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Building a Fantasy World
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: second part

>>Thank you very much for the genetics links in your other comment, as well as the term "leccubi". I'd never heard it before - where's it from?<<

The only hits I'm getting are from Holly Lisle's Sympathy for the Devil and some kind of game. I'm sure I've seen it elsewhere as well, though. Maybe check classical resources?

>>The external plot comes heavily from Luke's side of the story, where he's running away from his overbearing, ambitious, overbearing father, who runs/owns a huge pharmaceutical company and is using the funds from it to finance his own projects involving trying to revive the dying daemonic powers of his leccubic line (a project disguised as having some sort of medical purpose). <<

That makes sense.

>>but in talking about genetics, it seems possible that dear ol' dad might not be able to do what Luke can do, as a result of a fluke of genetics.<<

It's possible that he started out trying to do it himself, and discovered that he didn't have enough oomph, which would really piss him off.

How far back to Daddy Dearest's aspirations go? He could have chosen a mate based on the genetic probability of throwing a colt with the powers he wanted. And he wouldn't have cared if he had to try several times to get what he was after.

>>(Which then brings up the question of why Luke would be told to kill Kira's mother, and how he wouldn't know that it was her mother when he meets Kira years later...)<<

Why: 1) If targeted directly at Kira's mother, she would have to be an obstacle for Luke's father. She might have been an investigator bent on stopping him, or a competitor trying to beat him to the goal, etc. 2) If not targeted directly, then Kira's mother would be just one of many targets, some of whom probably lived and others not. First there's just the general concept of being able to do that, which is a rush for the power-mad like Luke's father. Second there's the power boost to be had from stealing energy from someone else: the more stolen, the bigger and longer the boost, hence one temptation to kill. Another is that, every so occasionally, if you drain someone to death then one of their powers might stick to you permanently or kick something of your own from latent to active. But there are also serious drawbacks, which is why most people don't do this -- things like absorbing part of their personality or their genetic weaknesses.

How: Drugged senseless and/or wrapped in layers of illusion would do the trick, and be contextually plausible.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: second part

>>Current thinking is that practically all of the originals were either killed or sealed away back to a dimension known as jinxspace, thanks to the efforts of sorcerers who aren't themselves necessarily of daemonic heritage, but can control the miasma for spells of varying purposes.<<

Okay, cool. Why? This is a significant issue, because the modern society seems not to make too big a deal out of the daemonic heritage since it's so widely spread. But if there was a major war or something, people would tend to hate daemonic traits, not accept and/or exploit them. Once again: what serves the story? What connects with the themes?

>>(if they have any - though I think that at this point in Seeran history, practically everyone has some sort of daemonic heritage, though they might not know it, or it wouldn't mean much to them),<<

You'll need to check the math on this, and it's not simple math. There's a point at which everyone living shares the same ancestry, and that can be figured out. First, consider that there are always some holdouts in a human population, no matter what the math says. The easiest way to reach the effect you're describing without starting an argument over the math is to figure the threshold of full dispersion (where everyone living would have some daemonic heritage) and then back up a handful of generations from there, giving you the desired level of "most." Anyhow, this would be a good discussion to have with a friend who is a mathematician; it'll give you a handle on how long the daemons have been in that world mixing with the humans.

>>(I know "miasma" technically refers to poisonous gases, but it's the term I came up with while I was working with this story for NaNoWriMo a few years ago, and I haven't come up with anything better. It refers to the ambient power that runs through Seera Kai. It can be harnessed either for magickal purpses, as just mentioned, or as a power source for technology.)<<

It's acceptable to set an exotic term for mystical energy; I happen to like that one. Crank back the etymology: it's originally from a term meaning "stain" or "pollution" and went through a phase meaning "swamp gas." So it might refer to an earlier time when people thought it was bad, a kind of contamination, before they understood its uses (which is true of oil, actually); pulling on the original "pollution" interpretation. Another possibility is that one very high ambient energy zone could be a marsh or swamp, which is a source of teeming life; pulling on the intermediate "swamp gas" interpretation.
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