April 22nd, 2011

mourning

Writer's Block: Available: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with hot and cold running chills

Would you live in the perfect house or apartment rent-free if you found out a brutal murder had taken place there and it was rumored to be haunted? Why or why not?
If the murder was solved, and the murderer dead or behind bars for life with no chance of parole, I wouldn't mind that part. The haunting I wouldn't mind either, because there's something about me that is... interesting. I have sensed spirits a couple times before, and each time I not only sensed the spirit, but caught a flash of panic from it and felt it run away. I don't know what it is about me, but I scare ghosts; I scare them so bad, they flee in terror. I am not making this up or exaggerating at all.
Elle looks up

Traipah: environmentally friendly society

I was thinking about Traipahni cities and villages earlier, and how they were set up, and I realized I was missing a detail: agriculture. There are no cleared-land farms on Traipah, with the exception of groves of trees. This had been done on purpose, but I forgot to explain how they grow their food. After all, Ah'Koi Bahnis are herbivores. Then it came to me: underground farms. At first I thought "stack farms," but that didn't fit the culture and history. I spent most of the afternoon at Powell's taking notes on this new notepad of mine I bought there (it has a magnetic clasp) working out the details. I learned a lot of other stuff in the process.

What I already knew, but is useful background info:

* Pre-Reformation Traipahni tech was quite a bit more advanced than our current tech back 8000 years before our current era. They had space travel (within their solar system only), mined asteroids and their moons, and were experimenting with a technology called quantum manipulation technology, which didn't show up on Traipah again until after first contact with humans. Metamaterials were common for about 100 years before the Reformation.

* The Reformation was a catastrophic event where their planet experienced an unexplained evolution explosion, the resulting new species driving people out of the cities and taking over them; nothing they tried was able to stop or even slow down this process. It was a century or more before they could return to the cities to strip them of metals. Most common theory on Traipah for the cause of the Reformation is that the planet got angry at them for polluting the air and water and land.

* Metal was common enough on Traipah to allow for the development of a technological civilization, but scarce enough that all junk metal was recycled. Metal sculptures were rare and expensive to make. Space travel was delayed to give them time to figure out how to get into space without burning or wasting metal. Personal transport vehicles like cars were rare and expensive until they figured out how to make cars without metal frames and panels, but buses and other mass transport were common. Skyscrapers and other metal buildings were rare until asteroid metal flooded the market; even then, they weren't common until quite some time after first contact with humans in the 30th century AD. So on so forth.

* They managed to hold onto most of their technology, history, and knowledge despite the Reformation. About all they lost were experimental technology like quantum manipulation tech.

* They used the tech they held onto to make new villages, towns, and cities once the evolution explosion stopped and things settled down. Some were able to reclaim and remake old cities, but a lot of the old cities were torn down for resources.

* Traipahni civilization is OLD. All three native sentient species evolved at about the same time, and the first cities on Traipah appeared about 22,000 B.C.E. For a comparison, the oldest Earth city was carbon dated about 7,500 B.C.E. They had writing, and cities, before our species even EVOLVED.

* After first contact with humans, they were introduced to other alien technologies like a metal called crystalanium (basically adamantium), and energy creation from hyperspace for endless and inexhaustible clean power. Those technologies are from the Na'Voom Da, a species who have had spacefaring civilization for several million years.

* Cities/towns/etc are walled off where possible. There are exceptions, like towns with buildings built on stilts (swamps, etc).

Things I figured out today:

* There is only one remaining pre-Reformation skyscraper left standing; called Vine Tower (since it's so overgrown with vines that you can't see the frame), it's nothing but a frame. I don't know what it's made of, because I don't know how well steel would stand up to the course of 10,000 years, nor aluminum or titanium (if they're even practical for skyscrapers to begin with), but some kind of metamaterial frame is also possible.

* Cities/towns/etc have underground chambers, some with simulated sunlight, others without light. Here is a crude illustration of it: http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/marionette_of_obscurum/illustration.png (Some text in red because I accidentally switched colors somehow and didn't care to switch back)

There's more, but that's the biggest thing, and it's taken over an hour to get this much down (constant distractions). So maybe more later.

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