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Old 04-27-2024, 11:44 AM   #811
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Duine Stuama:

Among Caledonian Travellers the "soberman" or Duine Stuama is a notable institution. Travellers have the traditional practice of going on leave in groups with one of the appointed to remain sober. In some clans this is an actual office and in others the job is alternated between spacers. In the event of trouble such as gangs, drunks, or in some cases cops (not all of whom are friendly) the soberman's duty is to get his charges back to the ship or boarding house without harm. Travellers have been notable for their ability to gather together on a word of command and overcome every rowdy in the bar by simple teamwork and a soberman to command. Despite the name sober men were not expected to be teatotals nor were they always men (though someone of intimidating build was always preferred), but

in that regard the Leabhar an Duine Sobr (book of the sober man) was written apparently while in jump space as a field manual in urban survival. It contains information on situational awareness, and all sorts of hazards of an urban environment as well as the fighting style peculiar to Travellers. One of the more interesting things about it is showing how to make improvised weapons. To that in Travellers often take their traditional fifes and hornpipes along on liberty. They are sturdy enough to make a reasonable thrusting or striking weapon and some even go so far as to sharpen the edges of the bells of hornpipes which are usually metal. Unless they are antiques they are fairly easily replaced. Best of all no lawman will bother about them.

The fighting style taught here has become known as one of the myriads of over romanticized martial arts but is based on a solid determination to keep people alive in startowns.

note: this concept was inspired both by stories about Savate which was a harbor brawling style and Robert Escobar's book about odd weapons "Deadly Ingenuity" which told of a similar use of Japanese woodwind instruments. And the sensible observation that people should really watch over each other when they drink in strange places.
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Old 05-21-2024, 07:59 AM   #812
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Terran Authenticist Movement:

The canon puts the Authenticists at the time of the Third Imperium. The problem is that at that time it is just local color. I am putting it in the time of the Interstellar Wars.

1. Large numbers of the new settlers are malcontents disaffected with aspects of modern society. Some are harmless "Old Believer" types inclined more to romance than activism.

2. The situation on the frontier necessitated the revival of old organizational forms such as clientage and tribalism given the inability of twentieth century style bureaucratic institutions to account for the needs of survival, and of the frontier economic and political systems.

3. The new retribalization was not old enough to develop an aesthetic proper to it. It was therefore common to appeal to a romanticized history for that. There was no need for there to be a real copy of previous civilizations but an aesthetic appeal served such purposes as bolstering the cohesion of a tribal group and the prestige of it's authorities.

This change in date has a useful purpose. It allows "hat worlds" to be justified should the option be desired, and there are few sci fis that do not indulge themselves in hat worlds.
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Old 05-26-2024, 08:10 PM   #813
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Vise Bjorn Sagas:

This is e national genre of narrative of the Luffarnir reflecting their history as a scattered people. It is a variation of typical urban stories and features such elements as lawlessness and an ambiguous relationship with official government. Heroes and villains are of such types as mercenary law enforcers and covert warriors, criminals, vigilantes, hackers of the less respectable sort, etc all taking place in the less orderly parts of the city. It is not a unique variant of narrative; many cultures have similar styles. Some dramatists of this genre use scenes of rain and black and white backdrop for a nostalgic effect. One variant that Luffarnir have added is the wide use of preternatural legends some well known in the Sword Worlds, others peculiar to themselves.

One notable difference from the mainstream of Sword World narrative is the greater use of feminine characters. Another is the use of antiheroic characters. The later is not a necessity and some protagonists are heroic in the traditional Sword World sense. Though peculiarly known as a Luffarnir genre they are enjoyed by Sword Worlders of other subcultures and have spread outside the Sword Worlds.

The name comes from the actress and actor "Wise Woman" and "Bear Cub" who are both famously representative of the predecessors of this genre on ancient Terra and who starred as heroine and hero in four cinematic dramas. The consensus among specialists is that the first one of their joint dramas was the best. In fact to this day among Luffarnir a romantic gesture during courtship is the gift of a small wind instrument referenced in that drama.

And you are all free to try to decode the last paragraph.
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Old 05-27-2024, 07:39 AM   #815
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