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Is there an effective way to design a realistic religion for a world?
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There are a number of preconceptions that need to be cleared away in order to get at a useful answer. Religion is not reducible to faith, belief, ethics, or philosophy. Religion does not necessarily ...

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What software is available for map creation?
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There is an extensive discussion of possibilities on Cartographers' Guild, but the 3 options already noted are the standards: Gimp, Photoshop, or Campaign Cartographer; there are a few others, but ...

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In a society of flying beings, would the wheel ever be invented?
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The wheel is not necessarily an automatic development for humans. Classical Mesoamerica (Mayans, Aztecs/Mixica, etc.) didn't have the wheel. At base, the issue there was a combination of lots of dense ...

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Is it possible for a developed society to practice human sacrifice as a ritual?
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Ritual sacrifice is nearly universal in religious history, and human sacrifice quite common. Nothing whatever prevents its occurrence, even as a common phenomenon, among "developed" societies, unless ...

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Creating a realistic timekeeping system for a fantasy world
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If I understand the question correctly, you’re asking how you as a worldbuilder might go about developing a flavorful, plausible, not-insanely-unwieldy timekeeping system. In addition, it appears that ...

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How does a polytheistic cult compare to multiple coexisting monothestic cults?
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The classic “monotheism plus polytheism” thing would be what is sometimes called a deus otiosus. This is an omnipotent or at least super-powerful creator god who has in some way removed him/her-self ...

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How to go from Australia to Europe using correspondences?
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Setting aside human cultural phenomena, which don't seem to figure in your description of correspondences, several ideas pop to mind: Oceanic/Shore Phenomena Beaches, tides, fish, mollusks, ...

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What could an unbreakable blade accomplish?
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Another answer has already given the basics: Piercing is only part of cutting The blade behind the edge is still subject to friction There are a few additional points specific to blades made of real-...

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The first few things to note down about an imaginary culture
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There are of course many ways of going about things, but if you're looking for a mashup effect, I'd start by making a list of which characteristics of your two chosen cultures you want to keep. Why ...

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Ramification of a Government that values children?
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Harem Dynasties Start with the assumption that, unless someone intervenes, women can bear an upper-average of about 10 children. That is to say, if for instance a woman is treated as a brood-mare ...

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Preventing post-apocalyptic society from becoming misogynistic
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Contrary to popular opinion, there is no reason human society is intrinsically misogynistic. If, as you say, your society makes a conscious decision to attempt to avoid that fate, they’re likely to ...

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Effects on human history, culture and scientific development of a rotating moon scenario
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There's no way to answer this with any great confidence. Science As @Rugnir has noted, the spherical moon and earth were well known already to the Greeks, and there is good reason to think that this ...

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What political structure would develop within an interplanetary civilization?
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Another answer specifically excepted the case of forced migration, but it's worth considering. Two versions strike me as especially significant for your question: the Puritans going to America, and ...

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How can magic and the economy reliably stand together?
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The question specifies a number of important facts, and many of the answers here have challenged those facts' potential accuracy. I'll try, conversely, to accept the limitations proposed and see if ...

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Can I Have A Destroyed Civilization with No Ruins?
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It strikes me as possible but unlikely, if we're talking about more-or-less humans on a more-or-less Earth-like world, barring some of the catastrophic introductions suggested in other answers here (...

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Solving the difficulties of a world based on harmonics
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If you were to do a plane or world where music interacts with everything and instruments are essentially able to influence reality based on how they are played, what would be the practical ...

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Justification for ambiguous poetic prophecy
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Bear in mind that the prophet or sibyl is a mouthpiece for an utterly alien, inhuman intelligence. This has several implications: The intelligence does not entirely understand the human perspective. ...

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Science, Religion, Magic: Can they be maintained in equal and parallel opposition?
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The proposed situation requires three distinct spheres, none fully comprehended – in either sense of the word – by the others, individually or in tandem. For the sake of argument, let’s presume that “...

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Would unguided destructive magic be too much for a society?
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In a number of respects, this is a false question. Would "normal" people with access to this power be able to control this immense destructive force - Without any moral guidance and religion/...

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Does an expansionist, monotheistic religion require a central prophetic figure?
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In order to address the question, I need to make a few assumptions. If these are invalid, please correct me. By "expansionist," I take it you mean that the socio-cultural complex defined as "God-ism" ...

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How realistic is it that cultures on different planets influenced each other?
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The short answer to your question is "yes, of course." Two societies that come into contact, assuming that they are able to communicate, will necessarily have an exchange: communication requires this. ...

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How can a magical perspective enhance science?
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One point to bear in mind is that science—here specifically the Western-style science that developed over the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries—has traditionally had a lot of trouble being ...

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What is the term for Lovecraft's 'Justification'
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If I understand the question correctly, you're wondering how to label the effects on human mentation of manifestations by Cthulhu and Its ilk. Insofar as Lovecraft himself is consistent about this -- ...

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Ancient culture which has been visited by aliens
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A good deal of the question strikes me as unanswerable, in the sense that there simply isn't any way to surmise, from the given information, how either side will interpret the other. We can say with ...

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A giant meteor, balancing destruction and life sustainability
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A little research on the eruption of Krakatoa might give you some ideas, as would digging into the whole nuclear winter question. In essence, I'd approach this by figuring that your planet would get ...

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Explaining "Half-Breeds" in a world with multiple races
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Whether "race" has any significant genetic meaning is an ongoing, much-debated question. That said, the question is a good one. My current fantasy world puts this front and center -- but only I know ...

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How to explain magic-using kings
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Any of a number of conditions leap to mind. Magical Source The imperial lineage claims privileged access to a source of unspeakable magical power. Kings who accept their condition of fealty are ...

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Effect of gold as power source on the currency system
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The only way I can see for this to work requires a pre-condition that you have not specified. The gold is not significantly burnt up in the engine Assuming this to be the case, all you've really ...

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Creating a realistic world - Spreading religions
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A number of useful answers have been proposed. Significantly lacking thus far is any consideration of what the Greeks called "syncretism." (Note: this is in some respects distinct from the traditional ...

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If magic is real, can it be true that rational scientific thought should exclude it?
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This question has attracted many replies, but few answers. I’ll make a stab at the latter. Let’s be clear on the question: Given: Something that roughly resembles typical genre-fantasy magic An ...

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