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How can guns be countered by melee combat without raw-ability or exceptional explanations?

This is not possible within your constraints As others have mentioned, the main benefit modern firearms have over melee weapons is accuracy, fire rate and range. Thus, under your constraints, a ...
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Best fighting style for a pacifist

The ancient and noble art of Running Away. Lots of martial arts have maneuvers which minimize harm to their opponents -- but almost all of these consist of chokes, joint locks, pressure points, etc --...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

What you need is a mine clearance flail tank Here is a video showing it at work These are based on M4 Sherman tanks and still have the standard weaponry in addition to the flails. Fuel capacity 138–...
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Despite being invulnerable against ballistic projectiles, why does a wizard's robe still get wet during rain?

The spell creates a force barrier that behaves like a non-Newtonian fluid. A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid that, among other things, increases its viscosity with increased shear force. This video ...
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How long could a late WW2-era battleship last under sustained ship of the line cannon fire?

Imagine for a moment finding a man in full plate armor — a veritable knight encased head to toe in steel — and ordering a few dozen men to attack him with aluminum baseball bats. What you'd end up ...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

Use immobilizing foam to neutralize the skeletons and then the villagers can go in with hammers or similar and finish them off. This will be therapeutic for the villagers in that they feel they are ...
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Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?

What it offers is worth more than it sacrifices Think of it like this: Why do animals have eyes? The are easily injured, prominently and obviously positioned on the front of our faces for any one to ...
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How advantageous is an invisible sword?

Very Advantageous. But with careful use. Obvious use is assassinations, since it can let your guy appear to be unarmed. He can even do it in public, and frame a nearby armed person. For a duel, he ...
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How could people in the medieval times defeat an armored vehicle?

So, you ask how to defeat an army of that side with the artificer?... Honestly, the description is so insane that best thing opponents can do is actually give that side a second artificer, to spend ...
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How would exposing a female warrior's (mostly) bare bottom help her in combat?

Hmm... in a culture that equates femininity with cowardice (regardless of whether the females actually are more cowardly than the males), it could be a way to get them to fight to the death, instead ...
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Making the 'Master Swordsman' fantasy realistic?

You don't need stronger muscles, you just need fear The difference in strength between the strongest and average human is really not that important in the scheme of things. Especially in sword ...
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Would a non-lethal military be effective?

War and battle is not about killing... Summary / tl;dr Yes, this military will be effective, because you will write that it is. Your job as the author is to make it credible. ...it is about ...
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How can I explain a one-shot, slow-to-reload laser sidearm?

You could have your power supply as 2 parts: A super-capacitor that, once fully charged, can power one shot from the pistol. A battery. The battery provides a slow trickle of power to the super-...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

The trouble when you ask for weapons is that people think of weapons. The sound of Brrrrrt is all very well in context but we're looking at an entirely different problem here. It's closer to toxic ...
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Are gunswords feasible?

There are actually historical examples of such weapons. They are called pistol swords. But all of these weapons are unique novelty items usually sold to rich people who were fascinated with weapons ...
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Despite being invulnerable against ballistic projectiles, why does a wizard's robe still get wet during rain?

The Devil is in the Details. This hypothetical robe "parries all ballistic projectiles." When rain strikes the robe it does its job, reducing the drops to zero velocity so that they do not ...
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Superheated bullets and the damage they would deal

The name of the game for weapons is the amount of energy they transfer to the target and how fast and how concentrated it is when it gets there. The kinetic energy of a fast-moving projectile ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

Having thrown knives myself as a (casual) hobby when I was younger I can tell you that it doesn't take that long to gain both power and accuracy with well balanced knives. Give it a few months of ...
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Making the 'Master Swordsman' fantasy realistic?

Tactics Matter Forget the "Surrounded and outnumbered" scenario. You can survive being outnumbered, but not surrounded. This means where you choose to stand and fight is as important as your skill in ...
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How could people in the medieval times defeat an armored vehicle?

A mud pit is more than enough to stop it. Wooden wheels, even when plated with metal, do not have that much of a grip, and once they are sunken into thick mud it's a real hassle to free them up. Being ...
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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?

An army that moves in the ground Human warfare has actually been conducted under ground. From the cave bases in Afghanistan, to tunnel warfare in Vietnam, to mining in The Great War. In a fantasy ...
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How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time?

they can kill anyone they know the location of with a thought The wizards very rapidly kill each other. It makes sense. Any of those bastards could kill you with a thought and probably... too late, ...
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How can I explain a one-shot, slow-to-reload laser sidearm?

Lasers need a lot of energy to be used as weapons. Even with a high-density battery (better than our current Li-ion batteries), it's going to be a large and heavy battery, so it's the equivalent of a ...
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What effects would propellant that expands at near light speed have on firearm technology?

(...) propellant that expands at near light speeds (...) It doesn't matter whether the projectiles themselves would go near light speed... Just the propellants doing so would already be quite ...
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How long could a late WW2-era battleship last under sustained ship of the line cannon fire?

During the War of 1812, the United States frigate USS Constitution earned its nickname "Old Ironsides" when cannonballs from HMS Guerriere were seen bouncing off its heavy all-wooden live-oak hull ...
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How do I create armor for a physically weak species?

Focus less on actual armor and more on keeping the enemy at a distance. Ranged weaponry is your friend. In most role-playing and computer games, the sling is almost always seen as a sub-optimal ...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

Shrapnel is your friend A skeleton is in many ways a similar target to the types of barbed wire fences used in fixed defensive positions. While you can pound them with artillery and mortars, the ...
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Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?

You were following another Evil Overlord warning: don’t call up anything you can’t put down. You didn’t want to create any minions you yourself couldn’t easily defeat.
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

You can view this as a future-analog of knights wearing armor, and it that context it really depends on the circumstances of the fight, but traditionally the best melee weapons against hard-armor ...
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How can guns be countered by melee combat without raw-ability or exceptional explanations?

I'll try my hand at your comment on L.Dutch's Answer: Very insightful. Giving a "wavehandium" reason for slow fire rate is feasible. However, is there a way to make modern firearms less accurate - ...
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