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How can a race of eldritch abominations help humanity?

"You know", Sog-Yogthot (no relations) said to I'g-m'ell over by the Shoggothnut table at the committee meeting for the betterment of the human realm. "The humans world is really dry, how can they ...
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How do I keep my slaves happy?

Make them think they're not slaves. A human that is a slave, and knows they're a slave, generally won't be happy, and there's not much that can be done about it. But if you can convince them they're ...
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How can I provide reasons for racism?

The uncanny valley would suffice: The uncanny valley is theorized to detach us from the corpses of our dead friends. We strongly dislike things which have a similar level of human likeness as a ...
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War between two type III civilizations from the perspective of a type II civilization

We can examine what a full K-type "difference" looks like in the current context. While we cannot look up yet (there are no K-type 1.7+ civilizations as far as we can see), but we can look down. ...
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How can I provide reasons for racism?

As presented, you show that you don't actually understand tribalism, racism, sexism, or pretty much any other -ism. Let me explain, but don't look for politically correct terms or comfortable lies. ...
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What's a possible justification for orcs not taking over the world?

You say to avoid political factors but realistically it is ALL about politics. Specifically Orcs cannot sustain political authority or more precisely loyalty. Orcs are loyal to the most charismatic (...
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How long would it take to “domesticate” humans?

One doesn't need to selectively breed humans for selecting character features. Education can go a long way, as it was proven by the Romans: take the children of the aristocracy of a conquered people ...
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How can humans coexist with an intelligent carnivorous species?

Give the carnivores and the humans reasons to need each other. These probably aren't a matter of fundamental biology, but could be social, religious, or commercial. If it's traditional for human ...
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How can an unimaginably huge life form reliably communicate with mortals?

Middle management If you are driving a car, you don't go straight from first gear to seventh. You have to shift up gradually, picking up speed. Let's take an individual Starmaker, the size of a nebula....
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How long would it take to “domesticate” humans?

Williams syndrome If they only want a few hundred thousand they might have all they need right away. There's a rare human disorder, Williams syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a rare condition (1/10,...
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Two or more advanced civilizations aren't even aware of each other

Easy Space is big. Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just ...
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How can a race of eldritch abominations help humanity?

As has been explained in another answer, the eldrich horrors do seem to realize that they have a negative effect on humans, and they want to benefit humans. The logical thing to do then, is identify ...
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How long would it take to “domesticate” humans?

As previously stated humans could be very easily trained if taken from a very young age. On top of that any genetic influences could also probably be bred out within 10-20 generations. Experiments ...
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How to Keep Winged People Where They Belong?

Hire Caer guards. If they are cheap, hire plenty of them. If they are expensive, hire one or two squads of them and use cheap lookouts. (riff raff, children, low grade guards,...). Once the lookouts ...
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Two or more advanced civilizations aren't even aware of each other

Haste makes waste! You have your brand new shiny FTL drive, and the bureaucrats are demanding progress. You have to catalogue 50 new planets this week. Never mind that you can barely check the ...
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War between two type III civilizations from the perspective of a type II civilization

Do rats care about human war? Other answers have focused on powerlessness and how the Ⅱs may be accidently trampled by the Ⅲs, as (Zibbobz points out) like the source of the expression of mice and ...
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How can I provide reasons for racism?

Odor would probably be the easiest way to justify an enduring race hatred. Just as there are pheromones, which induce attraction within those who smell them, there are probably also anti-pheromones ...
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Why don't demons possess children until after puberty?

It's hard enough to fit yourself into the limited psyche of an adult human, now you want us to squeeze into children? A demon's gotta breathe, I tell ya! You will note that demons also decline to ...
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Universal Language

Teletubbies I suspect that this is the true function of teletubbies. Not only do they have antennae for receiving and transmitting electromagnetic and electrochemical (see note) communication, but ...
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What would be a good explanation for why Trolls eat Elves?

Because it's the right thing to do: Your trolls may think that the rationale for their behavior is perfectly justified. It's not cannibalism - right? Your trolls are doing it because they really DON'...
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How can an unimaginably huge life form reliably communicate with mortals?

Softly In the case you mention, the differences in timescale make it pointless to try to engage in communication directly. From the sound of it, we are no more than mayflies to them. Most of us, if ...
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Why would mankind hate mythological creatures after living thousands years side by side?

Everything. Literary. Different language, different look, different custom, different gods (this would make for some nice, whattayacallit "crusades"), racism,and the need to strengthen the rule of ...
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Why would prey creatures not hate predator creatures?

The most obvious thing is to have your society structured in a way that predation is cooperative. Some ideas: Being eaten is voluntary Allowing yourself to be eaten is a form of suicide. Some ...
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What would be a good explanation for why Trolls eat Elves?

You don't need a reason, you need a frame challenge! If trolls are about smart as humans, then why would so many practice this inhumane tradition? This assumption is - not to be rude - somewhat ...
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How can humans coexist with an intelligent carnivorous species?

In addition to John Dallman's answer; you're probably going to have to put yourself in a slightly different headspace than a western-thought modern man is used to. In western thought there is a very "...
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War between two type III civilizations from the perspective of a type II civilization

The best the K2 civilization can do is to attempt to shield themselves from collateral damage caused by whatever the aliens are using. This is problematic since they could be using principles and ...
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How can I provide reasons for racism?

Controlled release of a Hate gland Greetings, Visitor Human. You wish to know why Alien Orange and Alien Green hate each other? Very well. Come, sit here on the Orange side, with me. Ours is a ...
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How can a race of eldritch abominations help humanity?

It really depends a lot on what they are helping us to do. When they look down upon humanity, in its struggling, what do they think we need? As these sorts of stories go, they will probably horribly,...
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Trial: If an animal has human or near-human intellect, how might a western legal system determine its personhood?

The main issue here is not if this new animal should be considered a person, but if it is capable of knowing what they did was a crime. If they are able to understand what crime is, then they should ...
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How can an inn's dining room furniture be designed for different sized species?

Convertible furniture Here are the seats that are spread around the table: That's sized for the large animal to sit on comfortably. The base of the seat is low enough that the big animals thighs can ...
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