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Food in war-oriented organizations tends to be nutritious, reheatable but can be eaten hot or cold, is neither too bland, too spicy, nor too pungent, is portable, and can be transported and eaten one-handed in the dark or rain. It does not spoil rapidly. Preparation can produce some telltale smoke or steam that might be observed by an enemy...but not too ...


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Yes it is possible, if the planet has little axial tilt but an eccentric orbit. Then summer will be when it is closest to its sun, and winter will be when it is furthest away, which will be the same all over the planet — at the equator as well as in higher northern and southern latitudes.


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If you want to make it believable you can build your diets based on these: available ingredients; available cooking technologies; culture Ingredients Your people live somewhere and they get foodstuffs somehow. What is the climate of their area? What plants grow in this climate? What animals live there? You can check types of existing biomes and then look ...


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During this time - villages were mostly self-sufficient, communication was poor, and farms were family business. The effect would oddly be minimal. The medieval period, although we read of kings and queens, armies and conquest, was in essence a quiet, stable and traditional period for 'the ordinary folk'. The authorities in England did not even know the ...


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I would imagine that the neighbouring lords, weary themselves of being deposed by griffins, would want to nip this situation in the bud as soon as possible, and send a band of knights to the castle to slay the griffin and install a legitimate successor to the fiefdom. As for the effects for the population on the ground, I would be cautious about immediately ...


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You can have helium without hydrocarbons. You are aware that the process that produces helium is radioactive decay; unrelated to hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons and helium are associated because people looked for hydrocarbons and underground domes that can trap one gas can trap others too. Recently some people went prospecting for helium, starting with ...


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Of course. Just make sure the axial tilt is zero. Basically, 99% of our weather changes are due to the angle of solar incidence, and only a small amount is due to the distance Earth is from the Sun (elliptical orbit). Earth's axial tilt is roughly 23.44 degrees. For a given latitude, a little trigonometry will show how the angle of solar incidence (draw ...


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It doesn't need to be that believable if it's alien/foreign, just make sure it fits with the rest of the culture you're describing, and describe it as it's experienced by the protagonist. Savory intestinal wall basted in exquisite fairy spoor and roasted over fresh-cut toenails could be a thing, but you wouldn't SAY that unless you're trying to gross out the ...


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You are neglecting a vital aspect in your set up: without access to wood you will have less access to fire, and without fire you can practically forget about technology. While for some home usage wood can be (and was) replaced by less noble combustibles like dung and straw, you can't use them for anything which has slightly high requirements in terms of ...


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The problem is unsolvable as asked. You may end up generating a river which the player traces back to the top of a minor hill in the middle of a desert. There are a few alternatives that can make this work: LOD and physics: You can sub- and super- sample perlin noise in order to create multi-resolution maps. If your tiles there are 1 tile per 1meter, you can ...


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Bones and Pottery. Later, composites and (natural) plastics It depends slightly in what the Gods define as "trees". A redwood is a tree. So is a majestic Oak. But what about a crabapple, at 6ft tall shrub-shaped? Or a dwarf willow, which is smaller than the average Twinkie snack? Is Bamboo a tree? This is a very important question!! Assume anything ...


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It would depend heavily on their tech level. It would be relatively easy for a Stone Age hunter-gatherer or an iron-smelting civilization to hide, but it would be a lot harder for any civilization that has become industrialized. One of the characteristics of high-tech human society is a huge ecological footprint: large areas cleared for farmland, megafauna ...


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Yes Expanding on the other answers here, let's start with an overview of why there are seasons. I really like this description: We have seasons because the earth is tilted (wonky) as it makes its yearly journey around the sun. The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. This means that the Earth is always "pointing" to one side as it ...


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Areas of the Sahara desert do turn somewhat green after heavy thunder storms which happen occasionally. Within days the desert is in flower. But with massive quantities of regular rain there would be plants everywhere before long. Initially there would be plenty of low growing desert flowering plants, cacti and shrubs limited by the amount of nutrients ...


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Bandits normally arose from two groups- displaced soldiers and nobles. Since both have been eliminated, banditry won't be common. People didn't normally just randomly mug people here and there. The primary danger to travelers and such were nobles and their armies mugging people. There's a fine line between paying a toll and robbery, and many local lords ...


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Let's go by steps: Size: bigger eyes mean more light can go in, which is why it's common for nocturnal animals to have larger eyes, along with other mechanisms to maximize the amount of light hitting the retina, like the tapetum lucidum, which gives the appearance that they're glowing when light is directed at them. Shape: I assume you mean the pupils, ...


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Answer to revised question: Use tech agnostic terminology For a setting where you just want people to accept your science, don't explain the science of your systems at all. When you say your ship has a Fusion Reactor, Tetrion Particle Cannons, and a Subspace Void Shield you open yourself up too tons of questions about what those are, how much power they use ...


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Any inelastic collision would do that: take a bag full of sand or water, drop it on the ground, it will splat flat there. All the kinetic energy it had before the impact has turned into heat, with a 100% efficiency (when it comes to turning energy into heat thermodynamic is your friend). If you want another example, see what happens if you fire a bullet into ...


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Power vacuum Instead of there being no government, you'd have a power vacuum that the villagers would work to fill. You'd expect to see self-organized groups of different kinds, either based on location (i.e. neighborhoods) or some other form of group identity (race, religion, occupation, etc.). Modern motorcycle gangs could give you an example of how well ...


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For the purpose of this answer I am going to assume that you are not interested in the quite likely scenario that the king of the respective realm would simply grant the lands to other lords adjacent to the lands in question, but in the scenario of sudden and long lasting anarchy in a medieval setting. The answer is, that you would basically rewind the ...


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Other answers are right at pointing at eccentricity as the most likely cause for global seasons. However, there is another possible cause: multiple stars. If the planet were orbiting a double star, the distance to each star might change as the stars orbit each other. If they have different mass and bright, the total amount of heat the planet gets may change ...


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It is not the tech that makes the plot holes, but the author's understanding of the tech he writes about When introducing a technology, I like to start by trying to invent the science behind it before I try writing it into any scenes, and then asking myself how many different technologies I can build off of what that one thing brings to the table. When you ...


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I want to expand a bit on Slarty's answer. First, I'd like to second his emphasis on just how much rainfall you'd need; it's much more than you'd think. Something that most people don't realize is just how much water there actually is in soil. One of the primary reasons that deserts get so hot in the day, and so cold at night is actually because there is no ...


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My suggestion: more varied, more notable improvements. Replace: "You've levelled up - you are now 0.2% better in all stats!" With: "You've levelled up - you are now 10% better in this one stat!" Now the improvement is more noticable, the player feels more rewarded, and for new players the reward feels more random - and random rewards are ...


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If you want to produce Helium, you can always stock on alpha emitters radioactive materials, like Radon, Polonium or Americium: any alpha particle is nothing more than a Helium nucleus, which once captured two electrons and dissipated its kinetic energy is ready to use. Alpha particles, also called alpha rays or alpha radiation, consist of two protons and ...


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Welcome to WBSE! So to start off, defensive structures in earth animals are all somewhat inorganic, or more specifically mineral-based. Shells, exoskeletons and mammalian or reptilian scales all share a common trait of having no living cells in the protective layer, usually growing from a ‘root’. Since chromatophores are cells, this poses a limiting factor ...


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Design the food around your world culture. being elf-like creatures which often preferred proper cooked/decorated food (being high-tasted, noble like elf etc), combine with the opposite war-oriented which need a quick / easy-to-cook / long life span high nourishment food. with this idea in mind you can come up with something very interesting. For example -...


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I have worked in the region (PNW) with hand held radios in small teams. Some places had repeaters set up. Some places we worked with helicopters. So a range of scenarios. For radios it really depends on topography. Do you have line of sight? If you have line of sight, most other factors like transmit power, antenna placement don't really matter. The other ...


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You could extract it directly from the atmosphere. At high cost but with good availability. Admittedly the process would be energy inefficient, as the concentration of Helium is a very low 5 ppm by mass. But the total reserves are huge. There is a lot of Helium in the Earth atmosphere. In total, some 26800 million tons of the stuff. This figure would be ...


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Google maps. Mountains. Forests. The confluence of two great rivers. It is on our Earth now. Recognize it? If so, answer in ROT18 please in comments. There are features on earth now that are real, but are not easy to recognize out of context. You can copy all of their landforms intact, down to placement of cities. And it will all be correct ...


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