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You can go two ways. One, they have a chemical aversion for iron. They might have slightly acidic skins, enough to quickly dissolve enough iron ions to get an allergic reaction. That would neatly explain the "burning" sensation. Basically, iron for them is what poison ivy is for humans. Using silk and leather gloves would allow a Sidhe to manipulate iron ...


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The "interbreed" part is where it all falls down. Our physiology is critically dependent on iron (we're awash with iron compounds from conception on). Assuming that your hypothetical elves used a different blood chemistry (copper, paging Dr. Spock), they'd be a radically different species, even with similar morphology. This would make interbreeding ...


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Let's not use the limbs as wings, aesthetically it just doesn't look like a "fairy". Let me suggest the flying lizards work around instead. As you can see they've extended their ribs & used them instead of their forelimbs like the bat, here's a look at the skeleton. Imagine your flying lizard has hair (or is a flying mouse) & evolves a long fringe ...


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The most useful stuff I can think of is as follows Chalk - You can mark paths to find your way home Canary - Warning for bad air Pick/hammer - Breaking rocks and digging Flint - for fire Knife - general use Rope - Climbing Steel Spikes - Anchor points to attach the rope Bioluminescent fungi - In total darkness you don't need much light to see and fungi ...


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How about a magical shape shifting hammer. It could morph into a hammer, an pick, and ax, a short sword, or any other similar sized tool. It could also glow to provide light or emit sparks to ignite fire.


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Your small humans are stunted. ** https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Female_dwarf,_the_result_of_rickets,_c._1912_Wellcome_L0033871.jpg Depicted - a woman with stunted growth due to rickets, or vitamin D deficiency during childhood. Nutritional deficiencies and chronic disease have a great impact on growth during childhood. People used to be a lot ...


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@LiJun gives a great answer and overviews real-world examples of this type of thing happening. I would like to add that there are certainly evolutionary pressures which could explain why smaller species would be selected in certain regions: Food - smaller people need less food. Especially in mountainous areas where temperatures drop during winter and ...


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maybe try check Homo_floresiensis and Pygmy peoples from:https://prehistoric-fauna.com/Homo-floresiensis from:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_peoples#Rampasasa theory regarding Homo Floresiensis Aside from smaller body size, the specimens seem otherwise to resemble H. erectus, a species known to have been living in Southeast Asia at times ...


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Have you heard of speciation? Any valid reason for populations separating (mining community stops exchanging genes with other communities, so they're all short but strong) would start this process, and you just need your divergent population to be generally shorter than your main population for them to retain this characteristic over time.


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Like you said diet a birth disability that becomes more common. It could be that the sun gets too powerful and we are forced underground and for a while there are low ceilings and collapses happen so the eventually there will be an adaptation in the human genes.


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Sorry, you can disregard this. I just reread the original post more carefully and I see that your dwarves have a tech level at the beginning of industry. It's someone else who has a tech level closer to WWI. If you're asking what I think you're asking, the answer is yes. I think you're asking if a society can invent a radio before having World War I ...


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Before you ask whether a society would be able to invent a technology, you first would need to investigate whether they have a reason to invent that technology. When a technology does not provide a tangible advantage, then it is unlikely to be developed, and if it does get developed nevertheless it is unlikely to stick around. Most stereotypical ...


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I have an ME (electrical) degree and 50+ years experience. Give me 1900s technology and I can give you a radio system. Give me Roman technology and 1900s knowledge and a cooperative patron and I can give you a radio system. You need an energy source - batteries are "easy enough" but take cooperative resource. You can have an electric motor based ...


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Let's assume a size of 18 inches and compare to a 6-foot human. This is one-quarter the size, meaning one-64th the weight, all else being equal, for a mass of 2.5 to 3 lbs, or roughly twice the weight of a raven. It is also very similar to the weight of a flying fox, so we can assume similar wing sizes. The brains of such a human bat would of course be a ...


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If they evolved from humans, they would look more like harpies, than fairy: Would they have bat wings? Or feathered wings? - Batwings. Feathers is dinosauros's feature. Could they keep their thumb, index and middle fingers short,... - they could. How does the square cube law affect their anatomy? - they need larger chest for larger lungs (lungs would be ...


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Crystal radio. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Crystal_detector https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_detector#Cat_whisker_detector Patented by Braun and Pickard in 1906, this was the most common type of crystal detector, mainly used with galena but also other crystals. It consisted of a pea-size piece of crystalline mineral in a metal holder, with its ...


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Yes, with some difficulties. Especially if they could reverse-engineer an existing radio. There are many ways to make simple radios, including using three pennies. Normally there would be great difficulty in making small wires and diodes, but you say your dwarves are already proficient in electricity, which means they are already familiar with capacitors, ...


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Something like this: This common design seen in offices everywhere would only need a few minor design changes to accommodate a tail: Increase the gap between the seat and the back depending on the thickness of the tail. Possibly off-center the spine and/or make it skinnier. If the spine is off-centered, it would be usable only from one side for your ...


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It's called a "kneeling chair". They already exist, for people with injuries to their coccyx (tailbone) - see here, for example: Your knees go on the lower pads, your thighs/butt go on the upper pad. The gouge (to prevent pressure on the tailbone) could be deepened into a full cutaway. You mount get onto it like Commander Riker. They could also have a ...


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The reason that dinosaurs had large, thick tails had a lot to do with bio-mechanics, and the model of a long, thick tail dragging behind the creature was actually rendered obsolete back in during the major re evaluation of the dinosaurs in the 1980's. Large Sauropod dinosaurs are now thought to have long, fairly stiff tails which act as counterbalances, ...


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As with human design, I imagine in your world, form would follow function. I'm working on the assumption that this race developed their own technology and didn't snap into existence from humans. If so, the first furniture they create would meet their needs first, incorporating the tail into their design rather than retrofitting existing human designs. ...


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iam not sure can this design work or not but i want to share, it actually base from Dragon ball Chair design for the saiyan race. finally found it i dont know the original artist name though found it on pinterest so in the design it have a slit in the middle back and i suggest add a combination of a reverse toilet hole too (basically extend the slit to ...


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Check out this recent Atlantic essay, which basically answers your question (and the answer is pretty dismal): https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/595795/ tl;dr Given millions of years, our entire society, skyscrapers and all, could be reduced to a thin, centimeter-thick seam in the geological strata, because even steel structures will eventually be ...


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If you have ever read the book Leviathan or the rest of the series, they have a series of genetically engineers animals that are used as weapons platforms. A centaur could theoretically become a very heavily armored soldier due to their enhanced stamina and carrying capacity. An M249 SAW could be a good weapon for a centaur. It could be mounted on the ...


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I don't think there is a single website or book I can point you to, but since I've spent a lot of time on similar searches, I'll try to give some general pointers. First of all, keep in mind that the franchises you mention in turn got their information from somewhere else, so you can start by looking at their influences. Let's take Dwarves in Middle Earth: ...


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Stainless Steel is very resistant to corrosion, even when exposed to acid, bases, and organic solvents. Different grades of stainless steel have different degrees of resistance. According to this article, it takes 1200 years to corrode 1 mm of stainless steel of type 316(1.4401) in rural conditions. A 10 cm rod or plate of this sort of stainless steel would ...


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Based on http://anthropologicalconcepts.weebly.com/fun-fact-fridays/the-clavicle It would seem the collarbone is essential for the ability to climb trees, essentially the ability to pull with our arms. The collarbone is also a major player holding our shoulders in place, and the balancing our shoulds, arms and upper body when we walk/run. Dogs among many ...


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Recognizably artificial artifacts? Several hundred million years. People are digging up dinosaur bones. Every now and then, the fossils have impressions of wings, feathers, etc. Now imagine digging up human fossils with wristwatches, gold teeth, pacemakers, artificial hip joints. For that matter, ceramics like toilet bowls should make an interesting ...


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Nice question! Meet Koko A study was carried out teaching a chimpanzee sign language. She was able to describe new items. Like a thermos was "hot" +"bottle". Even able to pass the sign language to other chimps!!! So there you have it. Human <-> chimp inter species communication without sound. Using different hand structure yet it was possible.


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You are writing. Have them write too. You are writing a story. Having your aliens communicate with written messages lets you leverage your own written format. Instead of you writing "Grok started grunting 'bad'" you can write that Grok writes on his board BAD BAD TAT BAD! then taps the words with his finger so hard he breaks the board. He has several ...


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Worn Clothes are items that can be taken off, shared, sold, repaired and reused Having grown clothes means they are attached to your body. That means that if you grow a shirt, you can't easily take off that shirt and hand it to someone else. It means you can't sell your clothes if they get too big (or if there is a market for second-hand clothing). it means ...


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Fashion is the engine that drove the industrial revolution. It is quite simply the fastest changing desire that stretches and pushes the industrial, scientific, and and economic capabilities of a people. You could get a similar effect by having accouterments likes hammers, staves, houses, etc.. but these change over the course of decades, where as clothes ...


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The problem with growing your own cover, be it a fur or a bark, is that is gets specialized to counter the challenges of the environment where you live: if you are a seal in the North Sea it will protect you from the cold and wet marine environment, if you are a cork oak it will protect you from the frequent fires, and so on. But take a seal and put it in ...


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The simplest answer that can be given to this is that at a minimum, alien species will need some form of vocal chords that vibrate over an airflow to generate the sound, and some form of cavity past those cords that can be dynamically shaped to form the sounds out of those vibrations that we can interpret as speech. In humans, that is the throat, mouth and ...


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Drone operators Let's face it. Centaurs may run fast on a straight line in the open field but that's it for their advantages. They are bigger targets, will have a horrible time busting into urban enemy positions, and can't pilot ant vehicle made for humans. The only place where they won't be causing problems is bebind a desk. If they are to do damage, ...


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There are some roles where a centaur's large size and high profile make it a liability - front line infantry, tunnel clearing, flying manned aircraft - but most of these are becoming marginal for humans as technology advances. To give a few thoughts on where centaurs would be equal or superior to humans based on my own experiences in a light infantry ...


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Back in the day, Boston Dynamics made a slightly silly robot called "Big Dog" which received some DARPA funding. Also named the "Legged Squad Support System", it was intended to be able to walk alongside infantry across rough terrain and along narrow paths, carrying up to 150kg of gear which would obviously be good news for soldiers who might have to carry ...


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The biggest help? Get them to saw off their horns. They are heavy, useless weight. Charging Taurens who get tangled together by the enemy throwing a net or braided rope are in big trouble. Those horns aren’t well placed for real combat— I bet they’re used primarily for ritual and mating combat these days. Ditch the weight and get them a pike.


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Assuming that they would be fine in forested or mountainous terrain? I'd see a role for them not in front line units, but in logistic support, but only in harsh terrain. They are too big for being front line soldiers. However, in situation when something has to be carried (dragged) in terrain not suitable for terrain cars, they would outclass any human ...


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Would they have any role at all in the military? All their advantages are basically physical ones of little use in normal combat situations, so I think their best use would be as military police. They have the size, strength, speed, intimidation potential and stamina to deal with military personnel in many scenarios. A good alternative would be as ...


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For twenty-foot tall giants to avoid undergoing collapse, instead of altering its anatomy it would make more sense for the giants to composed of stronger materials. Giants with stronger bones and tissues will be able to evade the usual consequences of the square-cube law. Twenty-tall giants will only require their bones and tissues to be approximately ...


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Horses have no longer practical usage in modern armies, because motorized vehicles are more effective within the modern context of large scale warfare. The same can apply to your centaurs. The only niche where they can prove useful is small tactical infiltration support, where they can serve as advanced beasts of burden: they carry loads, but with the ...


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Sea Giants, the underwater variety of Hill and Storm. Our current largest animals live on the seas, where the weight is distributed over a larger surface + buoyancy! Your blue whale sees your tiny giant and laughs in her 150 tonnness!


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If your Tauren is a front line kind of guy, He needs the equipment that would benefit that kind of combat. This will range from the same stuff as seen throughout history, but some is going to be specific to his race. For the Typical: A pike. You want to poke the other guy before he can poke you. A tried and true weapon. A short sword. He's going to be ...


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A neckbrace would be a good place to start... Your Tauren design (or rather its charging tactic) is going to transmit a lot of force straight down the spine, which will very easily lead to compression fractures of vertebrae. Humans have killed themselves this way, and I'd imagine a bull charging full speed into a brick wall could hurt himself pretty easily....


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To maximize the Tauren charge you just need to protect the charging Tauren. The purpose of a cavalry charge is to scatter an unprepared formation and (ideally) cause a rout that allows infantry or light cavalry to exploit the weakened line. However, a dense, disciplined formation of spears would stop the charge in its tracks by using the charging Tauren's ...


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I wouldn’t but much stock in the horns’ weaponized aspect. It wouldn’t be ideal to use your bodily hors against metal armor and weapons, especially when you have to put your head in danger. But as for equipment, i think a horseshoe type attachment to the hoof which firstly protects the hoof over all sorts of ground and provides better impact when kicking ...


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maybe add more spikes such as the helmet and armor, since the tauren already have horns that have risk from getting hook or tangled by enemy anyway, example like Gutbuster Brigade but not just normal cylinder spike but thin and sharpened edge spike like sword edge, maybe add a curved shape to it especially for each arms side like saber sword, and not to ...


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Why would they want to charge in head-first? Obviously a bull would do that, because bulls don't have any weapons available to them apart from their horns. Taurens have hands, which means they can hold swords, axes, spears and shields, which are all infinitely better things to fling towards an enemy than your face. If you want to maximise the impact of a ...


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You could do some magic hand-waving and have an alchemist create a potion that has similar effects to meth or cocaine, so increased energy, pain resistance, increased anger.


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