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The Kraken should build a Tsunami generation device Tsunami's are caused by earthquakes near the seafloor, the earthquake is pretty harmless locally, but once the energy build up reaches shores is when destruction happens - potentially wiping whole countries in a single swoop. Given that the Kraken's natural magic can mostly affect weather & lightning ...


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For me, Renan seems to be asking for a banshee that would kill people on purpose, not just foretell their deaths, and needs a reasonable explanation for why their screaming comes into it. The most logical answer seems to be... That's how they hunt. We all know how deafening a good fire alarm can be, and that's not even designed to incapacitate us, quite ...


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You're interested in the pop culture one. So I'll ignore the foretelling of death and just concentrate on why they might evolve to cause injury / death by screaming. The simplest explanation is that they evolved alongside a predator that hunted primarily using its hearing, perhaps because it was nocturnal. Natural selection selected predators for better and ...


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It's a hallucination caused by a parasite. The funny thing about banshees is that the original Irish legend (like just about every original legendary and mythical monster) had completely different banshees from modern day. You are correct that they couldn't kill people and would just foretell their death, but they also took the form of an attractive young ...


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Resonance. You know that trick where opera singers can shatter a wine glass? They do that by singing at the glass's resonant frequency, causing it to vibrate until it shatters. The same principle has been responsible for the collapse of multiple bridges, and is theoretically capable of collapsing entire buildings. All your banshees have to do is scream ...


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The banshees are screaming because they are happy. Maybe "whooping" would be a better term. First the banshees set roller skates on the stairs, leave the potato salad out then put it away at the last minute, get people hooked on cigarettes - death dealing things. Then they get happy thinking about the setup. Then they start cackling and whooping and ...


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The causation (from the banshee's perspective) is backwards A banshee doesn't scream at a person to cause their death. A banshee screams at a person that they know is going to die. Why this might be evolutionarily favourable is fairly straightforward. Maybe they require fresh carrion as part of their breeding cycle - they lay eggs in the flesh, or have a ...


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This will depend on what kind of scales the dragon has. An easy way to make it specials is to consider if they have steel that can cut dragon scales why are they using dragon scale instead of that steel. So make the dragon scales harder/tougher than steel. You may say only adamantine can cut dragon scales but dragonhide is easier to come by than enough ...


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Scales connected to each other with cord or rings is called Lamallar, if you are interested in that method, direct your research to that term. Standard scale armor is attached to a backing, cloth, leather, or rarely a shirt of mail. That likely makes more sense than leaving it on the original skin, the scales falling out sounds like a very realistic fear. ...


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Remove suitable scales and reattach them in a durable way using links or cord. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/47/Japanese_scale_armor.JPG Depicted: scale mail made of leather scales. These synthetic scales are good because of uniformity of size. Also, a synthetic method of attachment means the mail owner can repair the armor in the ...


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First, find a dead dragon. Finding a dragon that is already dead is much safer than trying to kill a dragon or trying to get scales from a living dragon against its will. If finding a dead dragon isn't possible, the next best thing would be to try to scavenge any scales that might be shed by a living dragon. One might have to try to trade gold for dragon ...


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I don't think the second solution would be practical, though you can always just make it possible by saying "so dragon's skin has these properties and can be used in these ways." First one was viable except for the fact that dragon scales are generally considered the strongest material and cannot be damaged. How can you make holes in them? You would need ...


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The Enfield is a felid. The problem with eagle claws on a canid is that eagle claws are sharp, for catching fish, and canids run on their claws, blunting them to stubs. Felids have worked around this by making their claws retractile. Cats (except cheetahs) run on their pads to save claw sharpness, leaving claws ready for use as weapons. One could make a ...


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The trouble with the talons of an eagle is they're not designed for running with the speed of a greyhound. They also clash with the canid hunting style which goes in face first rather than the eagle style of talons first. The body of a lion is that of an ambush predator, the hind legs of a wolf are those of an endurance runner. Ability to grasp, bite, and ...


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The racoon has paws which are way more articulated than those of a canid This is a consequence of the well developed manipulative skills of the animal itself. If whoever observed the enfield in the wild was not exactly in their senses, maybe because they had too much grog to keep them warm in the mists of the moorland, they can easily confuse such a paw ...


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It climbs trees If it hunts birds or other tree dwelling prey, long claws are a must to get up and down trees. Not so much bird feet but cat like claws


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A good mix of different reagents would be very potent. Fire off different substances in sequence. Best have those materials as hot as possible to ensure the maximum reactivity as chemical reactions are accelerated at higher temperatures. I suggest starting the fire fest with Fluoroantimonic acid. That should dissolve most things by virtue of the fluoronium ...


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Hydrazine Not the most dangerous of substances, (though, please don't get me wrong - it's plenty dangerous) but I wanted to pick one which wouldn't kill the dragon in the process of exhaling it. It's a simple liquid made up of N2H4, but reacts very violently when catalyzed, typically using a sheet made of iridium and aluminum oxide, forming hydrogen gas (...


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Why do you want flammable material? The most powerful weapon on earth uses water as it’s fuel (deuterium, actually). Make your dragon’s breath a thermonuclear bomb (it’s very small, & very easy to distill the fuel from regular sea water). The dragon only needs to have lithium deuteride in his mouth, and lots of heat, and he becomes Godzilla. OK, let me ...


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What you want is florine or more specifically dioxygen difluoride (FOOF). “Being a high energy oxidizer, dioxygen difluoride reacted vigorously with organic compounds, even at temperatures close to its melting point. It reacted instantaneously with solid ethyl alcohol, producing a blue flame and an explosion. When a drop of liquid 02F2 was added to liquid ...


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