So this will be a short post, maybe I’ll add on to it later. But I just imagine getting a degree in Aluma to be the actual wildest thing
Verity / Aeterna
In Aeterna they have the Sophius academy for Sharps, where many important ‘science’ people get started. What I already had established is it’s kind of like a university but with its own quirks, at the very least the rather obvious one of having a giant Directed attribute mascot in the basement.
Now I like the idea that every student does independent research and a small dissertation before graduating,
So today I was thinking about Usmana, the destroyed “Spanish lion kingdom”, and how I was kind of turning aspects of it into my SF tribute by playing with what exactly ‘martial art’ means, and what I can do with a lion character in Stablehand what with lions being This Whole Thing in the worldbuilding. I’ll post about that later.
What that got me thinking about is what kind of weaponry Aluma uses in general.
I think that generally, people don’t really use firearms a lot. They’re a thing, but they’re considered kind of primitive since cirque can often be so effective against them.
In Grævonia a common term for humans is “folk”. People commonly talk about the people of Grævonia as “the folk”, and use “folk” as a gender neutral term to replace “men”, “Man”, “ladies/gentlemen”, etc.
(Because Grævonia is loosely inspired by Anglo-Saxon type cultures rather than today’s cultures, I want to avoid terms that sound specific to 2010s America, like “-person” or “person” to replace “man”. But at the same time a very strong bullet in my mental ‘stablehand manual of style’ has always been ‘keep everything gender-neutral’. So, to compromise,
I was just kind of thinking about Kris’s flow merge
Originally I imagined it just being a bracelet but like, what if it was a watch
A really fancy watch with tessellated crystally blue diamond shapes, like one of those fake rolex type things
(They probably make some fairly fancy watches in Aeterna given watches are the major product of Aeterna, Aeterna, so in one way it only makes sense for other places like Easboro to try to cash in on that by making vaguely similar fancy watches for cheaper)
I’m imagining her doing this stylised gesture of swinging her arm over and pressing down the face like a button like it’s Literally The 90s,
I just figured out why Aluma has these impossible-sounding mythical creatures that in reality all happen to coalesce in the flaredrakeicorn and the kamaileopard
Eight different Antecedents each saw one of Arkturuse’s two Patron-Accessories and each one had a different impression of it. For instance Vistula the Dawn looked at Xera Flaredrakeicorn and saw them as a bright white griffin-like creature with a bluegreen shimmer, the “umao”, some Antecedent in Grævonia looked at them and went ‘oh it’s a bright kinda fiery thing this obviously must be the Phoenix’
With Zyra Kamaileopard there are these extinct creatures right and so the Antecedents look at it and they think they see the extinct creatures, kind of an amusing inversion of a cryptid story where people find the ‘bigfoot’ in something way more amazing that nobody realises exists because people were too busy talking about cryptids
That makes me think, it’s kinda possible other Aetherbosses’ Accessories had some role in Aluma too. I can’t immediately think of what Rosetta and Clearfill would be doing, but Dark Teapot is already known to have done stuff in Aluma under a male persona called Sigmund Wren. It’s possible The Air and Spiral may have followed him during that time.
Lance’s antecedent, Fauchard, is also named after a pole weapon. (As of today Fauchard is now joined by Bill, Voulge, Sovnya, Runka, and Woldo as part of his group. I can’t believe those are all weapon names, especially Bill.)
Bill is a woman (with a toucan-looking hexart) and Woldo and his dragon have striped patterns he insists are all-terrain camouflage. Runka’s dragon has a crescent through its body; Voulge and Sovnya are lightweight and heavyweight types respectively that betray their aesthetic.
So for a long time I had this idea of the “flaredrakeicorn” and the idea Mega-Mierundaro/Arkturuse would have two Accessories that each represented Xai and Zed but I never really had them designed. It is now time to fix that.
Arkturuse’s Accessories are made of these mythical animals:
flaredrakeicorn: Es – AEX (flardraco) / U – TEZ (phoenix) / W – ATX (unicorn) / V – ATZ (griffin thing)
kamaileopard: Ft – AEZ (leijon) / Fn – TEX (cœlailurus) / M – TTZ (kamaileo) / S –
I may finally have an explanation for “The War”. maybe.
So Graznar is a Soulless, which is the opposite of a Soulful (recently I realised that’s not quite true and I explain that further down this post, but that’s not important right now). He has his HQ in Corazón, formerly the Heartland—home of the Soulful.
Now, I realised, Corazón is a weird name for that place to have.
Thing is, it’s kinda weird it would be named in Spanish, cause I don’t know of anywhere in Aluma that speaks Spanish. Grævonia speaks basically-English.
The thing with a Disastrous is they’re sort of like this trope of a recurring curse, but I never really fleshed that out. Now I’m thinking that maybe the Disastrous is related to Ruin having the number 7, which I gave it upon learning that there was this field of mathematical modelling catastrophes where there were apparently ‘seven types of basic catastrophe’
Now I’m thinking that Stars Reims Scharf, a major Disastrous, had something to do with “The Seven Great Disasters”, like…
Most people scarcely bring about one type of catastrophe in their lives, but Stars Reims managed to produce all seven of them.
It’s like, periodically there are a handful of low-level Disastrous that don’t make it too far but every so often one of them makes it all the way through to become a “true disastrous” and brings about all seven fabled types of disasters. (Lance, probably, can go either way in his story……)
And so, people are afraid of anybody who seems to be a Disastrous cause it’s impossible to know who will go all the way and who won’t. Even so much as being left-handed (“sinister”) gets some superstitious people on edge.