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
The revolving around Liu Bei part comes from me taking essentially a real historical weapon and then adding speculative info. dreamed up by me on its subsequent whereabouts (I somehow forgot to mention in the actual sub that Liu Bei does wield the Shuang Gu Sword in 'history' but that's all we know about the swords really).
I personally like the hoax possibility the best as well. As for the sword flying out of Cao Cao's hands, that came from the sword supposedly being 'loyal' (a property I took straight from what Longspeak randomly threw at me from his list of beneficial properties with some adjustments when I was majorly stuck on the Special Properties section cos I wanted 'awesome properties' w/o having a clear idea in my head what I wanted by 'awesome'). One could take it as the embellishments of later generations of Liu Bei sympathisers, Cao Cao getting psychologically 'spooked' by holding the weapon of his mortal enemy in his hands or this 'loyal' weapon having a 'sentience' of its own in terms of choosing and recognising its owner.
Finally, I've imagined that most would pronounce it Cow Pee although I haven't explicitly made the connection to the spelling. That's certainly most unfortunate name as you said. The actual pronunciation is actually closer to Chow Pee (Mandarin spelling is based on its own rules, resulting in a lot of un-pronounceable Mandarin names for English speakers). Still, him and his father Cao Cao would've been unfortunately named if they are born in modern times. The Chinese character Pi sounds similar to the spitting sound (sign of contempt) in Chinse whereas the second Cao in his father's name is now a swear sword when used by itself- the equivalent of the f word in English. Go to Comment
Thanks for the feedback. It's weird, I don't know why but this is the second time that someone told me that Wiki is a dubious ref whereas in both cases, I felt that the Wiki ref I included captured the topic under discussion relatively well in a broad sense.
As to what is historical and what is adapted, most of the Chinese names mentioned (except for the fabled figure of Xue Cheng Yue) are historical figures and Liu Bei really wielded the Shuang Gu Sword (or at least, that's what everyone thought, it was written in that Chinese classic I mentioned). The rest are fabrications on my own part except where they are explicitly covered in the bottom 2 sections. Go to Comment
I don't know abt the Age of Ultron and all that that's the inspiration for this sub but it's just a very well-written sub in terms of presenting a very realistic villain and the italic in Ulysses's voice is of course a trademark of excellence from Scras. Go to Comment
I liked Sacras' Gems of the Underworld and I like this sub derived from it. In particular, I like the mechanic aspects of how the negative power of the rings are increased as more of them are wore at the same time etc. Go to Comment
Update: I was originally going to include a section on the ranking system for government officials in the Qing dynasty in ancient China (the one ruled by Manchurians) which has a very clear ranking system but the formatting is really driving me nuts so now I've decided to make that into a spin-off sub by itself. Also, I actually haven't finished tidying that section either but it will wait... Go to Comment
I see that the pic is taken from some Chinese kung-fu movie and actually this reminds me of that video game on PS2 where you can choose from a bunch of characters based from the period of the Three Kingdoms in China and in it there's a guy that uses 2 sticks as his weapon, sans the feathers of course (don't know the actual name of the game but the character you control can Mosou periodically which is charged up by doing combo moves and then you Mosou which releases a big attack thingy) Go to Comment
As a reader, I don't have problem with its current length. As a non-fan of sci-fi and your Cosmic Era setting, I still think it a solid article that goes thru in a concise way the purpose of screenery. Go to Comment