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Why would people bury their dead in tombs when they might become zombies?

The alternatives are worse Burning the corpse brings back the dead as a incorporeal wraith (that is also pissed that you desecrated the body.) Dismemberment causes something similar, except the ...
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Antler Helmet: Can it work?

Can Lord Woodesey have an antlered helm? Yep, you bet, absolutely. As Kilisi pointed out, lots of impractical/decorative armor existed back in the day, just because the wearers liked how it looked. ...
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What early middle ages weapons would suit an extremely strong child?

Rocks. source Rocks are cheap and easy to find. She will be able to find rocks that fit her hand. It is easy to practice throwing rocks at targets and improving your aim. That experience is ...
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How advantageous is an invisible sword?

Very Advantageous. But with careful use. Obvious use is assassinations, since it can let your guy appear to be unarmed. He can even do it in public, and frame a nearby armed person. For a duel, he ...
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How could people in the medieval times defeat an armored vehicle?

So, you ask how to defeat an army of that side with the artificer?... Honestly, the description is so insane that best thing opponents can do is actually give that side a second artificer, to spend ...
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Why is this less profitable for an adventurer to craft and then sell an artefact, rather than to sell ingredients needed to craft the artefact?

Because the adventure's skill and reputation is always below that of a specialized craftsman. Bob the Blacksmith has been making swords all his life. He's spent 40 years perfecting the art of the ...
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Why is this less profitable for an adventurer to craft and then sell an artefact, rather than to sell ingredients needed to craft the artefact?

Because you are selling to shops, not to adventurers I agree with the accepted answer in most settings, but not in the context of the genre. In many games, the best weapons are the ones you craft ...
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Why would people bury their dead in tombs when they might become zombies?

Why bury and entomb their dead at all, when they know there's a chance they might dig themselves back up? You already gave the answer in your premise: if you leave a corpse to stew long enough, ...
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How could people in the medieval times defeat an armored vehicle?

A mud pit is more than enough to stop it. Wooden wheels, even when plated with metal, do not have that much of a grip, and once they are sunken into thick mud it's a real hassle to free them up. Being ...
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Modern military equipment in a fantasy world

Modern defense using Western (NATO) weapons: Bad news for the troll-warriors and their slaves: We've practiced defensive warfare for centuries, and it's brutal. At 3000m, a rain of 60mm mortars ...
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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?

An army that moves in the ground Human warfare has actually been conducted under ground. From the cave bases in Afghanistan, to tunnel warfare in Vietnam, to mining in The Great War. In a fantasy ...
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How to make this "friendly war" plausible?

The Kingdom that founded Siege has collapsed so it can't officially declare an armistice. Siege don't want to publicly admit this. There is no King to declare an end to hostilities anymore. The ...
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How does an all-female medieval country maintain itself?

If the sex is freely available, the men will come (no pun intended) Males are naturally attracted to sex. If sexual partners are easily found and freely available, they will travel. Your problem is ...
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How does an immortal vampire king hide his vampirism and immortality?

The idea of the king is immortal, the appearance of the king is unchanging. Because that's the mythos of the king. Replace the crown with a mask The mask is the king and the king is the mask. The king ...
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How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Plops?

Sanitation made easy You appear to be making a huge assumption without realizing it. You see, in medieval times (and the past in general) hygiene really wasn't a thing. People would just dump their ...
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Minimum tech level required to outrun a terminator?

The obvious two ways to move quickly are horses and boats. With the latter sleep and long-term travel are much easier. The problem for the terminator is finding its targets, once they are out of ...
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Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

Because they don't want to turn into a dragon. Dragons are created when a group of about 800+ goblins get together in a single community. After a few years of that, something happens, and all the ...
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How to utilize dragons that are too small to ride in warfare?

1 - Messenger. Pigeons sent information but had to fear hawks. I would like to see a hawk intercepting mail when the messenger is badder and meaner than them. Also, the intelligence would allow for ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Prisoners Dilemma -- They make VERY good slaves. When we defeated Dire ArchWizard ScaryBad 200 years ago, we took all his gold and treasure. We also took his Shadow thralls. They were created as a ...
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What's a good fire-resistant material to write on?

The Guild of Asbestos Weavers: Blame Fahrenheit 451, but this is the first place my mind went. This naturally occurring mineral fiber may be toxic in fine fibers, but it will be fire-proof and light-...
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Would dual wielding daggers be a viable choice for a covert bodyguard?

Daggers work, but history is the best teacher here, and history says the simplest weapons are the most effective. In this case, a spear. Specifically, a cane or walking staff with a removable wooden ...
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Best Way to Style Ridiculously Long Hair (for magic purposes)

Two options that came to mind while considering your question: Pinned/Taped Crown Braid Not necessarily "for magic purposes", but something that works for everyday purposes to tie up the ...
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How to make this "friendly war" plausible?

This might be possible, but it will take a large amount of time for this situation to develop. For the sake of this answer I will refer to both the town as well as their inhabitants as Caertydin and ...
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How to utilize dragons that are too small to ride in warfare?

"This is Lord Mountjoy Quickfang Winterforth IV, the hottest dragon in the city. It could burn your head clean off." Commander Vimes limped forward from the shadows. A small and extremely ...
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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?

The high ground is better because... you can more easily throw stuff onto the enemy, you can walk down saving strength, you can see further, and in close quarters you stand taller. We need to ...
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In a world without stars, how would travelers navigate at night?

Well... I guess they would have to go by the other planets then, the Gegenschein could also help: Gegenschein (German: [ˈɡeːɡənʃaɪn]; lit. "countershine") is a faintly bright spot in the night sky ...
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A huge forest native almost solely to elves who are widely regarded with hatred. What's to stop an army from simply burning the entire forest?

Forest fires are a type of wildfire, which to spread effectively need at least two things: Sufficient dry starting fuel. Wind in the direction of spread. If constructed correctly, it is conceivable ...
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In a world without stars, how would travelers navigate at night?

First off, this question reminds me of the Doctor Who episode The Pandorica Opens, in which the TARDIS exploding destroys all the stars. To get on with the main question, there are four ways that ...
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