desert tribes

How about the time katara fucking kept the gAang together in the desert after Appa was bison-napped? Honestly, what a strong person. Aang was dealing with trauma, Toph couldn’t see well because of the sand and Sokka was fucking drunk on cactus juice. And when they had to face those bee-monster things (can’t fucking remember what they are called) Katara was like “I can’t waterbend, but Toph can earthbend and we’re on a rock. I’ll direct her and she’ll take ‘em out.” Damn straight girl you fucking keep this ragtag band of soon to be legends together. You’re fucking legendary katara.

treacherousgodswrites  asked:

For my fantasy world I thought it would be kind of cool if my humans live in the night instead of during the day. But now I'm facing several problems and I'm not really sure how to solve them. Firstly, during nighttime, it is colder, thus, from a cultural standpoint, if I had an Maasai equivalent then they wouldn't develop that way since it's not so warm that they'd need their light clothing. Same for, let's say, Persians. (tba)

Their distinct weapons, culture and clothing is a result of the climate, among other things. It would be, in my opinion, weird to say they have light clothing because of the heat when it is barely 20°C during the night. Similarly, I worry about the skin tone aspect, since there’d be no need for dark skin to protect oneself from the sun, but I’m aiming for diversity since I’m working on a whole world. The one solution I thought about was make the day even hotter so the night is warmer. 

So during the day you’d have, maybe, 50°C and during the night 30°C to be true-er to the climate of the real world equivalents. Or, I stop thinking in equivalents and accept the cooler temperatures, but then lots of elements would be lost, for example desert tribes or the “Persians’ ” light clothing as opposed to the “Norses’ ” heavier armour. Do you have any ideas? I could explain most with magic, since the world was created, but, you know, saying “it’s magic” is a comfortable, easy excuse.

Hi there.

You’ve got several topics, so I’m going to try and tackle one at a time.


Decide exactly the type of climate you want your people to live in during their awake time. If you want it to be warm, then place the planet in a place close enough to its sun where such a climate makes sense. I feel it would be completely natural to have a species who lives in the temperate night because daytime is unbearably hot. 

You’d want a planet with a humid enough atmosphere to hold in the warmth of the day. What I mean by that is, if you create a desert biome, then the dry air will not help disperse the heat between day and night, and the nights will be freezing even if the days are too hot. 

Science is pretty awesome in that you can use it to explain pretty much any type of climate you want, you just might have to think out of the “Terrestrian atmosphere” box. 


If you’re looking to create a race of people who are nocturnal, then I’d say the first step you should take is look at the biology of nocturnal creatures here on Earth. 

Human’s skin is colored by the presence or absence of melanin. But your alien race doesn’t have to be. Or at least…the presence of melanin doesn’t have to be determined by sunlight. If you look at a cast of nocturnal animals, you’ll see a variety of textures and colors. If the sun isn’t playing a role in the lives of these people, then it wouldn’t make sense for their coloring to be dependent upon the strength of the sun. Rather, they could be colored to camouflage, attract mates, intimidate enemies, or any other number of reasons. 

Weapons, Clothing, Etc.

So if you’re working on a different scale of existence, then try not to limit yourself to the reasons why the Persians did it, or the reasons why the Romans did it or anything like that. If you have a nocturnal race who is light skinned because the trees have pale bark and they have evolved to hunt in the forest, therefore blend in with the pale trees, then you want to craft their weapons and clothing in a way that would follow that logic. They might not want to wear excessive clothing (if the climate didn’t call for it) because they want to be able to continue to blend in with their surroundings as they evolved to do. Their weapons might need to be long distance so they could shoot without moving from their “tree-like” hiding places. OR they might have close-range weapons that are aesthetically designed to look like a tree branch or leaves. 

A darker-skinned people who evolved to camouflage with the dark sand of the beaches have little cover to hide behind. They might have light weapons that are fast and easy to melee with. The design might be inspired by the sea or the creatures therein.

Basically, when you’re playing on a different battlefield, you have the freedom to think outside the box. Earth and humans and our biology is normal to us, but it isn’t the only choice. If you want your races to look and act a certain way, think about other factors that could create that need, other explanations that could make that aesthetic not only plausible but sensible. 

Happy building!

Constable visit saluted. “Permission to speak, sir.”
“Go ahead,” mumbled Vimes.
“I’m pleased to tell you, sir, that our mission is clearly divinely approved of, sir. I refer to the rain of sardines which sustained us in our extremity, sir.”
“We were a little hungry, I wouldn’t say we were in extremi–”
“With respect, sir,” said Constable Visit firmly, “the pattern is firmly established, sir. Yes, indeed. The Sykoolites when being pursued in the wilderness by the forces of Offlerian Mitolites, sir, were sustained by a rain of celestial biscuits, sir. Chocolate ones, sir.”
“Perfectly normal phenomenon,” muttered Constable Shoe. “Probably swept up by the wind passing a baker’s shop–
Visit glared at him, and went on: “And the Murmurians, when driven into the mountains by the tribes of Miskmik, would not have survived but for a magical rain of elephants, sir–“
“Well, one elephant, sir,” Visit conceded. “But it splashed.”
“Perfectly normal phenomenon,” said Constable Shoe. “Probably an elephant was picked up by a freak–”
And when they were thirsty in the desert, sir, the Four Tribes of Khanli were succored by a sudden and supernatural rain of rain, sir.”
“A rain of rain?” said Vimes, almost mesmerized by Visit’s absolute conviction.
“Perfectly normal phenomenon,” sneered Reg Shoe. Probably water was evaporated from the ocean, was blown through the sky, condensed around nuclei when it ran into cold air, and precipitated…” he stopped, and continued irritably, “Anyway, I don’t believe it.”

– on sustaining rains | Terry Pratchett, Jingo

anonymous asked:

I am writing a story where my MC gets captured by a primitive desert tribe (it's a Sci-Fi scenario). He gets tied to a wooden rack (kneeling in the sand but his arms fixed that he cannot move) and left out in the sun to die as a sacrifice. How long can he survive being exposed in the sun at desert temperatures, if I want him to be critical and needing intensive care, but not over the point where his survival is impossible? What kind of injuries/ conditions would he have after that time? Tia!!!

I suspect my heritage and interesting relationship with dehydration will come in handy here.

The truth is it depends partly on how used to the desert conditions he is. Someone who’s been living there for years would last longer than someone who got off the plane/space ship last week and was previously on Iceland-World.

It also depends on how many wild animals are about: he would not last very long in a place that gets the occasional hyena. If there are vultures he would very quickly be reenacting the myth of Prometheus.

Going purely from dehydration, temperatures and being held in a stress position I’d guess the absolute maximum time he’d survive would be three days. I think somewhere around 2 days is more likely and I suspect you might want to avoid the most severe heat stroke because the prognosis is poor.

On the other hand it’s sci fi. Perhaps they have better treatments for severe heat stroke and brain damage?

With extreme heat stroke he’s likely to have damage to his brain, kidney and heart. The fact he’s in a stress position is going to contribute to kidney damage but I’m inclined to think the potential brain damage is the most serious issue. I imagine brain damage is going to set in around one and a half days in. So I think you should have him rescued somewhere between 24-36 hours into this.

Intensive care after 24 hours would be necessary.

He’ll be severely dehydrated and he probably won’t be lucid. He might thrash, have a seizure or try to fight off the people rescuing him. He won’t be able to walk on his own when they find him or move his arms very well. He might not be able to see. These are temporary effects.

His arms and legs are going to hurt for the next several days to weeks and, if he hasn’t reached the point of getting brain damage from the heat, then that’s the effect that will probably last the longest. Muscle pain and weakness in his limbs.

He might have injuries from the ropes that were used to tie him down; those would probably be relatively minor.

The most important thing would be to cool him down and rehydrate him quickly. Ice baths and plenty of fluids.

My own experience of dehydration in a desert…it’s something like the worst hangover you’ve ever had. A terrible, migraine-like headache. Nausea. Feeling of weakness and mal coordination. My head felt like it was spinning when I moved. I couldn’t walk in a straight line and my vision kept blurring. When I eventually drank the water tasted very sweet, like syrup.

One final point: be careful with how you portray tribal desert peoples. There’s a tendency both in the West and in places these people come from, to show them as primitive savages, especially if they’re black. Try not to fall into writing a pseudo-‘african’ or pseudo-arabic group of savages in space.  

Good luck with your story.


The desert abandons anyone who lies down. From the moment a body is covered in sand, the wind, like memory, begins to exhume it. And so the Bedouin and other desert tribes dig deeper graves for their women, a discretion.
Perhaps this is another reason for the immensity of the desert tombs, the sheer weight and mass of rock hauled and piled- ingeniously piled, yet piled all the same- at the gravesites of the kings.
In the desert we remain still and the earth moves beneath us.
—  Anne Michaels, The Winter Vault

This just in:

“Gerudo” is actually not the name of the Desert Tribe in the Zelda Universe;

This is taken directly from the “Holy Handbook,” Hyrule Historia. The translation, as seen above, reads “Geldo’s Typography.” This means that the “Gerudo” are, in fact, supposed to be the Geldo.

Because there is no letter “L” in the Japanese language, or, rather, L and R sound phonetically similar, “GEL” would sound like “GERU,” hence the mis-translation between Japanese and American copies. However, with it plainly spelled out, using the Geldo’s own alphabet, it becomes clear.

Of course, what does this mean? Does the name “Geldo” have some special significance? Is the Sand Goddess’ name Geldo, or something similar, like Gel? What other words are mis-translated? Could the Garo tribe from Majora’s Mask is supposed to be “Galo”? This opens up a whole new world within the Universe to explore.

Great books I’ve read recently and recommend

Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff

The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America
by Edward J Blum

The Case for God
by Karen Armstrong

The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
by Thomas Cahill

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For @rexdivinus || @theplagueofstars

Time flows only ever forward, never backward. 
The cosmos is an endless cycle of death and rebirth, and once the cosmos ‘dies’, the Pantheon gather together to kick start creation once more. From the Abyssal Darkness comes the First Dawn, and from the cracks of the void where the Light first spills from the Divinian’s bleeding fingers, possibility springs forth. One creation, infinite possibilities, infinite universes, infinite lives.

The very first sultanate of Solheim existed twenty-five lifetimes ago, smack in the middle of the desert of the north. It is a hot-pot of cultures and desert tribes kept under rule of the sultan, a sprawl of civilization and culture where, as it was said, everything can be brought for a golden drachma, if you knew where to look. 

There is an ancient organization here claiming to follow the Will of the Stars, unnamed in their dark cloak; they are led by the Oracle, who decrees who must live and who must die to keep the Balance of the World. The Oracle relays her instructions through the Black Hand - the Cross, the Hammer, the Sword, the Sickle, the Dagger - and the Black Hand in turn commands its vast forces across the world through the Listener. They strike swift and fast, cleanly and precisely. Targets can range from nameless peasants to great kings, fathomable only by the Oracle and her communion with the Pantheon

The Sword kick started the Cycles that gave rise to the Divinian and the Anathemian; a mysterious task given to get rid of a small-time healer who worked by the eastern quadrant of Solheim. The price was put upon the healer’s head because it became known through the stars that he was to herald something great, but most not take place. 

The Sword obeyed his orders to the point, and killed this healer. The Pantheon, however, were quick to strike back. They struck the murderer of this Messenger of the Gods dead, and with his death sprung forth the First Cycle, and so on, and so forth. 

To break the Cycle means one must get left behind, and the Sword, now the Divinian, ascended into the stars so that healer of long ago can die a final time and escape the cycle of Death and Rebirth. But the healer, of course, has a mind of his own, and neither the Draconian nor the Divinian could have predicted his next move. 

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,

This image/quote from the Greek Philosopher Epicurus is thrown up a lot as a justification for Atheism. When I was an Atheist I did the same and it’s understandable why. If you whole conception of God/Religion is based upon the Abrahamic religions and black/white definitions of what Good or Evil is, then Epicurus does a great job of framing God as a Tyrant unworthy of worship or belief.

However, once one steps out of the black/white dichotomy this thought experiment quickly loses ground. By definition a God of the Universe would need to embody all aspects of the universe. Everything from Western cultural values to Egypt’s 90% clitorectomy rate. All the more reason to protect and value the culture you identify with.

What is murder for one man is self defense for another. While European countries would call an honor killing unjustifiable murder, the desert tribes see it as their moral imperative. Some Nigerians scarify the faces of babies, we cut the foreskins off of ours.

Only relatively recently have we turned God into something that MUST be love, light, happiness and good feels. Our ancestors accepted the multi-faceted varieties of what could be considered holy. Gods of War, Gods of Love, Gods of Nightmares, Gods of Happy Families, so on and so forth. To frame in what “God” is in such a small box seems shortsighted.

What is good or evil relies on the framework of your beliefs, your culture, your laws and so forth. So if you really hate what Sharia law stands for (as opposed to the billions who love it and think it the work of God) then stand against it.

Love is the law, love under will.