Monday, October 3, 2016

Writing Prompt=War

What is the cost of war?
Write a survival story.



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  1. This isn't quite an answer to the question posed, I guess. At least, regarding the cost of war, though I do wind up touching on that answer in each of the sections I assembled.

    Because I'm dealing with a complex world, multiple Realms, and multiple species within most of those realms, I decided to answer this for each race.

    The first one is for the Melkresken race - one that has a rather unsettling outlook on life. "He who has the most prestige and is owed the most political favors, makes the law. Everyone else is wrong."

    This can make for some interesting conflicts in the never ending warfare that permeates the people and culture.

    The Melkreschen are a race at war with itself. With two competing religious factions - those who follow the Web Mother and a smaller segment that follows the Tormentor - tensions are almost always running high. Then add into the cultural component that might always makes right - if you succeed, then you're not at fault - and the warfare takes on an even murkier pattern.

    Outright bloodshed is strictly forbidden - both deities came to the realization their followers would self-annihilate themselves quickly without the prohibition. This doesn't mean assassinations and murders are completely absent from the Realm, it just means they are kept confined to a small sub-group that's for hire and has a very high success rate with an even higher rate of client anonymity.

    For the issues, which would normally lead to battles or open warfare, the fighters condemned to the Arenas are used as living chess pieces and surrogates. Within this framework, wagers are made by the competing factions. Wagers of prestige and political favors, rather than monetary gain. He who has the most prestige (and is owed the most favors) makes the rules is the over arching structure within the constantly warring factions.

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  2. (Answer 2 - comments are not wanting to let me post again as PukahWorks.)

    This isn't quite an answer to the question posed, I guess. At least, regarding the cost of war, though I do wind up touching on that answer in each of the sections I assembled.

    Because I'm dealing with a complex world, multiple Realms, and multiple species within most of those realms, I decided to answer this for each race.

    The second race I'm working with are the Leukreschen. Native residents of the Sunlits, and the youngest race to emerge in my world.

    Each race has its own territory that is recognized by all the other races. Because the world is not yet filled (or even remotely close to being filled) by settlements or other communities, this should encourage things to remain peaceful. Especially since there are races that specialize in trade and travelling.

    Sadly, not all Leukreschen are satisfied with the amount of territory their race was given when the first territory grants were handed out.

    Unlike the other Alterraden races, when the Leukreschen go to war, it is not the entire race, or even entire areas within their territory. It is just a small segment of their population.

    While there is no standing army, like minded individuals find themselves drawn together in the larger, more centralized towns, where they can learn from each other and obtain needed materials to make their war-based weapons. Once they have their weapons, the entire group moves out of the area and begins seeking excitement and battle.

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  3. (Answer 3 - comments are not wanting to let me post again as PukahWorks.)

    This isn't quite an answer to the question posed, I guess. At least, regarding the cost of war, though I do wind up touching on that answer in each of the sections I assembled.

    Because I'm dealing with a complex world, multiple Realms, and multiple species within most of those realms, I decided to answer this for each race.

    Cats vs. Wolves, Bears vs. Cats, Horses vs. Wolves, the list goes on. If there’s an animal shape shifter with a human-intelligent shift, there’s a power struggle over territory and resources going on somewhere on Alterraden.

    With that in mind, it’s time to turn our attention to the world of Alterraden itself. It is a very large, sparcely populated world with a range of cultures and newly emergent races. The older races are universally the wereclans (which is a story by itself, and won’t be covered in this post.)

    For the most part, the Sunlits are a fairly quiet Realm – not because the races are more peaceful, but because of how vast the world is. If a dispute winds up causing bloodshed between races, usually the smaller group will pull up roots and move to a different location, where they won’t face competition over the local resources. If the disputes occur within the same race, then there’s always a different answer.

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  4. (Answer 4 - comments are not wanting to let me post again as PukahWorks.)

    This isn't quite an answer to the question posed, I guess. At least, regarding the cost of war, though I do wind up touching on that answer in each of the sections I assembled.

    Because I'm dealing with a complex world, multiple Realms, and multiple species within most of those realms, I decided to answer this for each race.

    Of all the races in the Sunlits, the vampires are the ones I debated most heavily about including. However, once I started writing Out of the Darkness they were a permanent part of the world.

    Le Sigh.

    Vampires, because of their incredibly long lifespans do not often engage in war. Raids? Sure - helps them pass the time, I guess. Assassinations? Definitely! That's how they enforce their internal laws. But, there is really no reason for them to need a wide-ranging, never-ending fight that will destroy their lands, subjects, or buildings.

    They are also petrified of sparking off another massive war, like what happened to Intu - the vampire who created the Intuii House.

    OK, I'll grant you, Intu was just a bit on the criminally insane side of the scale. Who wouldn't be when you had beings from the lower planes whispering promises of impossible abilities in your ear, and a faithful attendant from the higher realms whispering in your heart that what you wanted would destroy you?

    That is what led Alterraden into Intu's War. Beings from both higher and lower Realms marched beside races from the Sunlits either for, or against Intu as he sought to propel the world into a higher state of existence. The ultimate result, sadly, was the near destruction of the world, banishment from their homes for untold number of beings (both good and evil), decimation of many races to numbers that still haven't recovered after centuries, and a deep-set (almost instinctive) fear of vampires among the races to this day.

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