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Modern warfare theory in a medieval setting

The question shows a misunderstanding of why the Middle Ages were medieval. It's not that the people who lived in those times did not know any better. They did. In particular, they had good Roman ...
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How to protect shops in the medieval era against thievery?

Medieval times are an area of study for me, so let me tell you a little about the way the law worked during that time. This may be a different world, but I can give you a background on history and how ...
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Truth Stone: Effects on the justice system, and criminal world

Scenario 1: The King declares: "I have decided to use the Truth Stone to root out any and all corruption in my administration." Stone vanishes from behind 5 supposedly locked and guarded ...
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In a medieval setting, how far apart should towns be?

Distances between Medieval towns varied quite widely, as did the population and size. I think the estimate, and this is a low estimate, for England was that there were over 3,000 deserted Medieval ...
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What could an average modern human achieve in medieval times?

Depressing, realistic version: John Doe has major problems: His modern skills are of little use in a medieval English village. The peasants don't care about numeracy or crazy ideas, they want ...
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Modern warfare theory in a medieval setting

Honestly the 'modern' military theory that would give Lord Gary the biggest advantage would be modern attitudes towards hygiene. It was extremely common in the time period you're talking about for a ...
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How many generations would it take until the noble and peasant classes become different species and cannot interbreed?

This speciation will never occur. Why? A condition Robert A. Heinlein once described as "common bastardy." People don't always keep their genes to themselves. Humans are well known as what I think ...
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How to avoid the language barrier when there is no time to learn the other language?

Let's consider a real historical example Let's fix the historical period to the 14th century, and let's say that "language 1" is French and "language 2" is Romanian. Both French and Romanian are ...
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Is it possible to create a Gas Mask using only Medieval Technology?

Yes it's possible. How? The mask body would be made out of leather. In order to make it airtight I would take one layer of leather, then a layer of pitch (which was also used to seal ships) and ...
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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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What are the disadvantages of a long living race?

First off, repopulation. There are two possibilities - either the elves have a birth rate similar to humans or they have a birth rate vastly reduced to match their lifespan. In the former case, the ...
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How to avoid the language barrier when there is no time to learn the other language?

The simplest solution is that in both population you have some rare few scholars who speak language 0 and can communicate in this language, even though they do not actually speak each others' modern ...
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Practicality of chainsaws as weapons in the medieval-ages and how to improve them?

To quote Miguel Valdespino on Quora about using them in combat... Chainsaws make poor weapons. While they cause a lot of damage to the enemy, they suffer many problems as weapons. They ...
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Modern trading card game viable in late medieval / renaissance times?

Almost impossible. Issues: Production Production is going to be expensive. Either the cards are drawn by hand, or you have to produce some plates for every design to print them (and in this last case, ...
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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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Truth Stone: Effects on the justice system, and criminal world

How about this? The stone goes into a church/temple/palace. The accused in any trial has the right to demand a Trial by Stone instead of the usual legal process, but only before that process starts. ...
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What could an average modern human achieve in medieval times?

This really should be a comment to Pavel's excellent answer, but I'm afraid I don't have the reputation to add a comment. Given the sad story of Ignaz Semmelweis, it's pretty unlikely anybody would ...
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How close were inns in medieval Europe?

Hate to say it varies, but...it varies. Start with this question, just because it's a wealth of info and tangentially related.: In a medieval setting, how far apart should towns be? Which is all ...
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Is diamond armor better than traditional armor?

The material property we'll want to concern ourselves here is Toughness. This value denotes a material's resistance to fracturing. A typical diamond has a toughness value of 2.0 KIc, which is ...
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Truth Stone: Effects on the justice system, and criminal world

The real problem is that the stone does not actually force you to speak truth. So when you speak a half-truth or a misleading truth it will still identify it as a lie. A clever person could still ...
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Would England of the 14th Century be capable of producing revolver bullets

It depends on the pistol The 19th century spans a number of revolutions in firearms including percussion caps, revolvers, cartridges, smokeless powder, and semi-automatic pistols. It spans everything ...
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Rural broomstick navigation on a moonless night

The human eye is remarkably sensitive. As one who has worked in photographic darkrooms for many years, as well as doing dark-site hobby astronomy, I have experience with this. First, when fully dark ...
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What early middle ages weapons would suit an extremely strong child?

Polearms and Shortbows If you ever ask yourself what the best medieval weapons are for someone, 7/10 times it’s a pole arm of some kind. Your anime tier seven year old still has short arms, so ...
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How do I ensure that two characters survive the black death without making them naturally immune?

The Black Death - bubonic plague - has a mortality rate of 50-70%, so even with no other measures there's a pretty good chance of any two people surviving at random (about 25% if you take the lower ...
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What could an average modern human achieve in medieval times?

Depends on how he plays his cards. The medieval world was disgusting, diseased and woefully violent. Being used to the egalitarian principles of modern times, he would treat the nobles as equals, ...
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How to protect shops in the medieval era against thievery?

Shopkeepers did not display their goods to nearly the same extent as modern shops. Plate glass is a very modern invention, and even small panes of glass were expensive. Shops had signs outside that ...
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How quickly would a wooden treasure chest rot?

"Realistically" is a pretty broad spectrum of interest for us here at Worldbuilding LLC. The condition of a standard, non-living wood treasure chest over time is naturally affected by many factors, a ...
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How to disguise insect meat?

Don't disguise it, just make it taste good to your audience Crawfish, Lobster, and Crab are all very delicious and creepy looking "bugs" that tons of people have no issue eating with ...
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Would the existence of Megalodon during the medieval ages threaten Sea Travel and how to defend against them?

No Megaladon is not fundamentally a more fearsome or ferocious beast than a sperm whale, which is also carnivorous, of similar size, probably smarter, and has as documented capability to sink 240 ton ...
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What would a guerrilla band of authentic female medieval archers look like?

Sociology aside, this is a realistic scenario (or at least as realistic as Robin Hood) In this answer, I'm setting aside the fact that Poland in the 1400s would not be a conducive sociological ...
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