Hot answers tagged

71 votes

How would a mermaid jail work?

I present to you, the most feared and inescapable prison of the merfolk world: The Fishbowl There is an island in the middle of the ocean. And in the middle of this island is a massive saltwater lake, ...
user avatar
  • 5,475
48 votes
Accepted

What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Prisoners Dilemma -- They make VERY good slaves. When we defeated Dire ArchWizard ScaryBad 200 years ago, we took all his gold and treasure. We also took his Shadow thralls. They were created as a ...
user avatar
  • 37k
43 votes
Accepted

Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

As Sir Terry Pratchett put it, 'humans raise their successors, vampires raise their competition'. Raising a lot of vampires of high rank increases the chance that they will be able to overthrow you. ...
user avatar
  • 39.4k
39 votes

How would a mermaid jail work?

Just build the jail at the surface, so the cells are partially submerged but still have access to air. I imagine this would be required for all buildings in which merpeople are expected to spend long ...
user avatar
35 votes

Why would animal people wear clothes?

Cleanliness & Safety: Do you want to get goo all over your fur? Is the mud hard to comb out? Do you really HATE taking baths, and the hours trying to get your fur back the way you like? Clothes ...
user avatar
  • 51.4k
32 votes

Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Too many generals, not enough privates. Alpha vampires tend to be jerks. They usually have a chip on their shoulder because they are not cambions, and they are always jockeying for position, scheming ...
user avatar
  • 272k
27 votes

Why would animal people wear clothes?

Cultural habit The animal people started out as humans and in human society, branching off by genetic engineering. They never got rid of the social pressure to wear clothing. If humans are still ...
user avatar
  • 11.8k
24 votes

Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

It's More Dangerous, And A Bigger Pain In The Butt How many of these 90 human alphas are going to APPRECIATE their lives being disrupted by being turned into a vampire? Even if they decide they like ...
user avatar
  • 2,738
23 votes
Accepted

How would a mermaid jail work?

You don't need prisons "I'm not sure how I would have a system of detainment without drowning them to death." Well, don't have a system of detainment then. Public drownings are the social ...
user avatar
23 votes

How would a race of people that destroyed everything they touched wear clothes?

/They would need to look like everyone else./ Wear their own hair as clothes! https://nypost.com/2016/08/10/this-girls-hair-is-so-long-that-she-can-wear-it-as-a-shirt/ Your monsters look like ...
user avatar
  • 272k
22 votes

Why haven't humans been absorbed or exterminated by orks?

Education You noted that orcs only get up to about human "average" intelligence, whereas humans have the whole curve above "average" to themselves. However, much more powerful than ...
user avatar
  • 2,738
21 votes

Why would animal people wear clothes?

To Look FABULOUS! Same reasons we humans wear makeup, dye our hair, and also wear types of clothes. Not to mention whiten our teeth as well as coloring other parts of our bodies (like ancient ...
user avatar
20 votes

Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

Desperate people do all kinds of desperate things. They join convents and give up on having children. They are cruel to other people and kill other people. Desperate people suffer and endure ...
user avatar
  • 272k
20 votes
Accepted

Why would a society be matriarchal instead of patriarchal after the development of agriculture?

Bulls are asocial. This is how it works with elephants. That is how it works with killer whales. https://www.4elephants.org/blog/article/the-role-of-bull-elephant Once the young male elephant leaves ...
user avatar
  • 272k
19 votes

Why would animal people wear clothes?

It is cold. Best reason for clothes I can think of. Bad fur. source I have some friends who must wear clothes to hide their bodies from the world. It is how it is. They have great personalities. ...
user avatar
  • 272k
19 votes

Why haven't humans been absorbed or exterminated by orks?

Efficiency: Orks are inefficient. They are stronger, but generally strength comes at the expense of endurance. Humans have traditionally relied on endurance for hunting, for daily work, gathering, ...
user avatar
  • 51.4k
16 votes

How would a race of people that destroyed everything they touched wear clothes?

They would wear air No, seriously, those guys would be nudists. This should not a problem - just look at the monsters in Attack on Titan. They are deformed and naked all the time, and it just adds to ...
user avatar
14 votes

How would a mermaid jail work?

If you don't want cages to breach the surface, just chain the mermaids to the ocean floor. That way, they can come up for air as they please. Of course, keep guards handy to fight off whatever sea ...
user avatar
14 votes

Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Population Control The system you've described means the lowest level vampires can't sire new vampires at all. So if your vampires have any particular interest in keeping their population in check to ...
user avatar
  • 7,201
12 votes
Accepted

Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

There's no set price. Everybody is different, and what would be a terrible sacrifice for me might be trivial for you. But the price can never be trivial. Finding what your price is is the first step ...
user avatar
  • 1,622
12 votes

Why haven't humans been absorbed or exterminated by orks?

Reproduction is not the bottleneck, calories are In a premodern environment, reproduction rate is not the bottleneck for population, calories are the limiting factor for carrying capacity. Thus "...
user avatar
  • 6,908
11 votes

How would a mermaid jail work?

Any of the above as suits plus Salmon Farms A frame supported by buoys or floats and/or ropes & chains anchored to the sea floor. Then you cover this with layers of stiff netting. The walls rise ...
user avatar
  • 12.4k
11 votes

How would a race of people that destroyed everything they touched wear clothes?

A specially concocted Bacterial Barrier allows them to wear clothes. I know you said no exceptions, and I think this respects that. Its not that the bacteria are immune, but rather that they have ...
user avatar
  • 742
11 votes

Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Conversion takes a toll To convert a human to a vampire, the sire has to pay a price in life force and the stronger the human, the higher the price (exponentially). It would kill an alpha vampire to ...
user avatar
  • 4,210
10 votes

How can witches be prevented from cannibalizing each other to increase their power?

Mana Prions: Your witches have particles in themselves that they personally have adapted to handling. While they may harm the witch who has them in some way, the witch manages pretty well to deal with ...
user avatar
  • 51.4k
10 votes

What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

They have tried and failed already. Once in a while the humans decide that enough is enough and try to finish the job after putting down a rebellion. But it always fails for many reasons: you have to ...
user avatar
  • 39.4k
10 votes

What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

They do commit genocide at a regular basis. Most kingdoms have orders to kill them on sight. However, shadow thralls were designed to be expendable minions. Any decent evil overlord would never allow ...
user avatar
  • 12.2k
9 votes

Why would animal people wear clothes?

Why do humans wear clothes in most cultures, even when there is no practical reason for it? In many parts of the world it’s warm enough – at least some time of the year – that going naked would be ...
user avatar
  • 2,049
9 votes

Social status by fuel used?

This isn't quite what you described, but may be usable for your purposes. Hydrogen comes in three different isotopes -- H1 (protium), H2 (deuterium, also D), and H3 (tritium, also T). H1 and D are ...
user avatar
  • 794
8 votes

How would a mermaid jail work?

Caves Whether because the exit is too small for the mermaid to crawl through, or too far off, a cave can have air pockets that are fresh enough to breathe without offering an actual chance to escape.
user avatar
  • 20.5k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible