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The Quick Questions About World Building Thread:

 76 Septimus Heap, Sun, 25th Mar '12 1:11:30 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
No idea whya this would be far-fetched. Except maybe that eunuchs may not make the best sex partner ...

[up]That was what I was concerned about. The research I've done has suggested it's not too far out, but I'm not entirely sure.

[down]Not nearly that advanced, unfortunately. Sort of early-Renaissance-level.

edited 26th Mar '12 7:01:09 PM by ChocolateCotton

Polite smartass.
How technologically advanced is your society? If they were anywhere around 20th-21th century medical technology, they could probably figure out how to sterilize both males and females without too much effect on their... performance.
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 79 JHM, Wed, 28th Mar '12 9:36:38 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
[up][up][up] Hey, there are records of the Greeks and Ottomans doing it...
 80 Loni Jay, Fri, 30th Mar '12 12:17:51 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
You would be surprised the sort of things ancient (and not-so-ancient) civilisations used to do without modern knowledge or techniques, though.

There are some plants that cause low fertility in animals, like the red clover. It doesn't work on humans because you'd need to eat buckets of it, but maybe you could invent some sort of plant that has a similar effect on humans.

edited 30th Mar '12 12:21:36 AM by LoniJay

Be not afraid...
 81 JHM, Fri, 30th Mar '12 12:43:55 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
That aside, there were also any number of plants used as borderline abortifacients, a few of which are now extinct. They were, however, potentially quite dangerous: The most infamous, pennyroyal, can cause a woman to bleed to death if not properly administered.
 82 lord Gacek, Sat, 31st Mar '12 3:31:55 AM from Kansas of Europe
KVLFON
I think it's quite common in fantasy to invent some generic contraceptive herb and have it work like it was a hormonal pill. At least, common enough that I've seen it, but haven't seen the herbs failing.
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 83 Loni Jay, Sat, 31st Mar '12 3:43:19 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I have seen a book (Robin Hobb's Farseer books) where the girl took some herbs under the impression that they were a contraceptive. In the end that tips off an older character as to what's going on, and she informs the boy that they aren't a contraceptive, they just make you sick.

That world also had hedgemagic contraception, but it ended up making the main character lose his libido as well, so I guess it was sort of pointless in his case.
Be not afraid...
Shadowed Philosopher
I suppose that's a fairly effective contraceptive on its own. tongue
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
Easily entertained
On a totally different subject...

Is it at all unreasonable for a civilization, approximately on par with the British Empire in the early 19th century in both technology and resources, to be able to produce late Cold War Soviet firearms, light tanks, and SCUD launchers, if provided with the appropriate blueprints and a handful of experts from present-day America to help with industrial set-up?
 86 Septimus Heap, Fri, 6th Apr '12 9:33:06 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
[up]I doubt a handful of experts would be enough, and why from present-day America for Sovietstuff?

Easily entertained
[up]The American organization in question isn't exactly operating legally, and has to rely on what they can scavenge from the black market, with an emphasis on connections in Eastern Europe.

So, what sort of logistical support would be necessary to set up at least basic, small-scale production?
Shadowed Philosopher
I can believe the firearms, but both tanks and guided rocket launchers incorporate quite a few electronics which a 19th-century civilization is just going to be completely incapable of building. Tools to build the tools to build the tools, and so on. To get to that point, you'd have to basically turnkey upgrade their whole economy past the point of electronic computers and ICs, which is going to be a major undertaking requiring quite a bit more than a few experts.

edited 6th Apr '12 10:19:43 AM by alethiophile

Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
 89 lord Gacek, Wed, 23rd May '12 9:44:01 AM from Kansas of Europe
KVLFON
Any of you knows some notable stories where differing types of magic are used by various peoples? I mean, we've got the Un Equal Rites trope, and I'm sure the basic premise appears quite often. I'm, however, not sure how often it's explicit that different peoples use different sources and/or types of magic. If you are curious what got me to ask — I was thinking on Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana, where magicians of the Hand are explicitly linked with the peninsula and apparently use some different magic than invaders.
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 90 Matues, Sat, 26th May '12 4:12:01 PM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
Let's see..

This book series features different kinds of magic users in different places.

..In Waeddryn or Alitaera, they'd call you a mage and six different schools would fight over where and what you should study and what color robes you should wear. In Lodricar or Khalidor, they'd call you a meister and you'd grow the vir on your arms like tattoos and worship your king like a god while you plotted how to stab his royal back. In Ymmur, you'd be a stalker, an honored and honorable hunter of animals or sometimes men. In Friaku, you'd be gorathi, A Furied warrior invincible in your clan and one day a king versed in the arts of subjugation and slavery...

Then there's the wetboys, assassins skilled in magic to make killing easier.
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How being an empath from birth would affect people's worldviewsway of acting around others?

Would they 1)don't bother demonstrating emotion, since others can sense them anyway or 2) why dissimulate or hide emotion, if everyone knows what you feel?

Hierophant
In a world where a perfect afterlife has been proven, why would someone want to stay alive?

This is for the protagonist.
The hero the hero has been severely deceived. Aoi.
 93 Septimus Heap, Fri, 22nd Jun '12 12:15:23 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
[up]Because the protagonist likes the less perfect aspects of life?

the Inceptor
[up][up] Because willingly causing one's own death causes the person to go to the less perfect afterlife, presumably hell. (It's how priests told people to not commit suicides IRL - 'although heaven is perfect, if you cause your own death to go there, you'll go to hell instead')

edited 22nd Jun '12 12:29:15 PM by Kalontas

Hierophant
[up][up]Thanks.

[up]That works, but it brings a different problem to me - How do I make the setting isolated, with the afterlife in mind?

edited 22nd Jun '12 12:43:21 PM by Haruspicus

The hero the hero has been severely deceived. Aoi.
As someone who is currently trying to write a fantasy story and has a lot of questions about world building/ wants to ask someone else's opinion, should I create another topic or is this not the place for that?
 
 97 Septimus Heap, Sat, 23rd Jun '12 2:40:16 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Puʻu ʻŌʻō
[up]If they draw longer discussion, they should get their own thread.

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edited 30th Jun '12 2:26:03 PM by risingdreams

 99 Sharysa, Tue, 3rd Jul '12 10:56:02 AM from Alameda, CA Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
The local bard
Seeing as my world uses unicorns instead of horses*, would it make sense for technology to be a bit Schizo due to culture more than any other factor?

Edit: I meant "Would it make sense for transportation technology to be a bit Schizo Tech due to culture?"

edited 3rd Jul '12 12:58:34 PM by Sharysa

the Inceptor
I don't see any relation between unicorns and schizo tech. Unless there's something I don't know.

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