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    Default Re: MitD VI: The Undiscovered Creature (Please Read the First Post)

    Quote Originally Posted by lio45 View Post
    If the box comes from the hunters, then the likely logic behind its fabrication is slightly different than if the box's conceptors were from the circus instead...

    Oak lumber is generally some ~50% denser than pine lumber, but pine's lateral resistance to bending is a lot closer to oak's than a straight relationship between densities would suggest.

    In other words, for someone who's going to need a supply of medieval crates for a medieval creature hunting/selling business, someone who travels and therefore likely has a number of different locations where they can choose to bulk buy their wood crates, and knowing that the crate doesn't need to be able to withstand the passing of decades, softwood crates are going to not only be cheaper (easier to manufacture), but also lighter for a given strength.
    I doubt hunters buy cages in bulk, especially not cages for big animals. They don't need a hundred of those, just one or two of each species. Further, someone out to hunt rare animals isn't going to skimp on the quality of the box, not when their income is depending on it. And the box has to be intact all the way back to [country of origin], usually after a long and arduous trip.

    Now, you say that the lateral resistance is about as good. Did they know this in the middle ages? Because they chose to build their castle gates from oak, when it turns out they could've got better results from using pine and doubling the thickness without adding weight (and in the end, it was weight that determined the gate, since they had to be able to open it and close it every day).

    Quote Originally Posted by lio45 View Post
    Something hilarious though -- to everyone who said "yes, but the crate needs to be able to hold this monster, so it's really important to make it out of a significantly heavier yet slightly stronger type of wood", think about it for a minute... ;)
    Did anyone say this? The argument is that the box either once held a different animal in the zoo or, if it is indeed the same box used by the hunters, was meant to capture a rare-but-not-epic creature, and the Hunters were just as surprised as anyone else that MitD didn't just burst out of it immediately.

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