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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

Gremlins In the spirit of Discworld - Perhaps there are (magical) creatures that inhabit mechanical devices with springs, levers, etc. There are ways to repel them but they are costly or unreliable. ...
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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

The necessary ingredient of gunpowder is sulfur. Assume that your world has NO sulfur at all, except one bound in living creatures, or small amounts only found in the Underworld. Instead, the ...
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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

Imagine a feudal world, where fighting remote is considered dishonorable. Arrows, bullets, firearms - they are all disgusting. Even if they tend to win, the users and usage, are outright chastised. ...
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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

If guns can be enhanced by magic, then so can armour and swords! So, armour can be enhanced to make it bullet-proof, swords can be enhanced to make them be able to somehow defeat the bullet-proof ...
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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

Swords are melee weapons and firearms are ranged weapons. The 2 don't share the same role on the battlefield so one can't replace the other. Armor has always been used so it won't dissapear in it's ...
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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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Creating a portable nuclear bomb launcher?

Critical Mass Makes This Improbable There is no known nuclear fuel that has long enough of a half life to pack into a weapon system that can also go critical with less than about 10kg of mass. ...
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Effectiveness and impact of hypersonic needles replacing supersonic bullets

FRAME CHALLENGE: For the various reasons given in the responses to your question the ballistic & mechanical characteristics of your 'needle rounds would probably tend to make them 'sub optimal' in ...
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Effectiveness and impact of hypersonic needles replacing supersonic bullets

Science fiction has historically referred to this as a needle gun. Not to be confused with the things that make tattoos, a needle gun will fire a continual stream of high-speed bits of metal of ...
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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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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?

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?

Historical Reason - high treason There was that one episode, where the army was decimated in the hole- and some greedy little monster on the surface, tried to take over with the police, which was ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

Intelligent monsters use seized weapons... There are some inexperienced policemen or soldiers or simply someone carrying a gun being alone, all by himself when under attack. The fact that they come ...
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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

Reliability, Low Cadence and not trusting your policemen One of the most reliable weapons a cross-country police force could use was well-tested in the Philippine jungles: A single-barrel, break-open ...
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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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Why do the police forces in my world use antiquated weaponry?

Shortage of reliable primers and/or metal cases There is one significant advantage to revolvers and revolver-rifles compared to automatic and semi-automatic weapons. If the hammer falls and the round ...
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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?

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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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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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?

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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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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How to Quickly Direct a Dragon’s Fire while Piloting her in Battle?

Vocal Orders are best Since the dragons seem relatively intelligent they should probably understand Vocal Orders. These would probably just be short key words uttered by the rider to initiate a breath ...
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How to Quickly Direct a Dragon’s Fire while Piloting her in Battle?

You could use whistling (like sheep herders use to control sheepdogs) with different pitches meaning different commands. Or some kind of instrument that the rider can use. If it's a string instrument, ...
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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

In such a world, there would be creatures that eat carrion- without spilling blood. Either by sealing the entrance hole while they feed- or by injecting the young into the dead or dying carcass. They ...
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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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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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Minimizing bleeding, maximizing killing

If the problem here is that causing someone or something to bleed invites further conflict, then we deal with these beasts the same way we deal with bees. Bees also get triggered when they smell death....
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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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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