River Folk

From: Carlson, Pam (carlsonp@wdni.com)
Date: Mon 05 Feb 1996 - 23:34:00 EET

Hi, All -

A quick note while catching up-

Brian K. Curley asks:

"So where do the Riverfolk (ala River of Cradles) and their language of
Boatspeech fit in here? Is it a dialect of Praxian or from another
language family all together?"

I play the Riverfolk as related to the Oasisfolk - both decended from the
original inhabitants of Genert's Garden. So Riverspeech and the Oasis
Tongue are somewhat related. The Riverfolk are more successful at resisting
the nomads than the Oasisfolk, however, because they can retreat to the
river and hide in the marshes - hostile places for hooved animals. And
since the animal nomads like to use the River to water their herds, the
nomads may treat the Riverfolk better so as not to be ambushed at vulnerable
times. Riverfolk can also tell the nomads where to drink so their herds are
not savaged by Mudshark.

Riverfolk fish for a living - so they don't rely on vulnerable and
predictable vegetable crops, which can be easily stolen.



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