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Judaism, Monsters and Fairies

Hi! I am a Gentile author, and I wish to add a pair of Jewish characters to my most recent writing work, which features a very large amount of Monsters as characters. I want to make sure they’re both as fleshed out and lovable as all my other characters, so I’ve been doing my research. I’m close to done, so I wanted to send an ask your way!

The characters are Armel, a Werebear gentleman, and his daughter, a Golem named Ava. In the story, Ava is the leader of a local Biker Gang called the Wild Hunt, and Armel is retired, but he houses and hides Ava’s girlfriend, Sofia, when she is targeted by a rival gang.

A key point of both the characters’ backstories is that Armel, at a young age, became stranded in the woods which surrounded his rural home, and was taken into a Fae community, which fostered him until adulthood, in return for him teaching them about Judaism. Is this alright? I’ve looked into Reform Judaism (the type of Judaism he practices, chosen for being more lenient), and nothing I’ve found speaks against interacting with Fairies. If there is anything forbidding the teaching of the faith to outsiders, I’ve not read it, as long as the convert is willing to learn and grow and be a part of the community.

The reason I wished for Armel to teach was because of the second character, Ava. I’m trying to go for more traditional depictions of the characters, and I know that Golems were traditionally created (in folklore) by Rabbi to protect Jewish communities. while I know he’d have been nowhere close to an actual Rabbi, I was hoping his position as a teacher would count. Ava is by no means a traditional Golem, possessing a personality and mind of her own (probably due to pesky fairy magic). If this is disrespectful in any way, I will be sure to change it.

And a final question: I’ve not been able to get a definite answer as to the nature of lineage in Reform Judaism. Some sources tell me your Mother determines your status of being Jewish/gentile, while others say it’s your father’s side of the family. If you know which, I’d be very thankful to know! :D

Thank you so much for reading my (stupidly long) ask, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your reply!

1. Teaching outsiders about our culture and faith is okay; it doesn’t make them Jewish, though– the fairies would have to actually convert on purpose (which it doesn’t sound like is part of your story; don’t worry about that.) I also think it’s very sweet that even as a child his Jewishness was important enough to him to maintain it even without other Jewish adults around. There are countless stories of kids who got rescued by Christian families and were therefore raised Christian, so I like your version.

2. The Golem sounds fine to me but I’m no expert. I do know that the golem in The Golem and the Jinni definitely has her own mind and personality, although you can tell that in some ways she’s totally different from human personalities.

3. Some other denominations of Judaism hold that descent is entirely matrilineal but from what I’ve heard of Reform, either parent being Jewish + raised in a Jewish household is enough. (The reason for matrilineal descent is that, with the exception of trans pregnancy, you absolutely know who your mother is because you literally were in her womb.)

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demonicmiracles  asked:

How do you create layouts for towns/villages without it being the typical rectangle shape?

Think about how the town came about. Think about how most towns come about. They don’t start as a metropolis. They typically grow along one or two main roads, or perhaps between a road and a water source. They can be shaped by rivers or cliff-sides, plateaus, or other land forms.

(My drawing tablet is on the other end of the house so excuse my laziness for not getting up to go get it and, thus, the crudeness of the following illustrations.)

If you’ve ever driven through a tiny little town that’s nestled on a highway, then you’ll notice that it sort of dwindles in and out on either side. A town starts out because the local people need a post office, groceries, a church, etc. Sometimes that’s all they ever need. Sometimes, people start moving in and from there, the town will grow.

Now, with a larger, expanding town, you’ll find yourself needing a power plant (that and other such industrial plants will be outside of town, most of the time), a hospital, schools, lots of houses. While developments will sometimes happen in rectangles, they don’t have to. And when you stick a bunch of rectangles together, the final product will often look nothing like a rectangle.

The growth will happen in waves, so development won’t always be one road at a time, they’ll add big parts in sections. But there will always be the edges of town that kind of fade away, whether because of shrinking or growing. 

(Sometimes, that old part that was the original town will remain untouched or will be preserved so that it’s always got that history thing.)

You can also google search “aerial views of small towns” and get an idea of how real-life towns are shaped. 

Also, and this might be a silly suggestion, but play SimCity. See what happens when you have to build a functioning town. It’ll help you brainstorm, at the very least!

Happy writing!

anonymous asked:

How does Blue eat? Does he just sit there with some dead thing in his hand for a month as the mycelium absorbs it?

He sticks his feet in the ground!

Blue cultivates a mycelium network in the soil. It acts as both a nutrient reservoir and a communication network, so in addition to using it for sustenance, he always knows exactly what each of his crops needs. That’s how he’s so good at his job!

This kind of network is also how myconids communicate, often over great distances!