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Building a Fantasy World
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: second part

>>Initially I was thinking that the saeraphs were the result of divine meddling in Seera Kai, to counteract the daemonic races, but it backfired somehow and now all saeraphs are screwed over, thus producing a world where it's preferable to be daemonic than saeraphic.<<

I rather like this idea.

>>But returning to your ideas about genetics, it's also entirely probable that what people think are traits from a whole different race are, in fact, the recessive traits from certain daemonic lineages.<<

You could do this, but it would undercut the distinctiveness of the saeraphs.

Sidestep and combine the two: Saeraphs are descendents of a different branch of unrelated extradimensional beings. Neither the genetics nor the energy from that branch are as compatible with humans as the daemonic versions are, and forcing the meld is destructive. So the saeraphs can have very different powers, but the cost to them is much higher and they tend not to be very functional or healthy. Do they still feel driven to save the world? Or do they resent their ancestors for trapping them in such a miserable situation? Much tension! Much drama! Furthermore, consider that we were mulling over why the original daemons came here in the first place. If they were trying to get away from the original saeraphs, they might have gone looking for a dimension that felt homey to them ... and proved to be severely awkward for their opponents. Think of it as the daemons having the aetheric high ground: the saeraphs can still get on the field here, but they're always fighting uphill.

>>Semi-relatedly, I'd also decided on the term chimera (chimaera?) to describe people who possess multiple daemonic heritages, though it'd probably have different levels depending on which one would be more dominant and which powers (if any) can be used.<<

That works. I'd say go with "chimaera" to match "daemon" and "saeraph." That boosts the consistency.

A classic chimera combines various animals. In some sources, there are three equal heads all pointing forward: a hybrid whose heritage races manifest equally. In others, the lion head is on front, half a goat extends from the middle of the back, and the snake is the tail: a hybrid with one dominant heritage and two or more others with lesser and perhaps awkward effects.

reileen From: reileen Date: July 12th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: second part

You've given me a lot to think about; I think this is definitely enough to go on for a while. Thanks so much for indulging me!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 12th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)

*bow, flourish*

Happy to be of service! If you work through this stuff and move on with writing in this universe, I would like to hear how it plays out.
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