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Why are UFOs disk shaped?

Using real life physics and modern technology it makes sense to use disc shaped spaceships for interplanetary travel. Not for aerodynamics, or getting to orbit. Simply to minimize mass while still ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Bone should be a pretty readily available material if your people eat meat. Or they could scavenge bones long abandoned by predators, or whale bones(etc), washed up on beaches. Here is a house our ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Build a moat, or rather more of a aqueduct, on top of the wall. This ring of water will act as an elemental resonance dampener. This is similar to how, if you build a stone bridge over a stream. Then ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Rebar If stone mages can really only move stone or concrete and not cause it to flow like a liquid then sticking enough metal tensioning in it could make it impractical to disassemble before archers ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Amorphous Bricks Most clay around the world is mostly made of crystalline stuff, but some clays are amorphous. Even crystaline clay is not 100% crystals and you could centrifugue it to separate the ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Concrete Your definition for what stone mages can affect starts with "naturally occurring." Concrete is not naturally-occurring. Maybe the stones inside the concrete can be manipulated, but ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Different types of stone have slightly different rhythms that the mage needs to play to control it. Build the walls of many types of stone at once, the more mixed the better. That way, to deconstruct ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Most historical castles would be fine Most historical castles were made of wood, not stone. Our modern perception of stone castles being so common is a survivorship bias because the wooden castles ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

One more idea that I haven't seen mentioned here: your stone mages affect each rock individually. That is, if they have a boulder, they can do whatever with it. If they have a pile of pebbles, they ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Two ideas: [Stone magic] doesn't affect organic minerals, or ones that are currently within a living creature (such as bone). (1) Cover the stone with moss. That might qualify as "within a ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Warding Spell Magic problems require magic solutions. When there is magic in your world, then you can make up the rules for how that magic works. So why not add the ability for mages to ward objects ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Insulation and acoustics The mages could just resonate with the stone via magic, but I assume there is a physical component. Something that only the mages can hear, like a dog whistle mages can hear ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Defeat the stone mages with the power of Rock (Or any catchy music appropriate to the setting.) The stone mages are only really a threat during serious assaults, as otherwise the same defenses that ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

A Moat If the moat is large enough, the mages can't get close enough to any walls without going for a swim first. I'd argue a stone mage can't affect stone if they aren't touching the ground. This ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

Idea 1: Frame Challenge How do you mages know what the Wall is made of, if they can't see it? So, I'm originally English - and I remember very well Ivy-Covered old Buildings: Google Search - Admitedly ...
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How to build a defensive wall that Stone Mages can't easily deconstruct?

You interlock the rock- and you let your mages resonate first with it and turn the wall into a series of golems, more entangled then the couples in a kamasutra book. Then you add a ablative outer ...
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Would things engineered to work on earth work ok in 1.25 times earth gravity?

Some machines would be no problem. Like, I don't see any reason why a can opener built in 1G would not work fine in 1.25G. Anything that relies on gravity being at a specific level would presumably ...
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Would things engineered to work on earth work ok in 1.25 times earth gravity?

There’s a whole list of devices that would fail functionally rather than structurally under higher gravity. Pendulum clocks, water clocks, hourglasses, most scales (those which are calibrated in ...
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Would things engineered to work on earth work ok in 1.25 times earth gravity?

There is one important device which may work on another planet, yet must be adjusted to do so: GPS satellites. First, if you take the GPS satellites and just launch them into orbit, the satellites ...
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Would things engineered to work on earth work ok in 1.25 times earth gravity?

With current technology, it is possible to make things that work with 1.25 times more gravity. For example, you can build a bridge or a house for your planet just by using the right dimensions for ...
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Would things engineered to work on earth work ok in 1.25 times earth gravity?

If all you're worried about is structural engineering, you can push gravity way up, far beyond what humans can tolerate. Buildings here on Earth aren't built anywhere near the limits of the ...
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