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June 5, 2020 at 3:35 pm #114392
Northwain sounds really cool! 😀
I like your ideas…especially the genetic engineering one. Sounds like a great set-up. And the Sandwellers sound really cool. How do you imagine them?
How do I imagine the Sandwellers?… Hmm, I’ll think out loud here 🙂
They grow some sort of desert reptile – maybe a big tortoise, lizard or dinosaur – for living. They use their reptiles for food (meat and eggs, sometimes even blood), clothing (skin and maybe feathers) and fuel (dried feces). The reptiles are too small to be used for transport, so the Sandwellers have to move from place to place in search of pasture for their livestock by foot, carrying stuff in handbags and in big shoulder-baskets (if you understand what I mean 😅). Wealth is measured by the size of your reptile herds. Reptiles are given as wedding gifts, dowries and bride prices.
The Sandwellers are, in general, peaceful people, and prefer to talk and negotiate, rather than fight. Their tribes were once very violent, but before many generations, God sent a prophet to them, that taught them the true belief, and gave them a set of rules called The Justice – a legal system that governs the relationships between tribes and within themselves.
For example, the tribes are allowed to keep for themselves cisterns and wells, but not oases. Each tribe that lives next to the oasis is given one year to live there, and then have to move again to the wilderness and let the other tribes to come also. Another law forces the tribes of hospitality towards one another and towards strangers.
The laws are enforced by the Judges, that usually live in the oases, and so are able to enforce the laws on all of the tribes in their area. The Judges are considered not a lot less then the messengers of God himself, and thus, have great influence on the tribes. If somehow a whole tribe rebels against them, they’ll call all the other neighboring tribes against him.
The Sandwellers don’t live in tents, but in burrows dug in the sand, that allow them to effectively hide from the extreme temperatures in the scorching summers and freezing winters. The sand doesn’t fell, because it’s held by the special spit of the reptiles, that are also trained to dig the burrows with their claws.
The Sandwellers practice some sort of magical agriculture. They plant plants alongside their migration paths, and magically deepen their roots until it comes to the groundwater down below, and always have a source of water. The plants grow again every year after the summer ends and the heat and sunlight don’t kill the plants, and so, the tribes know that in those migration paths, they’ll always have food for their reptiles. In addition, they grow fruits (like dates and quandong), nuts and herbs in oases.
In addition to their primitive crops and the meat, eggs and blood of their reptiles, the Sandwellers eat a lot of bushmeat and even insects, that are so common that it’ll be foolish not to eat them when you’re in a harsh place like the desert. They cook the meat on hot stones or embers, or just dry it.
Hmm. That’s what I came up with after an hour of brainstorming.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Eitan.
You don't need to see the wind itself in order to hear the rustling leaves.June 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm #114393
It sounds really cool! They’re like dragons, but that migrate from place to place on the wind currents, and so enable humans to use them effectively?
You don't need to see the wind itself in order to hear the rustling leaves.June 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm #114396
@eitan Your Sandwellers sound pretty awesome! I like the idea of the reptiles and burrows, and judges. Do your people have weapons (in case of attack)? If so, what type do they use?
Not all those who wander are lost.June 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm #114398
@tal Your Skreel sound beautiful, and amazing. Lately I’ve been developing a bit of a Steampunk storyline, and I’ve got pterosaurs in it, which I think are really cool. My little brother had me draw a flying elephant for his fantasy world today.😆
@anne_the_noob14 Well, if you haven’t been able to visit your world, I suppose they would also block out strangers as well. *crying*
Tell me about your pirates. I’ve got them too…the bad kind, and the good kind. The bad are slave-trader, ship-wrecking, government pirates, and the good are hearty, ship-wrecking pirates working to destroy the bad pirates.😉 My MC’s “guide” (I don’t know if you’ve heard about the guide concept before…) is one of the good pirates.
Not all those who wander are lost.June 5, 2020 at 5:38 pm #114399Tal@tal
I, uh, never thought of it that way, but that might be a cool addition to the species. They just live in certain places around the world and the humans capture and domestication them for military purposes. At least in most cases. Some lucky few have them for personal travel.
@arindown Thank you!
"My sword you shall have, but never in surrender!"
Profile art by DeepRunJune 5, 2020 at 5:42 pm #114400
Here is my character Erik Pledger (Black Cape Guard, Secret Servicemen, Weaponless Warfare trainer, my MC’s “uncle,” etc.😄) showing off the Guard Combat uniform.
Most Northwainian men are clean-shaven, but Erik makes his own style.😁 He’s not one to be boxed in my rules or tradition.
Not all those who wander are lost.June 5, 2020 at 5:52 pm #114401Livi Ryddle@anne_the_noob14
@arindown XD If I ever find a way in, I’ll bring you with me 😉
Hm, ok so my pirates are basically your traditional pirates; burning ships, taking over ships, etc. XD I really don’t have them fleshed out much, though I suppose I should… but anyways XD That’s my pirates lol. Rather anti-climatic I suppose…
“Enough! Be quiet! I can’t hear myself think! I can’t hear my teeth chatter!"June 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm #114403
@anne_the_noob14 Pirates are…pirates.😁 It’s always nice (or not nice) to meet the real swash-buckling type (with eye-patches). Mine are more sophisticated, and probably less terrifying.
I once had the grand inspiration to write a story about an unfortunate guy (not sure what his status was…printer maybe) that got captured by a ship of ruthless girl pirates. It still might be a cool idea, so I think I’ll keep it up my sleeve for a rainy day (*proudly manages to mix two clichés into one*😝).
Not all those who wander are lost.June 6, 2020 at 12:05 am #114413Livi Ryddle@anne_the_noob14
@arindown 😀 Yup!
XD Sounds awesome lol. Reminds me somewhat (and only somewhat lol… my brain takes interesting jumps across subjects) of one of the books in The Land of Stories series… the brother (forgot his name) manages to visit his story and meets his all-woman crew of pirates aboard the Dollie Llama I believe the ship was named. It was quite interesting XD (Do be warned if you read the series that there is some language, but nothing more than the occasional d-word.)
“Enough! Be quiet! I can’t hear myself think! I can’t hear my teeth chatter!"June 6, 2020 at 1:07 am #114415June 6, 2020 at 1:11 am #114416Kimmi@kimlikesart
I like all the reptiles, and their uses. And the prophet thing, and the judges. You have their history so well figured out!
Passion = A Willingness To SufferJune 6, 2020 at 9:41 am #114427
but that might be a cool addition to the species.
Hmm. so probably I misunderstood you, but it was for good 😉
Do your people have weapons (in case of attack)? If so, what type do they use?
Hmm… In case of attack – probably by more savage desert people, or maybe by merchants who want to conquer their oases – they’ll mainly use magic. Sandstorms, fast-floods, maybe even burying whole armies under migrating dunes… Try to fight against the desert itself!
Maybe they’ll also raise an ad-hock army made of volunteers, like the ancient Israelites. Such army will probably use…
- Slings – herders have always loved slings, and there are plenty of stones in the desert.
- Spears, with heads of bone, stone, or wood hardened in the fire.
- Maybe they use also metal spears and axes, traded from merchants that pass in their oases, probably for date products and livestock.
- They’ll protect themselves with shields of thick reptile leather. Slingers might even use shields of straw or reed, that are supposed just to protect them from arrows and stones.
- Wealthy warriors might also use some kind of light armor, that protects them from superficial blows – plates for the thorax and back, gaiters, and a helmet – all are made of leather, strengthened with metal scales.
This army will probably use mostly guerrilla tactics – raiding the enemy army, ambushing, and if they feel confident enough, they might even face them in a frontal battle. Combined with magic, such strategy would be dangerous.
You don't need to see the wind itself in order to hear the rustling leaves.June 6, 2020 at 9:41 am #114428
You don't need to see the wind itself in order to hear the rustling leaves.June 7, 2020 at 2:03 pm #114456Beth Darlene@beth20
Sorry, I know you tagged me! I haven’t been…loving my Aunty A enough? What? I should not be online right now, I’m in an…odd mood lol!!
Maybe it’s bc I had fruit loops and coffee for breakfast…
Jominkreesa! For the weirdos who know what it means! 😉 I love you guys!June 8, 2020 at 6:04 pm #114516
@eitan Looks like you thought that out pretty well. I like all your weapons and magic.
@beth20 No problem. Aunty A is fine…she’s got kittens.😍 Don’t feel like you always have to reply when I tag you.
Coffee and Fruit Loops for breakfast??? That would have me bouncing off the walls.😄 Me and coffee only get along good when the situation calls for high energy.
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