Okay, um, think I've finally got this working - yes! Okay. Words appearing. Finally. Right.
I have so many question - first me, though, sorry, introductions first, okay, um...
It sounds like for a lot of you this kind of instantaneous, locationless forum is something normal? Want. Kima and I are trying furiously to reverse engineer this thing, but - yes, the thing, this thing, the thing I'm using to interact with your forum, and not just because of how I got it which is still extremely unexplained, but where I'm from this is really not something one can mistake for something local.
Hello people from ridiculously far away! My name is Scyelen. As of two pentads ago, I'm kept by Lagakima. Um...
Blit'it, I've read stories like this I always thought I'd be good at explaining myself to - okay, basics, um, I grew up in Ascendant City, which is the heart - in a figurative and somewhat literal sense - of the Genesi Ascendancy, which inhabits Meridian, which is a globeland, and mostly everybody lives on the southern hemisphere so we get more daylight during swell but none during ebb. I moved to an outgrowth down in the ventral hemisphere to work with the morphweaver there when I learned ey needed a new test bed after eir last one quit. Kima picked me because I was the only gal willing to be kept. I probably didn't make the best first impression, but we get along great now.
It's really neat. I've always wanted to work with morphweaving, even though humans can't do it. ...and it just occurs to me that I haven't specified that Lagakima isn't human. Because obviously. A four-syllable name like that almost always belongs to a shok'ush, for future reference. And morphweaving! I should say what it actually is which is the rare ability some shok'ush have to edit and design new fleshcraft. Our dwellings, our tools, our pretty much everything is fleshcraft here. I don't really get it, but it's hilariously easy to spot visiting flatlanders by the way they gawk and cringe, so if you don't have it wherever you are - tourists and airship crews from the continents have at least heard about how we live up here. To be fair, I probably gawked the first time I saw a flatlander use aetherlight; aetherlight powers are flashy but I don't think they're as interesting.
Um, anyway, asking about stuff.
Waaah. All my questions and the only one I can actually remember right now is this one:
What is a kitten? Besides adorable and apparently good at math?
Kittens are immature cats. Cats are usually nonsapient predators who usually cannot meaningfully communicate with people. They hunt small animals which steal human food, so they are kept as pets by humans. Mathematikitten seems to be one that's kept just because she's cute. She is smarter than usual cats and can communicate because she's interfaced with this forum somehow. I kind of doubt she's good at math.
Is fleshcraft like bioengineering? I bet it's gross. Talk about it in the magic thread!
I'm friendly, just strange. If I say something I mean that's the most probable thing, it's not a perfect guarantee. I'm taking a break from trying to talk to you people. Maybe in a few centuries you'll be easier to get along with? I'll catch up on PMs when I think of the forum.
A kitten is a young cat. Cats are a type of animal which is small relative to humans, and humans sometimes keep them as pets. In my world at least, no cats that I know of are able to use forums.
Your world seems to be very different from mine and pretty different from most of the rest, Scyelen. I'm interested in hearing more about it. Here are some threads in which people have been discussing specific kinds of differences between their worlds:
Post by Botanical Engineer on May 16, 2015 20:30:55 GMT
Hi Scyelen! What is "kept" as you use it? What are shok'ush? What is a test bed? What is fleshcraft? From your description, I would guess it's like engineering, but with animals instead of plants? Why does it upset people? What is aetherlight? What are flatlanders?
I've read about animals, but we don't have any on Meridian, unless you count those of us who are also people. So kittens aren't usually people?
Thanks, Leaf. I'll look at those next.
Being kept is a deeply ingrained Genesi cultural tradition of sybiosis! Shok'ush are... Humans are the species of animals who are people. Shok'ush are the species of erovores who are people. Okay, being kept means only Kima gets to feed from me, and I live with em and do my best to always be available, and in exchange ey provides for me and my comfort, and I get a couple of other minor privileges. Um, it means I wear a collok instead of normal clothes? (Kind of a cloak with a fancy collar)
A test bed, you know, a workspace in which to try new things? No special meaning.
Its... all the organisms morphweavers have made? There are lots of standard morphs to cover the necessities and such. Fleshcraft doesn't really upset anyone. I don't think. I can't imagine why it would, anyway, unless they just don't like the aesthetic? I like living in a house that's made of the same stuff I am but apparently flatlanders find it unsettling for some reason.
Flatlanders are people from the continents. They live on the land that is flat, as opposed to globelands. Aetherlight is this magic glowstuff, or crystal, or ambulatory humanoids called fairies, that come in six different colors, and most humans are born with one of three pairs of channels/conduits, each color-channel combination produces one very specific and invariable power.
Post by Botanical Engineer on May 16, 2015 22:45:12 GMT
It's nice to meet you! I am not sure what an erovore is? But I feel like that should probably go into the Biology discussion. I would also like to hear more about your world's magic, but I think that, likewise should go in the Discussion of Magic thread. Symbiosis is convenient! You are a workspace, like for editing? Or something else? I am not sure what morphweavers are either, but I think that should probably go to either biology or magic. If I lived in a house made of the same stuff I am, it would be a weird plant. If, say, Andrew lived in a house made of the same stuff he is, it would be I think a weird animal?
Are people from your world normally named after colors?
Sorry I didn't notice your post for a while. Not everyone is named after colors, but quite a few people are. It's just a convenient source of names, plus it was sort of a fad in our generation. The committee in charge of our mission also decided to give us suits matching our names, since the six of us all had color names.
Post by Captain Viridian on May 17, 2015 22:43:03 GMT
Words in other languages that mean nice things? I don't know, what are people named after in your world? I think being cute was the point of the uniform colors, although Vermillion was upset for a little while about being a "red shirt" due to an old pop culture reference that he could probably explain better than I could.
When I noticed magic subtly interfering with my computer, I didn't expect it to be a cross-universal internet forum. Which is just weird: I'm haven't starting experimenting with any inter-universal effects at all. And it looks like it's being created from the other side...
But I digress. Call me PhD, for short: It's a reference to my proudest accomplishment: discovering the Equations of Magic. It looks like i'm in a world similar to Andrew: standard Earth: August 20, 2020 AD. Our magic systems are entirely different: I'll find the appropriate thread to talk about it later.
You seem like and intelligent and interesting group of people, and I look forwards to collaborating with you.
PhD=acronym and title It expands to "Doctor of Philosophy", which is an academic title granted to those that have made contributions to our understanding of how the universe works. (Philosophy means "love of wisdom")
It isn't too uncommon of a title: about 2% of our populations has one. Much rarer is the 'Nobel Prize in Physics' which is award given out once a year to the most important work done in the field. I have one of those, too.