He who sees another’s disaster, underestimates his own disaster. اللي يشوف بلوة غيره، تهون عليه بلوته
—  Egyptian expression; used to describe people who feel extremely stuck, until they see another person’s problems- worse problems. Then they underestimate their own trials and tribulations.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I have a question that might span over a few different Script specialities, so I’m hoping this is the appropriate place to ask. Sorry ahead of time, because it’s a long ask! So in my story, there is a phenomenon of the human condition was discovered: when people are pushed beyond their extremes in a life-or-death situation, sometimes their soul ‘fractures’ into two pieces. One stays inside the ‘original’ body, but the other manifests as an exterior physical self. (1/9)

This second body takes on superhuman qualities, such as extreme strength, flight, elemental abilities, etc. and fulfills a role akin to a guardian. Usually the ability is relevant to whatever life-or-death situation is at hand. Ex: If someone is at risk of burning to death, the second body might have water-related powers to save them. (2/9)

So, the first documented case appeared during the World Wars where a soldier’s guardian manifested to save him from a crumbling building. Initially, people didn’t know how this was happening, but over the next few years, a lot of similar cases were cropping up. Consequently, speculation linked the appearance of the second half with violence. (3/9)

Because of the chaos of the World Wars, more people were being placed in life-or-death situations and therefore being more likely to spawn that soul fracture. It was still unclear as to how this was happening (was it because of genetics or some higher spiritual power, etc.), so governments secretly began experimenting where they took people and placed them under inhumane conditions to try and trigger the transformation. (4/9)

However, a huge majority did not actually transform (maybe only 1% were able to fracture) and this resulted in a lot of deaths. When the public discovered this, there was a lot of uproar and fury, and the UN banned any experiments that tried to trigger fracturing. The only research allowed would be things like interviews or non-invasive medical procedures on people with existing guardians. (5/9)

But because for the most part the soul fracturing remained unknown, many legal, ethical, social, and religious issues arose. There were questions like if the ‘other’ halves were considered humans. Were the “originals” any more human than their secondary counterparts? Did they deserve distinct rights and privileges as citizens of the state? Because they had superpowers, should they be classified as weapons? (6/9)

Should they be regulated, and if so, how? Were the “originals” still fully human? Is it medically ethical/legal to try and trigger the transformation for a patient who has a fatal disease/condition? Are the soul-fracturing a result of genetics or because of some unknown deity? Etc. There was some discourse about the issues like the politically correct terminology to refer to the ‘others’ and the ‘originals’ but legislation remains a grey area still. It’s a popular topic among politicians. (7/9)

After the war, there were fewer cases of soul-fracturing, so those who had other halves were regarded with some fear and suspicion. Right now, I’m tentatively saying that about 3-5% of the world population currently have other halves. So basically, my questions are 1) is the government and UN’s reaction to the phenomenon realistic and feasible, (8/9)

2) how do you think the government would currently handle the existence of these super-souls (in terms of politics, military, medicine, etc.) and 3) are there any social/logistical problems that I haven’t covered but you think would be relevant to explore? Again, I’m sorry this ask was so long, but I am apparently very bad at condensing my explanations. (9/9)

I apologize for taking so long to get around to posting this, but I hope you find our commentary useful! -Werew


constablewrites: For the first question: It’s a reasonable response, but I’m not sure the UN necessarily has that sort of power. Those sorts of things are usually managed by treaties, which I believe the UN can help facilitate, but it can’t just make decrees and expect them to be followed. If you’re concerned about that angle, do some research into real-life analogues where the international community decided to set certain ethical standards. There’s plenty of precedent for that.

For the second and third… I don’t think this is really something anyone else can answer for you. Taking a twist on reality and exploring the ramifications of it is what speculative fiction is. There are a million different directions it could be taken, and deciding which aspects are most interesting to you and ring most true is how you find your story. You can find your way in by reading/watching/playing other media where they’ve explored similar questions, or by doing research into relevant areas of law and policy so you have a better understanding of how they work and where your concept might fit in.
If you have specific questions about a particular detail you’ve worked out or get stuck on, you’ll have better luck getting specific answers, but nobody else can build your world for you.

MareeB: This is such a sweeping ask, it’s hard to nail down anything. Something like this would change so much. But this concept does remind me rather a lot of Bleach, and the relationship between Shinigami and Zanpakuto. The asker might find it useful to check the show out, to see how it plays with this concept. The story arc in episodes 230-265 deals with the zanpakuto specifically

Bina: (rubs hands together) Alrighty, here’s my immediate impression of what some more social/logistical problems that you might not have considered yet (Question 3, and maybe some of 2)

Would high-profile hospitals or governments offer huge amounts of money to buy someone’s second half from them? For the sake of testing medical advancements and such. That way, it’s more of a legal acquisition, although it really does raise the question of “are the fractured halves (I’ll call them FHs) independent entities, or are they ‘owned’ by the original half (OH)?

Would insurance companies try to raise rates on OHs? Would governments demand  that OHs get insurance to cover for any potential damages their FH causes?

Would landlords try to unfairly raise the rent on someone they knew had an FH? Seeing as how it’s an extra physical body. Or would they kick them out, seeing as how those crazy superpowers might destroy their building or harm other residents?

Has an FH ever "gone rogue”? Has an FH ever failed to protect their OH?

Can FHs accurately predict the harm that might come to their OH (like foresight or some kind of “Spider sense”), or do they have to guess?

What happens if an OH is the one harming themselves? Or deliberately putting themselves in harm’s way? Would an FH interfere, or are they unable to lay a finger on their OH?

What happens if the OH dies? Does the FH exist independently? Or do they die as well? What happens to the mental state of an FH if their OH dies?

If a young child gets an FH, does the FH’s appearance grow up along with the child? Or will the grown-up OH have an FH who still looks like a child? OR, is the FH’s appearance completely independent of their OH? Can the FH be a different gender than their OH? (This might relate to transgender/genderqueer people, and give that portion of the LGBT+ community a reason to be on the side of FH rights.)

Do FHs acknowledge each other’s presence? Can they communicate with each other? Do they have a special language or means of communication amongst themselves?

What kind of social justice organizations exist for the sake of FH rights? What kind of progress have they made? How seriously are they taken? What 'allies’ do they have in terms of other organizations? Any religious groups on their side? Environmentalists? Weird, niche cultists? Teacher’s unions?

Would a nation that’s very humanitarian towards FHs get into fights with other nations who treat them cruelly?

Is there a nation who’s the lead example in FH having equal rights? A nation who treats them the worst?

Have opinions on FH rights caused existing international relations to deteriorate or fall apart entirely? Have they forged new ones between unexpected nations?

[These are questions I’d need answered to add further points/refine existing points:

Do FHs have their own innate independence? Free will? Or are they sort of an Artificial Intelligence deal, where they have a Purpose and the means to fulfill that Purpose, but aren’t immediately inclined to question their lot in life nor value their own thoughts and feelings?

Can FHs speak? Do they only speak to their OH? Or are they taciturn in general?

Are FHs willing to be physically separated from their OH? Or do they take that guardian role super seriously and would fight if someone/something tried separating them?

Do FHs listen to orders by their OH? Can they be trained and commanded like dogs? Or do they have to be argued with to make them do things outside of guarding?

If you cut them open, what are they made of? Blood and bone? Sand and ash? Stardust? Nothing at all? (This might hint to the 'was there some higher power who was responsible for this)]

Synth: Well, I don’t think there is much to add to Bina’s commentary other than I agree that nailing down exactly what the FHs are will help narrow down answers for the other questions. Them being completely separate individuals capable of independent thought and with their own hopes and fears will make for a much different story than if they are in some way bound to their OH, like how the dæmons in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novels are physically separate from yet spiritually still connected to their humans.

Werew: Oooh I didn’t even make that connection, His Dark Materials is a great series to look at. Even though dæmons are a normal part of society and have been basically forever, those books get into ALL KINDS of ethics about them. I imagine that, in your situation, there would be MUCH more in the way of ethics and controversy because FHs are not extremely prevalent, have not been around forever, and the degree to which they are necessary to their OH is not entirely known.

Euskara is fun!!: aditz trinkoak

The worst nightmare for any Euskara learner is the crazy quantity of verbs this languages has. Yes. Like a ton.

Some of them are very easy to conjugate (verb + auxiliary verb, done!), but, also, some very ancient verb forms remain to be learnt by heart. These are called “aditz trinkoak” or “synthetic verbs”.

The good news is that there’s a quite easy trick to learn and / or decypher them: part of the verb’s “name” is inside its conjugated forms. Stay with us, you’ll see it clearly in these examples:

Jakin (To know): Nik dakit (I know)                Guk genekien (We knew)
                             Zuk dakizu (You know)       Zuek zenekiten (You all knew)
                             Hark daki ((S)He knows)     Haiek zekiten (They knew)

Ibili (To walk): Ni nabil (I walk)                   Gu genbiltzan (We walked)
                        Zu zabiltza (You walk)      Zuek zenbiltzaten (You all walked)
                        Hura dabil ((S)He walks)     Haiek zebiltzan (They walked)

Eduki (To have): Nik daukat (I have)                Guk geneukan (We had)
                            Zuk daukazu (You have)     Zuek zeneukaten (You all had)
                            Hark dauka ((S)He has)       Haiek zeukaten (They had)

Eraman (To carry ): Nik daramat (I carry)        Guk generaman (We carried)
                    Zuk daramazu (You carry)   Zuek zeneramaten (You all carried)
                    Hark darama ((S)He carries)       Haiek zeramaten (They carried)

Are you seeing a pattern there? Of course some of them are irregular (like the one below), but you get it, right?? ^_~

Egon (To stay): Ni nago (I stay)                   Gu geunden (We stayed)
                          Zu zaude (You stay)           Zuek zeundeten (You all stayed)
                          Hura dago ((S)He stays)     Haiek zeuden (They stayed)