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One potential limitation might be the physicality of the wings or the act of flying. I mean, we don't think about it a lot, because human-folk have reached a stage where for most people it often doesn't matter much if we're temporarily less than capable, especially for, well, a minor injury. But a sprain or a strain would be a much bigger problem for, say, ...


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I think the option 4 you mentioned yourself is a viable point, especially if you want 'enemy' arronians to fly while your protagonist can't. Birds, fish and other animals that move in a completely three dimensional environment on a daily basis tend to have a very different brain; the 'small brain', which makes up hardly a quarter of the total human brain, ...


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The limits for wings are pretty straightforward, given that you're trying for some degree of realism. Anything human-sized, with the mass of a human plus however much the wings add, is pushing the limits of flight. I won't call it impossible to fly, not when even larger pterosaurs have done it, but wings big enough to allow more than gliding for a humanoid ...


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/Why worry about the drop off of a skyscraper if you can just fly off? Why figure out how you’re going to climb up to the top of this balcony is you can just fly up to it? (/ Go with it! He does not worry about the drop off. He worries about how exposed to gunfire he is while flying away from the people who chased him off the drop off, or worries about ...


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The Arronians could have full wings, but not be able to use them without some kind of gadget helping. The wings would simply hang down their backs or stay folded neatly, but either the muscles in the wings simply aren't strong enough to allow the Arronians to fly, or there aren't enough muscles in the wings. To allow the Arronians to fly, they would need ...


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The physical stresses the wings can endure limit how fast they can accelerate, slow down, bank, and pull out of dives. Modern aircraft suffer from this limitation and have the potential to snap their wings off if they fly too fast. Flying for a bird is a whole body thing. They have to maintain the alignment of their resultant lift vector acting on their ...


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Physically arduous (which they are. Birds have to eat lots of food). Take-off takes long. Some birds rarely touch earth because taking off is a serious issue. This is coupled with being physically arduous. Mentally taxing. You need to pay attention to each detail of muscle movement, in a non-intuitive way. Then you can't pay attention to anything else. ...


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how about a steam/electric hybrid? steam engine shrinks to the size needed to provide enough power for cruise, and at altitude the radiator has -50C air to play with. perhaps we could use a naptha engine, or a compounded steam, naptha, or a kalina cycle engine to benefit from the low temp heat sink?


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Short answer, they can't keep them out, but they can defend against them. That involves actual manpower and stout locks on upper doors or windows. Bars. Even though today we do not build underground for fear of aerial bombardment, we do have anti-aircraft and other defenses. However, if this is part of their history, consider that buildings will be designed ...


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Take a look at this pdf and read pages 3-5 that describe the art of passive air defence measures. There aren't a lot that you can use but there are two points that can be useful for your medieval village... Camouflage To be blunt, you're not going to be able to put a camouflage net over your village and even if you did, your flying horde are going to be ...


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