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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

They would hunt them to (regional) extinction. If they bring pointy teeth, you bring pointy sticks. If they bring a pack, you bring a warband. If they put one of yours in their belly, you put their ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

Language Yes, these Simswines imitate people, but they are not people. Just by engaging in a conversation, we can quickly get the Simswine out of its conversational depth. So simply, you hear someone ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

Forest fires Forge-worms metamorphose through a complex life cycle. Only the adult stage requires extreme temperatures. Adult forge-worms emerge from their pupae in the inferno of a forest fire. They ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

They are surface-adapted bugs originally of cthonic origin These critters are the descendants of organisms that live in molten lava. The dwarves were friendly to the originals, who kept returning ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

Perhaps they evolved in a continuously burning natural gas field such as the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan (image from linked Wikipedia page). Then when gas was piped to nearby ovens they ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

Times Tables The Simiswine can memorise a few phrases. But it doesn't know the meaning of the phrases. It just knows it can get people's attention using "Help! They're after me." It is bad ...
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What is the purpose of mermaid growing hair on the head?

An easy explanation is that it's a vestigial organ, memory of when their ancestors were still land-dwelling animals. More or less as our own body hair is a memory of when our ancestors had a thicker ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

Natural nuclear reactors Your planet has a much higher rate of meteor impacts and a lot of these have a lot of uranium in them. As such, it's quite common for high temperature natural nuclear reactors ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

A volcano is the obvious option, but a cool fantasy answer could be that they evolved around an incredibly long-burning coal-seam fire. It's not particularly realistic as they don't burn long enough ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

They need to set up a shibboleth or a password which the beast can't obviously imitate. One thing is to imitate "help me" or "hey, you!", another is to know that to "No man ...
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What is the purpose of mermaid growing hair on the head?

Generally when an animal has traits that don't make a lot of sense it's because of sexual selection. So many reptiles have frilly bits, some birds have feathers which actually are detrimental to ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

There's a hint of this in another answer, but: dogs. Not fighting dogs (though they may have a role too) but dogs with a keen sense of smell. These would be used for both tracking Simswine packs to ...
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How would a naga swim underwater?

Much like an Anaconda Swims I'm avoiding citing Sea Snakes or similar who have adaptions specifically for swimming (e.g. flattened tails) - so primary movement would be with the tail. The hands would ...
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More energy dense alternative for glucose for vampires

We measure the energy density of food in calories per gram. Pure glucose is 4 calories per gram. Pure fat is 9 calories per gram. Fat is the most natural thing you can eat in terms of energy density. ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

Habitat destruction. Humans have driven many species to extinction or near-extinction. Although sometimes targeted hunting plays a role (such as the grey wolf in North America) it has the problem of ...
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Which animals are closest to a large upright boar monster that can mimic human speech?

Needing others' blood to reproduce isn't so strange; mosquitoes do that. From an evolutionary standpoint, you start from an omnivorous critter that requires energy, proteins etc. to reproduce - or ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

Erratic geysers Their ancestors evolved to thrive in geysers, a wet environment that is subject to high pressures and temperatures. As volcanic activity slowed down in their region, they also became ...
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How would a naga swim underwater?

Sea snakes move their tails side to side (lateral undulation) like sharks and unlike dolphins. Your naga can do the same. The human portion just uses it's arms for steering and the propulsion comes ...
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What is the purpose of mermaid growing hair on the head?

Could be a lot of things. Really long hair could serve as natural camouflage, allowing a mermaid to hide among kelp and seaweed more easily. If your mermaids hunt humans the way the mythical ones do ...
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More energy dense alternative for glucose for vampires

You want a viral infection to make a human 100 times stronger. You have to leave the realm of biological materials for this, so your virus is not actually infecting the human host: it is infecting a ...
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Which animals are closest to a large upright boar monster that can mimic human speech?

I'm going to say that it doesn't sound feasible really. Mostly that's because I cannot concieve of how the need for human blood to reproduce would be an advantage in this creature's evolutionary ...
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Could this lindworm survive as a predator?

Sexual selection can cause all sorts of otherwise useless features to become very important for allowing their bearer to reproduce. While horns may be useful for self-defence for a herbivore, they ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

There's bound to be a fable of a forest demon that you can bamboozle by asking him three questions. Different retellings would differ wildly on the specifics of the actual questions to be asked, but ...
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How can medieval people defend their societies from Vanilla Puddings?

Outlawing hoods Due to numerous attacks by cloaked vanilla puddings most local rulers have put laws into place that ban wearing anything that disguises your face or silouette. Places near swamps or ...
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How would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?

Ask it a few simple questions, not ones with a single set response, but ones where the correct answer or answers changes based on the circumstances. For example ask what todays date is, it doesn’t ...
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

On Earth, tube worms have this issue. They only grow near hydrothermal events but hydrothermal events are short-lived in the geological scale and the worms and can't move away from them. They are ...
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Could a bird evolve into something like a Gryphon?

While most other answers focussed on the evolution process I want to tackle the creature as you want it be in the end. Probably no. The ones I mostly think are unrealisitc is: able to withstand some ...
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What is the purpose of mermaid growing hair on the head?

Maybe the mermaids had quite inefficient body form with regards to swimming, with head and shoulders, and the quick evolutionary adaptation is that they have long hair which make their swimming ...
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Could a bird evolve into something like a Gryphon?

Increasing number of limbs seems to be hard to justify, but I'd be curious to know if it's possible. People are born with with extra fingers, extra heads, extra arms or extra legs... same thing ...
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