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Truthwatcher pumpkin for Halloween! Because not having nerdy pumpkins is against the law, of course. The Alethi Script says “Truthwatcher” as well!

Truthwatcher pumpkin for Halloween! Because not having nerdy pumpkins is against the law, of course. The Alethi Script says “Truthwatcher” as well!

So, you've never implied much of any sort of diversity in the different species' appearances across all the different worlds in Called Forth. They mostly seem to be /basically/ human, or very humanoid. Does this mean that there was/is some sort of advanced precursor race, or is there some other explanation?

Ugh, you know I hate this question which is why you asked it, you kerj. Ruuuuude.

But long story short is that I don’t have a definitive answer to this question. The idea of a precursor race could work, though it’s not one I’m terribly fond of. Not any reason for that, it’s just not really a trope that floats my boat.

If I were to establish a reason for why everyone looks the same, I’d probably go with a semi-Christian worldbuilding foundation, because there’s a really cool worldbuiling idea I’ve always wanted to try. See, Christianity teaches that humans are made in the “Image of God”, so, therefore, would any other sentient races created also be made in the image of God, and if so, would they look humanoid?

So I’d probably go with something like a humanoid creator God who sculpted the races which populate the worlds to be similar to him. Or her. Or other. But that runs into the worldbuilding theology thing for me.

See, I tend not to delve into the actual theology of my worlds so much. Yes, there are religions on these worlds, but the gods within these religions are not active parts of the story and in truth, I often don’t know whether or not they actually exist or not.

The Jaiseti and the Nuem both worship the sun as their god Elumis. I don’t know if Elumis exists in actuality. The three angel races of Syiari believe that there are three sister godesses who each created and watch over one of the races. I don’t know if these godesses actually exist. I don’t plan on involving divine aspects in my story, and the gods — if they are out there — are not going to play a direct role in the plot, other than the way that religions affect the characters personally. 

So, TL;DR, is there another explanation? Maybe? It hasn’t been set down in stone and isn’t actually likely to be.

so this one's about the ice world, you mentioned it might be in the same 'verse as CF, will there be any crossover in either CF or the ice world story? Also, what is their culture like and what do they look like? Are they all human, or pretty much human? Are they better adapted to their climate, physiologically speaking, than arctic Earth cultures?

Oh, the Ice World story. That thing that I did a bunch of plotting and worldbuilding for and never got around to writing. Whoooooooops. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday. 

I think I have decided that the Ice World is a shaile wold, so a Traveller or Projector with a shaile circle could theoretically access this world, but there has been no contact thus far. Currently, Monial (the world Called Forth takes place on) and this world are unaware of one another. Crossovers at this point are unlikely, though if contact were made, peoples of this world could start becoming familiars or Travelling to other worlds, provided there were Travellers to take them.

Culture is… not well developed right now. Mostly because most of the story I’ve got planne takes place outside of the cities, on the Fields themselves. Ice knights like Cyaiik who take firesoul and survive out on the Fields are highly respected and the skill of fighting with ice blades (those would be ice skates, weaponized) is a respectable art. Beyond that, IDK much.

Yes, like all inhabitants of shaile worlds, the Ice World citizens are humanoid, and for the most part, human. Like the other worlds, there are things that only people of this world can do however. They are the only ones able to survive ingesting firesoul. Someone from another world would die if they attempted it.

Those who actually live on the Ice Fields themselves tend to be better adapted to survival out there, though most of the major cities on the Fields are actually underground, where it is warmer. Anyone who hopes to survive on the Fields must take firesoul periodically throughout their journey to keep from freezing to death. Continual exposure to firesoul will build up a tolerance to cold, eventually raising the partaker’s body temperature above normal permanently.

for a time i’d forgotten what it’s like to get feather-induced sadness whiplash. i remember now.

Admit it, you missed me. I’m sure I’ll answer something cute and VanaLen here soon. (I’m switching answers and writing this speech for tomorrow to keep me motivated)

The time thing is so clever! And Corin is such a cute family man ;u; I want to know about his children!!

Welp, unfortunately, I know very little about them. Like… I don’t think they have names yet even. I do know this: Corin has been told that if he ever feels like committing acts of treason against Jaiset, the Daia, or any of her servants, his family would pay the price.

What is Corin's relationship with his family like, since he's away serving Len?

Corin is a part time familiar, so he gets to see his family quite a bit still, actually! Part time familiaring can be a liiiittle bit complicated so I’ll put it in an inset so y’all can skip over it if you’re not up for technicalities.

Time between worlds is somewhat relative and summoner contracts can actually manipulate time distortion. It’s become a common practice in part-time familiar contracts, so that the familiar gets “extra” time, so to speak.

Basically while the familiar is “away” from a world, time passes more slowly for them there, and more quickly on the world they are in. For Corin, his contract distorts time on a 3:1 scale. For every three weeks he spends on one world, one week passes on the other. Currently, the rotation of his contract works on a ‘3 weeks on/1 week away’ cycle, so that his two worlds can stay in “sync”.

So, Corin spends three weeks with Len, and then returns to Jaiset, where he wakes up from being unconscious for a week. He then spends three weeks on his homeworld, and when he returns to Len, he finds that only one week has passed for her.

(Vanaline is also part time but she’s on a 2/1 distortion, specifically 16 hours on, 8 hours away, so that it looks like she’s sleeping on her homeworld while she’s away on Mondial doing familiar stuff)

Basically, the way this ends up, from Corin’s perspective, he spends three weeks with Len and then three weeks back on his homeworld doing his actual job and spending time with his family. They live in the capital city, so he’s able to spend his hours on duty at the palace and then go home to spend time with his family.

Corin has a wife and two young daughters, one who is 13, and one who is 7. He and his wife have a sickeningly cute relationship and he still takes her out on a date every time he gets back to the city. He is an excellent father and regrets having to leave his daughters even for a week at a time because he feels like he’s missing parts of their lives.

HIs family is not allowed to know the details of what he’s doing or that he is currently a part-time familiar. All they know is that he has to go on week-long assignments for the royal family and that this is a very prestigeous position (which is garnering him a very nice bonus).

A Perfect Glass of Wine

A birthday present for kogiopsis, who obviously needed some Kalarin cutes to celebrate the anniversary of her triumphant arrival into the world, right? Right.

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reblogg if u crey evrytiem

Just in case any of you were tempted to think that this blog might be quality after that song, I figured the fandom monster ought to throw her hat in the ring for this badfic frenzy. (And just because I can, yes I’m reblogging all of these to Adonalsium. Under that tag. YOU’RE WELCOME.)

Warning: Super sad fic under the cut. Indescribably sad. You’re probably already crying.

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Light Runs Out

So every now and then you just feel the need to rewrite the lyrics to a song for your fandom and record it because reasons. So here, have a Shallan song.

Light Runs Out

I’ll be your Light, your storm, your emerald broam,
I’ll be the knight, in training, guiding you home.
And we’ll feel alright, and we’ll feel alright,
'Cause we'll work it out, yeah we'll work it out.

I’ll be doin’ this, if you have a doubt,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.

I’ll be your ghost, your blade, your little knife.
I’ll be the long-shot bet that could take your life.
And I feel alright, and I feel alright,
'Cause I worked it out, yeah I worked it out.

I’ll be doin’ this, if you have a doubt,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.

I got my mind made up, and I can’t let go.
I’m lying every second ‘til it saves my soul.
(Ooh) I’ll be running, (Ooh) I’ll be running,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.
And I’ll don the mask, and I’ll break it down,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.

There’s a murderer deep inside of me.
I’ve got Pattern on my shoulder, and my Memory.
But Father raised me good, Father raised me right.
Father never would have guessed his girl would fight.
Now I’m pushing down, all those screams and shouts.
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out, yeah.

I got my mind made up, and I can’t let go.
I’m lying every second ‘til it saves my soul.
(Ooh) I’ll be running, (Ooh) I’ll be running,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.
And I’ll don the mask, and I’ll break it down,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.

Oh, we all want the same thing. 
Oh, we all lie for something.
Lie for home, for fate,  
For love, for hate,
For peace, for wealth,
For family, for self.

I’ll be your Light, your storm, your emerald broam,
I’ll be the knight, in training, guiding you home.

I got my mind made up, and I can’t let go.
I’m lying every second ‘til it saves my soul.
(Ooh) I’ll be running, (Ooh) I’ll be running,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.
And I’ll don the mask, and I’ll break it down,
'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.

I’ll be your Light, your storm, your emerald broam,
I’ll be the knight, in training, guiding you home.
And we’ll feel alright, nothing feels alright,
‘Till I work it out, yeah we’ll work it out.
And I’ll don the mask, and I’ll break it down,

'Til the Light runs out, 'til the Light runs out.
‘Til the Light runs out.

(Original song is “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic. Karaoke version source is here: [x] )

Prepared

Tien was not prepared for the army.

His hands shook as the gripped the spear, the weapon feeling too large in his hands. He’d had basic training, but he didn’t know anything about fighting, about spear work, about squad formations.

He knew even less about killing.

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