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Make These Work Together Game II (**3** choices!)

Posted Over 14 Years ago by Riven

[unparsed]Basically, three things about a culture's beliefs or world will be posted. You give reasons, scientific or magical, as to why these beliefs exist. You can then make another three-trait challenge if you would like to.

And yes, I realize this was called a "reconcliliation challenge" before.

1. Tea in this culture can be consumed only during twilight, and a lot of tea is drunk.

2. It is taboo to bathe yourself if there are any birds around.

3. Instead of one leader, each village/city/etc has two leaders, one male and one female. Both of them must be married, but they cannot be married to each other.

Good luck :P

[b:0aba99d075]Edit[/b:0aba99d075]: Rav and I have made two more, and I've modified the rules so that you can make more if you would like.

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[unparsed]Birds are considered messengers of the gods (and it is therefore disrespectful to be unclothed in their presence), whereas the bitter tea leaf is representive of the bitter forces of evil in the world. Given that birds are associated with dawn--when they deliver their (chirped) divine messages--tea is associated with dawn's opposite: twilight; tea can only be safely drunk during its associated time. However, because twilight is the only time when one is able to drink tea safely, it is also the only time that spiritual energy may be drawn from the dark forces through the tea, so drinking tea during that time is especially encouraged to sublimate the strength of evil to use for good.
This dichotomy is mirrored in the male-female dichotomy. The male leader of community is referred to as the "Tea of the City" and the female is called the "Bird of the City." Whereas the two can never truly co-exist, they can never be married to each other, but each one must be tempered by its opposite, and therefore both must be married (the male's wife and female's husband being known as the "Bird of the Tea" and "Tea of the Bird," respectively).

My turn:

1) The king must never be seen in public without wearing his royal cape and crown and carrying his scepter (or at least having it immediately present) but must always wear a suit of sackcloth.
2) No-one may eat meat if he has once seen that particular animal alive.
3) All writing must be done with one's weaker hand.

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed]"1. Tea in this culture can be consumed only during twilight, and a lot of tea is drunk."

The tea is foul tasting and somewhat intoxicating, but more importantly it has a repellent quality and turns aside a kind of indigenous mite which is carried by birds:

"2. It is taboo to bathe yourself if there are any birds around."

And can transfer more easily to people any time they are uncovered by clothing- evening and morning when they change and bathe (which is why tea is drunk at this time). Bathing around birds is of course taboo, but for more than just reasons of modesty.

"3. Instead of one leader, each village/city/etc has two leaders, one male and one female. Both of them must be married, but they cannot be married to each other."

The bacterium this mite transmits is lethal to humans, and can be transmitted by any significant exchange of fluids. At one time the people were ruled by a sort of king and queen together, but because when one died of the bacterium the other did as well, the two became separate bodies for sake of stability. They must both be married monogamously to discourage the catching of this bacterium from resorting to prostitutes, and to keep up pretenses of adulthood.

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:09c26228b8]The male leader of community is referred to as the "Tea of the City" and the female is called the "Bird of the City."[/quote:09c26228b8]

Absolutely brilliant, Rav.

[quote:09c26228b8]Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:38 am Post subject:

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Birds are considered messengers of the gods (and it is therefore disrespectful to be unclothed in their presence), whereas the bitter tea leaf is representive of the bitter forces of evil in the world. Given that birds are associated with dawn--when they deliver their (chirped) divine messages--tea is associated with dawn's opposite: twilight; tea can only be safely drunk during its associated time. However, because twilight is the only time when one is able to drink tea safely, it is also the only time that spiritual energy may be drawn from the dark forces through the tea, so drinking tea during that time is especially encouraged to sublimate the strength of evil to use for good.
This dichotomy is mirrored in the male-female dichotomy. The male leader of community is referred to as the "Tea of the City" and the female is called the "Bird of the City." Whereas the two can never truly co-exist, they can never be married to each other, but each one must be tempered by its opposite, and therefore both must be married (the male's wife and female's husband being known as the "Bird of the Tea" and "Tea of the Bird," respectively).

My turn:

1) The king must never be seen in public without wearing his royal cape and crown and carrying his scepter (or at least having it immediately present) but must always wear a suit of sackcloth.
2) No-one may eat meat if he has once seen that particular animal alive.
3) All writing must be done with one's weaker hand.
[/quote:09c26228b8]

A dualistic religion is present in this culture. The needs of the body and the needs of the spirit are considered seperate persons incarnate into one mind. The values of the intellect/spirit are continuously kept seperate from the values of the body. This duality reflects across many seperate things in their culture, as a kind of yin/yang; black is the color of the body and white the spirit. Males must wear dark clothing and women light clothing, and men be more committed to physical labor than women.

The left hand is seen as the hand of the spirit, and is so used for purposes such as writing[b:09c26228b8][3][/b:09c26228b8], holding religious books, touching sacred objects, and gestures used in religious rituals. By contrast, the right hand is used for most day-to-day practical applications.

The body must eat, though the spirit does not have to. In spiritual contexts, fasting is encouraged, as before important rituals. The body may eat whatever is necessary to survive, but if the spirit "touches" an animal or plant by observing it, then it cannot be eaten[b:09c26228b8][2][/b:09c26228b8], at least not by the same mind.

The king is the leader of minds, which are both spiritual and physical. As is the tradition, he must wear outer garments that reflect the physical people that he is guarding, in the highest physical splendor (scepter, crown, royal cape), but beneath it, as proof of the inner spirit in its amazing ability to resist physical hardship must wear the roughest sackcloth.[b:09c26228b8][1][/b:09c26228b8]

Now then, my turn again.

1) All statues that commemorate very influential people or heroes must be painted green.

2) Once daily, children must line up along the outer wall (from the inside) and sidle alongside it, for no less than five minutes.

3) It is considered very rude, and possibly offensive to laugh in the presence of people if there are both children and the elderly present. (for one or the other or neither it is fine)

Over 14 Years ago
Riven
 

[unparsed][quote:65a2dd003e="Rav Shimon"]
My turn:

1) The king must never be seen in public without wearing his royal cape and crown and carrying his scepter (or at least having it immediately present) but must always wear a suit of sackcloth.
2) No-one may eat meat if he has once seen that particular animal alive.
3) All writing must be done with one's weaker hand.[/quote:65a2dd003e]


You should post this as another thread- but make sure you have a way in your head to reconcile it; that one's pretty difficult to sort out- I can only do it using 'magic' off the top of my head. ([b:65a2dd003e]Edit:[/b:65a2dd003e] never mind, modified rules, heh')


In this world, everybody is possessed by a demon, and has to do his or her best to avoid coming completely under control of the demon by tricking it in various ways.

"1) The king must never be seen in public without wearing his royal cape and crown and carrying his scepter (or at least having it immediately present) but must always wear a suit of sackcloth."

The king, in order to avoid being killed by one of his possessed subjects, must pose obviously as the king externally while wearing sack cloth underneath. This way, the demons will feel his discomfort from the sack cloth and think him an impostor, and his people will know him for the king by his robe, crown, and scepter.

"2) No-one may eat meat if he has once seen that particular animal alive."

When a person has been near a living creature, the demon has tasted its nature and knows how to control its flesh. If then a piece of that same creature is eaten, the flesh eaten will be controlled by the demon, and will worm through a hole in the stomach and help the spirit take over the body.

"3) All writing must be done with one's weaker hand."

The demon always choses the stronger hand to feel through, and when it does control the body, to use. In order to write truly and privately so the demon knows not what the person does, one must use the weaker hand to do so.

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:7e8d364c85="Blake"]When a person has been near a living creature, the demon has tasted its nature and knows how to control its flesh. If then a piece of that same creature is eaten, the flesh eaten will be controlled by the demon, and will worm through a hole in the stomach and help the spirit take over the body.

[/quote:7e8d364c85]

Ha! That's good! That would lead to some interesting scenarios -- hunting while blindfolded? :D

Over 14 Years ago
Riven
 

[unparsed][quote:c1313097be="Xhin"][quote:c1313097be="Blake"]When a person has been near a living creature, the demon has tasted its nature and knows how to control its flesh. If then a piece of that same creature is eaten, the flesh eaten will be controlled by the demon, and will worm through a hole in the stomach and help the spirit take over the body.

[/quote:c1313097be]

Ha! That's good! That would lead to some interesting scenarios -- hunting while blindfolded? :D[/quote:c1313097be]

Or just not hunting your own meat.

Over 14 Years ago
bloodb4roses
 

[unparsed]Generally one doesn't hunt after one's own meat anyway. It's pretty much attached.

Over 14 Years ago
Mr. Saturday
 

[unparsed][quote:82a9a02626="Mr. Saturday"]Generally one doesn't hunt after one's own meat anyway. It's pretty much attached.[/quote:82a9a02626]

Are you really that dumb?

Over 14 Years ago
bloodb4roses
 

[unparsed]Or that sarcastic. Maybe. You never know.

Over 14 Years ago
Mr. Saturday
 

[unparsed][quote:56faff03c9="bloodb4roses"][quote:56faff03c9="Xhin"][quote:56faff03c9="Blake"]When a person has been near a living creature, the demon has tasted its nature and knows how to control its flesh. If then a piece of that same creature is eaten, the flesh eaten will be controlled by the demon, and will worm through a hole in the stomach and help the spirit take over the body.

[/quote:56faff03c9]

Ha! That's good! That would lead to some interesting scenarios -- hunting while blindfolded? :D[/quote:56faff03c9]

Or just not hunting your own meat.[/quote:56faff03c9]

That actually might be an interesting thing for building communities. Since no one can hunt or slaughter animals for themselves, they'd have to kill animals and then trade their kills. It would be perfect if you also set up a marriage system where two familial lines would continually intermarry between them -- since that relationship could also play into a food-sharing relationship. And it would also give you more incentive not to anger the in-laws, since they might not go after the finest meat for you next time (goodbye nice venison, hello shot-filled squirrel).

Over 14 Years ago
Fonori
 

[unparsed][quote:93911722d1="Fonori"]

That actually might be an interesting thing for building communities. Since no one can hunt or slaughter animals for themselves, they'd have to kill animals and then trade their kills. It would be perfect if you also set up a marriage system where two familial lines would continually intermarry between them -- since that relationship could also play into a food-sharing relationship. And it would also give you more incentive not to anger the in-laws, since they might not go after the finest meat for you next time (goodbye nice venison, hello shot-filled squirrel).[/quote:93911722d1]

Prezactly

Over 14 Years ago
bloodb4roses
 

[unparsed]:lol:
Now someone post a new challenge.

Over 14 Years ago
Rin
 

[unparsed][quote:759a2c5784="bloodb4roses"][quote:759a2c5784="Mr. Saturday"]Generally one doesn't hunt after one's own meat anyway. It's pretty much attached.[/quote:759a2c5784]

Are you really that dumb?[/quote:759a2c5784]


I thought it was actually kind of funny for once. Somebody's mind isn't in the gutter...



New challenge:


They fly without wings.
They cry without tears.
They fear only darkness, and so the people of this world fear the light.

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed]Well slap my ass and call me Sally, it seems to be riddle time!

Over 14 Years ago
Mr. Saturday
 

[unparsed]That doesn't make any sense at all. Are you sure you actually understand what this game is about? Besides, you shouldn't post a new one until the old one's been answered:
[quote:7bfad73a02="Xhin"]Now then, my turn again.

1) All statues that commemorate very influential people or heroes must be painted green.

2) Once daily, children must line up along the outer wall (from the inside) and sidle alongside it, for no less than five minutes.

3) It is considered very rude, and possibly offensive to laugh in the presence of people if there are both children and the elderly present. (for one or the other or neither it is fine)[/quote:7bfad73a02]

I'll give it a try, then:
In this society which venerates the elderly, it is all a matter of knowing one's place. Laughter is a very intimate activity--one deeply rooted in the human psyche--and is therefore not appropriate in the presence of both the most exalted and the most lowly. After all, how dare anyone share such a personal expression of emotion with an elderly gentleman in the presence of a mere child?
By the same token, children need to understand that they are not meant to be nuisances to their elders. The marching of the children along the outer wall is simply the most expedient method of exhausting them so as to leave them with no energy to saddle their elders with childish nonsense.
Copper is the most abundant precious metal in this society, and, as we all know, rusted copper turns quite a shade of green. Memorials to the great of this society are made of copper and painted green so as to imbue them with a premature appearance of ageing, raising those of moderate age to the status of elderly, therefore creating them as worthy of veneration normally due only ot those much older.

My turn again:
1) A person must cross to the opposite side of the path on which he is travelling every time he sees a sparrow.
2) While there is but one language and one alphabet in this society, men write from right to left and women write from left to right (with the letters reversed accordingly, as in Ancient Egyptian or Greek).
3) Any child (of either sex) which is at least one of the following:
a) the first born to his father
b) the first born to his mother
c) born on the first day of the month
d) born in the first hour of the day
e) born in the first minute of the hour
must be named Tipapu (and yes, it's the same name for both sexes, and yes, that means that there could be numerous siblings with the same name).

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:55e6e35bad="Rav Shimon"]1) A person must cross to the opposite side of the path on which he is travelling every time he sees a sparrow.[/quote:55e6e35bad]What happens if you see several sparrows? Do you have to count them, and cross if there are an odd number but not if there are an even number?

[quote:55e6e35bad="Rav Shimon"]Copper is the most abundant precious metal in this society, and, as we all know, rusted copper turns quite a shade of green. Memorials to the great of this society are made of copper and painted green so as to imbue them with a premature appearance of ageing, raising those of moderate age to the status of elderly, therefore creating them as worthy of veneration normally due only ot those much older.[/quote:55e6e35bad]It would also hide subsequent aging of the statue, giving the appearance that the memorial was everlasting, as "everybody" wishes the person memorialized had been immortal.

[quote:55e6e35bad="Blake"]They fly without wings.
They cry without tears.
They fear only darkness, and so the people of this world fear the light.[/quote:55e6e35bad]Well, the sans wings and sans tears could refer to banshees, for instance. But the third line is hard to make sense of.

Over 14 Years ago
eldin raigmore
 

[unparsed][quote:4dd65f42ec="eldin raigmore"][quote:4dd65f42ec="Rav Shimon"]1) A person must cross to the opposite side of the path on which he is travelling every time he sees a sparrow.[/quote:4dd65f42ec]What happens if you see several sparrows? Do you have to count them, and cross if there are an odd number but not if there are an even number?[/quote:4dd65f42ec]
Or maybe a person would have to cross and re-cross repeatedly, once for each sparrow.
Make it up. There's a tremendous degree of latitude allowable in this game to make up facts about a society to fit your explanation, so long as you don't alter the original three premises.

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:cfc9360c62="Rav Shimon"]My turn again:
1) A person must cross to the opposite side of the path on which he is travelling every time he sees a sparrow.
2) While there is but one language and one alphabet in this society, men write from right to left and women write from left to right (with the letters reversed accordingly, as in Ancient Egyptian or Greek).
3) Any child (of either sex) which is at least one of the following:
a) the first born to his father
b) the first born to his mother
c) born on the first day of the month
d) born in the first hour of the day
e) born in the first minute of the hour
must be named Tipapu (and yes, it's the same name for both sexes, and yes, that means that there could be numerous siblings with the same name).[/quote:cfc9360c62]

Alright, here we go. Sparrows are believed to be among the first creatures upon the earth, messengers of the gods and all that. Tipapu, which means "sparrow", is thus a very honorable name and must be given to children who are born "first", in various senses. Also, women are revered in this society, and are allowed to write in "the sparrow's way" while men must write "the man's way" in the same way that everyone must cross to the opposite side of a path for a sparrow. (Men must also cross to the opposite side if a woman passes, unless they know the woman intimately.)

How does that work for ye?
__________________________

Let's see here-- a new challenge:

1) All temples have special bat-houses built to house their many sacred bats. These bats are cared for by monks who clean the bathouses (and what comes out under them) and release captured insects on special occassions.

2) At the beginning of winter there is a huge festival that involves a great feast that among its traditional foods includes a large number of different arthropod species. (Hint: The bats are not, and in fact [i:cfc9360c62]physically[/i:cfc9360c62] cannot, be fed at this festival.)

3) It is quite common in this culture to retire very early during the twilight hours.

-- This really should be easy.

Over 14 Years ago
Fonori
 

[unparsed][quote:3caa396535="Fonori"][quote:3caa396535="Rav Shimon"]My turn again:
1) A person must cross to the opposite side of the path on which he is travelling every time he sees a sparrow.
2) While there is but one language and one alphabet in this society, men write from right to left and women write from left to right (with the letters reversed accordingly, as in Ancient Egyptian or Greek).
3) Any child (of either sex) which is at least one of the following:
a) the first born to his father
b) the first born to his mother
c) born on the first day of the month
d) born in the first hour of the day
e) born in the first minute of the hour
must be named Tipapu (and yes, it's the same name for both sexes, and yes, that means that there could be numerous siblings with the same name).[/quote:3caa396535]

Alright, here we go. Sparrows are believed to be among the first creatures upon the earth, messengers of the gods and all that. Tipapu, which means "sparrow", is thus a very honorable name and must be given to children who are born "first", in various senses. Also, women are revered in this society, and are allowed to write in "the sparrow's way" while men must write "the man's way" in the same way that everyone must cross to the opposite side of a path for a sparrow. (Men must also cross to the opposite side if a woman passes, unless they know the woman intimately.)

How does that work for ye?[/quote:3caa396535]
Pretty good so far, but incomplete, I should think. How does that explain WHY a person must cross the road if he sees a sparrow? And why is right-to-left is "the sparrow's way" and left-to-right "the man's way"?

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:b10b0a627e="Rav Shimon"][quote:b10b0a627e="Fonori"][quote:b10b0a627e="Rav Shimon"]My turn again:
1) A person must cross to the opposite side of the path on which he is travelling every time he sees a sparrow.
2) While there is but one language and one alphabet in this society, men write from right to left and women write from left to right (with the letters reversed accordingly, as in Ancient Egyptian or Greek).
3) Any child (of either sex) which is at least one of the following:
a) the first born to his father
b) the first born to his mother
c) born on the first day of the month
d) born in the first hour of the day
e) born in the first minute of the hour
must be named Tipapu (and yes, it's the same name for both sexes, and yes, that means that there could be numerous siblings with the same name).[/quote:b10b0a627e]

Alright, here we go. Sparrows are believed to be among the first creatures upon the earth, messengers of the gods and all that. Tipapu, which means "sparrow", is thus a very honorable name and must be given to children who are born "first", in various senses. Also, women are revered in this society, and are allowed to write in "the sparrow's way" while men must write "the man's way" in the same way that everyone must cross to the opposite side of a path for a sparrow. (Men must also cross to the opposite side if a woman passes, unless they know the woman intimately.)

How does that work for ye?[/quote:b10b0a627e]
Pretty good so far, but incomplete, I should think. How does that explain WHY a person must cross the road if he sees a sparrow? And why is right-to-left is "the sparrow's way" and left-to-right "the man's way"?[/quote:b10b0a627e]

Right. Was in a hurry.

Hmm. Well as I said sparrows are said to be servants of the gods and among the first creatures -- so it is considered disrespectful to walk on the same side of the road as a sparrow.

As for the writing directions, not so sure. It's hard to fit that in. Perhaps they have a myth that the first sparrow taught the first woman how to write, and wrote right-to-left -- but when men appeared (i.e. some sort of virgin birth story), they were secondary and too far removed from the first beings to be allowed to write the proper way. Women can write the way of the sparrow, but they still must respect its space by crossing to the other side of the path.

Over 14 Years ago
Fonori
 

[unparsed]That's better.

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:541a9502b3="Blake"]

They fly without wings.
They cry without tears.
They fear only darkness, and so the people of this world fear the light.[/quote:541a9502b3]

Demons in this world are manifest only through their interaction with light. They usually have some visible form, but can never be touched, smelled, or heard. They seperate their victims souls from their bodies by making magical three-dimensional symbols appear in the air, which are intangible and weightless but have a spiritual/psychological effect on the viewer. The more light there is, the more plainly visible these symbols are, and the more potent they become when encountered. Thus people avoid the light, but demons, who must feed to survive, fear darkness, when they must go hungry. Only starvation can hurt them, since they are incorporeal, so they fear nothing else.

Being incorporeal, they can defy gravity without wings. Their 'crying' is a mistaken notion of the people of this world. Anyone listening to a soul-theft event (you can't actually see it, or the symbols will rob you of your soul as well) hears a thin, eerie wailing noise. This is actually the soul crying in pain as it is devoured, but it is such an unearthly noise it is usually attributed to the demons.

Over 14 Years ago
lryda mbazha
 

[unparsed][quote:ce256c9ce3="Fonori"]Let's see here-- a new challenge:

1) All temples have special bat-houses built to house their many sacred bats. These bats are cared for by monks who clean the bathouses (and what comes out under them) and release captured insects on special occassions.

2) At the beginning of winter there is a huge festival that involves a great feast that among its traditional foods includes a large number of different arthropod species. (Hint: The bats are not, and in fact [i:ce256c9ce3]physically[/i:ce256c9ce3] cannot, be fed at this festival.)

3) It is quite common in this culture to retire very early during the twilight hours.[/quote:ce256c9ce3]

Ancient legend tells of a Giant Bat that saved the Founder of this society in his battle against a giant Monster Wasp. As such, the Founder swore always to show great compassion and love to the Giant Bat, and the monks (as the modern day representatives of the Founder) specially care for the sacred bats (as modern-day representatives of the Giant Bat of legend). They release insects on special occasions as reminders of that ancient struggle in homage to the Gaint Bat (as embodied in its representatives).
Because the Monster Wasp of legend was the king of an army of Monster Arthropods and first gained real power on the winter solstice, a festival at that time involves devouring large numbers of arthropods as a symbolic rising against the Monster Arthropods of old. Because the bats remained neutral in that ancient war between Man and Monster Arthropod (the Giant Bat only came in to save the Founder out of a sense of altruistic pacifism, not to fight the Monster Wasp), the sacred bats are not brought out to attend this feast, but are left to themselves--as their ancestors would have wished.
Because bats hunt at night, it is considered proper (out of respect for the bats) for people to be indoors by nightfall so as to leave the outdoors free for them to fly undistracted unless there is pressing need to be out after hours.

Me again:
1) Ships never depart for a voyage of more than three days on the night of a full moon, nor on the day before or after.
2) Mothers never nurse their own babies directly from the breast, but only from a bottle after expressing (although it is not taboo for a woman to nurse another woman's baby directly).
3) Shoes are never worn indoors (at least, not beyond about two steps' distance into a house: while taking off one's shoes is always the first thing one does when one comes inside, it is [u:ce256c9ce3]never[/u:ce256c9ce3] proper to take them off while still outside).

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:f4c93ce8bc="Rav Shimon"][quote:f4c93ce8bc="Fonori"]Let's see here-- a new challenge:

1) All temples have special bat-houses built to house their many sacred bats. These bats are cared for by monks who clean the bathouses (and what comes out under them) and release captured insects on special occassions.

2) At the beginning of winter there is a huge festival that involves a great feast that among its traditional foods includes a large number of different arthropod species. (Hint: The bats are not, and in fact [i:f4c93ce8bc]physically[/i:f4c93ce8bc] cannot, be fed at this festival.)

3) It is quite common in this culture to retire very early during the twilight hours.[/quote:f4c93ce8bc]

Ancient legend tells of a Giant Bat that saved the Founder of this society in his battle against a giant Monster Wasp. As such, the Founder swore always to show great compassion and love to the Giant Bat, and the monks (as the modern day representatives of the Founder) specially care for the sacred bats (as modern-day representatives of the Giant Bat of legend). They release insects on special occasions as reminders of that ancient struggle in homage to the Gaint Bat (as embodied in its representatives).
Because the Monster Wasp of legend was the king of an army of Monster Arthropods and first gained real power on the winter solstice, a festival at that time involves devouring large numbers of arthropods as a symbolic rising against the Monster Arthropods of old. Because the bats remained neutral in that ancient war between Man and Monster Arthropod (the Giant Bat only came in to save the Founder out of a sense of altruistic pacifism, not to fight the Monster Wasp), the sacred bats are not brought out to attend this feast, but are left to themselves--as their ancestors would have wished.
Because bats hunt at night, it is considered proper (out of respect for the bats) for people to be indoors by nightfall so as to leave the outdoors free for them to fly undistracted unless there is pressing need to be out after hours.[/quote:f4c93ce8bc]

Very nice. I was kinda hoping someone would catch on to the fact that most bats either hibernate or migrate during the winter months, but your explanation works just as well.

Over 14 Years ago
Fonori
 

[unparsed][quote:c43679bd69="Rav Shimon"]That doesn't make any sense at all. Are you sure you actually understand what this game is about? Besides, you shouldn't post a new one until the old one's been answered[/quote:c43679bd69]

You mean me? I'm pretty sure I understand what the game is about since I made it up in the first place- mine were just too complicated and it wasn't started as a chain so it wasn't as fun as what it has evolved into.

Sorry Xhin, Didn't realize yours was still up there; Rin asked for a new one and that's all I saw.

[quote:c43679bd69="Xhin"]
1) All statues that commemorate very influential people or heroes must be painted green.

2) Once daily, children must line up along the outer wall (from the inside) and sidle alongside it, for no less than five minutes.

3) It is considered very rude, and possibly offensive to laugh in the presence of people if there are both children and the elderly present. (for one or the other or neither it is fine)[/quote:c43679bd69]

Superstition of the Bardo spirit rules this society. Bardo spirits are spirits of transition- guiding spirits. The laughter of children draws on Bardo spirits who know the children must be guided to adulthood- the laughter of all others is ignored. However, if children laugh in the presence of the elderly, the Bardo spirits will come and guide the elderly on to death.

Children are taught not to do so, but laughing in the presence of children inevitably tempts them to laugh as well, which if in the presence of elderly as well, is of course very rude.

This is also why children must side along the outer wall of the villages- the Bardo drifting by will see the youth of the village, and think nothing of seeking out elderly in side to guide to death- seeking out only the expected laughter of children when they pass by.

Important status are painted green so they will be ignored by the children and the Bardo- if left to the bright metal they were cast in, the laughing children who play about the shiny hero would draw Bardo who would then see a still monument in need of transition (whereas green would give the image of a sessile plant without such a need) and the spirits might bring the soul of the departed hero back, placing it in the monument in hopes of reanimating it. For a great hero who has died honorably, this is an incredible offense, because the soul would remain trapped in the statue eternally.



[quote:c43679bd69="Rav Shimon"]
Me again:
1) Ships never depart for a voyage of more than three days on the night of a full moon, nor on the day before or after.
2) Mothers never nurse their own babies directly from the breast, but only from a bottle after expressing (although it is not taboo for a woman to nurse another woman's baby directly).
3) Shoes are never worn indoors (at least, not beyond about two steps' distance into a house: while taking off one's shoes is always the first thing one does when one comes inside, it is [u:c43679bd69]never[/u:c43679bd69] proper to take them off while still outside).[/quote:c43679bd69]

By edict of the creator it is forbidden for a child to touch the mother directly because the soul of the child would be absorbed back into the mother- a child must not directly breast feed from its own mother, and because all humans are considered children of the earth, their feet must never touch the ground (the mother of all on land). The full moon is a special time of the month in which the sea is said to give birth to the earth- a sailor on the sea at this time risks being reborn to the sea, and forbidden to touch water (he wouldn't be able to drink for a month, resulting in almost certain death).

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed]The people do not make or use anything that cannot be eaten- either by themselves or by their animals- and they never throw anything out uneaten.

The people dig deep holes in the ground with their eatable tools, and then abandon the holes.

The people sleep in shifts- not so that there is always somebody awake, but so that there is always somebody asleep (sometimes everybody is asleep).

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:16b7247224="Blake"]The people do not make or use anything that cannot be eaten- either by themselves or by their animals- and they never throw anything out uneaten.

The people dig deep holes in the ground with their eatable tools, and then abandon the holes.

The people sleep in shifts- not so that there is always somebody awake, but so that there is always somebody asleep (sometimes everybody is asleep).[/quote:16b7247224]

Several hundred years back, these people were visited by a space traveller, whose ship crashed into a sand dune. He came out of his spaceship, coughed, and laid down. He said "From dust you were made, and to dust you return". He then died.

The people, being earth-worshippers, took this as a message from the earth, a threat, and so sought to appease it from taking them. To that end, hundreds of years later, they refuse to use any tool that comes from the earth, no stone or piece of metal, so as to avoid accidentally "becoming dust".

They use their eatable tools towards digging holes in the earth, piling up big piles of "dust". There must always be someone asleep in a pile of dust, so as to imitate one "returning to dust" and to keep the earth from doing it literally to them. If the people are frightened by the earth (for example, if there's a mudslide), they will often all go to sleep in those dirt piles.

Over 14 Years ago
Riven
 

[unparsed]And the next set?

[quote:aecd36fb9c="Blake"]The full moon is a special time of the month in which the sea is said to give birth to the earth- a sailor on the sea at this time risks being reborn to the sea, and forbidden to touch water (he wouldn't be able to drink for a month, resulting in almost certain death).[/quote:aecd36fb9c]
I actually had said that a sailor would not [i:aecd36fb9c]embark[/i:aecd36fb9c] on a voyage on the night of the full moon, nor on the day before or after, not that he wouldn't be at sea at that time. It's OK to leave for a ten-year voyage and to be out constantly--so long as the date of departure is not around the full moon.
For that alone, I'd say it's close enough, but your explanation doesn't cover the significance of the three-day journey length. It would be perfectly acceptable to go out for a two-day cruise on the night of a full moon, for example.
Otherwise, I really do like your explanation.

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:95c0b397c4="Rav Shimon"]I actually had said that a sailor would not [i:95c0b397c4]embark[/i:95c0b397c4] on a voyage on the night of the full moon, nor on the day before or after, not that he wouldn't be at sea at that time.[/quote:95c0b397c4]

Embarking is symbolic of being born into the sea, and if that is done and not reversed during the full moon (which lasts three days) the sea birth is true. If no embarking is done, there has been no true sea birth (or if the voyage is not long enough to last the full time of the full moon- if that voyage comes back during those three days the birth is reversed)

Does that work?


Next:


It is forbidden to directly touch trees or things made of wood (or by extension any plants) during the night.

If a fire is made during the night, it must be put out before dawn- if a fire is made during th day, it must be put out before dusk.

When eating meals, it is traditional to swallow several small smooth stones- the particular meal determines the sort of stone swallowed.

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed]Plants and animals are all believed to be possessed of powerful spirits. Because the plant spirits "feed" during the day (as photosynthesis uses the energy of the sun's rays to produce glucose), the night is considered a holy time of rest for plants. As such, it is taboo to disturb any form of plant during this time by touching it.
Because fire is exclusively fueled by plant material, a fire lit during the night is considered holy and therefore cannot be allowed to be profaned by the day. Conversely, a fire lit during the day is considered profane and cannot be permitted to defile the holy night.
While it is berlieved that the spirits of plants and animals understand it as necessary for humans to consume other life to survive, people are afraid the spirits will become vengeful if they believe humans are singling them out. As such, people swallow stones during meals as a sybolic show that part of their diet is coming from other (that is, non-plant, non-animal) sources as well. The types of stone swallowed are representative of a particular class "hated" by the spirits of the particular plants and animals being eaten, so as best to appease the potentially angry and dangerous spirits.

My turn:
1) All babies wear cloth nappies and woollen covers.
2) While someone born on Earth may venture into space for as long as he likes, anyone born in space (not on another planet) must never be on Earth for more than 1,000 hours consecutively (although this rule does not apply to other spending time on planets).
3) It is considered highly improper to kill any form of insect life except for food or to protect oneself from pain or discomfort.

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed]That was awesome man! It was a hard one too; I think your explanation is better than the one I thought up for that (I always think up one explanation so I know it's possible).

[quote:9f064df721="Rav Shimon"]
My turn:
1) All babies wear cloth nappies and woollen covers.
2) While someone born on Earth may venture into space for as long as he likes, anyone born in space (not on another planet) must never be on Earth for more than 1,000 hours consecutively (although this rule does not apply to other spending time on planets).
3) It is considered highly improper to kill any form of insect life except for food or to protect oneself from pain or discomfort.[/quote:9f064df721]


The universe was created by 42 insect-like gods- so killing insects is quite the offense if unnecessary- who made the good (the warm) and the bad (the cold) seperate as planets and space. If somebody is born in space, they are ultimately cursed with the coldness, and if they venture onto Earth, they risk spreading that coldness to the mother planet (which is most susceptible to catch it from humans).

The 42 insect gods provide for a leave, each granting the person a short pardon of one day on the planet. All in all, they provide for a 1008 hour excuse to be on the planet, but over time this has been simplified as 1,000 hours, since making provisions to leave the planet can take time and an eight hour safety net is not only reasonable, but it's just good manners (in case one oversleeps or something).

Children wear woolen covers as a defense against the evil cold- even if it's hot out, they covers are made thin with large breathing holes as a symbolic gesture. The cloth nappies under them are to prevent chafing, of course.


Next:

1. Mosquitoes are swatted and killed viciously until they bite, at which time killing a mosquito is forbidden.

2. A person may eat anything he or she wishes, but only once- i.e. if the person eats rabbit, that person may never eat rabbit again- the same goes for all plants and animals. As a consequence, the agriculture is very diverse, and insects are a very popular dish because of their extreme variety.

3. Before holding a child, a person must swallow one of the child's mother's hairs.

Over 14 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed]Wow, has it been so long? Well, here goes:
Beings in this world are adversely affected by the biochemistry of other species (universal allergy, if you will). As such, although humans can tolerate the ingestion of a specimen of a particular species once, ingestion of another causes a potentially deadly reaction.
The secretion of a biting mosquito acts as an inhibiter to this effect, preventing the worst of the reaction (but not the entirety!).
Children are especially sensitive, and even mere physical contact with [u:76cf4ff71f]another human [/u:76cf4ff71f]can set off a reaction. The sole exception to this is, of course, the mother (inside of whom the child grew and to whom the child is therefore immune). However, swallowing one of the mother's hairs before touching a baby allows one's body to take on an aspect of the mother's biochemistry, and the baby is will recognise it as the mother's and therefore not react.

My turn:

1) Moles (the animals, not the things on your skin!) are regarded as gods.
2) It is considered improper to take off one's shoes (except to put on another pair or to wash oneself) or to scrape mud off them--even when not in public. Not forbidden, just highly inappropriate.
3) One must bow to all trees higher than ten metres.

Over 14 Years ago
Rav Shimon
 

[unparsed][quote:d497a4a50b="Rav Shimon"]1) Moles (the animals, not the things on your skin!) are regarded as gods.
2) It is considered improper to take off one's shoes (except to put on another pair or to wash oneself) or to scrape mud off them--even when not in public. Not forbidden, just highly inappropriate.
3) One must bow to all trees higher than ten metres.[/quote:d497a4a50b]

Long ago people adored false gods, they adored the sun and the rain and the earth, all things that they believed were good for the garden.
But they did not show due respect to the Holy Moles and were ignorant of Their Nature.
Not only they did not show due respect to Them, they did unspeakably horrible things to Them because they believed that They were bad for the garden.
So, quite justly, the Moles grew angry, and went gnawing the roots of the trees, until the trees jerked out of the earth and ran all over the gardens and destroyed them.
When the people saw the disaster and asked the trees to go back to their places, the trees complained they couldn't, for the Moles would come back and tickle them.
In their foolish ignorance the people started to laugh, but they soon stopped when they realized the Moles were gnawing their toes.
They dashed up the trees like squirrels and watched horrified as the Moles surrounded them like an army.
"From this day you will respect Us!" the Moles said, and the people agreed, for these were wise words.
"And you will offer Us up a handful of worms each day." the Moles added, and the people agreed, for these were wise words.
"And you can thank the trees for saving you from Our Wrath" the Moles added, and the people agreed, for these were wise words.
"And you really should do something about the stink of your feet." the Moles added spitting nail bits, and the people agreed, for these were wise words.
And from that day the people show due respect to the Moles, and they never forget to thank the trees*, and they keep the stink of their feet inside well tight shoes, and the gardens do marvels.

*In the early days of the Mole Era, all trees taller than a man were thanked, but the duty was taking a lot of time, so the height was surreptitiously increased by a millimeter every century. Some exegetes assert that the end of the world will come when there remains only one tree to be thanked.


Next one?

In that island people build large intricate temples out of fish bones of all sizes.
When a red butterfly lands on a man's shoulder, he's banned from the island. When on a woman's shoulder, she must become a priestess at the temple.
When the big volcano is smoking, only women are allowed to speak, and they do so in a different language which men understand but are not allowed to use.

Over 13 Years ago
Leo
 

[unparsed]That was awesome.

"Thrum 'is dae'yul 'spect ahs!"
*Fearful nod in agreement*

Over 13 Years ago
Sakir
 

[unparsed][quote:7446f83f76]People build large intricate temples out of fish bones of all sizes. [/quote:7446f83f76]

They do this in honour of the fish that they eat and in fear of the legendary fish beast that once sunk all the ships at a harbour.

[quote:7446f83f76]When a red butterfly lands on a man's shoulder, he's banned from the island. When on a woman's shoulder, she must become a priestess at the temple. [/quote:7446f83f76]

After an argument between two gods one decided that the other should take the form of the most evil beast it could think of and stay like it, so the other turned into a red butterfly and killed the male god that dared him to do it and forced his wife to worship him. So the people emulate this behaviour by banning men from the island and forcing women to worship.

[quote:7446f83f76]When the big volcano is smoking, only women are allowed to speak, and they do so in a different language which men understand but are not allowed to use.[/quote:7446f83f76]

They do this because the mountain's smoke is believed to be the breath of their ancestors who were a matriarchal society where men were banned from speaking to women in fear of them answering back. They use the language of their ancestors and practice this in respect to them.

Is it my turn now?

1. People may only be in the capital city for 3 hours before having to return home.
2. Anyone travelling to another country must burn all their clothing upon arrival and return.
3. Anyone taller then 6" must walk on their knees during daylight.

Over 13 Years ago
Lyndon
 

[unparsed]Um... It can be your turn.... but you're supposed to join all three things with one (long) explaination of how they originated, ie they're all related.

So, expanding on what you said for the last one (I'm not stealing just using it as an example):

The two main Gods in this culture are the Red Butterfly god, who represents women, and the Fish god, who represents men. This culture respects both, but is very matriarchal, so the Butterfly is considered greater.

In old myths, there is a story where they had a fight. The Fish god ate the Butterfly god, but the Butterfly turned the Fish into bones, escaped, and turned the other god back to normal. Seeing both the power and mercy of the Butterfly, the Fish conceded power to the Butterfly. In honor of the time that the Fish ate the Butterfly, temples to both gods are made of fish bones, but are only serviced by women "chosen of the Butterfly". But men who are "chosen of the Butterfly" are considered dead, like the Fish, and are banned from the society.

Another story says that the Butterfly came from the fires of the volcano. It taught women to speak but men didn't speak until the Butterfly went back and slept in the volcano, and then they had made their own language.

The people believe that men should not speak in any language when the Butterfly god is awake, and that women should only speak the language that they were originally taught.

:D

So who wants to take up Lyndon's?

Over 13 Years ago
bloodb4roses
 

[unparsed][quote:2ff8044517="bloodb4roses"]Um... It can be your turn.... but you're supposed to join all three things with one (long) explaination of how they originated, ie they're all related.[/quote:2ff8044517]

What she said.

I have to say, that was an excellent example bloodb4roses.
The fire/butterfly/woman vs. water/fish/man thing really works.


[quote:2ff8044517]So who wants to take up Lyndon's?[/quote:2ff8044517]

I don't think I can.


[quote:2ff8044517="Lyndon"]
1. People may only be in the capital city for 3 hours before having to return home.
2. Anyone travelling to another country must burn all their clothing upon arrival and return.
3. Anyone taller then 6" must walk on their knees during daylight.[/quote:2ff8044517]

Lyndon, like she said, they all need to be ties together when they are "solved". You can post any three things, but make sure you have in mind one solution that ties them all together, so we know it's possible to do.

I could explain these all individually, but I don't think I can tie them together into something believable.

Could you provide us with three more with that in mind?

On the other hand, if somebody can do it, and well, I'm very impressed.



In the mean time, here's three:


1. People will not cook directly on fires, nor come close to touching the fires- they load the cauldron with food and wait for the fire maker to come start the fire- they won't get close until the fire is out- they place just enough wood to cook the one pot.

2. The fire maker is very important in every city- he travels around starting fires for people, but he also is not respected at all, nor is he feared- he isn't spoken to, and barely seen. (some larger cities have several of them)

3. The people compulsively catch and eat any moth that comes near them, and especially ones that land on them.

Over 13 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed]I take the liberty of localizing these customs to the capital city itself...

In the times before, the capital was not as guarded as it is now, and was even open for the respectful to enter. In the heart of the capital was a labyrinth guarded by the most loyal of sentries, at the center of which lies the Great Sceptor, that most sacred object that ensures our people's continued existence. Deep in the capital, it stands safe.

One day, an immensely tall man came from over the sea to our archipelago. Lanky and covered in rags, no attention was paid to him. The deception lied in the appearance, for this man is who we refer now to as the Secret Keeper. A man of great power, he had come to our land to steal the Great Sceptor. Through the bustling of our colorful bazaars he passed unnoticed, until he reached the Inner City: the Capital.

In those days, the sun was smaller than it is now, although the sky was always a bright blue, and it was in this complete brightness that the Secret Keeper approached the sentry at the Labyrinth Gate, which stood deep within the Inner city, nestled at the base of the cliff. Hailing him, the sentry asked the Secret Keeper to please leave the area of the gate, as was his duty. The Secret Keeper, appearing as a vagrant in his clothing, allowed a few moths to emerge from the folds of his smock, which weaved an air of safety and comfort. "Allow me, then, to loiter but an hour more, while I decide where I may spend the night", the Secret Keeper requested. Comforted by the Secret Keeper's hidden powers, the sentry assented.

The Secret Keeper then began a subtle ritual, in which he grew taller and taller, and lankier and lankier. Upon the third hour, with the sentry blinded by the Secret Keeper's magicks, the lanky, stretched out man achieved his goal: he plucked the sun out of the sky!

Instantly, the sky went black, with only the sun's halo left in the sky. Without missing a beat, and with ultimate haste, the Secret Keeper used the sun to navigate through the labyrinth to the Inner Chamber, where the Sceptor of our people is kept. The scoundrel plucked up the sceptor, great and large as it is, and renavigated the labyrinth, to where the sentry stood.

Although enchanted, the sentry was still one of us, and as a result was forthright in his duties. No longer distracted by the sun's disappearance, and the moths having left without their Secret Keeper around, the sentry halted the thief as he emerged from the maze.

"What are you doing coming out of the maze, when I have told you to leave?", the sentry asked. Secreting the Sceptor into the folds of his rags, the Secret Keeper tried to explain how he meant no harm. As the Sceptor ruffled his clothing, the rags fluttered and shifted, letting out, accidentally, the Secret Keeper's powers. As a result, the Sentry was bombarded by all the different kinds of moths, feeling apprehension, love, hatred, and paranoia all at once. Startled, the sentry tackled the Secret Keeper, who promptly fell upon the sun. His clothing burned away by the intense heat, and Secret Keeper was denuded, and the Sceptor revealed. The sun bounced back into the sky, replacing the twilight from before. The sentry saw the Sceptor and restored it to its sanctum, but only after imprisoning the disempowered Secret Keeper.

And so it is that, in order to protect the heart of our people, we prohibit loitering in the capital city. Additionally, in fear of the sun being used to navigate our most important labyrinth, we must prevent tall people from plucking the sun away. This story is also the source of the honesty we can expect from a person who burns their clothes: if they do so, this means they mean no harm, and come with greetings and friendship.

Over 13 Years ago
Sakir
 

[unparsed]0. This sentient conspecies is at least primatoid, if not humanoid.

1. Almost half of adult males (46.1538%, to be precise) still live with their mothers.

2. The adult males who live with their mothers have more mates and more offspring more often than those who live away from their mothers.

2a. The adult males who live with their mothers are likelier to avoid mating with close relatives than other males.

3. The conpeople know [u:5156d5f514][i:5156d5f514]that[/i:5156d5f514][/u:5156d5f514] these things are true but have no idea [u:5156d5f514][i:5156d5f514]why[/i:5156d5f514][/u:5156d5f514] nor [u:5156d5f514][i:5156d5f514]how[/i:5156d5f514][/u:5156d5f514] these things are true. Among other questions; [list=a:5156d5f514][*:5156d5f514]given the above, why do most adult males (53.8461%) move away from their mothers?
[*:5156d5f514]how does living with mom help a male get laid?
[*:5156d5f514]how would living with mom help avoid inbreeding?[/list:o:5156d5f514]

Over 9 Years ago
chiarizio
 

[unparsed]Eldin: They just don't like sex all that much. Mothers push them to procreate; one of the reasons a slight majority move out.


[quote:db01bb75af="Lyndon"]
1. People may only be in the capital city for 3 hours before having to return home.
2. Anyone travelling to another country must burn all their clothing upon arrival and return.
3. Anyone taller then 6" must walk on their knees during daylight.[/quote:db01bb75af]


There's an energy field of Chi or something to that effect released from the earth, which is repelled by sunlight and pushed down near to the ground, only extending about six feet during the day. People taller than that risk their heads rotting if they stay outside of the field, and so walk on their knees during the day.

Clothes must be burned because they will hold both residual Earth energy and Ego energy (which is a similar field emitted by the person). If the clothes are taken to a new area, carrying the residual Earth Chi from another area, the local field will exhibit a kind of allergic reaction (which is very dangerous, results in Earthquakes and such), and if the clothes are left behind the residual Ego energy stuck to the clothes will end up stretching that energy field a long distance, and pulling it out of the body to the point where, eventually, it breaks (usually in half), resulting in psychic trauma. Repeated, the person eventually loses sense of self and dies in some easily avoidable accident (like by rising beyond six feet above the ground during the day).

When the clothes are burned, the residues are liberated in vapor form and may return to their sources.

The capital city is rather crowded, and there are a lot of stretched Ego energies running through it (people tend to leave personal items at home). The effect is a vortex of Ego energy that is strong enough to smear one's own ego energy around (extending it much farther than the normal few inches). More than three hours imprints one's Ego energy strongly enough that it will not be able to pull free of those influences and return to the body, which guarantees that it will eventually be shattered into thousands of pieces. (The only way to prevent it wound be to burn the city and everything in it)




1. People will not cook directly on fires, nor come close to touching the fires- they load the cauldron with food and wait for the fire maker to come start the fire- they won't get close until the fire is out- they place just enough wood to cook the one pot.

2. The fire maker is very important in every city- he travels around starting fires for people, but he also is not respected at all, nor is he feared- he isn't spoken to, and barely seen. (some larger cities have several of them)

3. The people compulsively catch and eat any moth that comes near them, and especially ones that land on them.

Over 9 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:6576168faf="Blake"]Eldin: They just don't like sex all that much. Mothers push them to procreate; one of the reasons a slight majority move out.[/quote:6576168faf]
I don't think that's good enough; the sons and the mothers would both be aware of why and how the effect happened, if that were it. Also it doesn't explain why accidental inbreeding is notably rarer among stay-at-home momma's boys than among the ones who move out.
But it's certainly the best one offered so far. Thanks.

Over 9 Years ago
chiarizio
 

[unparsed][quote:6988b8e890="chiarizio"]
I don't think that's good enough; the sons and the mothers would both be aware of why and how the effect happened, if that were it.[/quote:6988b8e890]

Maybe they don't think they're being influenced; more of a subconscious effect, like many correlations of child behavior. They might even assert that their mothers don't control them, though it is secretly true that the mothers do control them. It could even be something on a more fundamental subconscious biochemical level.

[quote:6988b8e890="chiarizio"]Also it doesn't explain why accidental inbreeding is notably rarer among stay-at-home momma's boys than among the ones who move out.[/quote:6988b8e890]

Social structure and, again, unconscious influence. When they move out procreation becomes weaker and more random- even being stronger in the inbreeding direction due to the same factors of familiarity that influence the principle in general.

Over 9 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:35be84566a="Blake"]
1. People will not cook directly on fires, nor come close to touching the fires- they load the cauldron with food and wait for the fire maker to come start the fire- they won't get close until the fire is out- they place just enough wood to cook the one pot.

2. The fire maker is very important in every city- he travels around starting fires for people, but he also is not respected at all, nor is he feared- he isn't spoken to, and barely seen. (some larger cities have several of them)

3. The people compulsively catch and eat any moth that comes near them, and especially ones that land on them.[/quote:35be84566a]

The Ego / Chi explanation works for these too.

Burning something will release its ego or chi from it, which could then smear into anyone near the fire, causing them to involuntarily take on traits of whatever is being cooked.
The firemakers are people who have too little ego energy naturally and [i:35be84566a]need[/i:35be84566a] it smeared into them to survive.
They are not respected because they have acquired animal traits from cooking meat, even to the point of being barely human.

A type of moth exists that absorbs ego from people near it, and they eat the moth to get ego back, and so it has become traditional to hunt moths that come near them, even if they aren't the ego absorbing type.

Over 9 Years ago
Quillwraith
 

[unparsed][quote:9327ff9491="Blake"][quote:9327ff9491="chiarizio"][size=7:9327ff9491]I don't think that's good enough; the sons and the mothers would both be aware of why and how the effect happened, if that were it.[/size:9327ff9491][/quote:9327ff9491][size=9:9327ff9491]Maybe they don't think they're being influenced; more of a subconscious effect, like many correlations of child behavior. They might even assert that their mothers don't control them, though it is secretly true that the mothers do control them. It could even be something on a more fundamental subconscious biochemical level.[/size:9327ff9491][quote:9327ff9491="chiarizio"][size=7:9327ff9491]Also it doesn't explain why accidental inbreeding is notably rarer among stay-at-home momma's boys than among the ones who move out.[/size:9327ff9491][/quote:9327ff9491][size=9:9327ff9491]Social structure and, again, unconscious influence. When they move out procreation becomes weaker and more random- even being stronger in the inbreeding direction due to the same factors of familiarity that influence the principle in general.[/size:9327ff9491][/quote:9327ff9491]
Yes, I'd guess that's right.
Anyway, even without any improved clarity or specificity or detail, your suggestions is the best one yet.
Thanks.

Over 9 Years ago
chiarizio
 

[unparsed][quote:9d4a53aa7c="Quillwraith"]
The Ego / Chi explanation works for these too.
[/quote:9d4a53aa7c]

Nice.

Combined, that would be a very bizarre conworld.

Over 9 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:f110399811="Blake"]
Combined, that would be a very bizarre conworld.[/quote:f110399811]

We could bring these to 'grandson of jelly doughnut world'. It's supposed to be bizarre.

Over 9 Years ago
Quillwraith
 

[unparsed][quote:db809154c9="Quillwraith"][quote:db809154c9="Blake"]
Combined, that would be a very bizarre conworld.[/quote:db809154c9]

We could bring these to 'grandson of jelly doughnut world'. It's supposed to be bizarre.[/quote:db809154c9]

:D I need to check that out.

Over 9 Years ago
bloodb4roses
 

[unparsed]JDW has a [u:f6a021eb91][i:f6a021eb91]grandson[/i:f6a021eb91][/u:f6a021eb91]?!??!!???!!! :o :shock: :!: :?:

Over 9 Years ago
chiarizio
 

[unparsed]Bump

BTW I no longer remember the explanation I had for my challenge that Blake attempted unsatisfactorily to explain and noöne else even tried.
I wish I did; I’d post it here now.

Over 3 Years ago
chiarizio
 

@chiarizio:
I may want to revive or rekindle this.

3 Weeks ago
chiarizio
 

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