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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

You only notice the Cyborgs who don't pass And it's really expensive to get a body mod that is indistinguishable from the natural form. There is actually a reasonable number of Cyborgs amongst the ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

Modifications are detrimental for quality of life. Replacing a normal arm with a mechanical one may be better than living with a stump, but there will always be low-grade pains, worry about infection, ...
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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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How can kaiju exist in nature and not significantly alter civilization?

They do destroy settlements. From time to time. But then, settlements are also destroyed by barbarian invaders, famine, plague, volcano eruptions, flood, and forest fires. From time to time. The ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

Job requirements There are certain jobs that require modification. Undersea miners get their lungs replaced, road workers get their skeleton and muscles reinforced, skyscraper workers get gyroscopes ...
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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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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

Bodypart Dispossession As Payment Or Punishment Imagine a world much like ours, but where mechanical science is just a little more advanced and biological science just a little sideways. What happens ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

The rich get cloned tissue, the poor settle for cyborg prosthetics. If you lose an arm you can get a mechanical arm or you can get your arm back, most people will pick their arm. It works even better ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

Oops, you forgot that Mercury is in retrograde! The problem is not whether you followed the instructions correctly, it's about all the variables that the instructions forgot to account for. Your ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

The flesh is pure. Altering it is sin (or at least looked down on). While a religious route is quick and easy, it's not even needed, as there could be a societal stigma attached to not being imperfect....
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What would mice use as raw materials for clothing?

As an important starting point, it should be remembered that most rodents don't need clothes in the same way that humans need clothes, on account of the fact they're already covered in a convenient ...
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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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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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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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How to recreate a "land" harp that can work in the deep sea?

Compare this video of "Under the Sea" performed underwater on a piano to a normal piano cover, especially the first 5 seconds of the song. The former version has these completely dead-quiet ...
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How can kaiju exist in nature and not significantly alter civilization?

Huge. Slow. Indestructible. You don't need to change the world too much, provided you don't make the Kaiju too common. Think of your titanic monsters as a different type of hurricane. They do much ...
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Why are scout bots only used for reconnaissance?

My comment was in jest, but actually contains an answer as well: these scout robots are not made for combat. And there is a huge range of reasons this might not be the case. A few broad examples: ...
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Why are scout bots only used for reconnaissance?

Some thoughts: Weight The robot carry various scouting tools, mapping tools, surveillance tools etc. and these are all heavy. This means that it doesn't have the capacity to carry any extra dedicated ...
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How would wyrms develop culture, houses, etc?

Using their mouths and bodies, and by working together In the animal kingdom, many animals create structures using their mouths. Your Wyrms are very similar to snakes - in the wild the King Cobra ...
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Advice on designing an inconsistent magic system

It's magic, not science. Science is anything that is deterministic, repeatable or probabilistic. A recipe involving unicorn horn, wolf spirit and boiling can be analyzed, separated and industrially ...
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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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Why are scout bots only used for reconnaissance?

combat-capable autonomous robots does not necessarily imply "human-level intelligence capable of dealing with all of the situations that may arise once the shooting has stopped". Human ...
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Why are scout bots only used for reconnaissance?

Latency Bots get commands, decrypt them, and then move, make telemetry and image data, encrypt them, and send the parcel back. Data is decrypted, then a human decides what to do next. As a result, all ...
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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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How can kaiju exist in nature and not significantly alter civilization?

People do use Kaiju parts to make things. Only, you need a dead Kaiju to properly mine it. Because Kaiju and human habitation get along like water and elemental sodium, a dead Kaiju will by necessity ...
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Is a species that mates by "tribadism" possible?

Yes. Not all reptiles or birds have penises, or external testes. Such creatures transfer sperm by a "cloacal kiss". So yes, not only is it possible, it actually exists in real life.
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

The rich get real meat organs. They get these organs from the desperate and poor… …Who sell their original organs to pay off their debts, avoid ending up homeless, give a better life to their kids, ...
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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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How can kaiju exist in nature and not significantly alter civilization?

Homo sapiens is the only invasive species having a large body and which has a sort of compulsion to invade and destroy any environment. All other species prefer, when possible, to just get their ...
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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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