I get where you're coming from, Muro, but I'm iffy cos the title would then become massive i.e.
Chinese Lore- Weapons (Blades, Spears and Bows), String Instruments, Horses, Myths (creation myths, legendary figures and folklore stories) and Others
I can fully nominate such a title for a Muro award for longest submission title if it exists :P Go to Comment
I get what you two are saying but I never learnt English pronunciation properly so unless someone can collaborate with me on such an undertaking, it's next to impossible to put in full English pronunciation in for all my Chinese subs. At first, I tried to put in some pronunciation for those that I could spell out but then I got slack. Go to Comment
okay, will do that soonish. That is easy for me cos while I don't speak Mandarin fluently, I've got a software where I can find the correct spelling of each Chinese character although that doesn't help with pronunciation at all since the spelling is based on the Mandarin pronunciation. Go to Comment
I was going for 10 the magic number but yeah, should've just left it at the 4 Greatest. Doing additional scrolls of expansion is a future possibility but not for this particular sub, possible for some of the other ones belonging to this set (mostly weapons). Go to Comment
The Drunken Bats are nice as well but my absolute fav. is the Carcass Thrice-Worms and then the Shadow-Ox. I'm obviously not unbiased but like you said, to hell with unbiasedness and objectivity! Go to Comment
Another Wikily sub of the Cosmic Era that is saved from being dry cos of the itallics and I was almost tempted to give it a 4 for some of the later sections, esp. the part of the Phoenix Engines effectively creating all the villains the can appear time and time again no matter how many times you 'think' them killed. Go to Comment
Like Muro said, the first thing this reminds me of is the Internet addiction problem and the Hikikomori is what the Chinese call "home boy/girl" (literal translation here). And yugen makes me think of meditation.
This is a good sub for showcasing and linking to the other subs of the Cosmic Era (even though I haven't read all the linked ones). I esp. liked the contrast b/w Ukiyo (Floating World) and the French word meaning sinking world that have come to represent virtual reality versus the real world. However, what I felt a little weird about this sub is that it felt like details are missing (at least to me). Or rather, I should say that I somehow expected that the sub would dive into some of the more important/signature social groups floating around in Ukiyo. That might not be your intention and I understand that. It's just that the sub is feeling more like an overview atm. Go to Comment
The actual source I used is a Wiki so yes to what you detected.
As to what you could use these for besides as just McGuffins/random loot, I guess I was mainly thinking that these would be helpful if someone wanted to introduce a new area into their game that's Oriental themed in which case they could just pluck these in and no need to research themselves. One could use these as an excuse to introduce meta-game info in the form of the history/mythology surrounding these weapons. You could even use them to introduce a quest that leads the PCs to discover the truth about a certain section of Chinese history (probably too much work for anyone not ethnically Chinese but I don't know, there might be some Chinese history enthusiasts among the Strolenatis.)
To be honest, my interest in compiling arises purely from my writer's whim so while I do think this would be a kind of utility sub, I haven't really thought much about exactly how the utility would materalise. Go to Comment
Swallow-ox it is, not shadow. But go ahead with the compulsion, would be interesting to see what came up cos my research came up null on these two lifeforms (that's why I had to do literal translations). Go to Comment
I know, think Val expressed this sentiment for one of the life-forms. Personally, I would also love to see some of these promising short entries to be expanded upon by the Strolenati but sadly I've always got a backlog of projects as have most others (and then we all have terrible wanderlust aka Writers' whims).
For the Thorn-Elk, I first have this idea of thorns growing on its horns and then somehow get a vague picture of thorns growing on its body instead. For the Swallow-Ox, I somehow got the idea that it would be more bizarre to have a Ox-Swallow and then we could explain the diff. b/w a Swallow-Ox and an Ox-Swallow as an entry for your Lock. Diary (btw, not sure how you interpreted it but swallow here referred to the bird type, not the verb) Go to Comment
Good question, I never thought about this instrument being used in a warm climate but I guess the answer is that it would probably be obsolete based on the assumption that Snow Spirits wouldn't exist in a place that never snows. Go to Comment
Thanks, Val, for the high vote. I do agree that the swords themselves do fade away but well, I figued that the main thing for this particular quest is the underlying thing that powers magical weapons. To be honest, the whole of this sub arose cos: 1) I had the underlying idea that a magical weapon could be powered by belief and 2) suddenly I got the urge to write about a pair of twin swords for the Retro quest and looked up Chinese Wikis on actual twin swords in Chinese history/folklore that I knew about already. I ended up writing about Still/Limbo instead for that particular quest but I had a twin swords project marked down in my random writing projects list.
As for the background, it's really b/c 6 years of work exp as a researcher 'curses' me into getting an obsessive compulsion to provide my sources of references. And yes, there're already plenty of games (PC, PS and online, even a card game) that uses the 3 kingdom period as a backdrop in Asia and I think it would be easily adapted to the dice-and-roll variety as well. Go to Comment