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This has a vague similarity to the current and past climate change beliefs. There's a lot that goes into it, including money, like Fels mentioned in a comment on the original Question. Once known as "global warming" and other phrases, climate change is a contested topic. I could go into a lot of detail about how it's essentially a proven fact, but that's ...


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To minimize suffering The world is nothing but suffering and hate. There is an afterlife, but it's nothing but misery and torture. There is no "good" destination akin to Heaven. This world will end, whether by this god or the natural death of the universe. But the longer it goes on, the more damned are born and the more souls will be subject to eternal ...


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IMO the most obvious way to sell destruction as a good thing is by claiming that whatever comes after it is better than we have now. Consider the song Destroy The World Or How To Combine Love And Misanthropy, by King Satan. It starts like this: Long time ago I had faith in mankind Long before I witnessed the travesty of it We are what's wrong with ...


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Religion is, by it's very nature, transcendent. The world and the concerns thereof are not the concerns of religion. Religion answers the quest for the highest good by pointing beyond the world of our physical experience. Therefore members of a religion may very naturally anticipate the end of this life (or the world) with hope. There are interesting ...


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How are people converted to the group(s) who want to kill humans to save the animals? Perhaps that is one of the ways it happens. Put someone like Jim Jones or L. Ron Hubbard at the lead, and …


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Immorality and delusion. The only way to ensure the destruction of a civilization is by promoting immorality, and masking it with delusion. Immorality is a near-guarantee of the ability to blackmail others in perpetuity: They have already discarded virtue and strength and so are unlikely to stand up for what is right in the future. The tempter already has ...


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Wait, are you assuming people are sane?! Seriously, that one takes the cake! What kind of assumption is that? Have you studied sociology?! How about Politics?! Geopolitics?! History even?! That aside, there is a certain freedom to any sort of apocalypse cult, whether causing the apocalypse or just believing one is coming. Imagine not having to worry ...


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All of the major Western monotheistic religions build on more or less on the setup you describe. They just use better marketing terms. Rather than "god of destruction", they say "all-powerful god" (whose profile includes destruction on top of everything else). Rather than "destroy the world" they say "final judgment at the end times" (which involves ...


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The general practice used throughout history is to make the following argument: The world irredeemably corrupt. The Divine in its perfection is angry, and wants to sweep the corruption away. The faithful are called on to fulfill the will of the Divine. This is actually an easy distortion to make within any proselytizing faith. Proselytizing faiths — faiths ...


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There are lots of religions / cults that already do this. Most obviously, Christianity. It's a core aspect of Christian belief that God will end the world at the Day of Judgement. (Yes, Satan might get the blame but God's omnipotent, right, so if he didn't want the world destroyed he could just prevent it.) So why are people Christian? Carrot: if you are a ...


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Start with a cult like the Thuggee. Kali is a complicated goddess and one of the beliefs was that a minimum level of death needed to be maintained or she'd killed everyone. Then you get a judgemental breakaway group who get upset their religion is being suppressed so they decide she needs to be summoned instead of pacified. A mainstream religion with ...


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1: Promises of an afterlife during times of crisis. Ever seen the movie The Mist based on the works of Stephen King? The people in it are desperate and feel out of control, eventually they start following a christian based doomsday religion in exchange for some hope of an afterlife.If those gods of yours would give them a nice place in heaven it might be ...


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Destruction comes anyway, have some fun/fulfillment before. Destruction won't happen in their lifetime, and meanwhile there are perks. Destruction comes anyway, but some will be destroyed later than others. (Cthulhu saves. He might get hungry later.) By making the destruction happen, a few elect can be elevated to a higher world first.


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Quite some founding books of real world religions are, to put it mildly, pretty harsh with their prescription toward those who not follow the book while promising a good reward to the observers. Those unfaithful persons are said to be facing the wrath of the deity described in the book, either in the afterlife by different kind of punishment, on in the ...


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Yes, it's called poetry. The interesting question is whether all of their speech would turn towards poetry, making it sound like music. There's a lot of advantages to that kind of thinking (ranging from expressing emotions to simply cut and dry checksums to make sure the message was conveyed correctly). I wanted to quote some of the lyrics from Tales of ...


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Poetry and music would be a single art form. In a non-tonal language such as English, a poet conveys meaning through both the definitions of the words and their sounds. A word may be selected instead of a near synonym because of its sound, using any or all of rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. In your language, the poet-composer would pick among ...


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To outside countries, this language would sound bizarre, with seemingly random notes that might be annoying to listen to. Their day-to-day speech, perhaps. (Although I suspect there are some underlying principles of euphony that would direct how day-to-day speech in this language develops so that it "sounds right".) But music is not a matter of day-to-day ...


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There's more to music than just pitch. You have speed and beat and other sorts of things. And there's also natural sounds that aren't a designated pitch. Percussion instruments come to mind. A cymbal crash has a sound and pitch (Depending on cymbal of course), but it's not necessarily tuned to be a specific one. Tapping a pen on a desk, in addition to ...


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Speech In non-absolute-pitch languages, pitch is used in everyday speech to impart different meanings to what is being said. Everything from feelings, to you know what I really mean. In an absolute-pitch language altering the pitch changes the word, possibly completely. So how will natural speakers convey feelings, and the implicit? Through beat and rhythm....


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They've learned to live with it by the time they get around to being able to exterminate them? Outside of the western world there's plenty of dangerous animals that roam around. Just take a trip to Africa and see how friendly the local wildlife is. Even the hippo's that people find adorable are some of the most murderous creatures on that part of the ...


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Not all the land is valuable. If the cost-benefit of organizing an army to eradicate monsters from a desert, or a swamp, or some glacial islands is negative, nobody would do it. The only reason why an eradication of monsters from a far and worthless land would make sense would be to protect the nearby lands from attacks from rampaging monsters... but if the ...


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Pedigree. Look at the way the lineages of show dogs and racehorses are meticulously tracked and documented. A stud that produces a winning offspring will be valuable and sought after. Since magical ability seems to be highly valued in this culture, fathering a particularly powerful witch would likely be a point of pride among men. Linking oneself to a ...


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Magical Conservation Having your human's tech be equivalent to the 60s is actually a really interesting setup. At that point humanity had enough knowledge about the natural sciences to understand things like biodiversity and ecology, so your society should have the same kind of understandings. It was also a prime time for the development of new medicines ...


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These rituals are complex and time consuming, requiring access to different materials. It sure looks like they will need someone to fetch those materials while the top brass studies the intrincacies and details of complicated magic shenanigans. Males could be seen as "Children of the Clan". It does not seem like magic can solve any problem on any ...


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The creatures are simply too powerful, and don't like visitors Perhaps the deeper you go into magical territory, the stronger the creatures are. Even with planes, tanks, etc., humans have learned that whatever aggression they provoke the (normally peaceful) creatures with, they get a retaliation proportional to the original attack. They dare not use ...


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Part of what makes parents successful and famous is the success and fame of their children. Although men aren't magic-users, they can still be successful at some other skill or art, and thus worth claiming as part of one's heritage. Although of course they aren't really part of "the family", a matriarch trying to one-up another would be happy to have a card ...


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Members of this house have genes which allows them to access Mana through rituals, creating magical effects. Well now. You'll want to be slightly cautious there, because genetics is complicated, but it sounds like there's a good chance that the daughters (or more remote female descendants) of those men could also carry those magical genes. If the family's ...


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Genetics It's a really, really bad idea to make babies with your sister. Two or three generations of that and you have very serious genetic issues. You want to make sure no "accidents" happen. Furthermore, throughout history wealthy and powerful people have encouraged their heirs to marry within other wealthy and powerful families. There are political ...


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You don't detail the magic in your world, despite it being the obvious answer. If stopping bullets is a tier 1 spell, every predator with that spell is a huge danger for a modern army - with the dominance of firearms on the battlefield, armour and shields fell out of fashion. If a dragon can absorb heat, fire and other energy, you can't even nuke it. All ...


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What if the religions are really politically powerful and they have managed to create some kind of protectorate for the animals. Maybe there's something that they need the magical animals for that they're unwilling to share with the rest of the populace. They might have purposely created this atmosphere of suspicion and fear around magic as an extra check ...


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Expansion could be limited due to ecological balance issues. If you expand too much and with great effort reduce the dragon population, then the gargoyle population gets out of control and ventures into the cities, and they are quite indestructible, heavy, destructive and deadly. Their skin is even harder than a dragon's scales. The gargoyle's only predators ...


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Something to think about here. It took 70 years from scientists officially recognizing the giant panda as a species before we managed to capture a live one. Large parts of the world are still very hard for humans to thoroughly explore and catalog, even outside of how little we know about the ocean. Yeah, most of Europe is explored and we're pretty sure ...


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The remaining Magical creatures are good at hiding Cats are excellent creatures widespread on the real Earth, because they hide from big things that eat cats, and hide while stalking prey. The same thing could apply to magical creatures - stay out of sight intelligently. Another option is to stay out of sight by living where humans cannot go, and ...


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We haven't exterminated all the lions and tigers yet, even though we could. By the time we're strong enough to wipe out a species, we're able to question whether we should. The answer should probably be unique for each monstrous species that hasn't been accidentally wiped out. Dragons are bulletproof. Trolls have regenerative powers. Dryads make the soil ...


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MAD ends Expansion-By-Colony too soon Tanks and air support brought about a huge revolution in the ability to devastate areas. Without planes, exfoliating an area with Agent Orange is much more difficult. With no tanks, you're going to have trouble against (say) armies of magical beasts the size of elephants. So colonizing most of the world didn't really ...


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Spontaneous generation. Sure, some magical creatures can reproduce by the usual biological means. But magical creatures are, well, magical. They are generated by magic, which is a fundamental feature of the world, and as such are not subject to normal evolution, or extinction. If people show up in a new place and wipe out all the dragons... thy just pop up ...


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Faeries and dryads tend to be elusive by nature, so their magical abilities are a quick handwave. I imagine ghouls would want to avoid living things that fight back. Dragons are either huge predators that have a huge hunting territory and avoid noisy machinery or hibernate for extended periods after gorging; maybe both. As for magic in general, maybe ...


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I personally would suggest something along these lines. Have the ability for monsters and magic to be able to subsist be dependent on another factor. IE: have Laylines and the area around them be the only places that monsters roam and magic is usable Have electricity, chemical reactions, and physics be somewhat altered in the presence of magic. Which ...


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It could work, but only with birth control - for both predators AND prey Prey need predators to survive. This might seem counter-intuitive, but the birth rates and growth rate of most prey animals evolved to function in an environment where they are being killed off on a regular basis. Consider that humans - a species that takes over a decade to reach ...


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Protection There are worse predators around who'll kill you more brutally, painfully and/or randomly. So the Predators are our protectors; they guard and protect us - and all we have to do in return for this benevolent protection, is to let them eat our old, infirm, sick, injured and/or criminals. (...and maybe a monthly quota if that's not enough.)


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The prey are the philosophical equivalent of Earth's Buddhists, or in other words, they would spin it as: Why would the prey automatically hate the predator? If you look at things in general realistically, without any wishful thinking or pink lenses, life cannot help but be nasty like that – we all consume and destroy something every day that we live, ...


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The prey might be intelligent, but that doesn't (at least in fiction) require that they: value their own lives experience fear of death (or even pain?) experience fear in general be capable of "hate" with any of that missing, it seems like they might be able to get along just fine with creatures that eat them. they could realize intellectually that they'd ...


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(Except idea, that the eaten individuals are from some reasons anyway undesired like in capital punishment or eugenics) The predator specie provides something in return For example, the predator specie protects its prey from other predators. Not even because of any noble intent, but it is highly territorial and simply hates idea of its livestock being ...


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Your prey are sentient Tribbles Meet the humble Eatsalottus. It's a strange creature, in that it is both sentient, but breeds extremely rapidly and has a lifespan of only a single year, factors that are normally not found in sentient creatures. In the distant past, a plague nearly wiped out all the Eatsalotti because their rapid expansion caused ...


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What if predators are of one sex and prey of another. Predators know they cannot afford to kill off whole prey because it would mean extincion. Self-sex predatory would be not possible due to toxic blood or hormones for instance. (Did you know human blood is actually toxic to other humans?)


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The closest thing would be carrion birds, which subsist off of dead animals. But they generally don't go after living things, so they wouldn't really be a threat to your prey. But if you're looking for a steady population that only subsists off of naturally-dying members of its prey, this might give you some ideas.


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Evolution gives predators that can kill live prey a distinct advantage. They can take control of their own reproduction by means of taking prey rather than waiting for prey to die. With a larger subset of food, these predators can pass on more of their genes. Think about it this way, if you had a fast growing population of prey, and you were a scavenger, ...


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I'm not sure it could work as described. The main problem is that unless the prey species is involved in large scale warfare or something else resulting in massive death of healthy individuals, the vast majority of deaths are going to come from some combination of disease, malnutrition, and old age. Unfortunately for the predators, bodies from any of these ...


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If a non-sentient predator gets hungry, it will kill someone, so in that case this arrangement couldn't be stable. But if the predators are capable of long-term planning, then I don't see how this would make any difference to the basic ecology. It's just like the human transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers: you still need the same ratio of food to ...


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I almost feel it would make more sense for the prey to offer the predators sacrifices rather than naturally dead individuals. This is because I feel that the predators wouldn’t get enough food from natural deaths. Maybe the prey species has an annual raffle. Whoever “wins” the raffle gets murdered, then offered to the predators.


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