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This is an experiment to see if I can publish to Mythusmage Today.
Thought I’d write up a new RPG for Dangerous Journeys.
The guide is called Chivalry and it is set on the world of Irth. Irth is much like our Earth but with differences. Most important is the presence of working magick, which lead to changes in history. At present it is the year 1347 and thanks to magick events have transpired at did not here, and events that occurred here did not there.
For our purposes the most important changes lies in how and why the Romans of Irth did not fare as well as they did here. On Irth they could not conquer as our Romans did, and that largely because their Romans really didn’t work as hard as they might have on their use of magick. So while their empire did expand over time, that expansion was never to the extent our Roman Empire expanded.
Though perhaps the most important change in their history has to do with the matter of Jesus of Nazareth. On Irth Pilate had access via a mirror with Rome. Then Roman counselor Hadrian -Irth’s Romans never really had an empire or an emperor- gave him an order that he was to send Jesus to Rome to face justice there. So Jesus and his party, plus Caiaphas and his party and Herod and his party were sent to Rome for trial.
There Jesus learns that his natural father was in fact a Roman legionnaire, making Jesus a Roman citizen. Being accused of treason against Rome being a citizen he would suffer decapitation, which would pretty much stymie most any attempt at resurrection. But Hadrian rather liked Jesus of Nazareth, so together they concocted a compromise. Jesus would confess to treason, but then Hadrian would give him a full pardon. In return Jesus would then enlist his followers to work on reconciling with the Republic. In return for which the Romans would grant provisional independence. In return of the Jews agree to keep the peace in that area and facilitating cooperation with Rome. The three Jewish parties then reconciled and agree to a cooperation to keep matters settled in Judea
The Romans later withdrew their people from the area; Herod, Jesus, and Caiaphas worked together to get the radicals and the like settled down, and things pretty much settled down throughout the Republic. There was some degree of competition between Jew and Christian, but the Romans acceptance of the message The Creator gave Jonah regarding the Assyrians meant that Jew and Christian alike really had no trouble with spreading their message among the Romans and in converting many of those people to their respective versions of the Jewish faith. Though still the history of the later Republic was still a lot like the history of our Roman Empire.
And that’s your introduction of Chivalry and Irth, though there is a lot more to come. But that will have to wait for later. In the next posting I’ll be giving you a look at the Western Europe of Irth in 1347 starting with the Kingdom of France and her neighbors. And yes, there will be conflict.
The Dragons of Dragon Earth learned about the coming asteroid, the one we call Chicxulub. In the dragon’s case they were able to divert it and send it into the Sun. But still there were the Deccan traps, and with the volcanic winter they caused it was enough to put paid to a lot of life on Dragon Earth.
More survived than on our Earth, but the losses were still more than enough. The sauropods and hadrosaurs were severely damaged, and the ceratopsians be rendered extinct -except for possibly an island in the South Pacific, and those rumored ceratopsians are more goat sized than gigantic.
Still life recovered. Among the plants it was the flowering plants who bounced back. Among the animals the avian dinosaurs and placental mammals started to proliferate. The dragons and wyrms also suffered, but they survived and started to prosper again. It is said that if not for the wyrms DE would no longer have ceratopsians, for the most part because the sapient wyrms are blazing romantics.
Still and all life on Dragon Earth had to restart, and with the restart life went through more than a few changes.
The birds to a great extent, but the mammals even more so. And most importantly for them it was the primates who really took off.
Now as far as anyone can tell the primates of Dragon Earth sort of got started back in the Middle Jurassic. In fact they may have been among the first placental mammals. And it looks like the gods of that world have an extraordinary fondness for primates, leading them to mucking with the order. I have the feeling that the deities had plans for them and were apparently looking for something to knock the dragons and wyrms down a notch or two. Something the dragons and wyrms worked hard at helping them with.
There would be more changes, more difficulties, but that can wait for later. From the hadrosaurs would come the neo-ceratopsians, and from the surviving raptors you would get the basilisks and cockatrice. From the wyrms you get the earth dragons as they are known, reptilia with largely mammalian configuration and often a set of wings they may have gotten from the dragons. But, again, this is for a later time.
The dragon’s golden age lasted through to the end of the Jurassic. It was during the Jurassic that the dragons reached their heights in numbers, size, and variety; with thousands of animals, hundreds of species, and specimens reaching as much as 100 tons in weight.
But the Cretaceous meant changes. The most important was the spread of flowering plants, foliage that had gotten its start in the mid Jurassic but which now proliferate as never before. With the collapse of the old conifers came the collapse in the sauropod population world wide and the subsequent spread of the hadrosaurs and ceratopsians. In addition the pterodactyls were fading away, to be replaced by the early birds, Earth’s fifth family of dinosaurs.
Without the gargantuan sauropods to feed upon the dragons found it necessary to reduce their size. So they did. It should also be noted that by this time it seems that most dragons had migrated off planet, colonizing other worlds both in the mundane and the arcane realms. Indeed some colonies have been so long from Earth that they have forgotten exactly where they came from and they have invented legends and myths about their origins on their current home worlds.
In addition the mammals of Earth were evolving. The placentals proliferated and grew larger. The faun-al changes, both reptilian and mammalian were caused for the most part by the breakup of Pangea, as well as the floral changes. With the tectonic changes making the spread of flowering plants more possible than before. In turn the flowering plants made the spread of hadrosaurs and ceratopsians more likely, and that as I’ve noted before made it necessary for the dragons to adapt. Still the dragons did, as did their cousins among the wyrms, who found the new wet lands opening up on the breakup of Pangea a welcome opportunity.
So it looked like dragons and wyrms would adapt and adjust, and it was possible that with time there would come a new golden age after just a few million years of darkness. But then the rock came. That story comes later. And not just the rock but the story of the Deccan Traps, a series of volcanic events in what is now Southern India which produced what amounts to a world wide volcanic winter and the first series of events in the Cretaceous/Paleogene Event. That is coming up next and I’ll get to it just as soon as I can.
The Art of World Building is about world building. In this video the subject is the world of the Ascendance of a Bookworm. The main protagonist is a little girl named Myne, who is a bookworm, and as it turns out someone with a sort of magickal talent. Though in her case this talent has to be expressed else the mana she produces -Heka for us- make her sick and even eventually kill her. The world building goes into great detail, covering the different social classes and how the people deal with it. And that reminds me a lot of how we tend to handle social differences in our society, what with the lower Class hating the middle and upper classes, and they in turn hating the other classes.
And that reminds me of the lie, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Bullshit, it is ignorance that breeds contempt, it is only through familiarity that we can learn to accept others, and whoever came up with this familiarity crap was an ignorant ass who knew fuck all about those not of his class.
And it strikes me that apparently the gods of the world of Ascendance tend not to butt in, even though the society presented in the manga/anime has a religion complete with a structure and structures. In the world of Ærth with all her buttinski gods I get the feeling that such as Odin and Marduk are not about to let their people mess things up so badly. No, they’re more likely to lay down the law and to get people to actually interact and get to know each other. Even kings and slaves, no matter how exalted the former and degraded the latter. When you consider his history somebody like Osiris really doesn’t need the stress squabbling mortals can give him. So Ascendance for me serves as a lesson in how not to structure a society, and since I’m sort of responsible for the world of Ærth now a days I can now deal with it as I choose.
Still, that’s me, and I encourage you to have a look at The Ascendance of a Bookworm and to take what you learn and use it in your own world building. Even if your adventures don’t really follow you lead, it should give you and them more to work with and explore. And don’t forget the additional plot hooks you can find with such detail. Considering my finances I don’t think I can really get into this to any great degree, but I can always hope you can and you will. The site you’ll want to go to is the Book Walker site, and it has more than just The Ascendance of a Bookworm to explore. BTW, it is a Japanese site but when I went there what I read was in American English.
To keep this short science is not a thing, science is a proceeding; a process. Science is a set of techniques you use to learn just what is going on. You propose an idea, you look into what is right and what is wrong about your idea. You take what is wrong about your idea and learn how to correct your mistakes. Which is mostly about why and how you are wrong. Science is about facts and how to verify that they are facts. Science is not about revealed truth. Science is most definitely about what you learned in school, for very often what you learned in school is not what is actually going on. Washington did not throw a dollar across the Delaware. For one thing, they had no dollars back then -at least not the American dollar for that dollar had not been established yet. In addition, the Delaware is wider than you’d think and Washington was a man in his late middle ages at the time of the supposed event and no longer really all that strong.
Sasquatch denial is bad science. To be blunt, it’s not science at all. It’s based on the idea there can be no such animal as the Sasquatch because according to the deniers there was no way for a great ape to travel from Eurasia to North America. Big mistake, there was. At times in the past the land we call Beringia was dry land from the mountains in Canada to the mountains in Russia. In fact it has been determined that those Russian mountains and the land east of them are on the North American plate. Which means that small mammals cross over from Eurasian to North America on a daily basis and may even have territories that overlap both plates.
But say the deniers there can be no Sasquatch because we haven’t found any evidence, and when you restrict your thinking to skeletal evidence they are right. However bones are not the only evidence you can have. There are photographs and sound recordings. There are body impressions and genetics. Having bones would be nice, but are they really all that necessary? But without bones to “cement” everything together some people say that that makes the rest of things dubious at the least and so makes the Sasquatch deniable.
Then you have the acorns an investigator says he was hit by, evidently thrown by adolescent Sasquatch. Some say the acorns were thrown by teen aged humans. So why didn’t the investigator hear any human voices? Teen agers love to socialize. That is, they are going to gab and boast about how they are fooling that older fool. And they are going to talk about their exploits with others in their community, yet our investigator says nothing about over hearing any such conversation back in town. Adolescent humans are braggarts and the fact no locals ever bragged about what they were doing tells me a lot.
And then you have the genetics. From what I’ve heard Dr. Ketchum of the Sasquatch Genome Project made a bad interpretation of what her testing found. She insisted that the Sasquatch is a hybrid of human and some undiscovered great ape. Last I heard her results show an animal that evidently has a common ancestor with the modern gorilla, just as we have a common ancestor with the modern gorilla. So I’m thinking that just as we inherited genes from the ancient ancestor of man and gorilla, and the Sasquatch inherited genes from the ancestor of Sasquatch and gorilla, so we inherited genes from the ancestor of human and Sasquatch.
But there are those in the scientific community who find being mistaken uncomfortable. Until at least you can provide conclusive evidence that they are. And that for them only bone can be conclusive, and that only when you’ve got enough of it. I say that what we really need is a living specimen. Best yet would be a mother and child we can then put under observation as the child matures. Watch his pattern of growth and their pattern of behavior. Animals we can interact with and learn best how to interact with them. Though even an individual can teach us much as we interact and thus make our job of interaction with free Sasqautch so much much easier.
So that’s how I understand science, and how we can use science to learn about something some of us would much rather deny.
The Middle Jurassic is considered by most to be the golden age of the dragon on Dragon Earth, even some dragons. In was in the Middle Jurassic that dragons were the greatest in number, in type, and reached their greatest size. Not that flights of dragons ever really blocked out the sun, but there were a lot of them.
It is from the Jurassic they we get the largest of the dragons, animals as much as a 100 tons in weight. Though the largest specimen comes from the Middle Cretaceous at 200 tons in weight, and according to the dragons themselves the individual in question suffered from a type of gigantism. Being at the time a doctor of medicine with a specialization in endocrinology, his gigantism lead him to doing research into gigantism and similar conditions, leading in turn to treatments for such still being used today.
Anyway, the dragons of that time were numerous and varied. They may have reached as many as 10 million or so individuals, though nobody is really sure. Their sizes ranged from as great as 100 tons, to as little as a 100 pounds or so. They were winged for the most part, though some species lost their wings somewhere along the line and have often been mistaken for wyrms. The great majority had near-human intelligence, with a few exceeding ours by a fair margin. And by and large they were magickal beasts.
There was of course the levitation that allowed them to fly. At the same time they had their own thinking on dweomercræfting and had devised a set of laws of magick very similar to ours. While the number of still available castings from this time are rather scarce, and a few are still in use, the overall number they had ready is said to number in the thousands. In addition they went so far as to develop a science of magick that allowed them to explore the realm of supernatural magick and even invent castings of that type.
As a matter of fact, it is now known that more than a few Jurassic era dragons achieved the status of supernatural beings, and a few even became gods.
It is also during the Jurassic that Earth’s dragons discovered and explored the greater existence that encapsulates our own. It is said they discovered Phæree, but rejected her as being too controlling. Plus other existences like and unlike our own. It has been estimated that our current dragon population amounts to but 1% of the actual total, and from time to time these “other” dragons well pop in to our world to have a look around.
But still this golden age really didn’t last that long. The same conditions that lead to the transition from the Jurassic to the Cretaceous had their impact on all life on Earth, and the sudden drop in the sauropod population in both number and type meant a corresponding demographic collapse for the dragons who hunted them. I will have more on the matter of the dragons and their prey in my next post. Till then.
I have just started reading David Brin’s Polemical Judo, his work on taking on and beating the cult that is now the Republican Party of the United States. I’m doing this because first he asked nicely, and second because I like what he’s saying and I say it needs to be read by more people.
Now why do I call the Republican party a cult? Because it is. As it is being run today it has become a cult, as I understand it, a cult being any organization founded on the premise that only they have the truth, that only they matter, and that their competition must be annihilated lest we all be drawn down into the Abyss. Much like the Far Left and the Communist Party, both mentioned deliberately because I don’t really care for their cult like behavior.
But for this post I’m going to have to ask you to take one thing into consideration. A strategy cults often use, and that is perseverance. We start with enthusiasm, but then slack off thinking that our foes, having been beaten once can now be disregarded. Thing is, nowadays the Republicans fight own. Much as Vietnam did during the Vietnam War. Vietnam had a dream, Vietnam had a goal, and they were going to achieve that goal no matter what it took. Thanks to their perseverance they ended up winning that particular campaign in the Cold War, and as a result Hanoi is now one of our strongest allies against Communist China. I don’t agree entirely with their goal, but I do admire their commitment.
So what this have to do with our fight against the tyrannical?
That just as Vietnam persisted in their fight, so we must persist in ours. We need to recognize that our war with tyrants won’t end until they surrender, and I’m talking about actually giving up. I’m talking about their letting go and accepting that they can’t have everything that they want. At least not their obsession of total control and utter dominance.
So get yourself a copy of Polemical Judo, read it, an apply what you learn. And persist, damn it. For obstinacy in the pursuit of the good is no sin (and thank you Ronald Reagan).
This war has lasted for some 250 years according to Brin, it may last 250 more. Fuck, it may never end. But it is now important that we set our eyes on victory, and dedicate ourselves to the proposition that this is something we need to do, for ourselves and for the generations to come. It is a matter of survival and our continued prosperity.
I’ve gotten this idea for a new guide for Dangerous Journeys. This one an alternate history high fantasy, high magick guide set on an Earth -Airth maybe- where the history worked out a lot differently than it did here. But I’m currently missing something pertinent to the island of Eire. At the moment I have the following peoples in order:
But I think there’s another, one that predates the Firbolg and are known as the Tuatha de ***. Anybody have any ideas?
We return now to the late Permian when the first dragons appeared in the fossil record. For the most part the early dracos were terrestrial animals that had not yet taken to the trees. But there were others who preferred to live along the river banks, the shores of lakes and seas. As the early dracos were venturing into the canopy the early wyrms were trying out the water and adapting to that environment.
As you may have expected the first wyrms took on a more aquatic appearance, some even coming to resemble the early suchians of the time. There were some that even came to have a turtle like carapace, and some even a serpentine appearance. Still the end of the Permian placed them in peril and no small number of forms were lost in the catastrophe.
In the Triassic the wyrms did not start exhibiting the mid-limbs of the early dracos, and indeed found it possible to get quite large just floating about in a more supportive medium. Yet in the early Jurassic the wyrms also apparently started levitating much as the dracos were, though in their case their propulsion through the air was more a matter of their “swimming” instead of “rowing” as the dragons did. In any case their stories is still much like that of the “western” dragons so we need not go into detail where they are concerned. In fact in the next post in this series we’ll be returning to the more familiar dracos and covering their history in the middle Jurassic up to the end of the Cretaceous.