and other skilled martial fighters are constantly throwing knives and daggers at people. Furthermore, assassins/rogues are often pictured as having a ...
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Design for a working Vibroblade

So, a common sword found in sci-fi (other than lightsabers) are the Vibroblades, swords that vibrate to increase the ease of cutting into other materials. With such a blade, one needs less effort to ...
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Why would a dragon prefer to pilot a fighter plane?

In my medieval-fantasy world, there’s a secret civilization with modern technology. A “powerful” dragon accidentally came across them and they became good allies. The dragon was introduced to the ...
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Would there be alternatives to firearms in an industrializing society?

I'm trying to figure out how necessary firearms would be in an early to mid-industrial setting. From what I've gathered, it would be a stretch to say that the technology for firearms would go ...
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A Vietnam-war era flamethrower vs an intelligent swarm of roaches? [closed]

I’ve heard that roaches were pretty resilient, so resilient that they could survive a nuclear apocalypse. In my world, these hyper intelligent roaches act like a sort of “hivemind” species with up to ...
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Best weapon to be wielded by tentacled creatures?

In my world, there's a tentacled race of amphibious creatures. They evolved in water, but can also survive on land. They're roughly human sized, but they're boneless and they move around on six ...
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Could an army armed with only spear-like weapons be effective?

The superiority of pole arms and spears in particular has become a pretty common meme across multiple online communities, so that got me thinking; what if you had a fighting force in which the only ...
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How to make powered armor viable as a substitute for guns?

I'm thinking about the idea of powered armor replacing guns. What would allow this to be possible? The obvious problem is that it is vastly easier to build slightly more powerful weapons than it is ...

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