I have a soft spot for fauna, I admit it. I like the background and I like the fact that the plant has an unusal function. Good idea and a nice touch that will lend extra wealth to the setting.
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I'm glad my simple post was able to bring out more, if not something better, ideas than my own. The duality of Elven and human culture is a wonderful touch. When they thrive the roses bloom, when they war, they wilt. Very interesting touch.
This daily highlight comes from a different time on the citadel. It has core idea which is nice enough. The rose bush is a nice plot idea and could be interesting starting point for some intellectual excursions into how this barometer might work. Does the Rose bush see the future? Does it mystically poll public opinion? Does it track the exchange rate between currencies and trade goods? What is a healthy relationship between Elves and Humans? Does the rose bush take into account the author's disrespect for human culture? If Elven culture begins to dominate human culture is that healthy? Is the Rose bush biased? I don't think the specific answers matter, but the in game exploration could be interesting. This is a good candidate for a 100 word rework. Go to Comment
Oh yes, Katherine Hepburn. What a fine inspiration.
Nice, smart, and burning for justice 'n stuff. Other than that, where is some weak point? Nothing dark, just something to make her more human. Perhaps, she tends to fall in for any charming man, but keeps it secret? Or any little weakness. Go to Comment
A character that must be somewhere in every Court. I like characters that are no-nonsense and practical. She isn't a manipulator in the standard sense, in that everyone knows she's doing it, but can't say that she's doing it, because they'll lose face. She's too upright to make someone a dangerous enemy, but she could concievably humiliate them, if she chose, and she seems the kind of person who has friends who would make dangerous enemies.
I can only imagine the uproar that would occur if, somehow, she actually ascended to the throne (maybe someone would devote themselves to protecting the others in line before her, specifically to keep her away from it?) Go to Comment
That's fine, all that.
However, I can't help but get the feeling that I've seen this character before.
Hmmm... Let's see, the Shadow on the Glass series, Sword of Truth series (in a way), other fantasy series... It's been done before. The "uppity woman" is a sort of archetype that is verging on cliche. I think that it's quickly nearing the day when it will be worn out.
But then again, not bad.
I think that being unconventional and caring for people is a weakness itself, given the deadly environment of the court.
As well as that, the men whose game she's playing might resent her intrusion upon their territory... she's walking a thin line. Go to Comment
Hey she is my size! I truly love this women already and some how I have a feeling that them deep brown eyes are full of fire! How can I not like this women who fights for the rights of others. Now all she needs is a friend who is a mindless person about the new and finest fashions. I can aleady see one nagging her about the clothing. Sorry let my mind get away from me. Anyway love it! Go to Comment
The city of Nausopol is built on stilts. Lots of very sturdy stilts and butresses, of course, because it rises about five hundred feet from the ocean. Even the most terrific of storms is only heard in the city as a distant cacophony of blasts as waves strike the solid stonework fathoms below. It has never been attacked because of its isolation and impregnability.
It's not a place for the faint-hearted: vertigo and sea-sickness are not desirable traits. But when you are standing in the middle of the city there is no way you could tell that you were standing above an ocean, separated only by a gulf of air and a few stones.
A thousand steps lead down from Nausopol to the floating docks. These docks are pitch-coated wooden and can be raised by winches during squalls. Trade with other cities and countries is good: Nausopol is built over a sunken atoll whose minerals are still mined by divers, and it was from this that it originally derived its wealth.
But the principal method of getting to and from the city is by riding the giant sea-eagles which have been captured and bred for that very reason.