It's interesting, though as far as some foods go, not that gross - see pate, kopi luwak, etc. A unique and colorful wine aging process, though a bit more would be interesting. Who first started making camel hump wine? Where is it popular? Do most people know how it's made? It seems in a steppe/desert environment, it wouldn't be all that rare, since people eat camels all the time. Aside from its aging process, what makes it so sought-after? Go to Comment
Well thought out. My only objection is the idea of lower birth rates in a more agricultural society. To me, that seems outside of the historic norm (e.g., earlier marriage and higher birth rates in the 15th c. following the Black Plague in Europe), but it's easy to imagine something different bearing out. Go to Comment
Well, that was dark. But it certainly illustrates the setting well. The real horrors are in the reality of the details, which are so well-fleshed. My favorite: the vaguely-Lovecraftian madness of arcanotech. Go to Comment
It's an interesting article. I would like it to be a little more clarified so I have a better understanding of what I'm looking at, rather than draw my own conclusions and risk misunderstanding you. I like the realism of the thing, though; I'm not convinced this bank doesn't already exist. Go to Comment
Medieval Britons didn't write contracts. Instead, men making agreements would clap their knives onto an altar and recite the agreement three times to seal a deal. Even after the Normans introduced written contracts, British nobles would wrap the parchment around a knife to authenticate it.