39588Re: [conculture] Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge
- Dec 25, 2013Well, no, I have no such plans, nor to make them into audio-books (which wouldn’t work very well because of the conlangs). Maybe if my sales to sighted people picked up, I’d think about it! I’m glad you’re interested, though.Lorinda
Hi, do you plan to transcribe your books into braille?
There’s a company called Brailleworks that promised to transcribe mine, maybe you can contact them about your set.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Lorinda J. Taylor
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 12:50 PM
Subject: Re: [conculture] Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge
Yes, you’ll remember from The Termite Queen how fascinated Mo’gri’ta’tu was with the Star-Beings’ weapon-not-growing-upon-the-body – a weapon that can kill from a distance. Unfortunately, it’s all part of the New Time that is coming! Read more about it in the Ki’shto’ba series!
From: Padraic Brown
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: [conculture] Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge
Lorinda J. Taylor <eljaytee2@...> wrote:
Shshi (termite people): The plains Shshi
>Re bows and arrows among the
To’wak) never invented them because it requires
>(the people of Lo’ro’ra and of
accuracy and the Warriors have no eyes.
>vision to shoot one with any
devised the use of thrown spears, an act they can
>However, other Shshi have
because of their strong positional and EM
>perform with uncanny accuracy
Yes. As I recall from the big fight scene, even though the Warriors are without
sight, they can still conduct themselves quite ably on the field of battle!
series we have an Intercaste Warrior
>And in a later volume of my
Alates and Warriors) who has eyes and she has
>(a genetic anomaly melding
arrow. At the point where we first meet her, she uses
>invented the bow and
for balance, but later she adopts the use of flint
>untipped shafts with feathers
Atalanta character, by the way.)
>points. (This is the
It will be interesting to see how her discovery / invention plays out within the
broader context of Shshi culture. I get the sense that fighting is more of a personal
thing, a thing done between two honorable warriors in a just cause as given by
the rulers. To bring a thing of chaos, a thing that kills from unknown distances,
into the culture could lead to some consternation!
This was certainly the case among the Daine, even now very strongly disavow the
use of deadly projectile weapons in battle. They much prefer a closer, more
interpersonal kind of warfare.
>From: Padraic Brown
2013 7:44 AM
>Sent: Tuesday, December 24,
Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge
>Subject: Re: [conculture]
Thompson-Andrews <goldyemoran@...> wrote:
Astronomy, where I can read all the Astronomy
>> It’s kind of like
able to really grasp it.
>books, but I’m not going to be
might be next to impossible to understand
>Indeed. However, while it
astronomy, understanding a bow and arrow is a
easily take Peter's suggestion and go to a
>little easier! You could
sporting goods shop to find out what these things feel
helpful, they might even (with guidance) let
>If the staff are particularly
you feel what it's like to pull the bow and shoot
it really isn't anything like what you're
>an arrow. You'll discover that
form animal claws,
>>>>The bows are made
doesn't sound anything at all like a
>>>I have to say this
>>Ok, I’ll rename
solve your problem. As I see it, you don't
>I don't think renaming it will
know what a bow and arrow feels
you do know about them with what you're
>like and your confusing what
imagining in your head. Further,
different from the real object we have some
>what you're imagining is quite
familiarity with. I would
this single aspect of your conculturing, forget
>suggest, for the purpose of
about bows and arrows entirely
the weapon at hand. Try to make some kind of
>and focus you imagination on
mock-up (even out of a
available in your house), try to move with it and
>stick or other things
interact with it, describe it well and
>give it a native
that, for self defense, a bow and arrows are
>>>What we're saying is
not effective at close range.
you have! As a last resort, you can drop the
>>>Even if they are all
arrows and start swinging the
That's pretty last ditch though.
>>>bow like a staff.
>>So the weapon can become a
If you're going to stick with the bow and
>?? Now you're just wallowing!
arrow motif, it won't work as
a throwing weapon". If you throw a bow at
>described and it won't "become
someone, chances are
opponent. And then you will have discarded
>good you won't even hurt your
something that could be
>used in self
from a distance.
>> or the arrows are used
key point here! A good archer can only loose a
>Yes, from a distance is the
certain number of arrows
runner can bring his sword right up to the
>per minute -- 20 or 30. A good
archer from fifty yards away
time to use that bow as intended! This is why
>in what, 15 seconds or 20. No
we've been trying to help
you're trying to describe aren't fitting
>you understand that the things
is largely "do what you need to do in order to
>>I guess their moral code
food. Yemorans do that more than
>>They’d rob someone over
more interesting slogging through the nature
>See, now these are things far
of bows and arrows with you!
focus more on cultural specifics and
>Me, I'd much rather see you
differences and how the characters in
situations. Ultimately, no one really cares much what
>your story deal with
your weapon looks like --
you don't really understand.
>especially if it's something
sub-plot around just this point of morality that
>But you can build a whole
you've described. Especially
moral systems in play.
>if there is a conflict of
distract their prey with a distraction call. The
call sounds like the rattle of a rattlesnake’s tail.
of their hands.
>>>>It’s the rubbing
interesting snippet of life on Yemora!
>>>Now that's an
Yemorans use their hands, and the Sarmians use
>>Yes, I forgot to add the
their wings. Their call sounds like crickets.
that Sarmian wings have finger-like
>Though I'd hazard the guess
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