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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

Preying upon a sapient species is a very bad idea for the most part. It's not likely to evolve because of just how bad an idea it is... with some exceptions. Consider the one truly sapient species we ...
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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

One adaptation, that requires very little mutation to occur is voice mimicry. Have the orcs evolve a much more powerful, and much more complex vocal aparatus, and brain structures related to speech, ...
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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

Be able to live somewhere intensely hostile to elven life, such as: Underwater (mermaid orcs) Extensive lightless fantasy caverns Irradiated nuclear ruins Disease-infested jungles The demon-haunted ...
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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

Evolve armour. An exoskeleton lets a powerful predator rush elves and eat them. They could grow a skeletal exoskeleton which they can use to block spears and bow shots, perhaps a turtle shell barrier ...
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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

Frame Challenge I'm assuming your orcs are not themselves sapient, otherwise this becomes a very different question. I think specific adaptations to predating on sapient species are neither necessary ...
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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

In the real world, things which might have predated on humans and proto-humans didn't get the opportunity to adapt to the burgeoning intelligence of their potential food items... they either made do ...
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multiple retinas in one eye

It is absolutely possible to have multiple retina, there are fish with multiple retina, barreleyed fish, they allow the fish to see in multiple different directions at once. but you need a very ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Like the others have mentioned, it would be somewhat impractical to invest so much in such super soldier, when they could be eliminated conveniently through a drone strike. Instead of a super soldier ...
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multiple retinas in one eye

The principal eyes of jumping spiders are organized with a tiered or layered retina. Is this what you meant by multiple retinas? The layered architecture appears to provide better spatial resolution ...
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multiple retinas in one eye

Optics are complicated. The argument about lenses is only true if you neglect the photon dispersion, i.e. the 'prism' effect that media have on light. In reality the focal length is different ...
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multiple retinas in one eye

The main problem with having multiple retinas is that the eye optics can focus the image on a single point, point which, thanks to saccades, defines a plane. Having multiple stacked retinas will ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

It has some problems and some advantages. For starters the bones. Lets use a car as an analogue. The human in the car is your organs, the body of the car is your bones. Early cars were solid, in an ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

I think that super soldiers could rather be dwarfs rather than giants. Dwarfs can easier fit into various machines (for combat or for transportation), are more difficult to target and may have more ...
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No stomach, how do I eat?

A person can live without a stomach, because only a part of substances is digested and assimilated in the stomach. But you still have to go on a diet.
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No stomach, how do I eat?

If you're not stuck on sticking with mammals (or have access to a "telepod"), I seem to recall Cronenberg's The Fly, halfway through his transformation, vomiting digestive enzymes onto his ...
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Gene-smiths creating super warriors. They need a secondary digestive system with a new super food

Bioengineered supersoldiers are a bad idea. The only thing really super about them is how super-hard it is to do better than evolution in making a viable organism that serves your needs better than ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Many have already pointed out the shortcomings of such soldiers and the physical impossibilities with some of the augmentations. My opinion is that as long as the story and characters are compelling ...
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No stomach, how do I eat?

The simplest answer, though one that requires a certain amount of pseudoscience/magic is to have a creature that can suck blood, but not into its digestive system, but directly into it's bloodstream, ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Everyone else was not that impressed by your soldiers, so this answer tries hard to make them work anyways. First of all, this kind of soldier can be a great story tool. I fondly remember some all-...
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No stomach, how do I eat?

Why is this creature is losing its digestive system? This may be because doing without provides more benefits than doing with. I lived next door to someone who had almost all of his large intestine ...
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No stomach, how do I eat?

A human is human-like and adaptable, and can live just fine without a stomach. See: National Cancer Institute. You are a high risk for multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies after total ...
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No stomach, how do I eat?

Tapeworms do what you want, residing in the intestine of their host and using the host's digestion to process the food for them. They are able to feed with no stomach at all. Eucestoda, commonly ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

I have a number of thoughts on this - firstly, as an Avid WH40K fan - Nice Adeptus Astartes you got there... Would be a shame if GW sued you for it... Jokes aside - let's talk through some of the ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Most of your Augmentations are Counter Productive The implant is also used as a cybernetic interface that will operate the Titan armor This one little detail derails your whole idea of what a super ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

A super-soldier may be the opposite of what you describe. In every recorded war since the Trojan one, wars are in the end settled by some poor infantryman going up to another one on the other side, ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

These aren't good soldiers. A few bullets will still punch through these guys, especially from larger caliber firearms. Explosives would also work just about the same. Any marignal increase to ...
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Is this super soldier viable and grounded?

Usually hard sci-fi and "nanomachines anything" don't work together, but your super-soldier has more serious issues that have to be addressed first. Don't bring a fist to a bomb fight. Even ...
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What's an effective swimming stroke for a species with gliding membranes?

Assumptions: Since it is not specified otherwise, I am assuming that these creatures: Have a similar density to humans Have a similar range of neck motion to humans Need to take breaths roughly as ...
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Consistency of Giant Spider Webs

Just because you scale up the spider, does not mean you can scale up its silk glands the same way. Spider silk is essentially rapidly printed out strand of quickset glue, if you scale it up, there is ...
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Does a saber-toothed humanoid make sense as an animal?

I like to tell my students "never say never" in biology- we are always surprised by new discoveries and exceptions. Also the occurrence of something (exceptionally long canine teeth) is one ...
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Does a saber-toothed humanoid make sense as an animal?

The closest you'll get? Something like this. The problem? If you're an animal with great physical strength, powerful jaws, teeth and sharp claws etc and you actively hunt and drag down your prey? You ...
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