All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
19
votes
10answers
6k views

What Could Explain A Solitary Mountain in a Grassland?

That title is probably way too specific, but essentially I'm trying to develop my book's setting. Currently, my characters (a team of six adventurers) awaken as amnesiacs who were once human but now ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

Giant realistic Prototaxites like fungi in a hot climate

My planet is very similar to earth around 359 to 299 million years ago. years ago. It’s mostly covered in deserts, jungles, swamps, temperate forests, and their variants. (The Carboniferous period The ...
0
votes
4answers
182 views

The advantages and the drawbacks of being an android in comparison to being a human [closed]

Judging from many science fiction stuff I played and watched I think that being a robot has many advantages like being ageless and immortal (I mean not aging visually and having an unlimited lifespan ...
6
votes
3answers
679 views

Retractable blade

I am busy working on a race of humanoids, to defend themselves against their planets large predators I gave them a pair of retractable keratin blades which are housed just below the Ulna in the ...
-1
votes
2answers
115 views

Benefits of Silicon [closed]

I am trying to decide whether the race that I am creating should be silicon or carbon based. So my question is what are the advantages and disadvantages of a silicon based life form?
0
votes
0answers
91 views

What would a planet with outstanding ugliness look like [closed]

I'm playing a phone game called seedship and one of the planets traits is outstanding ugliness. this doesn't make sense to me. all planets are beautiful. show me a picture and prove me wrong.
29
votes
14answers
5k views

The Witch's Broom

A very common trope in witchcraft-themed fictional narratives is the iconic Magic Broom, a magical object made from wood and straw to fly and serve as a vehicle for witches. Witches generally fly with ...
4
votes
2answers
102 views

Maximizing crop yields

Ladies and gentleman, today we were summoned by the Agro-nerd council with one unique mission: we must take a single acre of land and feed the largest amount of people possible. But this isn't your ...
6
votes
1answer
120 views

Strong flying creatures

I'm in the process of creating flying animals big enough to carry a human being on their back, the problem is that if it's too big, the wingspan also has to be and muscle will be needed for the wings ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

How could my island-country mostly populated by massive humanoids subsist its inhabitants?

In my prospective dramedy science-fantasy children's videogame Salade de Fruits (which means naturally Fruit Salad), there is an island-country comprising a total of eight islands: The smallest has ...
7
votes
3answers
134 views

Aerosoleans - How much do they eat?

Aerosolians or 'loopies' live on hypersonic trains. They stick to the sheetmetal and collected microbes from aerosols captured by tiny pockets in their skin. Because of the high speed they can collect ...
7
votes
10answers
1k views

How to make a duel between knight with a greatsword and mage with a one-handed sword fair? [closed]

My hero is fighting using a longsword. He also knows some basic/intermediate spells so he could for example conjure a shield, throw fire, and things like that. He is currently saving his lady and to ...
-6
votes
0answers
46 views

Organic spacetime defects [closed]

My orgasnism made of space time defects . What powers would this organism made of space time defects have (i.e .like gravity manipulation,photon manipulation)?
3
votes
2answers
141 views

What kinds of technology would we be limited to if magic causes EMPs? [closed]

In an attempt to explain why things aren't as advanced as things could be with the help of both technology and magic I've made it so that each spell that is cast emits an EMP that is extremely ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

How would you rebuild a time machine in the wilderness? [closed]

In my game the player travels to a parallel dimension and their time machine gets heavily damaged. So now they have to use the resources in the world to rebuild/repair it. We can assume that the ...
-2
votes
0answers
39 views

Why are cereal grains so important to agriculture and civilization? [migrated]

I was looking through a list of foodstuffs and noticed that nuts have far more energy content, fat content and protein content than cereals (relative to their mass). They don't seem to be especially ...
22
votes
4answers
6k views

Why would Dune sand worms, or their like, be attracted to even the smallest movement?

The sand worms in Dune are gigantic creatures. Confirmed sizes reach up to 450 meters long. And in the wiki it says "Some people believe that worms from 700 to even 1000 meters existed in the ...
5
votes
2answers
100 views

Igniting a Dragon's Fire

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway there. The dragon has glands that allow it to produce a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it eats. To light the oil I ...
2
votes
1answer
55 views

Would lungs be necessary for levitating gilled animals?

The dragons of my world are serpentine fish-like animals with the ability to manipulate gravity They have gills like bony fish, which they can keep in a state of apparent freefall to prevent collapse. ...
6
votes
1answer
140 views

(TW: Strangling) Would this character actually have any difficulty breathing?

((Alright, so! I don't even know if this is the right place to ask, but I hope to hear your thoughts. Sorry for the morbid topic and thanks in advance!)) In a comic I'll eventually draw, there's this ...
19
votes
9answers
5k views

How could my fruit cartel become a national problem?

In a dramedy science-fantasy children's videogame I want to create (by children's, I mean for 8 to 15 years old), Salade de Fruits (which means Fruit Salad) (my first language is French), there is a ...
5
votes
4answers
491 views

Predatory plants on a seeded world

I imagined that in the far future, humanity has become space-faring and is running experiments with seeded worlds. One of these planets would be an earth-sized moon with almost identical atmosphere to ...
0
votes
3answers
89 views

What are some interesting tropes for a zombie virus that only affects some parts of the brain (i.e. zombies only want to bite you)? [closed]

I was thinking about some kind of zombie virus that only impacts specific parts of the brain (in this case, you are in full control of your brain except you want to turn others into zombies). First, ...
3
votes
4answers
209 views

How potent would a dragon's fire be?

I was watching the penultimate episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones and one thing caught my attention: initially, the fire of the dragons in the series was "biological" as it was ...
12
votes
11answers
2k views

Can organisation that prevents formation of empires prevent itself from becoming an empire?

In this world, nations once came together and decided that global empires are generally a bad thing for the species as a whole - since their effect on history and culture is very similar to monopoly's ...
2
votes
2answers
67 views

tidally locked Tropical Europa

Suppose there is a heat source at Lagrange Point 1 for Europa-Jupiter sends as much energy to Europa as the Sun does to Earth. Assuming that this "artificial star" is completely sustainable ...
1
vote
3answers
233 views

What's the minimum height of a mountain resolvable to the human eye from 800 miles on a flat Earth?

The Taniquetil / Oiolossë (Mount Everwhite) on the eastern shore of Aman is the tallest mountain on Arda. Far higher than the other Pelóri, it could be seen from the mountain Meneltarma on Númenor ...
1
vote
3answers
82 views

Ice Dragon Breath

I was thinking about creating an ice dragon for my world, but I didn't want the dragon to be magical or technological but biologically correct, so I went looking for cryogenic substances and found ...
4
votes
2answers
92 views

What is the feasibility of a polar civilization using auroras for power?

Okay, so I’m working on making a setting for a TTRPG and am working on what to put on the North Pole area. I’m thinking a big ol’ Antartica-esc continent with a civilization of Nordic-like people that ...
3
votes
3answers
84 views

How can be Deimos crashed in to Mars?

I have observed in a game that Deimos is launched towards Mars in order to assist in its terraforming. Is there any method (may be futuristic, but realistic) of accomplishing this? How could a body ...
7
votes
2answers
345 views

What would cause regular EMP bombardments on Earth?

In the SF/post-Apocalyptic world that I'm building, the Earth is struck by interplanetary EMP bombardments that destroy most electronics. The year is around 2040~50, and the tech level is bumped back ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

How Should I Make a Calendar for Trappist-1

Alright, so I have already asked a few questions about this system, but this is the most important one. Firstly, I am needing to see if I got a relatively simple math problem right, and then I need ...
6
votes
3answers
499 views

Will a Universal Ocean Prolong the Age of Stars for Eternity?

One moment, there are as much as two trillion different universes, all of which have their own collections of galaxies. The next, 4,543,000 universes still have their galaxy collections. What ...
1
vote
0answers
60 views

Strength of Little Mermaids

This is a successor of Little Mermaids: Will They Survive? and concerns the strength a little mermaid has to throw around. You see, a little mermaid has enhanced strength; the strength of a typical ...
0
votes
4answers
286 views

Is it possible for a magnet to catch a bullet after it is fired? [closed]

Could a strong enough magnet deflect or stop a bullet?
-1
votes
2answers
79 views

How can salamander-people look like salamanders?

Salamanders, like lizards, seem to be quite indistinct. They have very few traits that both distinguish them from other creatures and would be compatible with a typical humanoid being What visible ...
3
votes
1answer
93 views

Can we "train" the body to be more resistant to internal bleeding/head trauma?

Well, in order to give some background, basically the army of this fictional country is taking military training to its limits, but not in the traditional manner. For example: One of the first steps ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

Realistic sensor array capabilities?

This is a follow-up to an as of yet unanswered question: What would the local effects/affects be of a ring spinning near luminal velocity? If you can, please take a look at this question as well! ...
6
votes
1answer
176 views

How high would a mountain have to be to have no snow on its summit?

On Earth (or another planet with an identical atmosphere), how high above sea level would a mountain have to rise so that its summit would no longer have any snow on it, not even temporary? The ...
5
votes
3answers
784 views

What if all life disappeared from the earth?

What if all life (plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, and everything from the smallest cell to the largest whale) disappeared instantly? And here I don't mean things related to the disappearance of ...
-1
votes
1answer
89 views

How many people would make up the HQ and Staff positions of an Army Corp size unit, and what would their roles be?

Deployed to defend the Republic of Kievansk, and with it the northern flank of the United Commonwealth forces on the continent of West Ursia, is the 18th Corp, the Sand Vipers. This unit, comprising ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

How heavy would a human need to be to walk through a brick wall?

I have a person with a superpower to interact with the world as though they were extremely heavy. The power is smart and selective, which allows him to walk normally without crushing the ground, or ...
2
votes
2answers
117 views

What modifications do I need to put on my aircraft to fight against drones?

I'm messing with a fictional scenario I created, "What do I do to my ww1-ww2 aircraft to use them to defend against a drone fleet? The "drones" for convenience, think MQ 1 Predator. The ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

Can there be an ocean in a CO2 atmosphere?

See my first question here and other things about atmosphere: What would be the color of a CO2 atmosphere? Hi so I have a planet with a CO2 atmosphere so can there be any ocean on this planet?
1
vote
0answers
54 views

Thunderstruck and tesla beetles: Are they feasible?

Basically, I've been theorizing an alien planet for a conceptualized game project called "The Von Neumann Project," where you play as an android attempting to colonize a hostile alien world ...
3
votes
2answers
976 views

Physical effects of strong magnets under skin?

I should preface this with "I'm a fiction writer." If someone were to implant extremely strong magnets under their skin and attach an attracting magnet to the outside, how would that affect ...
-3
votes
1answer
86 views

What are the (as specific as possible) factors that inform a military strategist's calculus when determining what forces to use on defense? [closed]

A given general and their staff have, under their command, a military. Regardless of how that military is comprised, decisions must be made as to what forces to station where. For this question, I'm ...
32
votes
6answers
4k views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
73 views

How far away would you need to be to survive a jet of stellar plasma on the surface of a "planet" built around a sun?

So, I'm considering writing a story, and one of the settings is a world created by a powerful wizard millions of years ago, by opening a thousand portals to gate in a thousand Earth-like worlds that ...
8
votes
7answers
4k views

Could Mars be punched onto a collision course with Earth?

In a fantasy world I am making someone insanely powerful is knocked into space and lands on Mars. He can't just jump back because there are people who can push him off course and he would be going ...

15 30 50 per page