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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tributary Gate: The Red Marshes

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2 comments:

  1. Cool locale. I like the casual dropping of the aquatic beasties names. And the admonitions about the Venduu!

    One pedantic point: Chlorophyll means "green leaf" technically. The broader term is "photosynthetic pigments." There is an earthly red pigment, named (appropriately) erythrophyll.

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  2. @Trey: Thanks! The Venduu are very, very significant beings in all the games I've run sinc the early Eighties--they are frog-descended, but not like HPL's critters. The Venduu have over 15,000 registered variations and sub-types--that they have allowed to be recorded. Like frogs, they are intimately integrated into their local ecologies and are the first to know of imbalances or pollution...and unlike frogs, the Venduu can and will do quite a lot about such things. I'll make sure that the Venduu get dealt with shortly. I'm still catching up on a few loose-ends and revising the whole Diodati sequence into about a week's worth of related posts.

    We are seriously looking at Wikidot. The other services/options are far less engaging. Thanks for pointing that one out!

    As for the pedantic point...well, yeah, you're very probably correct, however would most readers 'get' the reference or does just using chlorophyll wrong work better? I appreciate you bringing this point up--I've been wondering just how to handle this very thing lately. Using terms like 'heuristic' and 'hypostases' as well as getting all technical with actual real-life scietific terminology...that tends to intimidate and emasculate a lot of the head-bangers in the audience who just want to smash orcs with dull axes again, and again, and again...

    I've looked at Clark Ashton Smith as a role-model in some ways, as well as Poe, but I'm starting to wonder if maybe it isn't time to re-read Cordwainer Smith and see how he handled this sort of thing.

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