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Q&A How to survive and become self-sufficient in the nature?

Brad and his family are tired of society and the concept of money. They want to live a primitive lifestyle. They need a strong, comfortable and cheap refuge that will protect them from the elements...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Seraph Myrmidon‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How would head shaping affect the ligament attachments of a gorillas skull?

After researching many head shaping cultures like the Paracas and proto Nazca it seems there is no adverse affects beyond physical. What would the affects be on a gorilla? Would it be able to funct...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by MandaloreUltra‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by MandaloreUltra‭

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Q&A What could some alternative eating utensils be like?

I know it's not really all that exciting, but things like eating will be very prominent in the cultures and show up a lot in my story... In my world I want my race to have at least two different t...

17 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jester Gleeful‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jester Gleeful‭

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Q&A Would sound shifts be severe enough for two dialects to be mutually unintelligible after 400 years of no verbal contact?

A group of English-speaking settlers travel to the Earth-like exoplanet of Rataan, which is 5 light years away. They board the generation ship Genesis that will reach Rataan in 200 years (0.25% of ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by galactic_analyzer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by galactic_analyzer‭

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Q&A What aquatic life would utterly deplete the soil of a specific nutrient?

In my story an area was formerly beneath an ocean or lake. Some form of life leeched the soil of a specific mineral or substance. Technology level is that of ~1700 Spain. Now that the water has ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user72058‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user72058‭

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Q&A What attributes can fathers pass on through their spirit?

In this world, humans have a strange way of reproducing. When partners decide to conceive, A female must be inseminated at specified intervals by a male in order to pass on her genes. However, male...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A Is it realistic that mountain cultures use a different calendar than the low landers?

My fantasy setting is on a wet and humid world of innumerable islands; many of which are quite mountainous. With conditions ranging from Mediterranean to Tropical. The culture here experience onl...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A How might a group of hominids keep an accurate record of their history?

In my story Halflings and Goblins have a somewhat accurate knowledge of their history, despite being spread over multiple continents. Now for the longest time humans weren't that good at keeping ac...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Why would a spaceship rely on hydroponics instead of algae for food?

Currently, NASA is investigating the use of hydroponics, aeroponics, and other low soil techniques to grow regular plants for consumption and oxygen generation/CO2 removal on long voyages in space....

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Smith‭

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Q&A What foods will lycanthropes and vampirism-afflicted individuals need to avoid?

In an alternate version of our world, lycanthropes and vampires were introduced about 300 years ago and are coexisting with us. Unfortunately, they had to adapt to our cuisine and avoid certain ing...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Piomicron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Piomicron‭

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Q&A Feasibility of a Super Crop

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; a crop of exceptional yield and nutritional value. Would it be feasible for a plant to have ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Feasibility of Giant Rodents as Food

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; it is consistently more efficient in its choices of crops and livestock. Rodents reproduce fa...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Developed, highly advanced metropolis short on exotic foods

I have this setting, about an advanced city state in the middle of a sparsely inhabited wasteland/grassland type area. This state has the 90's level tech on consumer level, and a wide range from 9...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A Could sweet and hot peppers come from the same plant?

One of the veggies that my Keplerians grow is peppers. I have heard of some sweet peppers cross pollinating with hot peppers making the sweet peppers hotter and the hot peppers sweeter. However tha...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Caters‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caters‭

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Q&A Could Megapodes be a Superior Food Source than Chicken?

The Megapodes are a family of birds in the galliformes order. They live primarily in Australia and are notable in being extremely precocial and laying more eggs than any other bird. They build larg...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Human uses for megafauna besides food or traction?

Ancient Man feasted on megafauna. From mammoths to every variety of deer and flightless bird humans have made the most of large wildlife, to the point of tragic excess. So what happens when the ani...

17 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A How to translate various human cultures into animal cultures?

I'm making a story where the main character travels the world. The world is made up of anthropomorphic animals. The animals would still have the urges of animals, But they become more sapient. Dog...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by KittyPuppooski‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by KittyPuppooski‭

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Q&A Why would an AI overlord want to give their robot citizens emotion?

In my world, a hyper-intelligent AI has struck out on their own to form a perfect, mechanized empire, populated by loyal robot citizens, devoted to the overlord as a child would be devoted to their...

21 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cobbington‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cobbington‭

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Q&A What would happen if all stars disappeared?

I'm imagining a hypothetical scenario based on the Big Rip theory of the end of the universe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rip), where eventually the expansion of the universe causes everythin...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rick D‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rick D‭

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Q&A Feasibility Check- Is aquaculture a possible food source for my civilization

Inspired (loosely) by societies like the Gunditjmara and natives of the Pacific Northwest, I always have envisioned a system of aquaculture for one of my concultures, though agricultural studies a...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Antarctica07‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Antarctica07‭

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Q&A Can agriculture and megafauna coexist?

Some say that one of the reason humans developed agriculture is because megafauna (specifically the Pleistocene megafauna) were hunted for food to extinction and humans were forced to develop agric...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭

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Q&A Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Noah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Noah‭

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Q&A Designing flora: placing herbs

So I have noticed that most herbs come from the Mediterranean as confirmed by this site and those that do not often come from either actual Mediterranean climates or somewhat arid ones. So my ques...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nierninwa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nierninwa‭

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Q&A Would a medieval world use the word "trail" to describe a foot path?

I'm in the process of naming some routes and roads in my medieval fantasy themed world, and I want to specify routes that could only be managed on foot. I'm tempted to say trails, but since every b...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Graffiti Child‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Graffiti Child‭

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Q&A How would be affected survivability and basic technological development by limited access to fire? Are there alternatives?

I am creating a culture that has the ability to change between 2 forms. One humanoid (the natal form) and one feral, animal form (you can consider this to be a werewolf). Due to this they evolved t...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mike‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mike‭

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Q&A How closely correlated is culture to geography?

I am working on a story where I will take the geography of our world but install new peoples, cultures and histories. This will likely include fantastical elements as well as mundane. In working ...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by VerasVitas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by VerasVitas‭

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Q&A Creating convincingly alien viewpoints

Most aliens tend to be humans with bumpy foreheads and/or pointy ears. Even when they do have differences then usually it is an entire species being portrayed as a particular brand of human. For ex...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tim B‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tim B‭

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Q&A Plausibility of only two cultures/peoples existing on one planet?

On Earth, it's virtually impossible to enumerate all the different cultures and ethnicities that exist, but if you hypothetically categorized every people as occurring with a language, that's rough...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭

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Q&A Can an animal produce milk all the time?

So as most of you probably know, cows don't produce milk all year round for no reason, they need to be pregnant and then you gotta do something with the calves"¦ Now in my story that has an ecosys...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nierninwa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nierninwa‭

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Q&A how plausible is this method of humans breathing fire?

My method of breathing fire involves humans stomachs producing ethane or methane and them holding a lit flame near their faces and just breathing out of burping . Fire breathing in this is mo...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by neo flare‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by neo flare‭

Question biology culture fire
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Q&A Fertilizing desert in magical medieval world

Suppose there exists a magic-based civilization. Their mining techniques are medieval and their understanding of organic chemistry and biology are on the Enlightenment era level. However, they are ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭

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Q&A What's the minimal space/mass required to feed a human indefinitely with advanced technology?

I know there are similar questions on here already, yet this is different because I don't care about traditional farming in this question. Environment This meant for food production on interplane...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A How large would a mega structure have to be to host 1 billion people indefinitely?

Ruins of buildings, abandoned cities and suburbs dot the coasts of Earth's landmasses, inhabited by wild animals and the pieces of a once vibrant civilization. The oceans are relatively empty, the ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A Hygienic footwear for prehensile feet?

Prehensile hands have the advantage of not having to constantly touch anything they don't have to - with the exception of things like doorknobs. Feet don't have that luxury, and so in a sense will...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Thesaurus Rex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Thesaurus Rex‭

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Q&A Keeping the dodos out of the field

About 100 people settled in a tropical area near a seashore five years ago. They've been feeding themselves by hunting and fishing, but now they're also trying to grow crops, including hemp and cor...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SarahWriter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SarahWriter‭

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Q&A What food production methods would allow a metropolis like New York to become self sufficient

In my overcrowded future setting the Hegemony (government of the Earth) wants to make the metropolises of the world self sufficient when it comes to food production. What farming/food production me...

17 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A Could a planet evolve to have jungles, woodlands, savannas and meadows - but no animal bigger than an insect?

I want to have a group of space colonists get stranded on a planet where the only way they can get enough nourishment is to gather or cultivate edible plants.

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bill Bittner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bill Bittner‭

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Q&A What farming practices would allow the Earth to support a population as high as 200 billion

Welcome to the year 2170, the predictions of our grandparents were so wrong: The human population didn't cap at 20 billion, it went far past that. The global population is now roughly 200 billion. ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A How can Dwarves produce honey underground?

I have often heard/read/watched in fantasy about dwarves drinking mead and lots of it. I recently learned that mead is made from honey which requires bees and flowers which require sunlight. I doub...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Nikolay Arabadzhi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nikolay Arabadzhi‭

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Q&A Are "planet of hats" realistic?

Planet of hats is the name of a trope where all inhabitants of a planet share a defining characteristic, of which there are many sub-tropes like environment or economy. I'd like to focus on the cul...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by congusbongus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by congusbongus‭

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Q&A What sort of animals would a civilization of small feline omnivore humanoids domesticate

I'm playing around with the idea of making a world heavily based on one of my favorite childhood book series. (basically a fanmade rewrite of sorts). The series is called Warriors, and is about ta...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sami No‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sami No‭

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Q&A The effect of fishing on total land area needed to feed an island settlement

I am trying to create an island with a large settlement on it, the people of this settlement need to be able to sustain themselves and according to Medieval demographics made easy (MDME) A squa...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MB123‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MB123‭

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Q&A Art Critics in the Stone Age

In the stone-age world that I am building, I don't just want one-dimensional characters who are either hunters or gatherers. I want a great quantity of people including those who would have become ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A Can a civilization arise around insect cultivation

Unnecessary Setup In my story, a race of gods arrive in our solar system from the far flung colonies of a Type III civilization. When they arrive at Earth and see the rise of hominids, they split ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭

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Q&A What do humans have that plants need?

Among other things humans are fertiliser. Orcs are capturing humans as slave labor and fertiliser. What do human bodies produce/store that plants need to grow?

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by WorldWeaver‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by WorldWeaver‭

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Q&A At great altitude, what conditions are needed to support a human community?

In my part of this (Earth-like) world, there is a stable community of completely isolated pre-industrial humans, numbering perhaps 1,800. They live at an altitude of (at least) 25,000 feet (7620 m...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mr Bumble‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mr Bumble‭

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Q&A Can a gorse plant be used as a source of food?

I have a fantasy kingdom set up where the landscape is mostly mountainous with rock and pine forests, like the picture below. As such, it is quite difficult to have agriculture. One plant which can...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Albert tyson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Albert tyson‭

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Q&A How would climate be affected on a plateau 10 km above sea level?

I am curious as to what physical geographic features would be present on a plateau 10km above sea level. The Tibetan plateau is only 4km above sea level, so would more than doubling the height exag...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Albert tyson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Albert tyson‭

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Q&A Is this reptilian race realistic?

Well, I have been having computer problems and I decided that now is as good a time as ever to continue to waste my time developing my reptilian, honor-obsessed militaristic race of lizards for a p...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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Q&A If clock and calendar was reinvented with today's knowledge, what could they look like?

Our notion of recording and communicating time and date is based on very old concepts, many of them being built upon flawed assumptions (that the Sun should be at exact south at noon, that a year s...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by The Vee‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Vee‭

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