So the other day I was having a stupid little thought about people having Reflector MBs that could act as mini-Hfenixata. I haven’t talked about Reflectors much cause they haven’t been developed very much but basically they reside in a host and then the host and Reflector sort of “reflect” each other, that is, bring out hidden qualities of each other through their intertwinedness. They’re basically a carryover from my dropped (and in-reboot) Tyrian project, where they were inspired by the shadows in Blue Dragon Ral Grad* (which in turn first appeared in Blue Dragon).
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,
The super funny thing about the Stablehand world is that basically nobody has a standing military, many places have militias of sorts in case some weird circumstance requires them but nearly nowhere is there a flat-out army
…Except Hinotoria the purported country of peace which has this huge-ass military, they’re like, ‘it’s not the military, it’s the Flame Guard, they are a national guard with a legitimate peacetime purpose and we would most certainly never use them for coercion‘
No evidence can be found anywhere that they have, but this is the same country that proudly claims to have publicly burned an infamous leaker to death. So.
I was just thinking about how some palaeontology fans refer to intentionally inaccurate dinosaurs as “awesomebro” and then
I just kinda imagined this group of punkish people with terrorlizards stylishly soliciting you to “come join the awesome brotherhood” in the tone you’d say “come to the dark side”
I think that’s kind of a great and amusing name and also concept so I’m kinda thinking about adding it to Stablehand because I know they’d get into so many great shenanigans. The name sounds like some kind of secret society freemasons shit and I imagine people talking about them with a weird amount of respect while in the actual group they are just a bunch of losers who pull weird performance art to see what they can accomplish kinda.
So Stablehand just got fucking terrifying today …I’m joking.
But once again, I just made up something that was such a concept it scared me
So, I’ve sort of been messing around with the idea of “Soul”, as an opposite… force? I guess? to Void. Void is the main supernatural/Weird thing that affects Stablehand’s planet. Because Void permeates the universe of Aluma, people can use the magic-like “cirque” to manipulate their environment and make cool technologies, travel to and from the Aether that Void comes from, and transform themselves into cyborg-like technotranscendents or furry-like biotranscendents.
Well this just made me say “oh my god” no less than ten times
So I have this 6kh story I’m working on related to the “spanish lion kingdom” Usmana and how it became a wasteland of nothing but empty blackened plains simply called “The Scorched”. (This has been a thing I’ve been trying to figure out forever and have come up with many ideas but ultimately none of them quite stuck, until this one.)
Today I had the mind-blowing realisation that like, the way that story is shaping up,
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.
I like to think that in the Stablehand universe there are always two bathrooms, but they’re never labelled, so everywhere there are bathrooms people just kinda come up with nicknames for them based on the culture of the area, and all manner of only-slightly-funny jokes based on those nicknames
Like in Mazzul, where there’s kind of a directional theme going on (Nassak is named Nassak sa Marrekez meaning Nassak of the Centre, Hadjeza and Haikma are sort of thought of as West and East if I remember right), the bathrooms in a building might be referred to as “East” and “West”, so somebody like Haikma who is called East might be like well I guess I can’t use the West one
New notes about Grævonia from today:
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,
For Kris there was a scene I’d always had in my head that I now realise should be a bit different
Kris quotes a bunch of facts about Fuchsia the Superpower and Kate is like how do you know all that, so Kris (after pulling it out of her flow-merge watch) holds up the first volume of a “historical fiction” comic about her, of which there are like 8 kinda thick volumes