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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

Scythes (credit to Shadiversity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iix5MdZiNQg ) For a giant, humans are low to the ground and not much of an individual threat. So they would want a weapon that is ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

You answered it yourself: elven magic is quite subtle and isn't very direct. much of it revolves around metaphysical worlds and emotional connection. This would make elves extremely good ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

So, you have the answer in your question - you just dont see it: Trench Warfare Now - many people think of Trench warfare and think of Mass Artillery barrages, Machine guns mowing down scores of ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

C. S. Lewis' giants in Narnia used great big spiky boots, backed up with a big club, when fighting humans. They were very large though... I don't recall the exact height, but certainly more than twice ...
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Is Tasting and Smelling Bad A Viable Way of Not Getting Eaten?

Yes, you just have to smell and taste like something toxic. I also suggest warning markings. The natural kingdom is full of such things, it's also full of fakes. The terms you're looking for are ...
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Given the following planetary conditions, what would be the exact length of a year?

Frame challenge Here's a problem for you: it's located in a binary star system, where both suns have the same size and mass the summed up mass of both suns is equivalent to that of our sun does not ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Negative Enchantments elves can enchant items, like a boat that won't sink, a sword that doesn't dull, and armor that won't clank So elves can confer positive effects on items. What if they can also ...
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Is Tasting and Smelling Bad A Viable Way of Not Getting Eaten?

Frame Challenge This depends on how effective you mean your deterrence to be. Now - You can have smells that will at range deter a predator - strong musks of a larger predator for example. The issue ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Stacking the battlefield in their favour Elves have developed magical options to neutralise or counteract the technological advantages of the humans. Notice-Me-Not Field, is the human name given to a ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

A big chain (CC0 Public Domain from https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1128647) While at a 2x giant height to human height this might not be as effective, once you get into greater ratios of 3x or 4x and ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

Flamethrowers! You did not mention Tech Level - and so a Giant wielding a large pot of fuel on their back and using it like a Flamethrower is too appealing not to suggest. Now, it does not have to be ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

Spears Let's compare it to real armies. One sword that was very effective against plate armour was the zweihander. Though it was a sword, it's effect was mostly a club. The edge sure could help and it ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Maybe a tweak: enchanted items cannot generate energy of their own, but can (to an extent) absorb and repurpose energy given to them. Thus a sword could be magicked to absorb the kinetic energy of an ...
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Is Tasting and Smelling Bad A Viable Way of Not Getting Eaten?

I'm not sure it'd be possible. For this to work it's fundamental that: a) The odor and taste you are imitating is the same as that of something that it's very dangerous for the predator to eat. This ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

Frame Challenge: Little People Aren't Enemies, they are Pests Weapon selection is about more than just what kills the best. There is also the cultural and psychological ideas to consider. The idea ...
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Legitimacy of an army of neotenous amphibians

Their major combat advantage is their relative weakness. They realize that they are physically no match for the enemy combatants so they dedicate themselves to total mastery of their power armor, ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

2 times the size? We are giants compared to people or animals 2 times shorter than us... does it make sense to kill someone or something with a sword or club? yes. But keep in mind that someone ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

I'm building on @Xenophile's answer I upvoted @Xenophile's answer and you should too. Let's build on that answer a bit. Let's assume that the ratio between attacker and victim is much more than 2:1. ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

You want something designed for whacking fairly small objects, fairly close to the ground, with plenty of force, from a reasonably safe distance? Consider the following: Now while playing hockey with ...
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Legitimacy of an army of neotenous amphibians

Self-repair. The have as the OP states, two phases in their life-cycle, and are frozen in their child form (albeit adult-sized). The child phrog, all the way from phadpole to adult sized with limbs ...
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Legitimacy of an army of neotenous amphibians

All Major Logistics are conducted on the Sea, All Major power projection is done from the Sea Why is the United States the Global Super-power? 2 reasons: Biggest Blue water navy (in terms of Tonnage -...
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Legitimacy of an army of neotenous amphibians

Most settlements are built around water access. Water is important to any industrialized society. Most settlements are built near the coast or rivers and so an aquatic race is going to be very focused ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Never Mount a Land War Into Russia Elfland As Napoleon and Hitler both discovered, Russia's greatest defense is not its military, but its size and climate. Scorched earth retreats left the invading ...
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Given the following planetary conditions, what would be the exact length of a year?

Considering that the star mass is the same as our Sun and the distance of the planet is the same as our Earth, in first approximation we can conclude that the orbital period will be equally the same: ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

The Devil is in the Details: Scale: How giant is your Giant? If we are insects to them, a flexible but flat weapon (think fly swatters) allows a relatively clumsy creature to carry out an area attack ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

A fly-swatter was indeed my first thought. I'll get back to this later. A sword can still make sense against someone half your size, but who's going to forge such a large weapon? It takes an enormous ...
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Would it make sense for an entity who can control tangible and/or intangible matterials be able to manipulate electricity but not light

Option 1: Light is too fast to grab Everybody knows that light move at the fastest speed available to our version of physics, the speed of light, so it being impossible to grab make sense intuitively. ...
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Is Tasting and Smelling Bad A Viable Way of Not Getting Eaten?

Humans actually do smell and taste bad to most predators Hundreds of thousands of years of natural selection has taught most predators to be scent and flavor adverse to eating humans. The same way ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

If the giants are only about 2 times as tall as a human, then a club or even a sword makes sense in a fight. Its perfectly plausible to fight waist-high people with a club, you just gonk them on the ...
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Does it make sense for giants to use clubs or swords when fighting non-giants?

While @Causative has already mentioned the scythe, there are a selection of more suitable tools in similar style including among others: Long handle billhook Irish slasher Long handled slasher ...
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