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What early middle ages weapons would suit an extremely strong child?

I'm worldbuilding low fantasy with technology level of the early middle ages. Very few of the people could tap into psionic power, which makes them faster and stronger than common people. Average ...
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Effectiveness of a glowing hot tungsten sword against medieval era knights?

A blade made out of tungsten alloy that’s also electrically heated to 3000C. The shape and sharpness is similar to a katana. The user carries a battery pack that provides enough energy for the sword ...
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In what ways could a society that has rejected guns continue to improve on the Crossbow?

I have this idea for an alternate universe where guns were... flat out rejected. Basically, while the powers that were recognized that guns were more powerful and had greater range, they were ...
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Possibility of creating a gun that can permanently paralyze a person?

I'm wondering whether it's possible to create a gun that shoots some kind of shock wave to permanently damage nerve cells and instantly immobilize a hostile target but leave them alive. Would such a ...
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Believable way to make missiles and drones inferior to analog starfighters?

I realize that in space, battles will take place at ultra long ranges due to sensors and the absense of stealth. This makes missiles and or attack drones (remote controlled or AI controlled) the most ...
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How to make a dragon's whip even deadlier?

So, in my previous question, the two most popular weapons for a dragon were wings and the tail. The core concept is that my slightly-larger-than-a-draft-horse dragon, who still only weighs a mere 500 ...
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When (if at all) would an arm cannon be practical?

Having a weapon attached to your arm that restricts the use of your hand is a common design trope in sci-fi-themed video games, such as Mega Man or Metroid. They even appear in the Marvel movies ...
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How can pole vaulting in medieval battle be useful?

I'm thinking of an elite stealth forces consisting of a handful of soldiers from the medieval times with the sole purpose of carrying out sneak attack on enemy camp especially to destroy important ...
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How would humanoid creatures with powerful jaws, claws, and a tail efficiently use their anatomy in barehanded combat?

In the story I am writing, there are several fight scenes between clearly non-human combatants. These combatants have several natural weapons at their disposal that humans do not have, including jaws, ...
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Is it possible to maintain a gun functioning after thousands of years?

The gun in question is a normal, reliable and non-specialized .45 revolver. The idealized character is the last descendant of a lineage of carriers of this gun, considered by them legendary. Is it ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

I'm currently trying to come up with various different Melee weapon "load outs" for the creatures in my world, and have come up with a few different ones for certain situations already. The warriors ...
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Modern military equipment in a fantasy world

So we've (re)discovered a portal to a magical realm akin to 12th century Europe but with magic. We have giants, trolls, dwarves, wizards, etc. One faction calls upon our aid. Invoking a supposed ...
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Feasibility of making a quantum destabilizer

In an advanced dystopian future, humanity has made a weapon that is capable of destabilizing quantum particles. This has resulted in the mass death of civilians and has caused massive destruction to ...
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Preindustrial Poison Gas?

Chemical weapons in the form of poisoned arrows have existed since the Stone Age, but gaseous chemical weapons weren’t utilized until WWI. The hideous scourges of Phosgene and Mustard gas required a ...
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Feasibility of The Culture's Effector

Currently, there are wave beams / lasers / rays that operate from the X-Ray region to the Radio Wave region. Patents to create Gamma Ray beams / lasers / rays are also underway. However, I have ...
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Feasibility of Laundry Files' Scorpion Stare

So, people have been accustomed to mythical beings such as the Basilisk and Medusa, turning people to stone and such. This concept, however, has rarely appeared in sci-fi. Until I came across the ...
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Bug-sized halberd?

I'm constructing a world where insects battle using medieval and fantasy weapons. I'm trying to think of an object that could be used by a bug as a halberd - that is, part spear, part axe. For example,...
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Near-future weapons taking designs similar to 17th century weapons

I am doing an alternate-history of Earth going into the science-fiction area. The split came with a portal to a new planet appearing around the 17th century. The portal deposited those brave enough to ...
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Justification of the trope that mining tools are tougher than military equipments

It seems to be a recurring idea in science fiction that some industrial tools, especially mining tools, are extremely sturdy and reliable to the point that in certain combat situations where ...
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Feasibility of Flywheel-Powered Artillery

As far as it is known, Flywheels are extremely efficient in energy storage, with the best even able to replace even the strongest batteries. They are accelerated by electricity to extremely high ...
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Dragons are supposed to be glass cannons, what biologically possible weapon would be the most useful for them?

So, dragons here are smaller (somewhere at around the size of a shire horse), and more agile creatures, relying on their wits, speed and insane firepower. They are tougher than giant pterosaurs, and ...
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Feasible Sci-fi 200-300 years away weapons? [closed]

I am writing a book about an Oceanic planet about 1/4 the size of Earth, under the assumption that there was a wormhole at the beginning of the 1600s on Earth, leading to two island-nations above the ...
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Feasibility of Actuator-Boosted Ammunition [closed]

I was searching for better forms of ammunition across the net, which could replace the current standard types of ammunition, and I came across an interesting one on Deviantart, called Jackhammer ...
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Can korean bolt throwing cannons not be a dead end?

Alright, this will take some time to explain. There is historical context to my question. Over the course of the period of time from 16th century to the first half of 19th century, the European ...
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Bionic hand with clawed fingers. What shape would the claws have?

This bionic hand was designed for melee combat, with the purpose of inflicting deep cutting wounds by a powerful clawing attack. The fingertips end with large steel claws with a cutting edge, that are ...
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Would it makes sense for medieval warriors to carry giant bladed weapon on weak gravity?

Imagine Earth has been a tenth as massive as it is now, does it makes sense for warriors in the medieval period to carry bladed weapon bigger than themselves? for this purpose we have to assume no ...
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Effect of Width on Plasma Beam Weapons

As an example of a plasma beam: in the Star Wars franchise, lightsabers are used as the multipurpose weapons of Jedi. The Jedi lightsabers have beams which seem to have be around 1 to 2 inches in ...
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Justifications for Axe Bayonets

A rather simple question in my opinion compared to my typical: Why would a nation with Napoleonic age technology and weapons use axe bayonets over the more standard 'spear-like' bayonets? They were ...
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How to keep a creature capable of matter/energy conversion from eating planets

So I've got this superpowered mutant superweapon created by some metallic race. It was meant to devour life on worlds in order to clear out areas for colonization, but stuff went wrong and it escaped ...
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How could a medieval melee weapon slice through ankylosaurus?

Set in the early 14th century A. D. the sudden appearance of dinosaurs wrecked havoc on the world, no one know why but everybody raced to come up with powerful theories except for a particular group ...
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Feasibility of Anti-Mass Weapons

I continued on searching for sci fi weapons that work under exotic physics which is not handwavium, and at least unobtainium, and I saw this comment: “Anti-Mass spheres. Bubbles of pure nothingness, ...
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Would nations invest in the cannon if ranged weaponry were not cost effective?

This world employs advanced magitech as a staple of life. Ironically however, warfare hasn't advanced beyond the medieval period. Weapons are imbued with runes, which infuse the object with Mana. This ...
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Optimizing a relativistic anti-personnel weapon

Let's say you have a technology that lets you build a gun that can accelerate a mass up to 145 grams to a speed of 0.90 C. (Don't worry about the plausibility of this technology) The projectile can ...
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How would sword design change if the aim was to cause as much immediate bleeding as possible?

Supposedly there is a school of magic that allows telekinetic manipulation of blood (and only blood). Your telekinetic powers can not penetrate solids and other liquids (including human skin) so you ...
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A sword that's made up of tiny sharp crystals and held together by a magnetic field. Is it possible?

So, I was thinking about a way to recreate the spell "Bound Sword" from Skyrim and so created this. A bound weapon consists of: 1. A hilt that generates a strong magnetic field. The hilt doesn't ...
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How to scientifically explain bane weapons?

One common trope of RPGs are the "bane weapons". Say, there's this axe that deals more damage to elves, or an arrow that's better at killing dragons. I won't go into detail why in a world, where one ...
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Making a Plasma Gun that works

I have seen in this site that there has been constant attempts to make a working Plasma Gun, only to be constantly met up with failure, as shown with my post regarding Warhammer's Plasma Cannons. ...
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What's it Like to Fire a Sci-Fi Laser Rifle

Inspired by this question, I have a feeling that my presumptions about laser weapons are all wrong. Let's assume the following sci-fi laser weapon: Form Factor : Rifle Energy Delivered to Target : ...
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Feasibility of Warhammer 40k's Plasma Cannon [closed]

In the world of Warhammer 40k, come multiple weapons with variable levels of feasibility, most namely the Bolter and the Chainsword, which are the simplest. On the other hand, there are other weapons ...
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Can a liquid mercury pistol flamethrower exist?

The Cold War just got a whole lot hotter. Ordinary 20th century flamethrowers are, let's admit it, huge. Covert operations, especially in urban settings, would not stay covert for long, if our custom-...
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Designing plasma weapons that cannot pierce armour

I need some help designing a type of plasma-based weapon that cannot burn through armor but can damage soft-targets(i.e. people). I want it to be based somewhat in science, but all I can think of is a ...
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Recreating dragon fire

In Anne McCaffrey’s series 'The Dragonriders of Pern', she describes her dragons chewing on rocks containing phosphine — a chemical made of one phosphorus atom and three hydrogen atoms. In gas form, ...
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Can Particle Decoupling Weapons exist?

So, it seems that I will always be asking about the feasibility of semi-scifi weapons to the real world, now, as a trend. I have looked for weapons that operate under "exotic physics", shown here: ...
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Feasibility of Molecular Disassemblers

When I come across weapons associated with Nanotechnology, the first that often shows up are Molecular Disassemblers, or what others would like to call Grey Goo. Molecular Disassemblers utilise ...
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How would someone with electric superpowers make a railgun?

So, in my story, there's a guy that can produce electricity, and functions as pretty much an endless power supply of electrical energy. With that, I was wondering, what would be required to make it so ...
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Feasibility of Psycho Pass' Dominator

So, in the world of Psycho Pass, the main weapon of enforcement is the Dominator. There is not much information on how the weapon works, other than it utilises electromagnetic waves, and has an ID ...
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How would Roadhog’s Scrapgun work?

this is my first question here. I’ve wondered about this for a while, and the original idea wasn’t on Roadhog’s gun but I thought it similar enough for this question. https://overwatch.gamepedia.com/...
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Would constructing an “semi-realistic/semi-super” mecha be plausible? [closed]

For two years, I've been interested(obsessed) with mecha, aka: giant robots, especially "super robots". Would it be possible for somebody to create a humanoid, but reasonably sized mecha that ...
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Sword that is limp when in sheath, and hard when drawn?

I want to create a sword that when sheathed remains limp/flexible or soft but upon being unsheathed it become hard like common steel. So, something like the sword going soft when not exposed to ...
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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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