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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

This is a Frame Challenge Humans are the apex predator. Our problem-solving abilities ensure that. And I'm not a fan of apparently godlike creatures/characters, which means "unkillable" ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

how can war and weaponry develop in a world where spilling blood means calling death incarnate in a matter of minutes? By spilling metric tons of blood. The problem is not "not spilling blood&...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

The invention of water-pistols saves the day. You should should draw blood and place it in the pistol (with a basic anti-clotting agent eg. a ferment of sweet clover, or mosquito extract if you have ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

The winning army is the one that would be able to leverage this apex predator the most effectively Biological Weapons In our world we have the likes of anthrax, plague, etc. that have been weaponized. ...
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Effectiveness and impact of hypersonic needles replacing supersonic bullets

Dubious effectiveness Disclaimer: This is all speculation. For obvious practical reasons, no one has conducted statistically valid studies on shooting humans or even animals with mach 30 hypersonic ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

This is already normal in many parts of the world, like Germany Specifically, Germany is a country modern country with a modern police force that has gun control laws similar to what you outline for ...
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Effectiveness and impact of hypersonic needles replacing supersonic bullets

Ballistic effectiveness is more a function of how much of the energy is dumped into the Target Now - Caveats - I have never been shot and have no intention of being shot... That said... a Bullet that ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

I believe these apex predators had no chance against us. We work organizedly, we can build traps, we can trick them. We would learn their behavior, their real skills and we would live on ways where ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

Humans would need to either wipe out these creature, live in a place the creatures cannot reach ( underground caverns with entrances too small for the predator?).Or learn to cover the smell of blood. ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

Why are swords bad The word "bad" is probably too strong here. However, we should examine why swords are not the weapon. Why do we have other weapons than them. Swords are versatile weapons. ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

Sounds like Romans If your spell swords are prone to offensive ranged magic, and can generate a large shield of protective force, what you've got is almost a Roman Legionary, just without chainmail (...
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Effectiveness and impact of hypersonic needles replacing supersonic bullets

You are basically describing flechettes In the late 1980s, following the promising results of reducing the 7.62mm round down to the smaller, faster 5.56mm rounds they use today, the USA experimented ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

It depends on the setting but! The solution is to kill off 'death incarnate' The key issue: A lot depends on the technological level of the human societies in your world and how they got there. If we'...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

Lower Technology Level Bludgeoning Weapons: The most straight forward ones. 1. If you want to avoid opening wounds you just have to break someones bones to kill them. 2. These weapons would come ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

Spells can make swords viable Normally polearms / pikes and such would be superior to swords, but magic that the spellswords have negates these advantages. The strength of polearms/pikes is in their ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

Because protests mostly don't happen. Due to the heavy social control most people are fairly obedient to society and don't protest or do antisocial things. Education programs and good mental ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

Check out the premise of Brandon Sanderson's novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell. The Simple Rules of this world are Do not kindle a flame. Do not shed the blood of another. Do not run ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

I'm going to take a crack at this The comments have a debate that makes perfect sense from the perspective of the future looking back at the past. We've realized that swords weren't the most ...
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Effectiveness and impact of hypersonic needles replacing supersonic bullets

Spectacular on Paper, A liability to the User in Practice These darts are traveling at just under earth's escape velocity, so you're basically talking about launching a very small meteor at someone. ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

Isn't that the case in most of the world? Most policemen have only a rubber club or democratizer on them, which is 40 thousand years old antiquated weapon. It does not even have a stone of its tip. ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

Dual Purpose Weapons If the police need to deal with both dangerous civilians and monsters that slip past the military, revolvers, both in pistol and rifle configuration and break-action shotguns ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

I think there are several ways we could explain this issue. So i compiled some that might fit your world. They don't fight a war: Just like in our world police don't walk around with stuff like rocket ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

resource limitations after collapse A society collapsing isn't pretty. Although many reasons for the collapse can be given, the key word is shortage. Imagine diesel suddenly beong unavailable. From ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

Spellswords who learned to cast Silence would be awesome Special Ops / Storm Troops. This is in magic world which has trench warfare earlier than our own due to having area damage spells earlier. They ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

Magic is based on your soul, and is stronger the closer it is to your soul. When casting magic, such as blade magic, you are manifesting the intent of your sword heart on the world. The power of any ...
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How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable?

How can I make a military that largely enlists spell swords viable? By starting from the beginning! The military enlists spell swords because enlisting purely magical practitioners doesn't work. They ...
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What would be the next logical step after crossbows?

They can't improve the technology much further than what was already used or experimented with by 1500. The technology required to improve them to the standard of contemporary compound bows and xbows ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

Frame challenge Completely bloodless warfare, or even life, is impossible. Just falling down can summon the beasts if you break your nose or scrape your knee. Others have pointed out that humans are ...
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Would a Glass "Rupert Drop" Weapon be Plausible?

When it breaks it's explodes at 1600 meters per second so yes it can be used as a projectile weapon. The problem is I'm having a hard time figuring out the specific size of the fragments. If the ...
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