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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 23rd, 2012 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>>"Constructs" is a pretty broad term. Plenty of room in there for both controlled and sentient versions.<<

Yes, that's true.

>>I'm clearly seeing some kind of hierarchy of sentience for Constructs, analogous to some of those for the Undead. So there could be very simple forms that are only animated directly by their creator's will, like the Zombies and Skeletons in my first example, some that can be self-directed, but are non-sentient, sort of on the "beast of burden" level, equivalent to Ghouls in some systems and some Ghosts, and then the fully sentient forms, on par with the Vampires and Liches.<<

I like this idea. It goes along with some things I've hinted in the Steamsmith series. The automatons there come in different types, some essentially just factory robots and others that can do more complex tasks. But they all have an animating 'spirit' that can take a template of what they are supposed to do. That leaves an opening for further development that people might not be expecting. Also it ties into takwin, the goal of Arabic alchemists to create life in the laboratory.

>>And I really like the idea of never explicitly giving anyone's skin colour, but dropping in all kinds of supporting evidence that makes it undeniable to a thorough reader that this is a non-white culture.<<

Yeah, I can't resist the temptation to poke people's assumed gaze in the eye with dinner forks.
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