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Orcish
Worldbuilding

I haven't played WoW in quite a while but I was always a fan of the Horde (mostly playing blood elves or the undead race) and I'd love to see more when you have it.

5Cruinn-Annuin
(linguistcat)
August 20th, 2019
"Scientific Theology" in your concultures?
Worldbuilding

I guess in the sense that Alchemy is a study of the nature of the universe, in a universe with many kinds of spiritual Powers, anyone who is an alchemist will do experiments that touch on a god or two's domain.

And in the space fantasy verse, stars/deities must be contacted if you're planning to

19eldin raigmore
(linguistcat)
August 17th, 2019
Mourning among Kaibyou
Worldbuilding

I'm not in Canada, but my husband and I have friends in Canada and across the world, so he must have heard it was "Cat Day" from one of them (and I saw it on tumblr later), and we just assumed. Still, it was Cat Day somewhere.

Sam wasn't my first pet to die but for various reasons he was the fir

7linguistcat
(linguistcat)
August 12th, 2019
Mourning among Kaibyou
Worldbuilding

Yes, because Bon festival is happening soon, it's National Cat Day and my own feline companion passed away this morning. :'(

7linguistcat
(linguistcat)
August 9th, 2019
Mourning among Kaibyou
Worldbuilding

While natural death (death from "old age" and the body wearing out) is unheard of in kaibyou as with most other youkai, they can be killed or die from specific illnesses and toxins, and in the case of nekomata, they can die from not fulfilling their grudge as is necessary to them. To the world aroun

7linguistcat
(linguistcat)
August 8th, 2019
Grouping emotions, and culturally appropriate emotional responses
Worldbuilding

Yeah, in the article, it mentioned that even experts had no consensus on how many "basic" emotions there are. Even knowing as we do now that emotions are moderated by certain neuro-transmitters, it's not 1 to 1 in that case and seems to be somewhat context dependent. There's also the theory that con

9linguistcat
(linguistcat)
August 3rd, 2019
Grouping emotions, and culturally appropriate emotional responses
Worldbuilding

I'm glad I brought up something that got some gears turning. Let me know what you come up with when you do.

@chiarizio I'm assuming by "pain is good" you mean something like experiencing pain has a positive effect on the person and one shouldn't avoid it. If not, please let me know what's intende

9linguistcat
(linguistcat)
July 24th, 2019
Grouping emotions, and culturally appropriate emotional responses
Worldbuilding

Much like how different cultures group colors differently, what emotions were seen as related have been different across cultures and time.

Likewise, what is considered an acceptable or even expected response to an emotion changes across cultures as well. In the West, people might be expected to

9linguistcat
(linguistcat)
July 15th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

So, my idea for the cats is that while men are still common enough, they are less common than women. There would definitely be more males than 1/10, and very definitely less than 1/2 and probably between 1/5 and 1/3. This isn't an issue so much for them since new kaibyou come from house cats meeting

19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
June 10th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

@chiarizio I should probably alert you as well

After clearing up terminology (I didn't know about the divide between matriarchal and gynocratic!), whether or not the cats are gynocratic - but I am leaning toward most clans and the species as a whole being so - they are definitely matriarchal.



19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
June 6th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

Are your cat youkai immortal? Do they need to have a system of assigning heirs?


They are immortal in that they don't die of old age, and generally not from illness. They can die from a few rare illnesses, poisons and injury. Their entire "family" structure is basically by adoption or "marriage

19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
June 5th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

Doing a little research, the Asian group I was thinking of seems to be the Mosuo. They are in China but near the Himalayas. They are technically polyandrous, in that they have "walking marriages", and women can choose their partners and end relationships by visiting men they like, or not, at night.

19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
June 5th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

Do you remember if it was a semi-nomadic tribal group? Could they live in a rain forest? If so, were they polyandrous?

Or a settled agricultural group? Could they be living in China, or at least part of Asia? If so, were they matrilocal and/or polyandrous?

If you can't remember at all (or didn

19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
June 4th, 2019
Biology and Culture
Worldbuilding

Continued content warning
@chiarizio:

Well said. I will note, I'm not mentioning or adding anything that isn't in the original folktales in that regard. Many kinds of youkai are man-eaters, even if not every member of a youkai "species" would eat humans. Cats especially ranged greatly: There wer

18fmra
(linguistcat)
May 30th, 2019
Biology and Culture
Worldbuilding

Content warning for non-human/humanoids eating humans
After some research, it turns out that while cats are obligate carnivores and would lean heavily on a diet of meat and fish, they would be able to consume most foods found in Japan during the Edo period aside from onions, garlic, some mushrooms

18fmra
(linguistcat)
May 30th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

Is it possible that having the majority of political power or final say in political situations in the hands of women is actually a better measure of a culture being matriarchal than who the "chief" is, even if the chief is always a man? I've seen some evidence that groups of men, as a generality, t

19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
May 28th, 2019
Matriarchal societies living near/within patriarchal societies
Worldbuilding

We don't have a lot of data for this (there is a matrilocal and some would argue matriarchal cultural group in parts of China, but that's the only one I can think of), but what changes to a matriarchal culture seem likely if they lived near or within a larger patriarchal group.

I'm going to start

19linguistcat
(linguistcat)
May 27th, 2019
Danpyr worldbuilding
Worldbuilding

I haven't decided most of this, but I felt that it had been a bit too long since I'd replied. I am still thinking about this, however.

7linguistcat
(linguistcat)
April 25th, 2019
Family-like relationships among kaibyou
Worldbuilding

Working on native terms, or at least things to derive terms from

10bloodb4roses
(linguistcat)
April 2nd, 2019
Cat writing
Worldbuilding

I've been looking for variant kana forms to use for the above sounds, plus /s~z/ from a variant of さ. I'm not sure how I want other clusters to resolve but I know that I only want long consonants, fricative+stop, or nasal+voiced stop, so that simplifies some issues and I just need everything to co

11bloodb4roses
(linguistcat)
April 2nd, 2019

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