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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Saturday, November 8, 2003, 19:35
--- Isidora Zamora <isidora@...> wrote:

> "a knife as long as a man's arm."
> >Consider the inscription on the Great Gallows, > >which line the Gallows Road to the east of > >Hoopelle. It says "For the Edification of Man > and > >Wilding" and has got icons from the Dance of > >Death on it. It is a very sturdy structure > made > >of arched stone and brick with two levels for > >hanging people. It can accomodate six hundred > >bodies, some famous of which were on permanent > >display. For educational purposes, mind. There > is > >a sad little stand of ancient forest to the > north > >of the Road, and this was where the bodies of > >Daine were chucked. Usually dead, but some > >otherwise. > > That's a *huge* gallows. How big is the town?
Big. It probably had three or four million humans in it. No one knows for sure how many Daine lived there at the time.
> Well, of course, if it spreads outside the pub > or threatens to become a > riot, then the authorities need to step in. > That goes without saying. I'm > sure that they keep an eye on any > establishments that they know to be > habitual offenders in this respect. I mean, if > a place has a reputation > for producing a brawl every night, they'll > watch it.
That they will. Probably taking bets.
> On the other hand, > there are a few places in the city so rough > that the soldiers have been > instructed *not* to enter them.
The Guard don't enter the Daine slums. For several reasons. First, they'd be slaughtered; second, no one cares what Daine get up to so long as they're out of Men's sight. In other words, they wouldn't respond to a crime or any kind disaster there.
> They're allowed to deal with anything that > spills out beyond the doorway, but they're not > to step inside because it's > really too dangerous, unless you're going to > send in a full score of > soldiers to subdue the place. It's better to > leave such places to fester > on their own rather than to let soldiers be > killed and achieve no real good.
Yep. Smart philosophy. Padraic. ===== fas peryn omen c' yng ach h-yst yn caleor peryn ndia; enffoge yn omen ach h-yst yn caleor per la gouitha. [T. Pratchett] -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .


Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
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