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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 books about military strategy, tactics and logistics; for example, they had and they actually read Vegetius's De re militari; the book was copied over and over, and ...


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I practice early medieval (Viking) style semi-contact as a hobby. With blunt steel weapons not with some LARP toys. I can tell you how we deal with an enemy with a shield and then some historical methods I know. Now our fights are not entirely realistic, they do not devolve into fierce unarmed struggles, at the end, where we attempt to scratch out eyes and ...


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Farmer, farmer, and farmer Assuming it is independent and not a satellite settlement (a satellite community is far far more likely) there is only one job, farmer. there is not enough people to support specialized labor. (note farmer might be replaced with fisher in a coastal settlement) Maybe, maybe they have a blacksmith, although a hundred is is a pretty ...


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No Modern soldiers are trained and equipped to modern warfare. They are next to useless for ancient warfare. At best, they wouldn't be better than any other piece-of-flesh to make for cannon-fodder and more probably than not they would be a dead weight to get rid off at the first opportunity. Even handwaving the language problems that would render them ...


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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 force to lose more troops to dysentery and other diseases than they lost in actual combat. By taking a very firm attitude towards latrine maintenance and ...


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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 of as "false monogamists" even in what are considered monogamous societies. There has never been a noble class in human history that didn't "indulge itself" ...


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"So, I have a group of 6 small kingdoms (in a medieval low fantasy world) that share a lot of their culture, since they were just one country in the past. In my story, a powerful nation (let's call it P) is becoming too dangerous and has the potential to beat all these kingdoms in a war (and go even further)." To anchor a general world-view I will assume ...


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Nothing You don't need nothing special. As the late Tywin Lannister put it, "a man above the walls counts as ten men below". That's why throughthout history, castles and fortifications were rarely stormed, but sieged. A hundred men on the castle could easily stop a thousand attackers. 1000 men against 3000 zombies? They won't even tire. Give them clubs, ...


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I may be reading your question wrong, but I'm going from the assumption that the rifle isn't a typical weapon for this setting, but is imported from another timeline or world. In this case you just need to disassemble it. A medieval guardsman won't recognize this as a firearm: if he expects a firearm to look like this:


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Large dinosaurs are like elephants. Very strong, but the one thing they can't do is jump. Their massive body weight increases with the cube of their size, meaning that large dinosaurs are at the limit of what their body can physically support. Trying to jump is impossible for them. So forget about trying to build a strong wooden fence, build a ditch. That's ...


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This is basic asymmetric warfare. It can work. Ask the Viet Cong how they held off the most powerful superpower in the world... What you don't do is take on the modern army on their terms, or even the terms a knight would be used to. Avoid an open pitched battle, it would be suicide. Ditch the armour, take a dagger instead of a sword. Carry out a sneak ...


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If the creature needs its ears to function well in battle, or for ritual or cosmetic show offs, you need holes. Helmets for military dogs have them: Otherwise, do fold their ears:


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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 actually that women will be left raising the children alone so the society would be better arranged to deal with single mothers than worrying about finding men. ...


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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 people of Siege may think of their kingdom how early medieval Europe thought of the Roman empire: not willing to admit it's gone, occasionally getting behind ...


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Fantasy solution: The bridge to Heavens is above the pit to Hell. Anyone pushed over just vanish into its bottomless abyss. Just rule out accumulation. Biological solution: Scavengers. Some scavenger nest near the duel area and clean the corpses once sun has set. They learned to be afraid of the guardians after centuries of getting their butts whooped, ...


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Gauntlets, security, accessibility and coordination. Plus falls and loot. Assumptions: A teleport scroll will only take a single adventurer and the items that adventurer is wearing / carrying. If this assumption is incorrect then there are lots of potential problems (how much of the ground they are standing on is teleported with them?) and a very simple ...


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Unlike the main answers, we actually do see a few specialized professions even in small villages. This is true both for the middle ages and for contemporary indigenous people. Most importantly, there would be a priest. Even small villages have a shaman, witch doctor, priest or other religious figurehead. According to some historical research, productivity ...


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Night Raids Prior to radar and guided missiles the greatest threat to aircraft were anti-air guns and flak cannons. These weapons were of course ground based and aimed without the benefit of computers. This is why WWII bombing runs were often at night, because the AA crews were dependent on spotlights to see the incoming planes at night. Your dragon has a ...


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The practice in the first half of the 20th century was to wrap wire in cotton cloth, resulting in something like a shoelace from https://www.vycombe-arts.co.uk/onlineshop/prod_3699705-Double-Cotton-Covered-Copper-Wire-Reels.html Alternately, pass your wire through wood resin, which will leave a fine insulating layer over your wire, good enough for low ...


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You cannot optimize a zero. First of all, fuel bars in nuclear reactors count hundreds or thousands of those pellets. It's like I ask you to invent the car engine just by giving you a drop of gasoline. Furthermore there is no way for a person with the knowledge level of 14th century to have the faintest clue that what they are handling is a radioactive ...


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I posit that it wouldn't change at all. It is already desirable to cause copious bleeding with edged and pointed weapons, there are plenty of quite old guides as to where large blood vessels are close to the skin (armpits are a good place, for example) and so people clearly trained and learned with the intent of hitting such places. There might be a slight ...


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Cleanliness This one's a big one. Getting people to just wash their hands and bodies will go a long way, as the medicine of the time was often not helpful at all, if not downright harmful (leeches, for example). In the 14th and 15th century medicine really started to turn around due to the rejection of commonly accepted authorities, and people instead doing ...


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In medieval times, this was given quite a lot of thought as castles were designed in most cases to survive a siege. Food is an issue during a siege to be sure, but water more so; this ties into the law of 3s; you can survive 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. These are of course approximations, but you get the general ...


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Historically, knights were protected from firearms. Armour from the late 1400's on was "proofed" by firing a shot from a handheld firearm into it, allowing the purchaser to have a visible sign that the armour was capable of stopping a bullet. Handgonne from the 1400's Proofed suit of armour The issue was that while it was possible to create armour which ...


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1 - Messenger. Pidgeons 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 training, and with some selecting breeding, lighter breeds for more speed. Use as pack animals are limited since the food would be a nightmare for logistics on ...


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Eat it: Turn it into black pudding. Or drink it, perhaps mixed with milk. BTW, the druidic religion sacrificed animals, as well as probably humans. In the absence of Christians and Romans it's not too much of a stretch to imagine that surviving until medieval times.


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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 Siege. What I think is the most plausible explanation, is that the siege started out as a serious assault, but dragged out too long. Siege didn't cut off ...


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The Spell Takes a Few Minutes to Work After you rip up the scroll the spell immediately starts working. But teleportation spells are very complicated and the magic takes a few minutes to memorise where all the molecules in your body are located relative to each other. You must stay absolutely still for a few minutes while this happens, and only then are ...


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"This is Lord Mountjoy Quckfang 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 frightened golden dragon was clamped firmly under one arm. His other hand held it by the tail. The rioters watched it, hypnotized. "Now I know what you'...


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Communications The classic answer to the question of "what modern invention would turn the tide added to a medieval / ancient army?" is "radio". This spell can work as short range, all weather undetectable battlefield communications. Whether the transmitting wizard is manipulating a quill on parchment, chalk on a blackboard or a "morse key", they can pass ...


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