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How advanced can they get? Very. The most advanced non-metal using cultures known where those of Meso-America culminating in the Aztecs/Mexica. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan is estimated to have had a population of 200,000-300,000 right before it fell to the rebellion. The city was built on manufactured ground, in the middle of a lake. It's fresh water ...


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You can fake some age with makeup and hair coloring. You could probably "age" from 28 to 58 over 30 years without really setting off too many alarm bells. Any comments can easily be explained away with "well, I guess we have really good genes." Then after 30 years you start to cut ties to friends. This is easier if you don't really make many friends to ...


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There is a book that is commonly referenced for medieval life questions called Life in a Medieval Village by Frances and Joseph Gies. If you're interested in realism you should be able to draw a lot of inspiration from it. The book focuses on a English village called Elton around the 13th century. Among the manorial court records there are references to ...


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Dwarves might not need to dig tunnels and caves, but instead rely on natural ones that they modify, like the Migovec and Postojna cave systems in Slovenia, which are 42 km and 24 km long, respectively, and have good natural ventilation. We must also remember that cave-dwelling humans actually existed in paleolithic times (though they were not as common as ...


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Social alienation is your biggest problem and good makeup won't fix that. After a few decades, you and your wife will be irrevocably 'other' to most humans on a social level. If you attempt to maintain your original identity, people will start to wonder who you are when you write "Age: 450 years". All those questions will get tiresome after a while (well, ...


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Assuming there's only trace amounts of metals (enough for life but not enough to work with), there's some stuff that could possibly be replaced: Blades and cutting implements could be fashioned out of volcanic rock. Since the flexibility of molding isn't readily available, they would be limited to shapes and sizes that can be sculpted. They would also ...


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Some things off the top of my head: Fire can be used to cauterize wounds. Coming during a disaster, it can potentially be used to, for example, stop internal bleeding that no other technique can fix. Also during a disaster, it can be used to burn or melt through obstacles to get to people. If it isn't only fire manipulation, but also a fire sense, it could ...


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So basically you want mages with elemental powers being useful in modern society, and your issue stems from fact that fire is mostly used for destruction, and has in many applications been replaced by more controlled alternatives. This instantly gives us first idea how to use such powers for benefit of the mankind. Fire-fighters Fire is, and has always ...


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The standard Post Pockyclypse Traveller's Kit. Kindly note that this is a list of essentials. There are hundreds and thousands of items a traveler could carry and would undoubtedly find useful. Most of those things can easily be stowed away in a cache or supply dump. This kit is simply stuff a traveler should carry at all times. Knife #1. Not a dainty ...


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He could do many jobs but with military training and very scarce contact with people, he could be a trapper, hunting small game for furs and meat. He would find good places to place traps (which he could do with one arm, feet and teeth, as lassos used for rabbits don't require a lot of strength) and he could use dogs, ferrets or similar animals to help him ...


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I think that this question is leaning too heavily on preconceived notions of "how things work" and overlooking possible solutions that are outside of its box. Just because human technology developed in a particular way, that does not limit technological societies to developing in exactly that way. For example, a society where metalwork is not possible might ...


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Since you can share the secret, do so. First, share it with a multi-billionaire who will then fund the rest of this answer out of gratitude. Now share it with all your closest friends and let them share it with their closest friends. That should give you a big enough group to take over a fancy gated housing development near where you currently live. The ...


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You can opt for de-constructive surgery which adds wrinkles manually and get age spots tattooed as you get older. One day when you are ready to start over you can secretly move to a new location (it doesn't have to be far), skin yourself (go ahead and pull that hang-nail ALL the way back), wait for it to grow back, and go introduce yourself to the new ...


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Anything he wants I worked with a hardware store manager who had one arm. He could lift anything. Move anything. Manipulate any tool. He wasn't held back at all. Missing one arm is incredibly inconvenient. Certainly a disability. It means things are more difficult. But it wouldn't stop anybody from doing almost anything. (I'm actually having ...


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I don't know if I would call this post-apocalyptic. "Post" implies the apocalypse is over. It sounds like your apocalypse is just getting started. What a dreadful world to live in. The good news is, we know children survive. Why? Well, first off you mentioned that some actually spend enough time in the warzone to be freed from service, to rejoin the ...


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It's totally possible. Light In some books there is mirror system that channels light from surface to underground halls. It's possible that some mushrooms with luminescence would give enough light in tunnels. Fire would give bright light in mines and forges. Torch is most obvious and cheap source of light. It has more disadvantages than advantages: ...


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A flat-mate in college once described to me Libertarianism as "Anarchy for the Rich". I've always liked this description, because it illustrates how a purely libertarian society would differ from an anarchist society. Many of my libertarian friends consider themselves anarchists as well, and even Emma Goldman said "all true anarchists [are] aristocrats." ...


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A world without metal is a very troublesome world indeed. For a short answer, the most advanced stone age (I say this loosely, as the official stone age ended millenias before) is the mesoamerican civilizations (Mayan, to name one), which was pretty advanced. They didn't have metal tools at all. Their primary tools were made of stone, hide and rubber. Now, ...


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Just a brief comment on the glassblowing... Naturally occurring stone tubes form in limestone caves, as water drips through the centre of the tube... like a thin, hollow stalactite. I think they are called straws. They aren't usually very big, and you have scope within fiction to modify this in many ways. So that gives you a heat resistant tube you could ...


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If you want your dwarves to be realistic, then, as you correctly point out, they cannot 100% rely on underground. They might dig mines, extract and process ores (there were mines way before middle Age, they just weren't OSHA compliant...), maybe even use the abandoned mines for shelter, but then they rely on the surface for getting food and other resources. ...


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Buy houses in different states (or very far apart cities) with the money you have accumulated. If you move a few hours away, they are less likely to visit you, or you could just not give them the address of where you moved to. You can ignore them and slowly freeze them out over social platforms too. Every 20/25 years, switch to a different house. Get a new ...


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They don't need to In our world we are used to having access to information about any place on the world. You want to learn something about, say, Eastern Europe? You can read Wikipedia, watch Geography Now on YouTube, you have access to a thousand of news channels, podcasts, books, and newspapers. You can also get on a plane and just go there. (We are of ...


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Create a trust By creating a trust (or a shell company, LLC, etc) you can move ownership of all your worldly treasures into said trust. Trusts are commonly used to prevent any 'Death Taxes' in the US by preventing your estate from needing to be transferred upon your death, since it already owned by an immortal legal entity (the trust). This helps ensure ...


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Frame challenge here. You can't keep your lifestyle the same because the world is going to change out from under you. Seriously. Just in 30 year hops (about the age range you could cover with easy makeup), you're going from - seeing the rich people get mechanical horses, to - gathering scrap for the war effort, to - the Haight Ashbury Summer of Love, ...


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Schistostega pennata is a luminous moss that grows in the darkness of caves and gives off light as a greenish-gold glow. It is not enough light to see by but it is strong enough to guide someone's way. There also exist bioluminescent protists (plant-like organisms), fungi, and bacteria. Plus a few other plants. If your world has genetic engineering (or ...


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I believe that a realistic answer to this will heavily depend on your universe's current understanding of human sleep patterns. Historical records indicate that prior to the easy access to artificial lighting, people used to sleep in two, 4-hour chunks, separated by a waking period of 1-2 hours. A psychiatrist's experiment in the 1990s confirmed this ...


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Much depends on what story you want to tell. There could be good outcomes if everybody starts following the ideals and abuses are few enough that the system can cope. Or it could be dystopia. Without public services, people can effectively sell the life chances of their unborn children. Say Joe is an unskilled or semi-skilled worker and a single father. ...


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I agree with certain aspects of many of the answers, but feel like by default we are limiting ourselves to preconceptions of how technologies were unlocked, perfected or utilized. Think of many of the things we are discovering the unique material properties of today and apply that to a people who have survived off them. For instance, spider's silk is ...


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This answer is not comprehensive and is assuming a climate of a natural, English forest. The list is arranged in no real order. Daily tasks Food Sort out the garden - Weed and de-snail the garden. Lay down slug traps such as beer (or any available alcohol, I would suggest cider as it is easy to make and apples are widely available) and salt. If it hasn't ...


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Firewood goes in a lean-to This is the traditional structure to store firewood for near-future use. Wood just cut or gathered can sit out to age for some time until the interior dries out a bit. Incidentally, recently cut boards need to 'age' until they aren't so green before you build with them. So there will be an outdoor lumber pile that is aging. Then ...


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