And quite a resource, too. I was reminded of a few wikis out there. I am not such a huge fan nowadays, but it tickles me quite a lot and makes me consider posting something... at least a scroll, if nothing else. :)
One for Firefly, on of the better universes of last few years. Go to Comment
An okay place to visit while hunting some dingus. (Note: there is some duplication around paragraph three.)
The Horton Family was a group of late comers, dubbed after their initial speaker, the name refuses to go despite the many families that make it. They had difficulty to find a large prosperous area, so they turned to fishing on a large scale, with little agriculture to round things out. They need to do a lot of trading, so they try to be friendly with everyone, but their sort-of-claim on the seas doesn't help it. True enough, they are quietly planning to take over this industry completely and style themselves as the best sailors and fishers anywhere.
With some of their catch exported, they are wealthier than the average. It's all because of the risk they say. Go to Comment
Now you're talking! I like gods that are unusual as this one.
Why would people follow these teachings (note that I'm not talking about worship)? Because this is the truth, this is how the world works, they say. And they are straight at the source of adversity. Besides making them better prepared, they just may happen to learn of the challenges when they come.
I would also say the psychological boost can be the most important advantage a religion can bring. It is true: too often reduced to a list of spells, it loses much of its edge.
Though I'm not sure about all of these, the collection is sufficiently wrong for its stated purpose. The Smallest of Worlds was the one for me, with its natural effect and no need for any gore. Keep at it... or better don't. Go to Comment
I concur with the others, it is a good set worth having. The issue with the fourth ring could be solved by a bit of background. You can see a healer, that through own power, or more likely, through favors of his patients, made the rings to aid him. But it is not only work that keeps a man alive; he liked to sing, though few liked his voice. And so he made a final ring to help him with this problem.
And then they could be called the Four Rings of Healing.:) Go to Comment
Well, if you happened to feed somebody with a dozen of the flies or more, they could really have an impact on your health. Or imagine a swarm of these happening on a sleeping person... annoying, and potentially dangerous. Always mind those little caveats. :)
Can't we have dragons breeding people instead? That sounds much more logical to me, even according to the principles you have set down. :)
But it makes an interesting challenge, worth thinking about. One beginning of the chain of reasoning could be elephants... also large herbivores, easily dangerous, but very useful to humans in their environments. Got to figure that one out more. Go to Comment