In a message dated 8/25/2002 9:02:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> I want to be able to do middle eastern drumming and dancing, but also be
> able to do the more formal European court dances as well. So she doesn't
> necessarily have to be a middle eastern persona.
> One thought someone gave me is that she could be the daughter of a middle
> eastern woman (perhaps the gift of a pasha or something) and a european
> merchant (maybe italian). (snip of elaborate persona story)
Here is an option which can make sense of disparate activities/clothes with
no stress at all:
Your persona is from "someplace" - ie, thats where you grew up, learned how
to dress and behave, etc. Now, for some unexplored reason, you live in a new
area called "The Known World" where there are people from lots of different
countries (time period need not even be considered; your persona knows
perfectly well that foreigners dress funny and behave oddly, so anybody who
is doing something strange is obviously a foreigner of a country you haven't
encountered yet), following the lifeways they were raised in. But you now
have a window on a bigger world, and maybe you like something of what you see
and want to try it out. Maybe you were born Middle Eastern, like to dance,
and have now found new dances to learn and fancy, special clothes to wear
while doing them! And you live in a place where nobody will think you are
off your rocker if you do just that. Same thing with the fencing - nobody
here seems to mind if you want to do that, not like they would back home.
You are still a Middle Eastern person, but a Middle Eastern person trying out
new activities that you didn't know existed in your homeland.
Take my situation: Brangwayna is the daughter of a very rich merchant or very
minor nobleman (haven't decided which) of Shrewsbury, and as such, learned
all the skills necessary to both run a house and take care of it myself,
since fortunes waxed and waned and sometimes we could afford more servants
and sometimes not. After coming to the Known World, I met a lowland Scottish
gentleman who, despite his odd manner of dress (well, he's a Scot, of course
he dresses funny), became a friend and whom I eventually married. At times,
to please him, I will wear the clothing and hair styles he is familiar with
from where he came from, but most of the time I wear the sorts of clothes I
am used to.
It doesn't matter that I'm from the 12th century and he's from the 14th, nor
that he was Elizabethan when I met him. He's a tailor, you see, and he likes
to try to make lots of the different styles of clothes he sees around him,
and what better way to advertise your work than to wear it? He's just
decided that, after flirting with Elizabethan fashion for a while, he's just
more comfortable in his old familiar clothes.
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