conveyed and built with uncountable methods. A creator’s ability must transcend
the Great Lie into Great Truth through varying degrees of Originality, often
misidentified with the expression, “Everything’s been done, nothing new.”
Lottery ball machines are, mostly, identical but their drawn numbers are
unique. Traditional weddings in the Americas happen every week; no two are
exactly the same. Originality concerns execution, not the fact something
exists. With execution comes perspective.
Ponder the story above. It is about trade, or is it? Certainly a subject, this
trade, for an exchange of items is quite occurring. One could prattle endless
an account of these creatures sharing daily trade with nothing more said. If
that be the inclination expressed, all within earshot must question the extent
of that speaker’s exposure to other cultures and their varying forms of
“But, this is a piece of fiction, it’s not serious!” speak many detractors of
those seeking to create stories and worlds for a living, and later express
devout love for, you guessed, another work of fiction. Twelve years ago, as of
this writing, I was told by a doctor, who knew me since Grade V, my pursuit in
creating stories and worlds was a “fantasy”, that I should speak with her
whenever I “wished to return to the real world”. Quite, she did not believe in
the profession of writing in general. Her entire practice depends on
literature. That she worked with youths only increased the importance of
fiction in their development—yet there she was, advising someone against
creating new things, and making their own life decisions. I had, some years
earlier than this encounter, decided for myself the what’s-to-do. I’ve not
revisited that doctor, and never will.
fiction are quite real for their creators, and some refer to their work as
children. Readers identify with fiction for various reasons, and to them it may
be more real than what is. A fictional world can be fabulous or grotesque, and
still escape from ugly reality. Experiencing a foreign culture grants the same
effect. One can tell a good story alone, a great story set in a well-designed
world, or if they choose: deliver an immersion in time and place. The decision
depends on goals.
were dropped there, in that market, without knowledge of local culture, and
didn’t die of shock at the sight of non-human beings, who bear likeness to our
feral beasts, engaging in very human-like behavior. They don’t speak your
language, no guides exist in your first, second, third, or any language
familiar. Perhaps, you’re a linguist and realize none of their languages match
recognizable lingual families.
In your face there’s scent as language, unless they’ve come to ignore or subdue
natural body odor as humans did. It doesn’t factor within your ears, the
possibility they employ hypersonic and subsonic sounds humans cannot perceive
without specialized equipment, but—oh dear— you’re not naturalist with such
equipment or deign leave a comfortable living for work in the middle of nowhere
without many modern conveniences.
realize they posses no mobile phones, digital music players, any sort of
advanced electronics, the internal combustion engine, telegraphs and wire
transfer, gas lighting, and manure piles in the streets from who-knows-what
that pulls their carts—if they did, then a copy- paste from the human world
they wouldn’t be. How ever will you survive when so much isn’t
for your time and place? Maybe you should “try everything”, the worst advice
ever given, except on desperation or a four-for-one sale at Inspired By de
Sade. Following it may result in your demise.
Didelphimorph on the right sells textiles and foodstuffs. Isn’t that nice? But…can
you eat, let alone touch it? Is the Caniform vulnerable to certain foods the
other may consume without problem? We’ve plants here, on Earth by example,
quite hostile. Nasty little things like Gympie (Dendrocnide moroides), a
perfectly normal horse-killer from hell that inflicts enough pain victims prefer
suicide. Or, perhaps, your fancy is Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), the
adorably named Beach Apple. That one, dear, is truthfully a botanical death
machine: a drop of moisture runoff from this tree blisters skin and corrodes
automotive paint. Do you want to blister skin and corrode automotive paint?
That’s how you blister skin and corrode automotive paint.
And don’t even think about the water. Travel between countries on your own
planet, and you’ll find water of varying qualities to which the local population
is immune, but you are not.
advantage is disadvantage. For the purposes of this example, they’ve no idea
you’re even present. And, in regards to this specific civilization, where would
you be without Jerome and myself? We’re to blame for dragging you into this
otherworldly soiree where you’ve stuck a spoon in the ceiling but hey, you’re
still alive. What’s mundane and automatic for this place is unknown for you: a
language of Color, Shape, and Posture.
start with the Caniform left, so eager to spend money. Upon his cape are two
layers. Green, in local culture, is life and fertility while Brown’s is
commonality of the every day. Technically, it is an off-white baize, but still
counts as Brown.
wears a cape, not a tunic, tells of simplicity, good spirits, and the colors
that he is newly wed and possibly expecting to become a father or has adopted a
youth. The ceremony was not extravagant, a casual affair with a small number of
close friends and relatives. Take note: local culture. His own native, that
he’s possibly abandoned, may not define marriage in the same way, or practice
it. Their definition of the “family unit” having two parents may not be.
down to his pantaloons, here again Green, and White. He comes from a lineage of
relatively healthy individuals for legs carry the continuity of bloodlines.
White is preparedness, but may speak inexperience and innocence towards the
large change in his life. The Black tassels on the closure of his satchel
indicate he contemplated life behind a sword; that they dangle free means he
chose against, for warriors don’t wear needless items an enemy could grab and
use against them.
On Shape, the leading edge of his cape being that color proclaims he’s nothing
hidden and the vertical lines in his pantaloons speak twice: Green for a very
stable family with little to no internal drama. White for a family young,
perhaps 1-3 generations old, not big enough for a massive number of
On Posture, outwardly it is engaged in business. His open paws forward money
and show he intends no harm. That he stands over the Didelphimorph is
protection—he’s watching for anyone who’d steal. If he were bent, leveling
their eyes, then an abrasive or unfriendly challenge it would become.
Didelphimorph also wears a shade of White upon his legs, inexperienced where he
is, possibly having moved from another region, or country, and is learning this
Upon his tunic is the survival and security of Blue. By wearing it close to his
face, he proclaims status as a merchant who will not price gouge, dependable
with good reputation of maintaining stock, and believes in honesty first. The
shade lacks vividness; he is not fond for usurping local government. Here,
wearing complete vivid blue on more than 25% of one’s clothes is punishable by
execution. The golden bangle indicates prosperity, and that he recently wed.
the off-white motif of an arch on the tunic suggests inexperience or
preparedness in one particular aspect. The style refers to a building designed
for residents, and he has acquired a living space. However, in local mental
health definitions of shape, it means “halfway to stability”. This creature
suffered from something tragic or debilitating in his past, but has over come
it. That the arch is placed on the sleeve indicates confinement of some kind,
either physical or social. The leading edge, also of the same color, reinforces
his honesty as like the Caniform’s cape reinforces simplicity. Upon his bangle,
the circle in his native culture describes a marriage under strict contract,
the addition of ovals define immense flexibility within that contract.
that his eyes are not on the Caniform entrusts he won’t be attacked, and
accepts the other’s protection. They are likely very familiar with each other
for the money is not set upon any surface, but held. The Didelphimorph, what
most would call an opossum, does not have naturally exquisite eyesight. He’s
near sighted, the Caniform knows it, and is aware his kind are mostly nocturnal
yet the mid-day sun is high. Here is a merchant pushing his work hours into
time of day when he should be asleep.
Material: The Red Textile
Red is power, therefore anyone who wears or places for decoration expresses it.
Yellow carries various definitions, among them wealth. Black is
triangles are important. The diamonds consist of two incomplete triangles, a
sign of wealth shared, not hoarded. A bearer gives money to richer folk for
investments in various causes, pays their fair taxes, and also gives to the
needy below. The inverted, incomplete Yellow triangles near the Black X’s tell
of one who gives more to the needy than to the rich. The Black X’s themselves
are not viewed as two intersecting lines, but four incomplete triangles,
designating establishment of inner peace. The Black Zigzag references inner
peace despite unpredictability in life while the Yellow lines around it carry a
second, separate definition from the above: financial stability is nearly
unbreakable no matter what problems arise. Triangles without bases represent
openness and invitation.
Material: The Money
the government that issued these notes considers all money equal, no matter who
and what circumstances it derives, according to Brown. This includes money from
illicit activities with varying stages of illegality and socially negativity.
As long as it is legal tender, the government attaches no moral stigma to
inanimate money even if it punishes the crime and may deal in shades.
the rectangle declares stability of the mint, and the circle is “unchanging”.
This society does not rate its money vs. others, being the prime standard. It
sets boundary that it does not tolerate counterfeiting, punished by execution
for the rectangle is also a block.
factors aligned over many centuries, coming together at that precise instant
and place, themselves forebears of the future in every aspect where physical
and social sciences interact.
is World Discipline, more commonly known as Geography. Words are not required,
though certainly they help. Walk into a bar in the United States, expect a full
serving of beer as the definition of good service, and half considered bad. In
another country, let alone world, a full serving of beer may be a local means
of saying one should drink and leave, whereas a half- serving means stay: enjoy
yourself, and what this place has to offer.