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Centaurs have a permanent curse by horse standards, they are, by design, permanently very heavy on the forehand. Let me fix that for you. Centaurs have a permanent curse by horse standards, they are, by design, permanently very heavy on the forehand [Citation needed] (I couldn't make the citation needed part bigger). According to this community of horse ...


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Why do Humans have Airplanes? The mermaids live in a shallow reef The reef blocks most ocean currents. This prevents any aquatic equivalent to wind-powered craft. The only option is to swim or use an animal -- like a whale, manatee, or giant seahorse -- for transport. Above the reef there are air currents which can be used to power sailing ships. This is ...


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Being heavy on the forehand does not matter much. It is still less heavy than the forehand of a giraffe. When a centaur is making his front part upright as shown in your figure, his center of mass will shift a little backwards and upwards compared to that of a horse. He might be more stable than a horse because the weight of the front part will be directly ...


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The same way we treat elephants Elephants are large creatures which can grow to be 13 feet tall which can't speak english. They're of another race. This has led to predictable treatment. They are enslaved for labour and war. They are used by rich kings to show off their wealth. They're hunted as megafauna for their meat and body parts. They are put in ...


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Friction Boats are faster than submarines. That is always going to be the case no matter your society's technology or origins. To get from A to B through a medium, you have to press out of the way a tube of matter along your entire path, its width being the width of your vehicle. When staying submerged, that imaginary tube will be filled with water, weighing ...


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When Upright, everything is fine, but it becomes a problem when going down hill. On level terrain, this centaur works just fine. despite being heavier, human part is barely ahead of the horse part keeping the center of gravity somewhere safely between the front and back legs, but since the OP linked to this question about stairs, I suspect his real interest ...


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Why do humans use carts and wagons? We can walk just fine. An ox or horse drawn wagon won’t go particularly fast or far and won’t go anywhere we can’t reach by foot. Their benefit is that you can transport heavy (or bulky) goods without exerting yourself. I can totally see this applying to Mermaids and ships. Sails provide free energy and unlike horses or ...


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It's the same as a horse. While a human torso may be heavier than a horse's head, it's not as far from the center of mass. To calculate it's effect you can use the center of mass formula which is equal to mass x distance. A horse head is lighter and further from the center of mass while a human torso is heavier and closer to the center of mass. It all ...


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Giants have skills they would be payed for, but they'll pay a lot back also.. for the unintended damages they inflict on other man's properties, with their communications.. "sorry your house collapsed, I only made a joke" People would be interested in their work force These giants would be nice workers in agriculture. They don't need oxen to plough,...


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SIZE Size matters. And not just on the scale of individual units, but also on the full loads. No matter how fast and convenient a portal might be, carrying a wagonload of ... anything ... will always be more convenient if you use a wagon, rather than many hands (no matter how light they make the work). Any time they are using a portal that is not landlocked,...


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Habitation They live on them. It might seem counter-intuitive, but if the merfolks' biology operates more according to physics and less according to magic, it makes sense. Without magic, or sufficiently advanced technology, a human-sized critter with a metabolism similar to a human (which a mermaid would probably have, since they presumably have a human ...


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No. Just that, a solid nope. Normally I'd ask for some more information, but not only you said to just assume they can fly, you said it yourself that groundbirds are only capable of flying for relatively short distances and have a lifestyle that relies very little on flight. Much like ducklings raised by chickens alongside chicks don't suddenly become afraid ...


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Their ships were always for trade.. and nowadays, for the tourists Merfolk need ships to deliver goods.. and human guests. Merfolk have always been trade partners Of course, humans discovered the merfolk 1000s of years ago. At first, they regarded merfolk as any other opponent, fighting wars over certain strategic places, like sea straits and resources. The ...


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They would probably be very afraid of giants because they would have a superhuman strenght and a nedieval society do not have enough powerful weapons and technology to take the giants down. However even if the giants were nice people they could not live among "normal" people due to the extreme morphology and size difference. Both would be needed ...


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it wouldn't fondamentaly change the fabric of society. "the death of privacy" Well, if you live long enough in a flat, you will realise that even without eighten sence your upstair neighbour fuck loud while doing home renovation in high heel while they party... but most of the time you don't give them slack for it, as it's understood that you ...


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If you're a good guy, you'll agree with the following two points 1. Slavery = bad They would be slaves, from birth till death. They'd have no choice, no self-determination, no prospect of retirement. They'd be bred for war, educated for war, trained for war, and likely would die on the battlefield, or remain in active service until natural death. 2. Racism = ...


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What are you going to do with them when the war is over? When you create a warrior species, then your end-goal will usually be to crush all your enemies and achieve peace and stability. But what do you do with them then? This warrior species would be very difficult to integrate into a civil society. They are literally not made for civilian life. Their ...


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In no particular order. Reasons to to create a warrior race. Expense: Wars are expensive full stop! Unless war is the default state in your setting historically most nation states tend to spend more time at peace than they do at war. That means more often than not the your super warriors won't be required. Expense: Normal humans can be re-deployed to other ...


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Warfare, primarily* Your mermaids are amphibious and can walk on land, but you haven't clarified if they can stay on land for very long. That doesn't change that they might have a vested interest in keeping a shoreline clear of land enemies, especially if the land enemies take ships out to harpoon into the sea, or if they're just using cannonballs from ...


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Science! There is all sorts of knowledge to be gained from the dry environment. For example, they can do research on phlogiston and the luminiferous aether much more easily in an atmosphere than underwater.


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Alright, I reread the question. I don't understand why this question was asked. Given the conditions the OP presupposes, "why did humans build ships" is essentially the same question. You might ask "Why wouldn't mermaids build ships?" I'm sure you could think of some reasons, and then come up with other reasons to counter those... Or you ...


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Greetings from Mathematica.se... This code fills in your image, img=FillingTransform@ DeleteSmallComponents@ ColorNegate@ Binarize[Import@"https://i.stack.imgur.com/7ODly.png", .75] like so Then we can compute the average of all the white pixels: centroid=Mean@PixelValuePositions[img, 1] and visualize it (in pixel coordinates it's ...


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It doesnt matter much. Unlike Nosajimiki I think (know) its not a big problem. Lets imagine the human torso bending forwards and grabbing a pole in the ground, then lifting his rear end 45 degrees. Then the human torso lets go and lets gravity take over to see if he falls forwards or backwards. This forms a seesaw* with the fulcrum at the front legs. The ...


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If you give one person complete control over an army that has no other loyalties what is to stop him from becoming a dictator? Will the hero be able to be able to resist the temptation to just use his unstoppable army to get whatever he wants? Maybe your hero is a good person and incorruptible, but what happens after he dies? who will inherit that power? ...


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Because you are creating not just warriors, but a biological AI that can change over time to adapt itself to the problems it faces. The reason your character refuses to build them is because each additional race of warriors added just increases the chances that a group of them will go rogue and start their own country, if not try to annihilate their former ...


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