Well, for dog breeds specifically, I want to look at a few individual breeds, with a list of a few modern breeds that form the majority of their ancestral stock. (Of course, this is not a perfect list, as I doubt people would be highly concerned about pedigree in the New Medieval period). One I definitely plan on doing is the Michigan retriever, a lab/goldie/newfoundland/other water dog breed used by fishermen in the Great Lakes. Less defined ideas I have are large bear/wolf hunters, herding and hunting dogs on the Great Plains, and guard/maybe blood sport breed in California. The blood sport part I may not include/focus on for the simple reason that I don't want to write blatant animal cruelty T_TInteresting. Could you tell me more?
You forgot to threadsmark it, also octopus are evolving in intelligence is a scary thoughtHere There Be Monsters: Giant Pacific Octopus
Long have sailors feared the abominations of the deep - Leviathans, Sea Serpents, Krakens, whatever they called it they knew something slimy was out there and they didn't like it. In the post-modern world of Medieval America, sailors have new fears to match the times - UFOs, Ghost Ships of the ancient Navy, the webbed claws of the Deep Ones. On the Pacific Coast, a special fear and reverence is given to the Giant Pacific Octopus.
Don't let the name get away from you: the majority of specimens only weigh in at about 35 pounds. Large for a cephalopod, no doubt, but no great shakes for a grown man. In fact, for a creature considered so uncanny, the sailors of the pacific chow down on it with particular gusto, being considered a delicacy in the Pacific Northwest. So what is it about these creatures that inspire such fear? Why is it that the mighty pirates and sailors of Baranoff have chosen this creature as their totemic symbol, rather than the whale, the shark, or any other aquatic beast?
Stories abound across the Pacific of a queer sort of intelligence that proliferates among the octopuses, an intelligence that though not altogether human is nonetheless deeply disconcerting for any man with firm notions about what separates himself from the lowlier lifeforms. The most common stories tell of octopuses spotted in the dead of night heaving themselves up onto land to steal fish as it cures. More disconcerting are the occasional tales of octopuses that toy with fisherman, playing strange games with them that more often than not end with them being tricked into allowing themselves to be pulled into the water. Most disturbing of all are the stories of shipwreck survivors who report their experience underwater, of seeing the creatures swarm. Some even claim that it feels as if they're trying to tell them something...
Soothsayers and spinners of talol tales insist that the creatures have grown smarter with time, since the Regression. Why is not entirely sure. One treatise by the heretic Californian Orion Menes who was R2-45ed some years after its publication argues that the species grew more intelligence due to the liberation of aquarium and university specimens, socialized and trained by humans, into the wild, where they have sparked off an intellectual revolution among the cephlapods. He also suggests that the creatures are growing in size, that their are colossal members of the species lurking in deeper waters, perhaps even directing the actions of its fellows...
Though this account was no doubt fantasy among Menes's many others, it has gained purchase in the Pacific consciousness, and the supernatural reverance for the octopus only grows with time.
You think that's scary? I think it was suggested in the alternative evolution thread that some sort that a giant octopus with a carbon mesh in its skin would have enough structural support to get its gigantic tentacles out of the water and busy crushing shipsYou forgot to threadsmark it, also octopus are evolving in intelligence is a scary thought
Hay flashman can you mark this thread as well other threads you dene canon please?The State of Alaska
Juneau's relative prominence prior to the Regression was basically a fluke. It simply had the good fortune of being a mining camp of respectable size that had the good fortune of being kind of near to the continental United States by virtue of its position in the Alaskan Panhandle. Had it not been for these strokes of fate, had the US acquired the territory a bit later, Juneau no doubt would've shared the fate of countless other mining camps. But history occurred as it did, a post office and courthouse were built, and it was off to the races.
- System of Government: Clan-Based Feudalism
- Head of State: Governor, selected from the ruling Evans clan
- Population: 90,000
- Religion: Laskan Orthodoxy
- Totemic Symbol: Moose
When the New Medieval Age arrived, one could be forgiven for assuming that Juneau would sink into irrelevance, but that is not what ended up happening. Juneau had several things going for it. Firstly, it was a fairly decent port. Second, its position allows it to control most of the passages into the inland of British Columbia and the Yukon Country. Though the city itself is of course inaccessible by land, it is put in a very central locale to govern the mountain passes that grant access to the riches of the interor, including the Yukon. Third, the name of "Juneau" still had some resonance of prestige for other tribes. But perhaps the most important factor was the Laskan Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox Church in Alaska goes back to the Russian colonial period, but was long a minority religion. With the collapse of America and the consequent loss of faith in Old World beliefs, the Orthodox Church's rigid worldview enjoyed increased currency, and it was from Juneau that they would assert themselves. Clergymen baptized the barbarian war-lords and influenced them to see things Juneau's way. Perhaps the final straw was the conversion of the green-thumbed sages of Fairbanks, whose agricultural wonders inspired faith in many Laskans.
Most of these conversions occurred in the early dies of the little ice age that came not long after the Regression. The works of Orthodox missionaries were pivotal in establishing a Pan-Laskan identity and communication networks that would lead to the Great Raids. A famous tale holds that the omen for the Raids was given to the governor of Juneau was a double-headed bald eagle. Whatever the case, he contacted his counterpart in Ankrage and Sitka, and made this arrangement: he, as spiritual leader, would be the Governor, the official ruler of the whole of the Laskan people. The mighty warlord of Ankrage would be made President of Hosts, master of battle. And the pirate-king of Baranoff Castle would be made the Admiral of all Laska's ships. Together, they would lead their men down south-a-way for plunder and booty. And so it was, and so the unofficial system that governs Laska was born.
As time has gone on, first Ankrage became the upstart, essentially seizing control over all serious matters from Juneau and eroding their influence. Then, the upstart Ketchikan broke the system entirely when it asserted its independence from Sitka and Juneau, and both powers couldn't do much to stop it without the help of Ankrage. And of course, if the Ketchikanders aren't bad enough, Juneau must constantly compete with Baranoff to maintain control of the isles.
For the governor, now an impotent figure head, the Palace of the White Whale and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas has lost much of its luster. Its all a show being run by Ankrage at this point, but Ketchikan could call curtains any day now.
Yukon is a sleepy if foreboding country, nestled between the high peaks that make up the Laskan interior. Its people are certainly different from the Athabaskan tribes of the further interior, though are also not entirely like the Laskans of the coastline owing to their differing lifestyles, bearing more resemblance to the chiefdoms of Tokai and the Champain highlands. It's people make their living largely by hunting their lands vast forests and fishing its crystal clear lakes and rivers, and a very small amount of agriculture enabled by the techniques taught by the sages of Delta.
- System of Government: Tribal Vassal
- Head of State: Premier Chieftain, selected by the Yukonite Chiefs and confirmed by the Governor of Alaska
- Population: 10,000
- Religion: Laskan Orthodoxy
- Totemic Symbol: White Horse
Most of its people live in small villages, the only town of even remotely appreciable size being Whitehorse. The polity exists more or less to secure interior trade for the coastal polities, especially Joono, providing a stable and friendly land where Laskan traders can mediate with Athabascans and Eskimoes. There is also a miner copper mining industry in its mountains. They vaguely follow Orthodoxy, though their form is more animistic than any of the others.
I'll get around to it, as I like to update the threadmarks and the OP simultaneously but it's a massive pain in the butt to figure out the formatting, not to mention doing the cross referencing to insure consistency.Hay flashman can you mark this thread as well other threads you dene canon please?
I say this because you have not updated the threadsmarks in a while
A little sneak-preview of the new version of the map for all of you kids out there in Radioland.
Here's the completed worlda.
I like how you depict the nomadic states. I must steal that for my own mapsA little sneak-preview of the new version of the map for all of you kids out there in Radioland.
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Massive amount of new detail, new states, better formatting, and generally better geographic accuracy. Most of these improvements are out west, however - beyond being the best-detailed part of the setting, the East Coast is sort of a delicate house of cards, any change to one state's borders will have a ripple effect, and generally its much harder to squeeze things in with all of the tiny states and fine details. Unfortunately it seems almost bound to remain markedly less accurate.