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Negative pressure projectile propellants (Alternatives to gunpowder)

It sounds like a poorly conceived idea. Reason? With increasing pressure you can go up as much as you want, the limit being the strength of your barrel. If 20 bar of up pressure are not enough, you ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

You answered it yourself: elven magic is quite subtle and isn't very direct. much of it revolves around metaphysical worlds and emotional connection. This would make elves extremely good ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

So, you have the answer in your question - you just dont see it: Trench Warfare Now - many people think of Trench warfare and think of Mass Artillery barrages, Machine guns mowing down scores of ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Negative Enchantments elves can enchant items, like a boat that won't sink, a sword that doesn't dull, and armor that won't clank So elves can confer positive effects on items. What if they can also ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Stacking the battlefield in their favour Elves have developed magical options to neutralise or counteract the technological advantages of the humans. Notice-Me-Not Field, is the human name given to a ...
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Negative pressure projectile propellants (Alternatives to gunpowder)

This - or something adjacent to this - has been done before. Ultimately, there's no reason not to use regular propellant. Normal things explode just fine, and if you have the tech to make something ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Maybe a tweak: enchanted items cannot generate energy of their own, but can (to an extent) absorb and repurpose energy given to them. Thus a sword could be magicked to absorb the kinetic energy of an ...
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Negative pressure projectile propellants (Alternatives to gunpowder)

As stated by the other answers, vacuums are a bad idea. However, consider this answer a loose interpretation of your final sentence. A coilgun "sucks" metal projectiles forward out of the ...
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Negative pressure projectile propellants (Alternatives to gunpowder)

Using suction to "pull" the projectile has one major drawback: as you suck at the projectile, you are also sucking at the air outside the barrel with the same but opposite force. The air ...
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Technological Progress and Regress among interlunar Societies

You are presuming that the civilizations retain their knowledge and expertise for long time even when the means to apply these expertise are destroyed. Consider all AI developers now, without computer ...
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designing an elven magic system that blends with a WW1-esque world

Never Mount a Land War Into Russia Elfland As Napoleon and Hitler both discovered, Russia's greatest defense is not its military, but its size and climate. Scorched earth retreats left the invading ...
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Negative pressure projectile propellants (Alternatives to gunpowder)

I'm going to throw science-based to the wind The only chemical I know of that absorbs oxygen (not air... oxygen) is pyrogallic acid. Compared to what you need to make a slug an effective bullet, it's ...
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How to Quickly Direct a Dragon’s Fire while Piloting her in Battle?

Phonetic Alphabet Dragonfire A syntactically simple set of voice commands should get the job done. You don't want anything that requires the dragon to look back at the rider (which would add time ...
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How to Quickly Direct a Dragon’s Fire while Piloting her in Battle?

Why do you need to give the Dragons Orders Okay - time to bust out some WW2 Lore: Project Pidgeon This is where Pidgeons were trained to peck at the silhouette of a target, in order to steer a bomb to ...
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Technological Progress and Regress among interlunar Societies

Of Course So my question is: Is it possible that an inter-lunar civilization is struck so hard, that they loose their grip over nature, regress in technology and economy [...] One of the dominant ...
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How to Quickly Direct a Dragon’s Fire while Piloting her in Battle?

One way you could solve that is by using a different style of bridle; if your dragons have horns, the bridle could attach to those rather than having a mouth bit, or it could be a harness wrapping ...
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