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Yesterday and today are basically sorting through what I've got and seeing what I've left out. Tying up loose ends and so on. I've basically been alternating between brainstorming stuff I haven't figured out yet and writing random scenes: some backstory folktale-ish stuff, some random prompts and scenes that just insisted on being recorded for posterity.

Some things I've been working on:

~Swearwords. I make things harder on me to begin with by not wanting to use the basic four-letter cusswords, but I also want to make sure that what they do use makes sense for their world. They're not going to use Jesus' name in vain, for instance, who's he? :P So far my favorite is "son of a goatsucker" (which also means that there is an animal that preys on the goats and antelope that are so abundant in this world, bwahaha). I also like, "Well, aren't you the Journeyman's own ____" —haven't quite figured out what to put in that blank. Boots? Socks? And "useful as a mute songbird" might be a nicely awkward epithet for Vester to accidentally use around Paori... >:D

~Tried to figure out taboos and sexual mores etc., but couldn't really get anything that meshed. Trying too hard, I think.

~Same with the family structures. I meant to have fairly tight family structures, but the emphasis I'm placing now on people being disconnected from each other seems to clash with that. But making people completely callous without any connection to each other at all seems too forced. :\

~Decided that there is a demonplague of sorts, since I really need something concrete for people to turn to the church for. So their worldly power derived muchly from being the ones in their culture to apply the correct protection from this wasting disease. Though other cultures have their own variations, too. (and there might be another use there for the crystals....)

~Also decided I need another group of people in the east coast of the continent: they've eschewed magic altogether and live in the swampy southeast, mostly, even more cut off from other people than the other cultures. I think Flynn the archaeologist might be a misfit from this people. In fact, the fact that most of my main characters have a tendency towards travelling makes them all misfits.

*bounces* nearly done~!
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