Elcenia discussion

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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby tau » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:23 pm

Yes. Please. Has interest.
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby Tamien » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:42 pm

Ooh! *officially registers interest*
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby Alicorn » Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:26 pm

My limiting factor right now is that I don't have enough co-prentices to serve as backdrop. The only important ones are Eryn and Corvan (but they're younger than Rhysel and wouldn't be there yet when she arrived) and the only others that I even have names for are Mysel and Ranel. Does anybody want to submit Restronian-kamai-apprentice character concepts for me to adopt?
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby jalapeno_dude » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:18 pm

What suffices as a character concept for this purpose?

(e.g. can you tell us the equivalent character concepts for Eryn and/or Corvan?)
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby Alicorn » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:01 pm

Physical description, origin, specialty or specialties (Revenn and Talyn generalize; most people don't), basic personality traits for me to build on.

Eryn Lennryth: native Restronian, chubby blonde halfblood, image specialist, bubbly and prank-inclined and gay.

Corvan Rellick: native Restronian, Malterian human, mind specialist, standoffish and snappish and mute from birth.
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby Kappa » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:25 pm

Is there room for a fairy? A, say, black-haired blue-eyed blue-winged Mainland fairy specializing in wild kamai, musically inclined and generally chipper and distractible, with a tendency to flip modes and become intensely practical under stress? I crib shamelessly here from the personality of an old abandoned template of mine. And I picked fairy at semirandom after glancing over the setting info on the Elcenia site, so feel free to substitute a different species if that one is impractical for some reason - I can't recall offhand any mentions of Restronian fairy kyma, so maybe they don't exist or are too rare to plausibly show up here.
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby Alicorn » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:31 pm

Fairies are pretty uncommon in Restron. Restron's mostly halfbloods, a handful of humans and elves. I suppose I could put one in as long as I didn't add anything else exotic relative to Restron...
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby DanielH » Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:29 pm

I'm re-reading; I'd intended to just find the description of Rhysel discoveeing chocolate, but somehow I got to Blood 11, which is more than a book later. One thing I realized well after my first readthrough (and never connected to my liking of this story) is that I like settings with worldbuilding that could support multiple stories; things where it would make sense to write non-AU fanfic which shares none of the same characters, not interacting with the original storyline. Some worlds are built only enough to support the one story the author chooses to tell, and you can't really see the background characters, or completely new people in cities that were barely mentioned, living their own lives in that world. These stories might be nice, but I prefer more in-depth worldbuilding. On my current readthrough, I realized Elcenia is exactly the kind of world I like; although all the books interact to some extend, they also show completely different aspects of the world, and it would make sense to want to write a story set in Elcenia which had nothing to do with Rhysel, Keo, shrens, etc. This is some of the best worlbuilding I've seen.

Some specific questions and comments I have:
Do wiazarding spells only break when the target leaves Elcenia, not the caster? I'm trying to figure out why they couldn't have just sent Korulen and Saasnil to Barashi.

I'd forgotten how bad shrenhood is, and am surprised there was a noticable reaction to making eights in that one sandbox.

I really want to try Saraan food, but even though it sounds easy, I don't think my culinary skills are up to it (I'd completely underflavor everything).

Can somebody who knows about phonetics tell me what the “aa” sound is trying to be? I realize English doesn't have it, but I'd like to at least accurately imagine what's being said. I'm thinking of the /ɔ/ sound used in the word “caught” (at least for speakers where this is different from the pronunciation of “cot”), but I'm pretty sure that's not right.
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby Alicorn » Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:14 pm

Only the target of a spell leaving, not the caster doing so, breaks wizarding magic.

Coins go up exponentially, and while the low end of eights isn't worse than twenty years of esu, it is more than twenty years of esu enables one to totally ignore.

I just pronounce it as a long breathy "ah" way in the back of my throat when I'm trying to do it right, but I'm not a native speaker of Leraal ;)
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Re: Elcenia discussion

Postby DanielH » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:11 pm

Yeah, that makes sense. If one year of esu is equivalent to a broken limb, which is high-hex (it’s hard to be precise when generating hexes using physical means, and stars can sometimes result), then twenty years of esu would be in low evils (twenty is a third of the way between 10 and 100 on exponential scales). I was just surprised at one of the descriptions Jensal gave of late esu, and wasn’t properly taking into account the exponential nature of coins.

I am shocked at you not natively speaking a language for which practically no grammar, very few words, and only some basic phonology have been devised.
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