Re: Merfolk domes and air supplies

From: Simon Phipp <soltakss@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue 12 Nov 2002 - 01:58:07 EET


Simon Hibbs:

> >Do plants make Air in Glorantha? In the RW yes, but I would
> >guess that Gloranthan plants do not make Air. Worshipping a
> >Storm God to refresh the air would make more Gloranthan
> >sense, either that or very long tubes with spirits blowing
> >the air down them. Perhaps there are servant beings who
> >fetch air from the surface and put it into the bubbles.
>
> I prefer to avoid meachnistic uses of magic in contexts
> other than the Mostali and the God Learners. In Glorantha,
> myth explains things that are explained by science in our
> world, but the facts of life and the everyday world remain
> largely the same. I'd rather see mythic explanation why some
> plants keep air fresh, than some missuse of air spirits taken
> out of their natural context.

"Chimneys are rare, for stead 'hearth maidens' (minor wind daimones) control stray drafts and spiral smoke from the fire up into the rafters, where it is spun into tiny rainbow-sheened balls of ash" (Thunder Rebels, p30, talking about Longhouses). If Longhouses can have spirits or daimones doing menial jobs such as clearing smoke, then why not use Wind Daimones to bring air into mermen dwellings? Also, there are real world amphibians that carry air down under the water as bubble rafts on their skin, so that they can breathe underwater and can build air nests for eggs. I can see a mythical version of this working for mermen.

Simon



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