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Shadoweagle's comment on 2006-10-08 11:06 AM
Ouzquin Dremorix: Demeanor

The Glass Shifters, when in the lands outside of their own deserts are very reserved and formal, in general - usually rarely speaking unless spoken to. Even when they have gotten to know outside companions they hold back somewhat. This is because they view themselves as 'strangers in a strange land' and, not knowing much of the customs and way of life of these people, they tend not to interfere too much.
It is a completely different story, however, when Foreigners enter the deserts of the Glass Shifters. When faced with strangers in their cities, they tend to find the outsiders reactions to their homes quite amusing - it is known to the Ouzquin Dremorix that most outsiders believe them to be little more than savages roaming the desert, and the sight of their lovingly designed shining cities often drops a jaw or two: Especially in the huge capital of the Glass Shifters: Bareka.
When faced with people not of the Glass Shifter culture in their own lands, the Ouzquin Dremorix regard them with open curiousity and almost shameless honesty. Members of the opposite gender may comment on how attractive that person is, or some may point out the scars this one has. One may suggest that you may want to find some water to clean yourself, for your odour makes his Ouzala curl!
Though this may be taken the wrong way, comments such as these are not meant to be insulting, alluring or suggestive - they are merely signs of honesty in accordance to the Ouzquin Dremorix belief that they should be transparent as glass: Speaking no lies and sharing their views. As a note: Attempts to further something from a woman's approving words are often quickly corrected: Just because an Ouzquin Dremorix suggests that you are attractive, does not mean they wish to form or further a relationship! Of course, attempts to FORCEFULLY further this comment will almost be met with the spearhead of an Ouzala to the neck; either in warning or run straight through, depending on the Glass Shifter.

And while on the subject, Ouzquin Dremorix NEVER respond well to threats, and attempts to intimidate them into submissions usually result in open hostility. This is in accordance with their principle of 'cut and bite back if mishandled'. A phrase cultivated by foreigners, "Bully the Glassman", basically has a similar meaning as "To shoot one's self in the foot" or to "Dig your own grave".

Though the Ouzquin Dremorix treat all other races generally the same, there are some specifics which should be noted when dealing with separate mainstream races.

Elves: Elves rarely venture into the desert. As such, the Ouzquin Dremorix know the least of these creatures. When out of the deserts, Glass Shifters will often stare curiously at elves - an often unsettling experience for the elf, when this stranger is seen always peering at him from the corner of his eyes. When in the deserts, some Ouzquin Dremorix may approach the stranger and ask a question or two of the elven race before moving on. The questions are never intrusive and once the curiousity of the Glass Shifter is sated, they will offer thanks for the information and bother them no longer.

Dwarves: Dwarves are probably the most common race in the deserts, the great sands proving of little obstacle their search for minerals and ale. All Ouzquin Dremorix know what dwarves are by sight - just as most dwarves have at the very least heard of the Glass Shifters - and outside of the deserts tend to offer a nod of recognition to the smaller folk. Within the deserts, they openly speak, trade and drink with Dwarves, often matching the stulwart folk drink for drink.

Orcs and half-orcs: Orcs have sometimes ventured into the deserts both as friend and foe to the glass shifters. Usually, though, it is when raiding small villages and outposts of the glass folk - amounting to losses on both sides of a skirmish. As such, when in smaller settlements or when met on travel in the desert, the Ouzquin Dremorix tend to keep a closer eye on orcs and half-orcs than they do on other races. When in the larger cities, of course, with thousands of Ouzala-wielding warriors around them, the glass shifters are more at ease with orcs - if the creature DID try anything rash, it's death would be swift. Outside of the deserts, orcs and half-orcs are met with a sort of mutual nuetrality with the Ouzquin Dremorix: So long as they seem to be acting responsibly, there will be no sign of disrespect or threat to them from the glass men. Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2013-09-15 09:15 PM
This is LONG overdue for a revision! There are aspects of this which I feel have evolved and altered the Ouzquin Dremorix's first conception. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-07-31 09:08 AM
Nice, vicious, and also delicate as well. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-08-07 02:10 PM
A beautiful but sharp soceity.Is there the death penalty for deliberatly breaking someone else's orb? Go to Comment
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Roack's comment on 2006-09-16 11:26 PM
This is beautiful, especially the religion! Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2006-07-28 10:36 AM
I absolutely love it. The visuals themselves are stunning, and the culture and belief system just adds to the glory of it all. Very well done.

Was the "Staff of Axtrami" a true divine event, a meteor of happenstance, or somewhere in between? Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2006-10-04 05:00 PM
A suggestion: add this to the "Ouqzuin Dremorix" freetext for easier browsing. :) Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-07-28 08:08 AM
I love this! So bizarre...the names, the details, the culture of these folk!

Excellent SE!! Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-07-28 10:55 AM
It didnt hurt that I recently read a paperback bestseller about an ancient desert city in Oman, its mysterious inhabitants, and their lightning&glass pseudo-science! :D Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2008-01-04 10:47 PM
nice idea Moon. Manfred? val? Care to present us with another School of magic? :)

"Break Glass In Case Of Emergency" Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2011-03-27 06:15 PM


Not sure how I overlooked this one as well. This is really good.

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MysticMoon's comment on 2013-08-25 09:27 PM

I am always impressed when someone can base a culture around one central thing, such as glass, and have it come out feeling internally consistent and really creative rather than forced. This is well done. I can't wait to read the related Ouzquin Dremorix subs.


There's enough detail here that I can really visualize the culture and their tools.


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caesar193's comment on 2013-08-16 07:59 PM
I believe the Children of Glass, though excellent and well-thought out, could use slightly more. Though you have hit the big parts of their culture, and one does get to understand the Ouzquin Demorix through this piece, but I personally would like to know how they get enough food and supplies to build their cities, to support their glass-making artisans, and to allow them fame.

Other than that, I think they are a great idea, and written up beautifully. Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-09-20 08:35 AM
Some really great ideas in here, like those mirror glasses put on after death. I'm doing some research before the forum game, and I was very impressed with this sub, very original, the only downside is I find myself wanting to know more. Full score! Go to Comment
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Raspu10's comment on 2013-07-02 10:38 PM
Very, very good. I've been working on some glass-related ideas, and this gives me a lot more to work with. I'm thinking of riffing on the Shattered Orb sect - perhaps some of them have migrated to a more conventional city on the edge of the desert, and run a luxury business. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-07-20 09:50 AM
A nice solid item with good plot hooks and dramatic potential. It is also well written. Mostly, it would be a plot device...
yet.

Somewhere adn when, some God along the way will try to unleash Goli for their own purposes and help a mortal do it... thus the unleashing a quest to stop the person who is trying to gain that power. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-07-20 09:54 AM
A plot line could be someone wanting to use the trapped god for their own sacrifice. A quick stabbing with one dagger, then a quick stabbing with a god deadly athame (or just killing the virgin host while Goli is trying to gets it powers together). Thus the dagger is part of a greater plot, one in which a deity is playing with the universe itself... trying to sacrifice a god for its own purpose. Can you say dominate the universe? Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2006-07-20 03:53 AM
I thought of this item whilst posting in this freeform "Continuous roleplay" idea by Dozus. It would be great if you could post a little something in it; even if you only post once :)

http://www.strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,3320.0.html Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-07-20 09:58 AM
All this suffering, all this woe, to be laid at the feet of a simple dagger... Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-07-20 12:37 PM
5/5-It serves the greedy searcher right. Go to Comment
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