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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 garbage in the streets, and dirt and filth was just about everywhere. People used to do that because 1) they didn't have an easy way to get rid of it otherwise ...


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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 end). However, population-wide statistics are misleading. The mortality rate will be very much lower for fit, healthy people who are well-fed and have no ...


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Black plague (and hopefully any disease which closely copies it) is carried by fleas. Fleas hate citrus fruit, especially lemons. The woman and her husband own the only citrus grove near the town and normally make their living selling lemons. So their home and grove would be a natural safe zone from black plague. If only her husband hadn't joined the death ...


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By using deer traps, like they did in medieval Europe: A Deer hay wind, Deer fold or Elrick is an artificial, natural or modified natural feature used in the culling, capture or management of deer in relation to deer parks or natural woodland and open countryside. These structures have existed for many centuries... Evidence that during Saxon times deer ...


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Run them down. Persistence hunting means running the animal down; chasing it until it cannot run any more. It is a human superpower. Our ancestors could do it. We still can. https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/06/03/4015913.htm Back in 1978, Michael Baughman wrote an article in Sports Illustrated about how he outran a deer. The deer is ...


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Pretty much forget about systematic perishable food delivery service in the 15th century Europe. Eat local in those times meant "eat what your village produces" for most of the people. And 20 km was already a remarkable distance for people who could rely just on their feet for moving. If you start putting on stage horses and carriages for ...


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Morale. In a typical pre-modern battlefield, most of the casualties are not suffered in face-to-face combat; rather, one side or the other will lose their nerve and rout, leading to them being run down by the enemy. Berserkers, however, won't break - they're too busy berserking to worry about trifling things like self-preservation. In an evenly-matched fight ...


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If wizards just replace the king but leave local power to nobles, nobles would have little reason to rebel I assume, as you speak about kings, nobles and tag it medieval-europe, that the current political regime is feudalism. Small nobles swear fealty to counts, count swear fealty to duke, duke swear fealty to king (ranks may vary, but you get the general ...


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As a wily local Baron, I'm skilled in intrigue and deception. As a skilled Feudal warrior myself, I recognize the difference between offensive and defensive weapons and tactics, the proper uses of different weapons, and defenses against those weapons. I'll quickly recognize that these are not gods carrying magic wands. Those are men carrying weapons, ...


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Salt Works on slugs and snails so should work on mobile slimes too. Salt works by dehydrating the creature causing it pain. Slug cells are basically all water trapped inside very, very permeable membranes. If you sprinkle salt on a slug, the crystals will mix with the water in the slug’s mucus, creating a salt-water solution. But this new solution now has ...


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In a world where there's an abundance of something, something else will have evolved to eat it. Humans would notice this and domesticate the predator, just like we domesticated cats to manage pests and dogs to help us hunt. A slow moving slime seems like an easy meal for anything with a tough enough stomach to digest it. Maybe a pig or goat, or maybe some ...


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Easy, without killing anything, if you have the time. Ask your local game keeper when the fawns are born. When that time comes, take the sweetest hunting dog you can find (a scent hound works best). Then go out and find the fawns; they will be tucked away and will not move when you come close. The fawn stays hidden in the grass for one week until it is ...


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G. Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote "The Leopard". The novel is the story of Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, a 19th-century Sicilian nobleman caught in the midst of civil war and revolution. As a result of political upheaval, the prince's position in the island's class system is eroded by newly-moneyed peasants and "shabby minor gentry."...


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Weekly Market There are weekly markets in the local town. People travel from several neighboring villages to attend. Your grandmother arrives a day early and rents space to prepare the curd to be sold the following day. Fermentation Fermentation is a common method of preservation. Fermented tofu exists in the real world. Any fresh beancurd not sold is ...


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Yes, they could, if size is the only criteria. Medieval builders could build large structures. Windsor Castle and Notre-Dame are just few examples. What was lacking (compared to classical period) is the economy and logistics. Building large stone structures was a decade-long effort straining the entire dukedom or kingdom. Basically, you need to free a ...


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They live in the trees. She knows that the Death can jump from person to person. And she knows that even without the Death, people have become dangerous. Even among the uninfected, people are desperate and some are insane. Before he went away her husband told her some of the things he saw in the houses of the dead, and would not tell her about some ...


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It depends on Leadership, Ability to Learn, Cunning and Political Acumen So obviously modern era weaponry (even with limited ammunition) will give you a tactical advantage over any one you meet on an individual level. The primary 'purpose' of your weapons in this context is however mainly that you can force someone to listen to you or take notice of you. ...


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Shatter the enemy morale Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. -- Kyle Reese, The Terminator I can easily imagine the foes something something to that effect about the bersekir. They'd ...


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Funny you should ask that... Let me offer a quick and very partial introduction on how the Roman state religion was organized. It's not a Pope, it's a Supreme Pontiff One of the titles of the Pope, Bishop of Rome, Patriarch of the West, is Supreme Pontiff, Pontifex Maximus (or Summus Pontifex) in Latin. This title is old. Very old. As in, very much older ...


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One solution is to have them come very, very close to death, but then just barely pull through. It's easier to believe "these two people almost died of the plague" than "these two people were immune to the plague" or "these two people never got the plague". Sometimes people do simply recover from even the worst conditions.


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Some possible protection methods: 1. Build moats Those moats can be built around villages, towns, or individual households. Fill them with something that Plops do not tolerate well, e.g. water if Plops cannot swim, broken pottery shards or other sharp objects if Plops are sensitive to cuts, natural predators if Plops have them, etc. 2. Use glaze everywhere ...


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The mother is a cat hoarder. She adores cats, and cannot have too many of them. Any rat looking for living quarters takes one sniff near her house and decides it would not make a good home. The cats are kept mainly indoors, well fed, and groomed regularly. She does not like them getting fleas. If she sees fleas on a cat she combs it thoroughly. She insists ...


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Failure to plan is planning to fail This is eleven Russians with awful, terrible weapons. They lose any fight very fast. Seven of the weapons are Mosin-Nagats (M1981/30), a bolt-action rifle with a five-round clip, and I'm going to assume that these are Soviet mass-produced Mosin Nagats to boot, very rough and shoddy weapons. Still could function perfectly ...


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There is no (direct) passage. They climb. Your 'valley' is actually the caldera of a volcano that went inactive eras ago. There was enough time to build soil and it is minerally rich, hence fertile. Rain gathered in the caldera and there is a nice little lake at its center. Water flows away by underground streams. There is no direct passage to access the ...


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pretty much a shock troop or human stampede, since cow/bull is expensive and cant row a ship, assuming this was in open battlefield or raid. it even state here from:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserker King Harald Fairhair's use of berserkers as "shock troops" broadened his sphere of influence.[citation needed] Other Scandinavian kings used ...


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You don't deliver past walking distance. Beancurd is an especially interesting problem. It must be kept cool, or the shelf life is single digit hours. Refrigerated, it lasts 3-5 days tops. Freezing completely ruins it, so forget packing in ice. AND, it gets degraded by mechanical vibrations, so no racing over cobblestone roads! Realistically, the only way to ...


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Without invoking magic as an explanation, is it plausible that people, using Medieval European technology, could construct immense castles? If not, what are the main obstacles preventing this? Lack of knowledge was the main limiting factor. If we stay in Europe, Romans were capable of building wonders like the Pantheon and the Coliseum, but those ...


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Nets work. Hunters have been using nets for thousands of years. You might injure a few, but keep trying, soon you'll have a good breeding colony for the King's Forest. https://etc.usf.edu/clippix/picture/piazza-armerina-mosaic-of-the-little-hunt-stags-captured-in-a-net.html


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Specific examples Platinum can be found in native form; so that they could have had platinum in the 1400s if only they had access to native platinum deposits. In real history, platinum was not known to European chemists before the 18th century because there are no significant native platinum deposits in Europe; but there are such deposits in the Americas. ...


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Look at power, not legitimacy. In theory, the king owned all land and gave fiefs to vassals, who owed fealty (and taxes, and military services). Those vassals also got noble titles and a complex hierarchy. In practice, the king was unable to control the whole kingdom personally, and had to delegate some authority. When one of the vassals died, there had to ...


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