Tag: history

manyblinkinglights:

roachpatrol:

manyblinkinglights:

werewolves-are-real:

sadbirbs:

I love Temeraire but man, I really want to see how that world continues to develop with dragons. What happens when people start building airplanes? Do they even bother to build planes when they can just hop on a dragon? How do dragons influence the development of the American military-industrial complex? What do dragons think of the Internet? Is Temeraire still alive and posting selfies in his best jewelry please I need to know

Okay but am I the only one who has imagined dragons *in planes*. Dragons want to go over the sea too, and ships are awful and take months to get anywhere. Planes with a section in the back for one or two little courier-weights. Planes with reinforced sections for baby dragons. Giant, giant carrier-planes for larger dragons.

Dragons hate planes. It is a Fact. They whine so, so much about flying without wings.

(Dragons going through Customs, guys.)

Whoa, you’re right–the most sensible solution for all concerned would be to have shipping switch over to airmailing small dragons, who could finish many of the final hops sending people/goods to last-stop distribution centers.

what about humans in hangliders and squirrel suits? a talented hanglider guy can coast around for ages. then a small dragon could tow them higher, or a middleweight dragon could simply be landed on. the humans would have to get the hang of dealing with the turbulence from enormous flapping wings, but if they wiped out the dragon could just grab them. 

the tactical advantages in dragon combat are obvious: instead of forcing the enormous and expensive dragons into direct combat, their boarding teams would glide at each other from a distance. if they miss, they just spiral down rather than falling to their death, unless encountered by an enemy glider with a big ripping hook or swatted by the enemy dragon. the human combatants can then continue the fight on the ground, or sit tight and radio for extraction. 

i’d equip a human boarder with a pistol, sticky explosives, a compass, a map of the area, and a big sickle-bladed grappling hook on a chain, for either grabbing on to a dragon’s hide or slicing through an enemy’s glider fabric. the trick would be to make something that caught in hide but went right through a glider, since you’d want to stick to the dragon, but not a plummeting enemy. i suppose it could be detachable at the chain…. then again, if you have a pistol, you might just want to shoot your gliding enemies directly. 

the explosives could be as simple as tape and a stick of dynamite, if it’s early 19-20 stuff. glider over, hook on wherever you can, tape the dynamite down while shooting whoever you can, and dive away before it blows. later plastic explosives could be made even stickier and harder to peel off, with remote detonators, so you could just brush by, throw it down, fly off, and then blow it. 

THESE WOULD PROBABLY BE THIS AU’S FIRST “FLYING ACES,” LIKE HOW WE REALLY ROMANTICIZED THE FIRST FIGHTER PILOTS FOR A WHILE THERE?

THERE’D BE THIS PERIOD OF TIME WHERE EVERYBODY DOING THIS WOULD LIKELY BE PRETTY BAD AT IT, SO THE PEOPLE GOOD AT IT COULD JUST FUCK SHIT UP *EXTREMELY* AND GET RLY FAMOUS

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longroadstonowhere:

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paradoxcase:

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i think it’s also interesting because the summoner’s rebellion was what made the condesce ban all adults from alternia, which is obviously a huge turning point in alternian history

Yep. There must have been a number of smaller rebellions that sort of built up to it, and it was the last straw, because that seems extreme, even for the Condesce. Probably some interesting politics there.

And, related to that, I sort of wonder what relations were like between adults and kids before that happened – Mindfang mentions lusi, and apparently the adults still interact with them at least sometimes (because Pyralspite was around). Were kids then also raised by lusi, or did they have some other function? Obviously trolls can’t really have family structures the way they breed, but I would imagine there originally being some sort of communal system (because eusocial insects). Maybe not when Mindfang was around, but perhaps earlier.

that’s one of the things that i like thinking about most with alternia – how did the planet work before the adults were forced away and all that

i feel like by mindfang’s piraty times, kids were left to the lusii until they hit a certain age, and then maybe there was a sort of general apprenticeship going on? like adults would take groups of children on and teach them the ins and outs of their careers – there were official channels this went through for legitimate jobs like legislacerator or the military or such, but outlaws like mindfang could’ve also wrangled up just-over-age-of-majority trolls to fill out their crews, and any who didn’t die immediately were given more substantial lessons in how to be good thieves and all that

earlier, though, before the caste system got strictly enforced, maybe kids were only minded by lusii when the adults couldn’t be around (like how pit bulls used to be nanny dogs) and it was more of a ‘teach them whatever they’re drawn to’ sort of system

Yeah, I really wish the Mindfang diary had mentioned something about younger trolls.

I keep trying to tie all this back to ye olde troll gender headcanon. What are your thoughts on “before the caste system got strictly enforced”? There was maybe a time when all trolls (or just land-dwellers) had a more flatly structured society? What changed that? I always sort of assumed that caste role conservatism would degrade over time rather than increase.

Apprenticeships and nanny-dog lusi are good thoughts. Maybe apprenticeships or similar still happen on a bigger scale ala sort of what they did in the Serendipity Gospels?

hm…. i think i imagine that caste roles were pretty strict early in troll history (since they affect lǎzèról so much), and then maybe it started winding down a bit but the condesce (or a previous fuchsia ruler) heavily enforced it – perhaps to legitimize/strengthen their claim to leadership?

and i think apprenticeships were still a thing prior to the summoner’s rebellion, but maybe not anymore – the condesce probably wouldn’t trust her subjects unless she could be certain they were being schoolfed her propaganda all the way through to adulthood

i feel like basically what i’m imagining is 1. troll kids grow up on alternia with their lusii with schoolfeeding grubs giving them basic educations 2. they go to “secondary school” for whatever career path they’re eligible for (with admittance dependent upon blood-testing; also lots of culling the kids who’ve somehow not been killed by other kids despite deformities, infirmities, etc.) 3. after finishing up at “secondary school” they’re assigned to whichever ship/planet needs them

the “secondary school” could be run by drones? although i don’t know if they have the intelligence for that; they could also be run by trusted officials, but that could lead to the same problems (for the condesce) that the apprentice system theoretically would do

another thought – maybe higher bloods still have apprenticeships, since they’re more likely to go into military paths and also more likely to support the continuance of the caste system, while lower bloods go through less personalized and more stringent procedures (or maybe they’re just tossed onto a world and it’s sink or swim)

man, all this just makes me even more excited for hiveswap, because just think of all the details we’ll have to play with when that comes out

Maybe there are more and less intelligent drones? The drones that build hives probably have to be intelligent enough to put together structures that stay up, since the kids directing them probably aren’t going to really be able to do that. But highbloods getting more personalized education makes sense.

I’m really hoping Hiveswap gets us more interesting hints of things we can work with, and not silly contradictory stuff like the cherub worldbuilding…

manyblinkinglights:

zenosanalytic:

manyblinkinglights:

irascibly continues to convince myself that Vulcans don’t need quadrants

But what if Surak established Vulcan quadrants :>

Keep reading

okay I hear you, I do, but “Romulans retain their ancestral, boisterous, Alternian-style militarized quadrants and Spock needs to pretend to be Romulan on a treacherous Romulan backwater which means pretending-to-be-dating 4 other people on an away mission all at once”. Spock being guilted abt finding himself actually experiencing shamefully primeval desires TIMES FOUR. everybody else being magnetically pulled into his sad sorry-for-himself orbit when their formalized, performative roles transmute into weirdly compelling reciprocation. Spock ashamedly pining after the four quadrantmates he’s supposed to be faking his regard for. 4 entire other people professionally-unfolding-into-personally tag-teaming him from every emotional angle his ancestral cat-brain has.

I haven’t seen all that much about Romulans in TOS yet, but I’m already really really really into the idea of Spock needing help having to pretend to be one, what if Vulcans use their body control to have slow heartbeats and cool core temperatures to foster calm, what if he has to run hot and have his heart beat fast and slow his reflexive control over his emotional responses, what if he has to construct a tenuous Romulan persona and then need help and support maintaining it and decompressing afterwards, what
if he ends up really NEEDING to lean this heavily on his ragtag
coworker quadrantmates due to the stress of the undercover situation
, what
if the humans basically all decide that he’s a total catch in each
quadrant and will all miss their faked but heartfelt claims on him
, what if after they all get back each relationship slowly and inexorably rekindles, with the pale quadrant siege-engine-ing the way, cuz
once you got those pale hooks in your heart……………..yr done.
Can’t shut that shit out no matter how much u meditate abt it
, (……..COPY-PASTES YOUR POST INTO MY RECORDS).

so what kind of things does R&D get up to? i find the concept of R&D to be wicked fascinating *•*

ashkatom:

Previously on R&D!

R&D is basically a dumping ground for smart people who should on no account ever be left on their own. The more useful parts of R&D deal with the technicalities of living in space – air & water recycling, waste disposal, Helming efficiency. A whole bunch of displaced jadebloods go into developing the drones – tending the mothergrub and eggs and lusii, of course, but also the harvester and mining drones that shoot fresh supplies into space from planets adopted into the Empire. Other people who really, really should not be left on their own or around other people or drink a cup of tea unsupervised work on developing weapons – which is interesting, given that the Empire is a cohesive whole and has not needed to fight against any other Empire colonising their universe.

The place is full of people who are extremely needful of having their Own Way of doing things, and is the only place in the Empire that even pretends at letting Other Ways exist after Ascension. Of course, all of these Own Ways conflict with everyone else’s Own Ways, and all of these people are high-ranking and have access to some incredibly dangerous shit, which means conflict turns bad quicker than a snap of the fingers.

(Do note whose fingers remains undefined.)

Anyway, this is why R&D has psychologists. I’ve already talked off rairii‘s ear about R&D psychologists, since she was interested in the only place in the Alternian Empire that had psychological staff, so I’ll pop what I can find of that here for you, summarised as much as possible because me an’ words are a dangerous combination:

  • R&D psychologists grew out of a tradition of psychological support rooted in casual concialiatory relationships – the very first psychologists were casually ashen/pale for pay in R&D and got overwhelmed by the demand, basically
  • because R&D is terrifying and will break people
  • The first generations of R&D psychologists were basically factions of scientists screaming at each other about what kind of support services net the most positive outcomes in the patient’s ability to contribute to the Empire long-term and that should just about tell you everything you need to know about R&D
  • Later generations started developing and trialling medications for mental health problems that presented more frequently – anxiety is the big one, for obvious reasons, and there were also a lot of experiments with sopor derivatives as part of treating PTSD.
    • the testing was exactly as ethical as you might expect from an empire that secretly tears apart and enslaves a significant proportion of the population as a renewable energy source
    • this was eventually discontinued because the Alternian Empire does not give a single shit about your problems, especially when your problems are expensive. 

If you want to know any more, do throw your questions onextendedvacation‘s way! I made the blog for keeping all the worldbuilding, amongst other things, so if you really want me to get into the nitty-gritty, that blog is going to be your jam.

Alternia history headcanons.

snow-e-skies:

My troll biology headcanons are here.

Trolls developed similar to humanity, the main difference being the physical aspects.

Violet and Fuchsia bloods were born (yes, born) with the ability to survive underwater for long periods of time, allowing them to conquer sea as well as land.

Sharp nails and teeth and tough skin allowed for more fighting. While humanity attempted to phase out violence, troll society encouraged it by culling weaklings.

Trolls predate humans by a very long time (A thousand years maybe? Two thousand? Not sure).

Reproduction stuff under cut.

They reproduced like humans until society realized how stupid homophobia was and stopped basing everything on gender. The Condesce rose to power around this time.

It took about 50 years/23 sweeps to find a way for same sex couples to reproduce. A trolls’ DNA could be combined with another’s through the use of a Mother Grub – unfortunately creating one grub required the DNA of three different trolls. Additionally, to create a healthy grub genetic material had to be taken from troll A twice. It became customary for the third party to be an enemy of troll A to prevent troll B from getting jealous.

There was a problem with the Mother grub system though: the grubs were now being laid in eggs. The eggs took sweeps to hatch and all too often a grub would hatch long after its parents had died. Trolls didn’t want to adopt a grub with genetics from who-knows-where at the risk of raising a weak wiggler.

The solution to this came from trolls who could commune with animals. An animal would choose a grub and look after it. An uneasy relationship was established between the animals of Alternia and the trolls. All of these changes took place over about 100 years/46 sweeps.

However most trolls didn’t want to contribute genetic material to make a grub they wouldn’t be able to raise or probably even meet. The troll population dropped drastically. It got to the point where the Condesce had to demand genetic material from her subjects. Violence was the only form of communication that all trolls would respond to.

The Sufferer became prominent around 500 years/231 sweeps after the Mother Grub and lusii(?) became prominent.

The Post-Scratch/Alpha trolls live roughly 1000/562 sweeps later.

aradiacal:

lizardlicks:

secretarybird:

For some reason I was thinking of that period of Alternian history where Dualscar and Mindfang were tooling around in sailing ships, and yet Dualscar has a laser rifle.

I like the idea that because of natural psionics, Alternian technology is deeply schizo tech- they never did fossil fuels or coal or steam turbines or anything, just dove into electricity and biotech. You don’t need a nuclear reactor if you can fly to the moon on no more than one poor bastard hooked up to the wires. You go to the stars still using swords, reverse engineer the mechanics of an optic blast into a gun without that intermediate “gunpowder” step.

Which means, spaceships or no, if you want to travel without a psionic, you don’t have things like engines to rely on. You probably don’t want lowbloods on ships that get near gl’bgolyb, either, so sails and masts and creaking wood it is.

(The first spaceships were probably horrifying deathtraps. Imagine building one with 17th century materials technology, god damn. Wood and pitch and oilcloth, and a secondary helmsman that does nothing but hold the thing together under the strain…)

That makes me wonder what exactly is powering Ahab’s Crosshairs because that thing not only still works but is one of the most powerful weapons centuries later…

I wonder if that’s part of the reason why they use so much biotech – there was never a point where they discovered that steam or coal power worked better than animal power. Add that to natural troll psionics (and maybe Bicyclops psionics) which can just generate electronics, then manipulating the genetics of various natural fauna to make them into tools would be a logical step up from using animals as transportation or for farming.

lizardlicks:

secretarybird:

For some reason I was thinking of that period of Alternian history where Dualscar and Mindfang were tooling around in sailing ships, and yet Dualscar has a laser rifle.

I like the idea that because of natural psionics, Alternian technology is deeply schizo tech- they never did fossil fuels or coal or steam turbines or anything, just dove into electricity and biotech. You don’t need a nuclear reactor if you can fly to the moon on no more than one poor bastard hooked up to the wires. You go to the stars still using swords, reverse engineer the mechanics of an optic blast into a gun without that intermediate “gunpowder” step.

Which means, spaceships or no, if you want to travel without a psionic, you don’t have things like engines to rely on. You probably don’t want lowbloods on ships that get near gl’bgolyb, either, so sails and masts and creaking wood it is.

(The first spaceships were probably horrifying deathtraps. Imagine building one with 17th century materials technology, god damn. Wood and pitch and oilcloth, and a secondary helmsman that does nothing but hold the thing together under the strain…)

That makes me wonder what exactly is powering Ahab’s Crosshairs because that thing not only still works but is one of the most powerful weapons centuries later…