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  1. Callan S.

    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    How can you make dreams without knowing they are dreams?
  2. Callan S.

    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    I'm late to the party here in replying to page 3, but: So is that why reducing the population to X amount closes the gates to the hundred. Reducing the population actually makes the one god wake up more and at a certain point it's conscious and the hundred end up blocked away as much as out own dreams are locked away when we're awake?
  3. Callan S.

    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    That title seems pretty neat - Noah's Ark. No Ark. Nau Ark. And so on.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    It brings its own frame with it.
  5. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    The relationship between tatooer and tatooed/watcher and watched.
  6. Callan S.

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Working on the third draft of my urban fantasy (tweenish? For around age 10 or higher) novel 'Balorrate'. A kind of fantasy mirror of the real world rather than the real world + supernatural elements. Ie the city of Ballarat but in a fantasy frame. Which is an Australian rural city so that might be a bit obscure here - maybe I should have written a fantasy mirror version of Melbourne, since that's a little tiny bit more on the radar. By mirror an example of what I mean is instead of having cars, what fills the street are spectral horses pulling carts, their essence drawn from the great equine wells and carted across the landscape to fuel the commerce these long dead horses now empower. A fantasy echo of the real world rather than the real world with supernatural added in. The story is of a boy whose parents are abducted by the titular Balor, and he must find out where they have been taken and against all odds, rescue them!
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Looks menacing
  8. Callan S.

    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    But in a way I think just writing pure fantasy entertainment partially concedes the problem. Like, why not write in a way that basically brings in loathsome characters into a story - ala a traditional part of fantasy is there being an enemy. Get the reader on board for hating them. Then slowly reveal in part that they steal from bards. It's a crude way to outline it here - I'm rushing the idea for the sake of brevity. But for pirate readers, make them hate an enemy in the stories until they finally realise the enemy they hate are themselves. No happy little escapism for them, for them the ground is salted.
  9. Callan S.

    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    Well that sounds like science.
  10. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I think maybe Mimara looking at the god thing through the chorae with the judging eye (the thing 'drowsy with compassion') created the perception loop for the god to become conscious at that point. So the god finally sees itself and wakes up at that point, instead of dreaming. After all, magic is basically an exploitation of the gods dreaming (anarcane ground is where the god has walked the ground/dreamed lucid) I have to wonder if the god in the setting isn't a nasty spider thing like Kellhus describes it, but instead is just blissfully unaware of how fucked things are and instead actually thought everything was going really well as it slumbered. Like a benign god, but clueless to what had been left to happen.
  11. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    And if the writer did not reference it then it is not of the shortest path Or, u know, we could arc a little
  12. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Ah, but if you know how to destroy a soul, would you not also know how to destroy a god? Maybe? Anyway I think a theme is that the threat of eternal torture is just absolutely abstract - nobody gets it really. Unless you have an inverse fire you have no idea. The theme is, I think, that having really hard penalties doesn't really do anything about crime - it translates to real world incarceration systems quite well. Anyway, the schools of sorcery are complacent. The mandate even has the fact of it in their catchphrase and yet they just kind of ignore it. I'm pretty sure the Mop is a storage area for knock off damnation avoidance - each skeleton in each tree is a Mangecca (sp?) member put into a kind of cryogenic slumber.
  13. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Actually it draws an interesting link - anarcane ground is where the gods have walked the earth and so dream lucidly, not allowing the semantic cracks that sorcerers use to invoke/provoke effects in less lucidly dreamed locations. And Mimara contacted with something, some kind of divine being, through a chorae. Do chorae in some way summon gods? They are called tears of god, as well.
  14. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    It depends on the style of the book - for example, Mimara seeing through the chorae and seeing some sort of being 'drowzy with compassion'. I mean, what was that being? You can have a style of book where if people in it just put the pieces together then things wouldn't turn out so bad - that's basically tragedy.
  15. Callan S.

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Well, you said something like 'isn't imitating meaning pretty much what meaning is?'. Isn't that fairly scathing to the idea of meaning? Or what were you trying to convey with what I had quoted of you?
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