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Railway Maintenance Vehicle Ride on the tracks. They go everywhere and will be mostly clear. Obstruction on the tracks? Hop off and drive around it. Build a living space and storage space in the large flatbed area. Extra bonus: Crane Arm. Use it to clear paths, load supplies and fight zombies. Most models change modes with just the push of a button! You ...


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Any craftsman during their journeyman years. A journeyman is a craftsman who just completed their apprenticeship. There was a custom during the middle ages (especially in the German-speaking area) called the "Walz". Young craftspeople spent three years and one day with traveling to other cities, seeking contact to the locals of the same profession and ...


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Sea monster. https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2019/05/dd-monster-spotlight-dragon-turtles.html D&D has so many great sea monsters and it is hard to get them any use if you stick to dungeons. I am fond of the dragon turtle. In your campaign, the turtle is charmed / compelled / enslaved by the demon. Your players winding up on the island was not by ...


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What about a boat? (zombies can't swim right?) Europe has a pretty good river system and will get you to pretty much every big city. The two mechanics will have to deal with operating locks along the way, there's always a manual override. You can go with a group of two or three motor yachts or one large river cruise ship or converted freighter. Boats are ...


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Engineers, stone cutters, and masons were some of the widest travelers of the era, moving between castle and cathedral construction sites regularly, often staying for only a single season of work at a given site before moving to another when the local weather stopped work. Boatmen also traveled long distances up and down rivers and canals moving cargoes of ...


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One obvious answer is that the land bridge itself lacks food. Nothumans can cross the Bridge because they're smart and pack a lunch. Nothorses can't cross the Bridge because that region lacks fodder for the grass loving megafauna of Continent A to venture through. Another possibility is utterly ungothroughsome territory. If the Bridge is very low lying &...


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What about bicycles? They're quiet, they don't require finding fuel, they're maneuverable, they're easy to repair even for laymen, they can be used in multiple different types of terrain, and they're fast enough to outrun a traditional zombie hoard.


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The wind isn't such a bad excuse. Say there is a prevailing headwind, which for most of the path is faster than the average speed of the dragon. Dragons can fly one way but not the other. Your ships, however, have a keel and triangular sails. These two inventions together permit a ship to sail upwind, tacking back and forth. This revolutionized the ...


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We'd send things by ship for the same reason we do today. It's cheap. It's not likely that individuals, corporations, or governments of the future would not be motivated by the cost savings associated with transport by ship. Unless there is some magical energy source in the future that makes energy free, or nearly free, in terms of monetary and ...


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This depends heavily on how ships travel faster than light in your universe. Take Babylon 5: space travel is controlled by gates which allow you to enter and exit hyperspace. In this situation, space lanes are guaranteed. The gates will funnel space traffic into a few predictable patterns. If you read the Extended Universe Star Wars it is very similar. ...


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I know you are expecting a distance answer but I'll give a time answer. A good rule of thumb is a maximum of one to three months of travel. There are exceptions, but most civilizations that have direct contact are no more than one to three months away from each other. The distance varies with the terrain and type of travel. Most of the time when ...


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Dragons can't swim. Your dragons can fly 1000 miles but they cannot see 1000 miles. Nothing can. On the ground you can see 10-15 miles. In a plane maybe you can see 150-200 miles. If a dragon sets out over water and it sees only water in front of it, it will turn around before it loses sight of the land behind it. A flying dragon wants to always have ...


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Congratulations! You've solved the energy crisis! Place Portal B some distance above Portal A. Now place a turbine blade in between the two of them. Slowly insert a steady stream of water, stopping when you reach a certain amount. As the water travels through Portal A, it goes to Portal B. It then turns the blade of the turbine (producing electricity), and ...


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I found this answer by googling 'how far can horses travel'. Essentially, it depends on the horse. Horses are athletes, and well conditioned horses that are used to travelling long distances can travel much further than horses that are not used to such activity. If your horses don't get out and do this particularly often, then 20-30 miles (30-50 km) per day ...


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I suggest a heavy rescue vehicle. (a type of specialty firefighting or emergency medical services apparatus, primarily designed to provide the specialized equipment necessary for technical rescue situations such as traffic collisions requiring vehicle extrication, building collapses, confined space rescue, rope rescues and swiftwater rescues. They carry an ...


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Optical telegraphs would work. At the most primitive, signal flags, though these would not work at night. A more robust system would consist of shutters using light/dark colours to send something like morse code. At night, you might use something similar to a lighthouse, using shutters to block off/show light. Have towers with men stationed in it in shifts ...


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Have you seen Cast Away? When the main character attempts his first escape from the island on a self built raft, he fails because outside of the lagoon the ocean is fierce and smashes the poorly built raft. Indeed, if you look at images of atolls and their lagoons, you will see that, while the lagoon is usually calm, the open sea is way more active. Should ...


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Your only real option here is an Evacuated Tube transport system. Atmospheric drag is the biggest hurdle to traveling the distance you want (9,617 km) in an hour. So simply connect the two cities with a large diameter tube and pump all the atmosphere out of it. Then magnetically levitate and accelerate cars inside the tube. With no friction and no drag ...


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I don't think it's unreasonable for shipping lanes to be established. There's a few reasons why shipping lanes become established on Earth: Currents As you've mentioned, the currents play a large part in why ships use shipping lanes. In space it's likely that gravity, spacial anomalies, radiation and other such things will lead to naturally safer and ...


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Go big: find a Haul truck from a quarry or mine. (Image source) Even just the size will make it hard for the zombies to climb. You'd probably want to weld on some additional stoppers. The height makes it easy to spot and shoot any approaching zombies from far away. The size means that you can take pretty much anything you need with you, any amount of ...


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The answer to this depends on the rider's preference: do they want to travel "AS FAST" as they can or do they need to travel "AS FAR" as they can. Riding a horse in medieval times didn't meant that the rider was constantly on the horse. Going as fast as you can meant that you could travel 80-100 km with the horse cantering but that also meant that after ...


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Tides Many land bridges are often covered by tides, making them only passable at certain times. As the tide comes in, the bridge is covered, it is uncovered again once the tide goes back out. Perhaps your Nothorses are not smart enough to wait until the tides start to head out before quickly crossing. Your Nothumans on the other hand are smart enough to ...


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For starters, look at the historical precedent: Ötzi. Weapons, tools, some food. One survival memnonic is Cutting, Combustion, Cover, Containers, Cordage. Probably several knives and an axe for your use. The knives may be stone rather than bronze for cost reasons, and also so that you don't have to show valuable gear in view of strangers. Perhaps a bow or ...


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This is a follow on to HDE's answer, exploring just how much energy you can get out of the thing. The 3m radius yields roughly a 30m^2 area to drop things through. Do the Portal thing: put one portal above the other, and start dropping! Now let's consider dropping slugs of material through this thing and seeing how much energy we can develop in them. ...


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Dragons, Like Birds, Navigate via Magnetic Markers Part of the sea near the far continent has something that causes the magnetic pull of the earth to behave erratically. Or add in some sort of electro-magnetic disruption that messes with their heads in a way that doesn't affect humans (much). It is situated so that it is impossible to go around it without ...


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A seaplane can fly 10 people plus supplies 1000km before refueling. Takeoffs are loud but relatively safe as any attracted zombies will slip below the waterline. Landings are more dangerous but relatively quiet if you cut engines at high altitude. The downside is needing to row to shore.


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TL;DR -- 11 days There are many factors involved, which makes this a difficult question to answer with a single number. But let's try. The standard accepted answer for Roman legionaries is 20 miles/day (nice discussion here: http://www.romanarmytalk.com/thread-5631.html ), which would give you 180/20 = 9 days, with an 5-hr marching day a speed of 4 mph. ...


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Like most people in the Middle Ages, cleaning and changing clothes is almost impossible in your scenario (most people had only one set of clothing at any given time). Military campaigners of the time resorted to all kinds of expedients based on a total lack of understanding of the mechanisms of disease (long, beak like face masks with pleasant smelling ...


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Counterweight rappelling. Here and there among your worlds are ropes hanging down through holes. I can clip myself in and ring an attached device and the rope will haul me up through the ceiling, or let me down through the floor. Sometimes as I slowly rise or fall, I can see a counterweight move past me. These counterweights are sometimes just salvaged ...


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A unique mode of transport that would only work in an O'Niell cylinder would be a giant swing, suspended from an axle in the middle. Grab the swing, run as fast as you can, take your feet off the ground and you'll continue to move until air resistance slows you down. The obvious draw-backs are that it only works for travel around the circumference (east and ...


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