Skip to main content
Shalvenay's user avatar
Shalvenay's user avatar
Shalvenay's user avatar
Shalvenay
  • Member for 9 years, 7 months
  • Last seen this week
56 votes
6 answers
10k views

What skills would an early-1500s era ship captain need to learn to become a modern-day sailor (and eventually a captain again)?

53 votes
7 answers
6k views

Dragons and aviation bureaucracy

32 votes
10 answers
5k views

Can a biological laser exist?

28 votes
9 answers
4k views

Dragon script/writing system -- how would it work?

23 votes
6 answers
4k views

Elves with Guns: how do they avoid blowing their ears out on the battlefield?

22 votes
9 answers
8k views

Fighting a dragon with modern military units (or Smaug vs. a MEU)

16 votes
6 answers
1k views

What is the most plausible ancestor for tool-using, sentient, bipedal reptilians?

16 votes
10 answers
21k views

Poisoned close-combat weaponry -- practical implementations?

15 votes
5 answers
402 views

How can I ensure that I don't miss something important to the functioning of society when building a government and set of statutes for my world?

13 votes
7 answers
2k views

Emulating a geocentric planetary system

13 votes
4 answers
2k views

With today's technology, could iron be smelted at La Rinconada?

12 votes
10 answers
15k views

Are there any real-world ingested poisons with these characteristics?

11 votes
1 answer
2k views

Anatomically Correct Gnolls

11 votes
4 answers
884 views

What benefits and drawbacks would forging a blade with a single mighty blow yield over traditional manual hammer-forging?

10 votes
1 answer
658 views

How much energy does it take to fuse 1m$^3$ of seawater, and how much energy is released by that fusion?

10 votes
4 answers
2k views

How would martial arts specialize to take advantage of human sexuality-based musculoskeletal differences, especially in women?

10 votes
4 answers
2k views

How would a sapient species with a copper allergy develop metallurgy?

9 votes
2 answers
562 views

How do I determine the physical size of a quartz crystal of a given shape and vibrational mode needed to approximate a specific resonant frequency?

8 votes
10 answers
698 views

Forming the "useless coast" -- i.e. no shipping allowed

8 votes
4 answers
680 views

Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, the sequel: Dragons on Instruments!

8 votes
2 answers
333 views

Planet of the Aves: Knowledge of Aerodynamics and Weather Phenomena

8 votes
12 answers
2k views

What geotechnical conditions would force the use of crypts or catacombs for burial (vs. sticking coffins in the ground)?

8 votes
7 answers
333 views

How would an interstellar civilization construct a planetary shuttlecraft?

8 votes
3 answers
342 views

Can long-term exposure to high-energy radiation without corresponding visible radiation induce melanism in a species?

7 votes
2 answers
522 views

How would gender roles play out in an oviparous, sentient race?

7 votes
1 answer
393 views

How structurally strong would an object need to be to survive a trip through an ergosphere?

7 votes
3 answers
465 views

What examinations would a sentient non-human visitor receive if they came to Earth?

7 votes
2 answers
874 views

How could a wolf-man be explained without magic?

6 votes
2 answers
298 views

How could gunpowder be inventable/refinable, but not percussion cap primers, with the least collateral damage to the world?

6 votes
8 answers
3k views

Fantasy Concealed Carry -- Pros and Cons of locations