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Yes, it is completely believable. First modern comparisons are not helpful. Historic war-bows were a lot more powerful (draw weight wise) than modern bows, war and hunting have very different needs, and modern compound bows are built to reduce power needed at the worst(hardest) part of the draw. 200lb bows are known to have existed. English longbows ...


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The simple answer to your question is "no." But let's run with the idea a bit and flesh it out some more. Could a falcon in either a late medieval or Game of Thrones styled fantasy setting be used in any way like an AeroVironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye recon drone? If so, how? If not, why? I picked that particular UAV for a reason. It's small, small ...


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Stuff appears. Stuff also disappears. There is a large but finite amount of gold coin. When a monster spawns out of nowhere, gold coins to accompany it disappear from their various locations elsewhere and reappear on the monster. The chance of any given coin disappearing is very low, and so only a few people realize that is what is happening. Playing the ...


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They'd be as useful as dogs, for better or worse Canine units are great at detecting certain things, be it bombs or cadavers or drugs. They are trained through "constant repetition and reward" according to a detailed article from Smithsonian Magazine. A dog will detect a smell of interest and then "alert," when means the dog tells its ...


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Monsters get killed. Gold comes out. A "Hero" takes the gold. He buys a sword. With it, he commits more murder on innocent monster natives. He buys another sword. However, he never sells the old sword. The Smith therefore receives no used metal to use as material source and has to constantly use the gold to buy more metal from lands far away. The ...


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Premise: I personally love longbows, an elegant weapon from a more civilized era. I suggest this book to anyone interested. It's recent and with new tests: Mike Loades - The longbow So do not take the following as dissing the longbow or bows in general but It is not that it is impossible. It's just not the wisest thing to do. You do not mention the kind of ...


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Monster whomping mostly replaces mining If, in addition to your monster-based economy, gold is still being mined the old-fashioned way then it might be less valuable than in mundane history. But if gold mines are much less prevalent, or unheard of, it will still probably be valuable. See, if you take a step back, mining is a sink for a lot of resources: ...


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This is a Non-Problem. So a talented horse breeder has married into the valley clan and now lives here. The chieftain wants her to breed horses for use in warfare. My question is what else is she doing? other than breeding horses. This is her profession. She was breeding horses before she married and will continue to breed horses until she dies. She trades ...


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Sure, trained eagle scouts could be useful. However, it seems to me that the greatest benefit will come from making your opponents believe that you have trained eagles, whether you actually use them or not. Think about it - every time an enemy camp sees an eagle or bird of prey fly overhead, they’ll get paranoid. They might even waste resources by trying to ...


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The wizards creating the monsters are being paid in gold, which they use as an ingredient in the monster spawning spell. The gold is used but not consumed, so it ends up with the new monster. Because the monsters kill livestock and travelers, and a pre-industrial society is hugely dependent on agriculture, the kings have been emptying their treasury, giving ...


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Given the amount of trade involved, the culture probably is a mix of both sides, and would have been even without the conquests. Much depends on how much the "Islamic" side imposes restrictions (the Romans were pretty cool about most stuff). As for the conquest, that would depend on the amount of damage they expect. If the soldiers traditionally ...


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If this is the middle ages, democracy and the rule of law are probably not an issue the same way it is today. Respect for traditions and ancient rights is important, but there is some flexibility in that. The chieftain can offer an honor she cannot refuse. Like offering the privilege of supplying warhorses to the most prestigious cavalry units, in exchange ...


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A good rule of thumb is that in purely strength based exercises women are ~25% weaker with comparable training in the same weight class. Compare Men's Powerlifting Records with the women. The difference decreases the more endurance heavy the exercise is (for the marathon the world record difference is only 9%, I think for long distance triathlon it’s even ...


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Next to no way. "Plastic" is not a simple thing at all. In medioeval times they might have, relatively easily, obtained casein plastic from milk and acid (white vinegar or diluted muriatic acid). With some ingenuity they might have had formaldehyde, getting methanol from pomace distillation and flowing it over a catalyser (hot platinum wire - ...


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A bandit kingdom meaning that banditry is a significant source of its revenue? It would be on a trade route that is the only way to move essential trade goods, because that would be the only way for it to avoid simply starving when trade moved elsewhere or just stopped. It would not last long because if the goods are essential, and this is the only route, ...


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it depends. A raven would be even better as those have good ability to learn languages and speak. also, crows and raven are so common, that most never give them a second thought, not to mention underestimate them. I Live in Alaska, and there, unless you're actually looking for them, ravens go unnoticed.


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Very few people are actually capable of killing the monsters. Most of them get killed. As a consequence, there is a trickle of gold coming into society. This is economically beneficial because there is, in fact, a serious shortage of coinage. New gold gets snatched up to replace inefficient barter, and make purchases that would have been too pricey if you ...


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Attacks will occur when the attackers choose One general principle of military engagements is that the defenders choose the ground, the attackers choose the time. No one is going to choose to attack when they are at a disadvantage, so the orcs will attack just before the middle of the night (preferably moonless) while the humans will attack shortly before ...


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The birds have been trained to recognize and steal enemy decorum. Flags, badges, a knife or arrow? Anything will do! If there is someone in this restricted area, the mission of the bird is to steal something from them. At most, the bird would only be able to use this method to communicate that a possible enemy exists in the territory. No specifics. And there ...


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Yes, they could indicate the position and direction of travel of a military force which would make them invaluable . The Israeli military are reportedly pursuing a similar concept for covert scouting


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Human heavy cavalry and horse archers, naffatun brigades/Orcish hobilars & heavy infantry: Wars are typically fought in the summer, when the roads are passable and labor is available after planting but before harvest. This also means that humans get a big leg up, because this is also when there's abundant sunlight and long days. I'm making some ...


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The monsters eat gold ore and thier digestion turns it into coin shaped objects. It takes time for the monsters to eat alot of gold to make one coin, so killing a young monster does not net you much gold. In the past you could kill giant ancient monsters that have had time to accumulate a lot of gold. But now due to over hunting there are only smaller ...


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Ambush detection, flanking maneuvers...etc. That is how I think they make the most sense. See a scout that tells you: hey, there is an army over there. Is not very useful unless they provide exact distance, their numbers, their allegiance...etc. So using them for scouting seems like a complete waste of time. A human soldier with a human eye might take much ...


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According to wikipedia tallest women are in the Dinaric Alps with height of 171cm, the woman of this clan are 178cm tall. Being of athletic build I will compare them with basketball players. Quick glance at WNBA guards it seems that many of similar height weigh around 175 pounds. Joe Gibbs said that he could shoot 160# whole day without a problem, and few ...


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Gold is a resource used in magic. I started a story myself where the most powerful mages spend their days with rituals to stem the tide of monsters and invaders. In your case the gold has some sort of connection to the monsters, and even if you dont have "regular" magic you could have the gold end up in the Government's hands and use it in rituals ...


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Warhorses were like tanks & airplanes of the modern era. Chinese send a whole army to acquire quality horses in War of heavenly horse. Beside all the talk about phalanx, it was the horsemanship of the Thesalian, Theban and companion cavalry that decided battles, unless the terrain was unsuitable for cavalry (broken, not enough place to maneuver etc). ...


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There are two questions here. I'll tackle the culture question first. In parts of the world that have been under the influence of different cultures, you tend to see a blending. Language, food, art, clothing, etc would pick up influences from the different ruling powers. As a trade center, it would also have influences from its trading partners. Now for the ...


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In a medieval world it's possible to shed light in the dark but it's almost impossible to throw darkness in the day without magic. I think the humans in your scenario have a big advantage: during the day they can seek and engage the orcs, while during the night they can use the light of large fires to hinder them and limit the attacking. The orcs on the ...


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Common people back then knew a lot about dyeing and the use of mordants. Most farm families would know all the uses for the crops they grew as well as the wild plants local to them. Just red cabbage and yellow onions skins produce a whole rainbow of colors- blue (red cabbage and salt), pink and red(red cabbage and vinegar), purple (just red cabbage), green(...


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Let me try a science-based answer. Biomagnification That is a real world phenomena: Biomagnification, also known as bioamplification or biological magnification, is any concentration of a toxin, such as pesticides, in the tissues of tolerant organisms at successively higher levels in a food chain. In your world there are no gold mines. Gold is extracted ...


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