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Old 11-16-2021, 01:13 PM   #701
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Shopping guide:

A guide for shopping as a mountain guide is a guide for mountains. Not a booklet but an actual person although often a nominal task. Male Aslan at least in civilized areas are unlike stereotype actually able to survive in a marketplace: they would not be functional if they weren't. While less educated in matters of money and seldom taking on large mercantile tasks they are able to know from street smarts how much a given item should buy or sell for. When they shop however they tend to take along a female relation as a face-saver. If a male Aslan wants something he asks "Can we afford this" and gets a "yes dear" because the male really knows the answer and if he is wrong they will not disagree in public. Any haggling to be done however is done by the female, as it is undignified for a male to haggle at trade (political haggling is different somehow).
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Old 11-17-2021, 01:18 PM   #702
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Ao Kuzu: This drink is a long favorite of Aslan origin. It goes by many names and whether this one is originally of Aslan origin is debated. It is of varying alcoholic proportions, depending on how many "spirits" the drinker wishes to see.

Some have compared it to Terran Kumis and like Kumis it is from fermented milk, in this case from a mammaloid species native to Kuzu. It comes in "vintages" of various types from the common which can be had in the Aslan version of taverns to the very fine. Knowledge of the later is considered a mark of an Aslan noble, much as knowledge of other fine drinks is among humans, and many such, especially if they have a particular interest in the subject will expound at length about the symbiosis between the soil, the seed for pasturage, and the breeds grazing on it as well as such things as storage, ageing and how they absolutely SHOULD NOT take shortcuts like todays money-mad youth who do not care for such a fine tradition, etc.

While the finer quality is often cultivated by a high noble, curiously the cheaper versions are a mark of a new landholder. Such often find it more profitable to invest in a continually producing product than in meat animals which must be slaughtered.

The taste of Ao Kuzu is usually salty or sour which reflects the Aslan taste, which while sometimes partial to the sweet is less inclined in that direction than omnivorous humans. It is sometimes used as a sauce as well as a beverage either poured plain onto meat or incorporated with other ingredients to make something like a barbecue sauce. Oddly enough it is known in both forms among humans. However it is usually incorporated into cocktails rather than drunken plain.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:35 AM   #703
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What is "real" land:

Aslan discussion over what constitutes "real" land is Serious Business. The ideal of course is something like the imagined heroic past on Kuzu: a grassland ranch and/or hunting park. Aslan are not as fond of dramatic elevation features as humans though they do not mind them as a way to occasionally diversify terrain. Other rural biomes are less than ideal but acceptable. Urban land is not really land unless it is an actual park-like estate. Land at the bottom of a body of water or on a world with an uninhabitable atmosphere is in the best-one-can-do category. Space stations are never land.

Westerns and Aslan. Aslan actually have a fondness for the Western genre of ancient American cinema. The features such as rolling plains, and other natural visages and heroic fights appeal to them. They also like some of the things culturally associated with them like country music and the meat-heavy cuisines like Texan and Barbecue. In certain cases the subculture has been painstakingly preserved by artists and scholars and kept alive at theme saloons.
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Old 11-26-2021, 06:10 AM   #704
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What is "real" land:

Space stations are never land.
Now I am wondering about Aslan and the really large K'kree ships, which have living areas simulating open plains. Would a captured K'kree ship count as land?
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Old 11-27-2021, 12:31 PM   #705
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Now I am wondering about Aslan and the really large K'kree ships, which have living areas simulating open plains. Would a captured K'kree ship count as land?
What an abomination suitable for dishonorable barbarians!
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