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Politics exist in every world, in some form or another. In Lord of the Rings, Gandalf had to get a whole council of people of different races together in order to decide how to destroy something that would bring about the end of the world if not “handled properly” (read destroyed). In my world (which has yet to be named), politics rule the various city-states. Each one is going to have a unique little thing about it. Dhe’skuva, the city on the desert’s edge, is the biggest city in the nation. As such, it will naturally be full of corrupt politicians who want all the power, and people who want to escape to the smaller city-states. Each city-state, additionally, will have a patron deity. It’s a very Greek system, and that appeals to me greatly.

In my world, there is no single thing that’s going to potentially destroy everything, with the exception of human nature. There are no aliens, no bits of supertechnology, etc. There are people, their ways, their beliefs, their interactions with one another. Even the most technologically advanced people in this world do not possess firearms, at least not in massive quantities. I’m toying with the idea of making one or two basic guns available, but not readily so. Crossbows are about the best ranged weapon, and swords are commonplace. At the same time, there will be airships. I like the idea of basic lighter-than-air travel being available. Again, just something about that appeals to me. I’m trying to balance the whole level of technology. I don’t want it to turn into “these guys have swords and these guys have laser pistols” or something like that. The world needs balance. Even the most militaristic city-state (probably Dhe’skuva) won’t have tech that far ahead of the more rural areas. Ah, the detail that goes into building a world. I’m also mildly obsessed with this show, and the way that music inspires so much of the setting.  Between that one, and this one, I think it’s quite possible that Shinichiro Watanabe  has given me all the setting I need. There’s also Firefly and the Knights of Cydonia music video. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, there is my story.

Today is going to be an interesting day at work. Our district manager (the scariest kind of DM there is) will be coming in to walk the store. Given the current situation with my employer, this is going to likely be the most intense visit. I’m also supposed to hear back from one of my potential future employers today. I’m trying not to be nervous. This job would be my first full-time job outside of college summer jobs. I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, though, for fear of grand disappointment. I have a tendency to do that to myself. I’ll get all kinds of excited about something that just might happen (but probably won’t), and then I’m crushed when it doesn’t work out. I suppose I invest far too much into my life, emotionally. I dunno. Maybe I’m secretly hoping I don’t get it, so that I don’t have to cut my hair. 😀

Anyway, I suppose I’ll be posting again soon enough with further details on how today goes.


  1. Story politics are so much fun. I’m a big fan of court intrigue myself. I suppose it would be more difficult with so many varied cities.

    I don’t think it’s just you who’s like that with jobs; I do the exact same thing. I just tend to be getting worked up over crappier jobs.

  2. In the real world I find politics tedious, to the point of avoiding them wherever possible. But somehow in stories they’re so much more intriguing. I tend to enjoy religious and cultural issues myself, such as Elves vs Dwarves. I’m also dying to see how you resolve the technological issues. SamCham and Bebop are classic fare in the anime world, and you might consider some of the airship designs from Miyazaki as well, like from Howl and Nausicaa, though I think those cultures are a bit more advanced as far as weaponry. Are you going to have magic? That needs to be taken into account as far as technology too, depending on how it’s treated.

    I really hope your job hunt goes well and that your visit from the DM went well too. I’ve done my best to put in applications and then forget about it, so that I don’t get my hopes up too high and get knocked down. I think that’s an area where low expectations tend to pay off.

  3. I’m sorry ouji. I’m sure I don’t help any when it comes to the anticipation of a job. I’m just as excited as you are for you to get this job. I don’t mean to build up your expectations and then have them crushed when things don’t happen, especially in the predicament you are in. I hope everything goes well. I love you.

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