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You ask about an army of such creatures, so realistically their weapons will be determined by the tactical and strategic doctrine of the army. How one of these creatures might fight individually is not going to be the same as how a group would fight, and how a group would fight is not the same as how a professional army would fight. For example- see the ...


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I think that two classes of weapons would work for your tentacled warriors. The first would be things that attach to their tentacles and let them slash or pierce. So spiky cuffs, though I don't know how you make sure they stay in place. They could swing and grip targets, puncturing them with the spikes. Similarly, a knife with a slashing edge, pointed on ...


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Fairies are not things existing in reality...they only exist in the perception of the observer...and their actions are actually performed by the person 'seeing' them'. Unique virus/parasite? Oddly intense but transitory psychosis as a result of the former?


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Infrared Fairies are mysterious little creatures made from infrared light which cannot be detected by the human eye, so we can "Never" see them, even though they are around all the time. Digital cameras however can detect infrared. Fairies, being the creative little rascals they are, knows this very well, so they are able to change their light spectrum to ...


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They can shine so bright that they blind&damage cameras Your question reminded me of cyberpunk-style anti-surveillance wear, in particular a project dubbed camo-flash. It boils down to a device that can shine very bright, enough to blind the CCD sensors of a camera, in response to a bright light (the flash of a camera). The fairies could wear cloaks ...


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Ever heard of Dugongs? Dugongs are mammals that have gone back to the oceans, and share a lot of the attributes that you describe in your question. They even look from some angles to have commonalities with humans and are thought in some circles to be the origin of the mermaid myths. Ultimately, the primary difference between these creatures and the one ...


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The goblins reproductive system are modeled after ants, they have a queen who gives birth to all the goblins and none of the others do so. Untill. . . The colony reaches the size of 500 individuals (this seems a bit tiny in my opinion) when this population is reached all the resulting goblins instead get a new queen, and they go off to found a new colony.


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There are a lot of real-life creatures of this size or larger which are almost impossible to photograph simply because they're very shy. In such an environment you don't need amazing hiding skills, you just go into a bush or under some leaves or up into the canopy and you will be virtually invisible if you don't move. And the noise humans make gives you ...


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So what they really have going for them is being short, nimble, and having a good sense of smell and hearing. Better sense of smell and hearing and short stature makes for excellent scouts for the military. If they are classic goblin green that helps. Poorer sight will be a hindrance so give them spyglasses is available, but being able to hide more easily ...


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Fairies are creatures of the psychic world. While able to interact with the physical world, they do not have an actual physically visible form. Seeing a fairy is a result of their psychic interaction with the visual cortex of a nearby brain, inserting them into the visual information coming in from the eyes.


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Fairies branched off from chameleon ancestors and as such, have chameleon-like camouflage abilities. Heightened senses and flight allows them to escape before being caught.


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Fairies are literally less than 3 dimensional, so if they figure out there are cameras or people in the area they just turn sideways enough to disappear.


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All of my goblin knowledge from DMing the "We Be Goblins" Pathfinder campaign tells me that there are a few reasons as to why their populace might be limited, but here's my top 3 theories: Goblins are highly superstitious. These superstitions result in a variety of things, such as persecuting any goblin found to be writing, using writing, or in any way ...


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Isnt a simple answer "they do get larger, but then something happens that will split the tribes"? Lets say you get bigger than 500 members and now have to raid, pillage and extort for those extra members, which no part of the lands they live in can sustain. This can have varied effects. The tribe could start starving causing members to drop until it is ...


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Well, rainforests are visually "busy" places, like a "Where's Waldo" picture, but mostly in shades of green and brown. So if fairies are green and brown, or dress in all green and brown, and you factor in their small size, they're not likely to be noticed in photos unless they're very close to the camera. To take this a step further, they could develop "...


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The more goblins, the more ways the loot will have to be split. You have said your goblins survive by extorting their nearby neighbors. They do not provide for themselves. If there are more goblins in the camp, they will need to split whatever resources they split more ways. Many reasons could contribute to it never getting greater than 500: The leader ...


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As different as you want. Consider islam-occupied Spain. When the "moros" conquered parts of the peninsula, it remained under their control for hundreds of years. At the time, in a couple of days you could go from a spanish kingdom to a islamic city (not sure if you could arrive with your head over your shoulders, but you could in theory).


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Fairies are just hyper-intelligent butterflies They are have two powers, telepathy and telekinesis. The first let's them Glamour themselves to look like versions of whatever is viewing them. If dogs could talk they'd tell you that fairies look like very tiny dogs with butterfly wings. This is a defense mechanism as most animals have a "cute" reaction to ...


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Speaking as one who has been birding in a number of dense rainforest environments, the only way you ever see something that small and fast is if it is not trying to avoid being seen. I'm a big fan of hummingbirds, and realistically you only get to see them around feeders. Otherwise all you get is something whizzing by, impossible to photograph. Even birds ...


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Fairies are permanently invisible Locals have learned to revere the voices-in-the-trees that talk to them and levitate objects and consider them as their protectors, but since they are inherently transparent to most wavelengths, no-one has ever seen or photographed one.


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The shutter sound makes them twitch Whenever they hear the sound of the shutter, they twitch by reflex (inherited from long ago when they were pray to a clicking snake). The twitch is faster than the shutter speed so that they always move out of the picture. They also hang out in the bright sun, where photographers use shorter exposure time, so there is no ...


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I wanted to expand on a comment made by another user: In the Artemis Fowl series, faeries are a group of HIGHLY advanced subterranean species, employing a combination of magic and technology to stay hidden. Their basic way to hide is their "shield", where they raise their heart rate and start vibrating fast enough to go invisible. They also have 2 varieties ...


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sexual selection why yes tusks serve no real purpose in a tool using species it could easy be explaned away as "the lady's like it". maybe tusk size is closely related to testosterone or health so over time larger tusk would be selected for until both males and females having them (females would have small tusk though).


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5 days on foot? Nearest city? Is the Britain the size of America? Just a note that in your fantasy world you need to remove some things to make it fantasy. 5 days was what it took, on foot, to go from London to Hadrians Wall. Roman roads baby. You need to have very bad infrastructure to be 5 day travel from "nearest" city. I mean very very bad. Like two ...


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The average walking speed of a human is 3.1 mph, and from some cursory Google searches, the average human can walk 20-30 miles in one day. Eight hours' walking at 3.1 mph gives us a distance of 24.8 miles, slap bang in the middle of that estimate; multiply that by five for a final distance of 124 miles (~200km). That's roughly the distance between Vienna, ...


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Typically there are small villages about every 1 hour (3 to 4 miles of travel). Assuming travel by road and on foot, your adventurer would cover 3.5 mph x 8 hours per day of travel x 5 days = 180 miles of distance. That's roughly the width of the Florida or parts of the Yucatan peninsula. It is possible, even in the modern world for cultures to be different ...


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Government Conspiracy This one only works if you are also using the Urban Fantasy trope where the government hides the existence of supernatural creatures. Similar to how governments prevent the photocopying of money, when a digital camera captures the picture of a supernatural creature, government mandated object recognition software kicks in and either ...


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A Secluded Valley Your elves may have found a fertile valley that is only accessible through a single pass that is easy to guard. Maybe it can only be accessed by an underground tunnel where a small river carries meltwater from the mountains surrounding the valley (which also feeds a valley lake). This tunnel is only navigable during winter when the river ...


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They paint their wings like giant butterflies Rainforests house many colorful butteflies, some with wingspans of 4-5 inches. With painted wings and carefully chosen clothes and a bit of bodypaint, fairies can be difficult to tell from real butterflies at a distance of more than a few feet.


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They camouflage very well By leaving for so many years among the trees, their body and wings adapted to be able to camouflage very well, just like some butterfly do : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallima_inachus Being smarter than butterflies, as you said they have human intelligence, they can make the most of such camouflage. You can also add that they ...


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They're not stupid. They see the humans enter the forest and avoid them. They see the cameras left behind and avoid them. It's hard to photograph something actively avoiding you.


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They're really good at hiding There's no reason to look for a complex answer when a simple one suffices. Fairies are very attuned to the forest, and can always tell when a clumsy human is bumbling through the forest looking for them, at which point they just hide in places that human unfamiliar with the wood can't find them.


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Goblin disputes (which are common) are solved by the chief favoring his relatives. If a goblin isn't one of the chief's relatives then he's better off helping to create a new tribe. At much more than 500, there are too many non-relatives who would benefit by a change in leadership. This can be the tribe splitting or the chief being overthrown (i.e. a ...


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A trench wider than the giant's stride and with the inside surrounded with a tripping hazard with a collapsible drawbridge and covered in net. "Fun" fact. Elephants can't jump. They're too massive. Tripping is potentially fatal for an elephant. A biologist once described it to me this way, "If a mouse, a human, and an elephant jumped off a twenty story ...


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Dunbar's Number is believable I believe that Dunbar's Number is a very believable approach although it needs a slight twist. Think about Goblin (or any other) society as a connected graph of who-knows-who. There is a vertex for each member of the society and there is an edge between vertices if and only if the two members know each other. Then, the Dunbar'...


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Politics: Divide and Conquer Since they live in semi-nomadic tribes, I imagine that some of the tribes... don't get along. Make a deal with the tribe(s) you find to be the least offensive. Woo them with food and drink. Have them go after the other tribes, and capture them for you. Then, once all the allied giants have captured all of the enemy giants, ...


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A population of 100 to 200 is extremely low for any self-sufficient fortress. There is a rule of thumb that pre-modern societies would need 10 persons working the fields for every 1 in a town or castle. Accounting for elders, children, etc. there are perhaps 10 full-time warriors or scouts for your elves. Probably less. A valley high in the mountains, ...


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An Island Islands are always a good option for isolation and defense. The last Crusader strongholds were the islands of Rhodes and Malta, with Malta holding out even into the early modern period when the Ottomans has to use overwhelming numbers, artillery and finally negotiations to drive out the Knights Hospitaller. Island strongholds provide excellent ...


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Goblins are incredibly social. Goblins adore interacting with other goblins. The more goblins there are the more goblins they want to meet and talk to and hang out with. Eventually it gets to the point where a goblin's day is entirely taken up by social interactions with other goblins. They don't have any time for any other... activities. They're too busy ...


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With skin that thick they've got no manual dexterity. Win them over with the sort of goods than can only be produced with nimble fingers -- fine-woven cloth, tools, gadgets -- and build a trading economy that binds them closely to your interests.


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how big their baby is ? i think a method to tame elephant can be use here, basically catch the infant put them in chain or shackle and tame them or brainwash them in the process. when they grow they probably wont even realize that they can remove the shackle easily and can be manipulate easily. here some copy paste from http://www.stevescottsite.com/how-...


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Drugs Giants get hooked on drugs more readily than humans due to a neurological quirk, although you still need a pretty big dose. So you get your giants addicted to opium, which you import from a separate region as to prevent them from just taking it from you. Giants have a very hard time beating addictions because they’re so used to always getting their ...


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Food. Animals that big need a lot of calories. Maybe giants eat huge quantities of plant material like elephants. Even elephants prefer crop plants like corn and melons over grass and bark. A giant can do more work than a team of horses. Employ them to do agriculture. Pay them with funds they can use to buy the huge quantities of food and beer they ...


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Don't capture one giant from the tribe. Instead, hire the whole tribe (they are as smart as humans). Then spend treasure and resources to flatter them, corrupt them, promote them, and win their loyalty. THAT will make you a force to be reckoned with.


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Step One: Eliminate or Assimilate the Opposition The authority of the Dark Lord must be absolute. It is absolutely critical for any dictator or warlord to either destroy or convert any potential rivals or rebels to their cause. Your best real world parallel would be Genghis Khan, who united the Steppe Tribes through violence, marriage alliances, and shrewd ...


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logistics and sewage Your goblins are unable to scale up their economy/food production, they can't produce enough food(goblins are usually depicted as hunter/gatherers and not farmers) and goods to support a large number goblins They they live in tight, cramped spaces and don't know not to shit in their drinking water and have rampant diseases culling ...


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Wanderlust Why are humans found pretty much everywhere in the world? As we were developing as a species, humans were prone to walking pretty much everywhere. People would set out for the horizon and settle new lands, just because they were there. In this way humans had pretty much settled the whole globe before civilization was even a thing. In your ...


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Goblins only respect strength. A goblin captain can command about twenty ordinary soldiers, each of whom he has personally beaten in a fight, and who knows him well enough to know he could do it again. A goblin chief can command twenty captains the same way. You can't have a third level, because goblins don't get that tough. This allows 421 adult goblins,...


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From personal experience, I can tell you that goblins are fairly moralistic creatures, and their societies are governed not be a central authority, but by patterns of social rewards and punishment that emerge based on the all-important trade-off between the egalitarianism and meritocracy. Unfortunately, the system is imperfect. For starters, if the tribe ...


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They have read a lot but seen very little. The History of Herodotus Eastward of these Indians are another tribe, called Padaeans, who are wanderers, and live on raw flesh. This tribe is said to have the following customs:- If one of their number be ill, man or woman, they take the sick person, and if he be a man, the men of his acquaintance ...


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