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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 1 Month: 10)
« Reply #90 on: July 03, 2009, 03:56:41 pm »
The hottest month came and passed. It lead to some deaths, mostly among nomads though as the settled tribes had access to both water, food and shade. The new month that was introduced by the new moon would probably mostly be free from nomads, bandits and winds, while not being as hot. Many felt that this month would be somewhat of a resting month, something that was needed before the arrival of the autumn and winter.

Year: 2
Month 7
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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 7)
« Reply #91 on: July 04, 2009, 10:55:16 pm »
Year 2
Month 7

People: Mularan
Village: Razon
Chieftain: Swaheen Rharkan (37)
Chieftess: Kiera (33)
Heirs: Ruhn (Male - 16), Sinsah (Female - 12)
Huts: 15 (12 Homes + 1 Storage + 1 Firehut + 1 Community Hut)

Total Population: 51 (17M + 17F + 17C)(+8 nomads)



The Mularan people were slowly beginning to venture out of their territory, as the angry mountain pushed them to explore their surroundings. Many wanted to become more aware of the landscape around them, especially after the exploration party returned with tales of watery lands and mysterious creatures. At the same time, the tales and rumors of other settled tribes, brought to the Mularan from the nomads, led many to question if they truly existed. And if they did, were they peaceful or warlike? Were they as successful as the Mularan? But the biggest question of all was where were these other tribes?

The exploration party had returned 5 days before the end of the month, and to much celebration. No one had been injured, in fact it appeared that the group had returned in much higher spirits then when they had left. This was because of the union announced between Ferelia and Jun, the leader of the nomads. In retrospect the two were a perfect match. They were both masters of hunting and shared many likes and dislikes. There was much uneasiness about it though, for Jun and his group of nomads were still viewed as outsiders, because that's what they were. But the Mularan Council of Whatee, Swaheen, and Kiera had announced their acceptance and the Mularan were slowly coming around to the idea. The time the nomads had spent here had forged many bonds between the two groups and with each passing day the two were becoming closer and closer. But it was around the campfire late at night that the largest proposal was settled...

Swaheen sat on one of the large rocks by the fire, surrounded by Kiera, Whatee, Ferelia, and Jun. They had just finished speaking of the explorations, going over what had been seen and anything that had been especially important. It had been discussed many times in the past five days, but it was a large event and required special scrutiny. But the Mularan Council had covered everything there was to cover. So Swaheen switched to the next topic of discussion.

"Jun," he said, looking directly and the nomad, "as you no doubt remember, you mentioned that you and your group planned on leaving once the hot months passed. Well that time has come. But recent events, you marrying Ferelia," Swaheen said with a grin, "led Kiera and I to propose something to you." Here Kiera stepped in to the conversation, picking up where Swaheen had left off.

"You and your people have slowly become more and more a part of us Mularan during the time you have stayed in our village. And with this marriage between you and one of our most loved villagers, it seems we have never been closer. So Swaheen and I have agreed that we wish you to stay among our people permanently. We wish you to become our people. Winter is fast approaching, and with it the biting cold that has stolen so many of your followers. There is no reason for you to leave the safety of this village, especially when you have been so helpful in our daily lives. We truly wish that you accept our proposal." With this Kiera sat down, for she had stood up whilst she gave her little speech. She brought her hands to rest on her ever expanding belly, slowly rubbing it as she felt the young one inside moving about.

.     .     .     .     .

"Mularan!" Swaheen said, taking the podium, "there is great news! As you all know the explorers returned safely, along with knowledge of what lies down the river. At the same time we have made great progress with our trapping! Finally, we have made a design that holds up to the mighty current of the river!"


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"This design has provided great results, and we will be building many in the coming month to provide our village with lots of fish!" A majority of the crowd let out whoops, as this was indeed good news. Any food was good food.
"And now Ruhn has something he wishes to share with you all," Swaheen said stepping down. Ruhn quickly took his position, carrying the equipment he had designed himself.

"Mularan! I have finally designed something that will effectively launch these arrows! I call it a 'loot' and it basically hits the arrows from behind to throw them long distances."


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Ruhn quickly loaded one of the arrows and gave a demonstration. It wasn't the best, but it did illustrate the way the weapon was supposed to be used and how much more effective it was at launching the arrows when compared to throwing them.

.     .     .     .     .

Swaheen had been working hard with the traps, doing his best to develop the best design. It had taken several months, but he had finally perfected it. Well, not perfected it, but this latest design had proven to be quite efficient and effective.

But it wasn't this that he was pondering over. He had worked with both reeds and wooden branches when it came to trapping. At the same time he had noticed how the different materials floated in the water. What had truly sparked his interest though was several days ago he had noticed a small bug that was on a rather large piece of bark in the river. It was sitting on the bark, floating along atop the river. And that's when the idea hit him.
If a bug can do this, why can't humans? And so he had decided that once he had finished the trapping project he would look further into this mystery of floating things.

He was the best man for this job because he was the only one that had truly been studying the ways of the river. This and he was one of the more skilled woodcrafters after he had helped with the construction of the wooden roof for the community hut.

But the real problem was whether or not this would work with humans. He figured that because humans were much larger, the floating piece of wood would have to be much larger. So now he just had to cut down the largest piece of wood he could find... Like an entire tree, Swaheen thought to himself.

.     .     .     .     .

Kiera's work with stones had come along nicely. In just several months she had studied the different properties of the rocks while fashioning a sharp tool that could more easily collect branches. The problem she was having now was trying to design the best stone tool to collect and move dirt.

She had watched the group that had dug the waste pit, she had even participated in it a bit. She remembered that the soil had been hard, and that's where the fingertips had come in. The Mularan had used their fingers to break into the dirt and loosen it. Scooping it up though had required hands that were cupped together.

So Kiera figured that designing a stone tool with a sharp edge to break up the dirt would be best, while still including some sort of scoop to collect the dirt. Now the problem was just trying to figure out how to make such a tool, especially out of stone.



Ruhn, Ferelia, and Jun will lead a hunting party of 5 men and 5 women along with the nomads (totaling 18 hunters) to collect food for the village. While they are hunting, they should keep an eye out and collect any edible food they encounter.
Ruhn, Ferelia, and Jun will continue to work with the arrows, doing their best to design the ones that are most accurately launched by the loot. Length, size, and the number of feathers should all be taken into consideration.

4 people, 2 men and 2 women will setup the traps that Swaheen has designed at various points along the river. They will make as many as they can and make sure to check the traps at least once a day, more if needed depending on the amount of fish caught.

Swaheen will ponder the idea of floating wood. Is it possible to create a large enough piece of floating wood for a human, much in the same way the stick held up the ant?

1 man will make sure that all of the huts of the village are in good repair. He will fix any huts that need fixing. In his spare time he will collect mud for use by the villagers and constructors.

8 people, 4 men and 4 women, will construct as many living huts as possible, to better house the ever expanding population of Razon. These huts should be of the same design as the ones currently standing. If they run out of the necessary resources, they will switch their jobs to that of collectors until they have enough materials to begin construction yet again.

1 man will tend to the fire, and make sure that it is burning at all times.

Sinsah and 1 woman will labor to create enough hide ponchos for everyone in the village.

5 people, 2 men and 3 women, will go about the forest using the wood cutting stones to collect branches. These branches should be the largest they can collect.  

Kiera will continue to work with stones, focusing on the idea of collecting and moving dirt. She should try to make the rock look like scooping hands in order to collect the most dirt.

Whatee will continue to teach the children everything he knows during the morning. Later in the day he will help Kiera in her labors, as it is slowly becoming more difficult for her to work with her large belly.
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A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 7)
« Reply #92 on: July 05, 2009, 01:25:49 am »
Year 2, Month 7 - Part 1/2

Year 2
Month 7 (Tern)
Weeks: 6 Days (5 Work Days + 1 Rest Day)

Village Name: Uli

Population: 71 (66 + 5 Royals)
Adult Males: 24 (22 + 2 Royals)
Adult Females: 24 (22 + 2 Royals)
Teens: 11 (11)
Children: 6 (6)
Babies: 6 (5 + 1 Royals)

Total Buildings: 30
Animal Pen: 1
Bodywaste Pit: 1
Donkey Hut 1
Fire Hut: 1
Graveyard: 1
Home Huts: 21
Learning Hut 1
Massage Hut: 1
Spirit Hut: 1
Storage Hut: 1




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Occupation: Artist
Who: 1 Adult Female
Location: -
Tasks: Make a painting about
Research: Fruit Juice Painting

Last Month Recap
The artist was back to work and had started experimenting with charcoal, something she had noticed was able to stick to surfaces quite good. With this new color she was inspired to paint the cycles of the moon, a painting that was then used to teach the children about the moon and how to use it to know when a month ends and when a new one begins.

This Month
These educational paintings were a big help and Lani wished for more for her students. So she asked her to do a painting about fishing since all the other main food obtaining paintings have been done but not fishing. She also noticed that when she would eat the purple plum fruits that her hands would become stained purple much like the berries would (but they stain red). So the artist would experiment with purple pigment from the fruit as well.



Occupation: Berry Gatherer
Who: 2 Teens
Location: Forest
Tasks: Gather Wood
Research: Berry Locations

To prepare future fruit gatherers and root gatherers, the older children who were almost adults were excused from school and now set to the task of "berry gatherer". This role would not only allow the other children to focus on learning but give these children the experience they need when they are older. For now their main task was to find where the berries grew and then to bring the berries directly to Nani. They were also instructed not to eat any of the berries and that only the shamaness could.



Occupation: Bug Catcher
Who: 2 Teens
Location: Forest & River
Tasks: Catch Bugs
Research: Bug Locations

To prepare future hunters, the older children who were almost adults were excused from school and now set to the task of "bug catcher". This role would not only allow the other children to focus on learning but give these children the experience they need when they are older. For now their main task was to find where the best places are to find bugs.



Occupation: Builder
Who: 4 Adult Males
Location: Village
Tasks: Build a Nursery Hut
Research: Bone Digger

Last Month Recap
The builders also spent time digging down floors, though they were only able to get started on the floor in one hut. Digging took a lot of time, and they talked about how one could make digging more effective as it seemed they wouldn't be done with all the floors until the winter at this pace.

This Month
They needed a nursery hut build as soon as possible so the new nurse could have a place to care for the babies in. When that was finished they would continue working on the digging of deeper floors to regulate temperature. Since it takes so long they were also tasked to research new digging methods beyond just the boar tusk diggers. They would experiment with bone digging tools. Mainly which are the best bones to dig with. Some noticed that flat surfaces dig up more dirt than thin ones. So the target bones would be things like the scapula (aka shoulder blade) of deer since that is one of the widest bones they can get.



Occupation: Cleaner
Who: 2 Adult Females
Location: Bodywaste Pit
Tasks: Clean up village trash and put it in the bodywaste pit.
Research: Bone Digger

The cleaners too need a better digging tool so they are to collaborate with the builders, repairers and root diggers in designing a better bone digging tool. (See Builder Description)



Occupation: Cook
Who: Ahi
Location: Fire Hut
Tasks: Cook meat, fish, frog, bugs and roots for meals.
Research: Burning Fat

Last Month Recap
The cook found that by placing two fruit sticks on either side of the fire and then putting the spear with the meat on these the meat could be cooked without her having to be so close to the fire at all times. This was indeed great for her in these hot times.

This Month
Ahi was very much in love with Iwi this month. She would visit him whenever she could and would cook him special little treats such as bugs or catfish that normally when to the royals. She also could spend less time close to the fire now with her wooden "spit".

After cooking animal meat for so long she has noticed that the animal fat and the oils that drip from them  burn much more than just the meat. She is to experiment with diffrent animal fats (boar, rabbit, deer, fish, frog) to see what burns and which is most flammable.



Occupation: Fire Keeper
Who: 3 Adult Males
Location: Fire Hut
Tasks: Keep the fire going for cooking.
Research: Cooking Clay Bowls

Last Month Recap
The fire keepers tried to harden different bowls at the fire for Ipu, who had problems with making bowls bigger than the first one. Using a bigger rock worked, but he wanted them to be higher, not wider. Maybe one should try to find a rock with such a shape? He didn't have much time for this though as he was a child and spent most time being taught by the teachers.

This Month
The firekeepers helped out Ipu and looked for taller more cylindrical rocks. Meanwhile Ipu tried a diffrent approach (See Potter). Now that the wood gatherers are around the fire keepers did not have to get wood as often.



Occupation: Fishermen
Who: 4 Adult Males
Location: River
Tasks: Catch fish and frogs with light spears.
Research: Bone Spears

A new adult male was added to the fishermen. The fishermen noticed the fruit gatherer's had boar tusks fruitsticks which made their task much easier. So they attempted to apply the logic to their spears. Except they would not use boar tusks but use other bones. In this case mimicking some of the fish who had teeth. Their small teeth would always bee pointy and facing backwards. If it bit then they noticed it was hard to pull out but easy to go in the mouth. They would use the same idea by notching into bones so the sharp edges would allow it to go into the fish's body but not fall off the spear. In short they would attempt to make fish teeth-like spear points and then attach them to a light spear like the fruit gatherers attached the boar tusk to a stick to make improved fruitsticks. To cut into the bone they could use the new meat cutter stone tool or even ask the stone crafters make a tool that could fit their needs.



Occupation: Frog Hunter
Who: 2 Teens
Location: River
Tasks: Catch Frogs
Research: Frog Locations

To prepare future fishermen, the older children who were almost adults were excused from school and now set to the task of "frog hunter". This role would not only allow the other children to focus on learning but give these children the experience they need when they are older For now their main task was to find where the best places are to find frogs.



Occupation: Fruit Gatherers
Who: 7 Adult Females
Location: Forest
Tasks: Collect fruit using boar tusk fruitsticks.
Research: Make more Boar Tusk Fruitsticks.

A new adult female was added to the fruit gatherers. With the increase of females there were some females with boar tusk fruitsticks and some with only old wood fruitsticks. They would fix this problem by making more boar tusk fruit sticks



Occupation: Guard
Who: Iwi
Location: Storage Hut
Tasks: Guard the Storage Hut
Research: Make more Boar Hide Ponchos

Iwi saw that there were now more people than boar hide ponchos. Sure they did not need them in the warmer weather but they would in the cold winter. So he started to work on more boar hide ponchos while he sat there guarding the storage hut. In addition his relationship with Ahi bloomed. They were in the stage of their relationship where they would always want to see each other. When she was not cooking she would come to him at the storage hut and during meal time he would be first to arrive and last to leave just so they could spend more time together. Who knows maybe he would ask her to get married soon.



Occupation: Healer
Who: Mauka
Location: Massage Hut
Tasks: Heal injured villagers.
Research: Deep Tissue Massage

One of the healers left to become a nurse so it was only Mauka left. Sicne they discovered nothing last month they would keep working on the new massage technique. Some of the men have said Mauka is too gentle with them and they would be much happier if she just pushed harder. So Mauka tried stepping on them with her foot to see if that worked.



Occupation: Hunter
Who: 4 Adult Males
Location: Forest
Tasks: Hunt rabbits, deer and boars with heavy spears.
Research: Animal Calls

A new adult male was added to the hunters. Since identifying dung was not working out they attempted to try something new. They would try to get the creature to come to them. They would try to mimic the calls of their  prey to see if they would come to them. However they would have to experiment to discover what call is for what. The worst thing they could do is make an alarm call and have their prey run away from them instead.



Occupation: Mud Gatherer
Who: 2 Children
Location: River
Tasks: Gather Mud
Research: Mud Types

To prepare future builders and repirers, the older children who were almost adults were excused from school and now set to the task of "mud gatherer". This role would not only allow the other children to focus on learning but give these children the experience they need when they are older. For now their main task was to find which mud was best to gather. Such as which mud is best for building huts and which is best for making pottery.



Occupation: Nurse
Who: 1 Adult Female
Location: Nursery
Tasks: Care for Babies (5 + Lilo)
Research: Diapers

The other healer became the new nurse. She would take care of the infants and toddlers when their parents were out working. They would use animals skins for the babies to lay on and those that could eat would be fed mashed up food such as soft cooked roots or mashed up fruit. However one main problem would occur, babies poop. To try to contain this mess the nurse planned to experiment with diffrent materials they had to wrap around babies, such as animal hides, reeds or even fish skins.



Occupation: Planter
Who: 1 Adult Male
Location: Plantation
Tasks: Grow Fruit Trees on Plantation
Research: Watering

Last Month Recap
The planted trees grew, though some of the sprouting leaves dried from the hot sun. The donkey dung seemed to work quite as soil, they figured it was due to the grass already being in small parts in it. The fruit gatherers had spent some time observing saplings in the forest. They didn't notice anything in particular, except the fact that they grew a bit away from the fully grown trees for some reason, mostly in glades and places where the trees were more sparse. The fruit gatherers then took the saplings with them back to the village, and planted them with the other planted trees.

This Month
The planter would use any free clay bowl to help water any wilting fruit tree. He also will take note of how much water is too much water and how much is too little. He would also use donkey dung to fertilize from now on since it was very abundant, worked as well as grass and it would be wasteful if it just went into the bodywaste pit.



Occupation: Potter
Who: Ipu
Location: Fire Hut
Tasks: Craft Pottery
Research: Pinch Pots

Ipu had a diffrent approach than the fire keepers. Ipu was collecting clay one day and accidentally poked a hole in the clay with his finger. He noticed that he could make the hole bigger and shape the clay into a pot shape by pinching them. This made weird shapes but it was still a pot. He would experiment with "pinch pots" and see if they were better than flattening clay on rocks to make bowls. This of course took a lot of time but Keli'i could see Ipu's natural skill so he was excused from school to work on his pottery. Ipu's job in the tribe is now a potter.




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Occupation: Rancher
Who: 2 Adult Females
Location: Animal Pen
Tasks: Tend for the donkey.
Research: Carrying Straps for the Donkey

Last Month Recap
The original idea for the donkey hut was that it would be a roof that was supported by four sturdy sticks. The builders soon noticed that four sticks wasn't enough, so they decided to use eight instead. The donkey seemed to enjoy the shade it got from this structure.

This Month
There was rumor that the nomads that previously owned the donkey used to to carry objects. It was up to the ranchers to figure out a way for them to carry objects. They would first start to craft a carrying strap that was big enough for the donkey to wear. Then once created, the would attach it to the donkey and put sticks in the straps. All while training the donkey to do this (if it did not already know how from the nomads). All of this was just observation of when Kekoa a scout (over a year ago) and saw the nomads with a donkey. And then again when Kekoa lead the males to meet the nomads, which ended in battle.



Occupation: Repairer
Who: 2 Adult Males
Location: Village
Tasks: Repair buildings.
Research: Bone Digger

The repairers too need a better digging tool so they are to collaborate with the builders, cleaners and root diggers in designing a better bone digging tool. (See Builder Description)



Occupation: Root Gatherer
Who: 7 Adult Females
Location: Forest
Tasks: Gather roots with boar tusks.
Research: Bone Digger

A new adult female was added to the root gatherers. The root diggers too need a better digging tool so they are to collaborate with the builders, cleaners and repairers in designing a better bone digging tool. (See Builder Description)



Occupation: Shamaness
Who: Nani
Location: Spirit Hut
Tasks: Interpret the spirits and give spiritual guidance.
Research: Months

Last Month Recap
Nani spent a lot of time just relaxing. She found that by sitting away from the the people in the village in the shadow or by the water she was able to relax so much that she almost started dreaming while still being awake. This was really helpful for her as she had been loosing sleep due to Lilo.

This Month
After seeing what the artist drew with the phases of the moon she got inspired to name the months after diffrent animals. Each month was given the following names ...

Month 1  = Bug (because that's when they first caught bugs)
Month 2  = Human (because that's when they first settled their village)
Month 3  = Hare (because that's when it was brought to Keli'i)
Month 4  = Donkey (because that's when they got the donkey)
Month 5  = Frog (because that's when they first discovered frogs)
Month 6  = Catfish (because they spend a lot of time in the water during this hot month)
Month 7  = Tern (because that's when Kekoa first discovered the tern nests)
Month 8  = Beaver (because that's when they learned to make beaver roofs)
Month 9  = Eagle (because the birds return during this month)
Month 10  = Wolf (because the winds howl like a wolf)
Month 11  = Boar (because that's when they first started using the boar tusks as a tool)
Month 12  = Deer (because the trees branches have no leaves and look like deer antlers)



Continue to Part 2
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A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 7)
« Reply #93 on: July 05, 2009, 07:52:01 pm »
Year 2, Month 7 - Part 2/2




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Occupation: Stone Crafter
Who: Keli'i and Kekoa
Location: Village
Tasks: Improve Stone Tools
Research: Flint Knapping Tools

Keli'i and Kekoa were able to create a new meat cutting rock after experimenting with different shapes last month. This got them very excited about what else they could to improve their stone making techniques. This month they are going to try to find the best flint knapping tools. They are experimenting with which rocks make the best "hammerstones". Can bones, boar tusks or deer antlers make "hammerstones" too? And is it better to have a boar hide on your lap to keep you from getting cut? These are all questions they have been wondering and want to test this month.



Occupation: Student
Who: 6 Children
Location: Village
Tasks: Learn from teachers.
Research: Hide and Seek

Last Month Recap
The children also spent a lot of time in the new hut for teaching, even though it was bigger than a normal hut it was quite crowded though, as they were quite many.

This Month
To solve the crowded problem all of the older children (aka teenagers) were sent off to various new training jobs such "Bug Catcher" or "Wood Gatherer". These jobs would give them the experience they need when they become adults. Meanwhile the younger children were were still babies were sent with the nurses in nursery that the builders are making this month. Now with less children inside the learning hut it was less chaotic and thus they could focus on learning better.

In their free time the children have been developing a new game called "hide and seek'. They go hide around the village behind the buildings or inside them and then another child waits for them to hide and then tries to find them. The adults don't mind the game as long as they stay in the village and do not try to hide in the wilderness where they could get lost.



Occupation: Teacher
Who: Lani
Location: Learning Hut
Tasks: Teach students about village life and explain paintings.
Research: Memorization

This month Lani would take the students out each day to a diffrent painting and explain the painting to them. Then she would bring them back to the learning hut and ask them to repeat what she told them and learned. In short they would improve their memory and learn about part of their culture in the process. These that answered correctly would get a yummy cooked bug from the cook. It was much like candy for them. Keli'i did not like this very much since he wanted all the bugs to himself, but it was his wife so he let her treat the children.



Occupation: Wood Gatherer
Who: 2 Teens
Location: Forest
Tasks: Gather Wood
Research: Wood Types

To prepare future builders or fire keepers, the older children who were almost adults were excused from school and now set to the task of "wood gatherer". This role would not only allow the other children to focus on learning but give these children the experience they need when they are older. For now their main task was to find which wood was best to gather. Such as which wood is used for spears or which is used for the fire pit. They also were to use carrying straps when bring back the wood.



Rest Days
On the rest days Mauka lead the tribe in song everyone old and young would sing along to their familiar songs about the river and the forest. Some songs needed no words while others who were as talented as Mauka did throat singing. There was also more than just singing going on, they would pick up the old bone and wood instruments and hit them together to make the percussion beat to the music. And people would get up and dance as well. They would jump up and dow and raise their arms up. On these special days people would get dressed up in body paint too and the women would wear their hair up in braids and bone in their hair to look pretty.

By the end of the day they would gather in front of the fire hut with Nani in front of the fire. She would tell them stories of her visions and of the spirits. Then Kekoa would come up and tell of the Nomad battle and how dangerous it was. And by te end of the night they would tell scary stories of monster beasts and of evil spirits. The children were to go to be before this but they always managed to stay up later to hear.


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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 7)
« Reply #94 on: July 06, 2009, 03:50:09 pm »
Year 2;Month 7
Green Tribe
City of Scorge
People: Gerovir
Population: 48
Men: 16
Women: 16
Children: 16
Royalty:
Mernin the Wise
Shalbee the Gluttonous
Jermin the Forgotten
Ferilin the Riverchild

"Father, father. Come look at this." Ferilin called. He had just finished 'painting' on his wall and wanted to show his father it.
"What is it Ferilin?"
"Look what I made with the ash. Its the creation of the village father."
"It is wonderful. May I ask why you did it?"
"I... Well I was bored and all the other children made fun of me because I am your son. So rather then fight them I drew. Isn't it wonderful father?"
"Yes my son. I am proud of you. Now I must go and work."
Mernin turned to the hut he had begun to prepare for the scavenger cub. He thought and do to his innate insanity took several spears and placed them no wider apart then a child's head. After a while he saw why he had done this. It would allow the scavenger cub to stick its head out but not the rest of its body.
After completing this he began to speak to N'reil.
"N'reil, do you think you could find a way to prepare the children in case of battles?"
"Yes sir. I call it 'man and fish'. It is a game where one player is the 'man' and the rest are the 'fish'. The 'man' is to touch one of the 'fish' with his hand and when he does so the 'man' changes into a 'fish' and the 'fish' he touched becomes the 'man'. The goal is to avoid being touched. Another one is 'blind man's hunt' where one of the players close their eyes and calls 'food' and all the other players must reply 'here' then the player who called food begins to look for the others. He is to call food whenever he wants and the last one standing wins."
"Excellent. Start the games at once."
With all this done he told Jermin and Shalbee what he wanted them to do and slept in his hut.

Shalbee shall try to make clothes out of the dried skins in the same fashion the do fish skins. She may try what she wants to form the concave shape in the skins but her focus is to be on making clothes. The theory behind this is that if the skins keep scavengers and others warm in the winter then it should work for the gerovir too.
Ferilin will try mixing berry juices with the ash to make the pictures. In the day he shall help his father with whatever task he performs. Ferilin was eating and while doing so noticed his fingers became tinted the color of the berry. This is why he tries the berry juice idea.

((Ferilin's painting))
Jermin shall work on the 'bridge', making it as strong as possible. He shall also, with the help of the men assigned to building, build a small hut near the bridge so someone may rest there if necessary. He shall also explore into the woods to find possible food sources. He shall bring one of every plant he can with him but can't touch his eyes until he has bathed.

((The bridge))
Mernin shall try multiple things this month. First he shall take several of the stronger spears and place them sharp end into the ground at the entrance close enough that nothing bigger than Ferilin's head may pass. He shall also build a smaller bridge to the fire hut. The last major thing he will do involves cooking. He shall try various things with meat before cooking including impaling it with a spear and holding it over the fire, soaking it in berry juice before cooking it, hitting it with a rock before cooking, and  a combination of any of them.
N'reil shall teach children during the day and think during the time when children are sleeping.

Fishing; 5 men, 3 women (+guarding) 1 woman, Shalbee (+scavenging)

Gathering; 4 women, (focus on food and spear material), half of the children, 2 men

Scavenging; Shalbee

Building; 5 men, 4 women

Praying; Half of the children

Storytelling / singing; N'reil

Teaching; N'reil and Ferilin when he has time

Taking care of the children; N'reil, 2 women

Inventing; Ferilin

Wiseman, firemaster; Mernin

Order; 2 men, Mernin, Jermin

Bug hunting; 2 men, 2 women
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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 7)
« Reply #95 on: July 07, 2009, 12:24:43 am »
Year 2 -- Month 7

People: Danrathi (Those who stopped here.)
King(K): Malik
Queen(Q): Inaza
Heirs(H): Hadar(1st son - 17), Kari (Daughter - 14), Tarjo (2nd son - 13)

Village: Modarath (We stop here.)
Huts: 24 (22 Homes + 1 Storage + 1 Firehut)
Total Population: 80 (75 + 5 Royals)
Men: 27 (K + H + 25 )
Women: 26 (Q + 25 )
Children: 27 (2H + 25 )

Village: Ikarsute (Fisher's Refuge)
Huts: 5 (3 Refuges + 1 Firehut + 1 Storage)
Population: Transient.

Day before Task Day.  Malik is sitting in the shade of his own hut working on something and seems frustrated.  His now noticeably pregnant wife, Inaza, approaches.

"What are you doing outside the hut, beloved?" asked Inaza.

"Now that Fall is returning, so has the wind.  It is odd, how in the Summer it is like a missing friend, but in the winter it seems to seek our death."

"Is pondering the wind what frustrates you now, my beloved?"

Malik looked up from his labor and said, "Maybe a little, but mostly it is using this new wood shaper in its handle.  I seem to have mispondered this matter.  I've got the wood to hold it, but I can't shape wood with it very well anymore."  Malik hold it up for Inaza to view.

Malik looks at Inaza.  "What have you done to the bodywear and footwear you are wearing?"

"Oh this, I've just added more vines to keep them in place better.  Gargo nearly got his bodywear in the fire bending over it, so that seemed like something to fix.  I just added some vines for the waist, where we bend.   The hunters complained the footwear was sliding off their feet or their feet off it.  If the back vine was in front of the ankle it would slide off when they started running and if it was behind the ankle their foot would slide forward in it.  Luckily, no one was hurt by this.  They have started calling them 'shoos' for the noise of slipping was making animals 'to go away'.  I just added a vine for both sides of the ankle and hopefully, they won't slide either way now.  I'll show them to everyone tomorrow."

"Good, good.  Shoos." Malik shook his head.  "They should be called 'shoes' because they are 'used to go away.'  Malik said as dryly as possible.

Inaza looked at him oddly, then started laughing when she realized he was jesting with her.  "That is a bad jest, my beloved."

"It would seem I can't even jest correctly this month." Malik said half smiling looking back at the handled wood shaper.

"Well, let me take a look at it."  Inaza said holding out her hands for Malik to hand her the new tool, which he promptly did.
Inaza sat down and started trying to shave some wood off the large branch Malik had been practicing with.  After a little while, with little to show for it, she stopped.
"Malik, this just will not do.  Have you forgotten that wrists must be used to shape?  I can do 'push away' motions, but not 'pull toward' ones.  It's as big as my forearm and it would require me to stand up and move to change the direction of shaping.  The handle would have to be much shorter and easily held by one or both hands to even hope to improve the woodshaper."

"But that would limit us to branches still." said Malik in a voice hinting at dejection.

Inaza leans forward, "This is about making bowls out of trees, isn't it?"

"Yes, I suppose it is, but I see finding easier ways to shape wood will lend it self to other things as well.  Wood has many mysteries in it.  I can feel it."

"Using this palm sized rock to shape a tree does not sound wise and would require greater effort than I can imagine.  It's a wood shaper, not a hatchet."

Malik got up and went inside to Hadar's sleeping area and got Hadar's hatchet.

"What are you doing Malik?"

Malik sat down and started moving the handled wood shaper around with the hatchet next to it, as if it were following it.

"Malik?"

About that time Tarjo came around the side of the hut behind his Father.  He didn't say anything, but waited to be addressed.

"Maybe . . . maybe . . . if I put a handle on it." muttered Malik to himself.

"We already know the hatchet handle can't hold the wood shaper, remember beloved?"

"But could it hold the handle that holds the wood shaper?"

A look of surprise came to Inaza's face.  She spoke very calmly and said,  "Malik, remember when you told we to warn you if you where pondering something too deeply, and possibly wrongly.  This may be one of those times.  You want to put a handle on a handle.  Doesn't that sound a little silly; like poking a hole in a hole?"

"It will not be silly if it works, but you could be correct.  I'll have to examine all of my techniques again."

"Maybe you will need new techniques.  Surely rubbing and banging things together, sharp edges, poking holes, and binding things together can't solve all our problems."

Malik looked at the hatchet and what Inaza was wearing, then toward the firehut -- he thought about the windbreak wall, because he could not see it from where he was sitting.  "I will not be quick in judging the matter." said Malik cautiously.

"Maybe you just need something new to think about.  Possibly Tarjo has brought us such a thing, as he is prone to doing."  Inaza leans to one side to look around Malik; Tarjo steps out of the hut's shadow behind his Father, into the light.  " -- like why his hands are green!" a surprised Inaza proclaims.

Malik lets go of the tools and spins around in place to look at Tarjo.

Tarjo raises his hands in nervous truimph.  "I got the color out of the grass."

"We can see that you have done so.  How did you do it?" asked Malik.

"Come with me to the rock pile and I can show you."

Malik stood up and turned back to Inaza, "Do you wish to see too?"

"No, I must get back to the crafting circle.  I had only taken a break to check on you."

"So, be it then."  Malik helped Inaza up, picked up his spear, then went off with Tarjo.

Inaza looked down and noticed the tools on the ground, then bent over and picked them up.  'Boys' she thought.  She just placed them all in Hadar's pile before returning to the crafters.

Upon arriving at the rock pile, Malik noticed there were little traces of color everywhere but lots of green on the largest stone.

"So, what have you pondered into action my son?"

"Well, I noticed I could get a little color out of a few flowers or blades of grass last month, but not really enough to draw with.  Some methods produced more than others, but were slower and speed is very important to this task.  The colors start wet, but become dry very quickly.  I collected as much green grass as I could -- with the help of some friends and the permission of the teachers -- and tried crushing and grinding it out of them.  See."  Tarjo pointed to the other side of the big stone and Malik looked over it.

"Currently, its all over my hands, but with enough grass and time, one could gather enough color to color a hut's walls in finger drawings."

"You've been rubbing that rock against that stone for a month in this heat?  I'm impressed."

"I didn't do it all month.  Just a little every few days when I had gotten enough grass.  I was tiring the first few times, but I seem to have gotten better at it."

Malik looked around at the interesting mess and noticed what appeared to be a pile of brownish-white hair.  "What is that?  Did you strike down a large mouse and not dispose of it in the wastepile?"

Tarjo looked confused and then looked at where his Father was pointing.  "Oh, that?  That is just . . . grass' secret hair, I guess."

"Secret hair?  Explain."

"Well, last month I tried the 'squeeze method' on the grass and while the green color came out, that stuff was left behind.  The squeeze method didn't really work because it would dry out almost as fast as it came out."

"You're saying grass is full of hair?  And you didn't mention it to me?"

"It's really weak hair Father.  I didn't want to bother you with it.  Watch."  Tarjo picked some up and tore it apart easily.  "See, it's no stronger than the grass it came from."

Malik picked some up and tore it apart too.  "It seems about as strong as a handful of grass of equal size.  Do you see what that may mean?"

Malik stood there waiting, hoping even, his son would understand.

Tarjo stood there looking at the hair, and the color, and his Father, trying his best to ponder what his Father was pondering.  'Color.  Hair.  Color.  Hair.' He thought. He glimpsed at the grass growing nearby.  'What else is there?  Wait, there isn't anything else!' he realized.  "Father, are you saying the hair isn't any stronger than the grass because it's what gives the grass it's strength?"

"It would seem so.  I wonder if there are other secret hairs in other things.  Stronger things."

"Like in what?"

"I'm not sure, my son.  I'll mention it to the people and have them look about.  Is there anything else you've noticed but failed to mention?"

"Only a pondering about the mud turning into a false rock near the fire."

"Please enlighten me with your answer to this mystery."

"Well, I don't have an answer.  I just noticed mud is too soft to hold the shape you give it with your hands.  One would have to find a way to hold it in that shape near the fire, or find a way to 'semi-harden' it first."

"Have you pondered a way to do either?"

"No, I have not.  I wanted to solve the mystery of colors before moving on to the fire hardened mud."

"I know the feeling of trying to solve many mysteries at once, but you should at least have them in your mind as you do other things.  The fire tenders told me that stone and bone do not change in the presence of fire.  Maybe they could be used to give something shape within or near it.  Is there anything else, some other pondering perhaps?"

"No, Father, that is all."

"Very well then I will return to my tasks."  Malik looks around.  "Where are your teachers?"

"Over there."  Tarjo pointed toward to where the windbreak and northwest path met.  They were sitting in the shade of it, apparently watching the children on the other side.

"Can they see you here?"

"Maybe when the stand up, but they could easily hear me shout.  I'm in the village though, so they need not worry."

"Hmm.  Carry on."  Malik walked away toward the teachers.  As he went he wondered, 'Wasn't the rockpile much larger than that?  Maybe it needs to be refilled.'

As Tarjo watched Malik leave he thought, 'Harden mud into the shape of a rock or bone?  Don't we craft rocks into shapes more useful and we have no use for bones yet.  What would we do with mud in those shapes?'

Malik walked down to where the teachers where sitting, they turned toward him as they heard him approach, and it was a decent distance so Malik felt they were at least alert.  Malik noticed an odd look on their face and heard children laughing from around the wall.  The teachers were about to say something, but Malik made the hunter's signal to be quiet; which in truth was just a gesture Inaza made to the children to be quiet that Hadar had taught the hunters.  Malik crept up to the edge of the wall as best as his old legs could and listened.

"King says stand on one foot." Malik heard his daughter Kari say.  The she continued with her instructions every few moments.
"King says put your hands on your head."
"Jump up and down."
*Laughter of many children*
"You're out Loran!  I didn't say King says!"

"Ah." apparently the voice of the little boy who was 'out'.

Malik stepped around the corner and said, "Daughter, what are you doing?"

Many of the children make an "Ooh." noise in response.

"We're just playing King Says, Father." responded Kari smiling.

"I have not said any of these things."

"That's why it's King Says and not King Malik Says, Father.  Aren't we supposed to listen to the King?  We're just practicing."  

"Interesting.  You may continue, but be careful as to your commands.  I will be pondering this activity though."

Malik heads to the fire tenders hut to get an update from them for the month.
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Recap.

2 people teach.  This month will be coloring walls like fields of grass and flowers.

12 people fish.  Try using baskets in this task, not just for carrying the fish home.  

16 people plus Hadar will hunt.  

6 people will take bowls/baskets into the woods and fields looking for and gathering edible plant parts.  Be sure to report when the different types of plants are no longer growing due to the changing seasons.  Whether it's this month, next month, or the last month of fall.  When there are no more edible plants to be found start fishing.

2 people tend fire.    

8 people build.  6 will start building a windbreak wall in the fisher's refuge starting in the Northeast side.  The other two will build another hut in the new row in the village.

4 people will craft, being lead by Queen Inaza.  2 will make baskets.  2 will make new footwear and improve the old.    

Queen Inaza will continue working on different sorts of body coverings.  She also wants to think of a way for the crafters not to risk injury in the coming months when she may not be able to work due to her pregnancy.  

Hadar wants to see if the technique King Malik used to attach the wood shaper to a handle will work better with the other tools; namely the different types of knifes that don't have handles yet.

King Malik will try putting a fork and tendon handle (hatchet style) on the wood shaper handle in the hopes that will resort its range of motion and increase its ease of use.

General Orders (and concept reveal; for now):
Collect vines and the 'little climbing vines' when you see them, if it won't interfere with your current task.

Someone suggested we throw rocks at the winter birds.  Gather rocks that are good for throwing and put them in a pile in the rockpile area.  Riverstones are smooth and easily held; the fishers should collect them in their baskets when they get the chance.

The idea of catching winter birds in baskets was purposed. {True.}  This lead to Marja's idea of catching fish in baskets to be revealed as well.  It was realized any animal smaller than a basket and weaker than its wood could possibly be caught in one.  Malik wants everyone pondering exactly HOW this will be done.

To these ends: practice catching in baskets, and throwing rocks at, the scavengers that come to the waste pile.  This may ONLY be done when at least one hunter with a spear is there ready to strike, just in case the animal becomes dangerous.  If any scavengers are not mice and large mice (rats) bring a dead one to King Malik for inspection.

The children will gather grass and nearby flowers to color the lower walls of their homes to look like a grassy flower field.  For this purpose, adults should try to gather flowers as they go about their tasks.  There won't be many different types in the fall, but there should be some.

Kids:
Tarjo will spend most of his day teaching the other children to extract colors from plants.  He will continue pondering what can get near fire's heat and hold its shape and mud's as well.  It needs to have a useful or, at least, pleasant shape.

Kari will continue pondering new materials to make footwear.  

Bonus:
Marja is worried her basket idea won't work.  She either needs to make a 'basket spear' like she's been trying to, or find a way to improve the basket so it will have a better chance of catching fish.  Could a basket's mouth open and close like a real fishes does?
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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 1 Month: 10)
« Reply #96 on: July 19, 2009, 08:55:46 am »
The month that many regarded as the one with the most pleasant temperature and weather had passed, cold winds and rain was waiting ahead for the people of the two islands. Bandits and nomads can be expected to start walking again before it becomes to cold and the birds is expected to return in not to long. The past winters have been nightmares for most people, even those living settled. Many connect the word winter to the word death and grieving. Will this winter be the same? Can it be so that the inventions of the settled tribes will lighten and perhaps completely erase the effects of the bitter cold?

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A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 8)
« Reply #97 on: July 19, 2009, 03:03:58 pm »
Year 2, Month 8 - Part 1/2

Month: Beaver
Village Name: Uli

Population: 75 (70 + 5 Royals)
Adult Males: 25 (23 + 2 Royals)
Adult Females: 25 (23 + 2 Royals)
Teens: 11 (11)
Children: 7 (7)
Babies: 7 (6 + 1 Royals)

Total Buildings: 31
Animal Pen: 1
Bodywaste Pit: 1
Donkey Hut 1
Fire Hut: 1
Graveyard: 1
Home Huts: 21
Learning Hut 1
Massage Hut: 1
Nursing Hut: 1
Spirit Hut: 1
Storage Hut: 1




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Occupation: Artist
Who: 1 Adult Female
Location: -
Tasks: Painting on walls.
Research: New Pigements

Last Month Recap
The artist spent a lot of time experimenting with using plum juice as dye, and it worked similar to how the berry juice was used. She painted a picture of how the fishermen used their spears both to catch the fish and carry it back to the village.

This Month
Impressed by the latest painting Keli'i asked for an even more colorful painting that incorporated not only mud but the charcoal, berry juice and fruit juice. He tasked her to doa painting about the builders this month.

She also wanted to surprise everyone with a new color pigment. She already had brown, red, black and purple but could she find a new color like white, blue, yellow or green? She knew some mud could be a diffrent color so she tasked the mud gathers to look for new colored mud for her. And she knew that fruit was a diffrent color than berries so she tasked the fruit gatherers and berry gatherers to look for diffrent colored fruit or berries she could use for pigment. But the most obvious things she could use for pigment was that of grass. Many villagers complained that their children would come back all dirty with green grass stains on their bodies when they would play in the long grass. She would try to see if she could stain the wall with these green stains like they do to the children bodies after playing.



Occupation: Berry Gatherer
Who: 2 Teens
Location: Forest & Plains
Tasks: Gather Wood
Research: Berry Locations

The berry gatherers continued their search for the best berry locations. In addition the artist tasked them to be on the look out for new colored berries that could help her get a new pigment. They traveled together in case of wild animals and carried a simple wood spear for protection. One even tried some berries even though they were warned not to and he went into a hallucinogenic state. The other berry gatherer was very afraid and called Nani for help. She came quickly and helped the poor child through the traumatic experience.



Occupation: Bug Catcher
Who: 2 Teens
Location: Everywhere
Tasks: Catch Bugs
Research: Bug Locations

The bug catchers continued their search for the best bug locations. They checked just about everywhere. From the dung pile in the animal pen and the body waist pit to under logs and in thick grass. They traveled together in case of wild animals and carried a simple wood spear for protection. They even started giving the bugs they found names. Keli'i enjoyed hearing about the bug hunting adventures during rest day and would always ask them to look for a big fat grub for him. They would laugh and and always agree.



Occupation: Builder
Who: 4 Adult Males
Location: Village
Tasks: Build Home Huts
Research: Digging Sticks

Last Month Recap
The builders, along with many other of the adults, also spent time pondering digging. How did a good digging tool look? Someone had mentioned using the scapula which somewhat resembled the shape of a hand when one is digging. After trying this they realized that if the edge of it was sharpened it could somewhat work. Their backs however hurt a lot from having to bend over while laboring all the time and they pondered this too. Could one put the digging tool at the end of a spear to relief the pain when digging? They decided to speak to the crafters about making such a digging spear.

This Month
The builders worked together with both the repairers and stone crafters to design a new "digging spear". Using the idea of scapula for the tip they could possibly attach it to a spear like they did for the boar tusk fruit stick. However they already knew from that experiment that the tusks would fall off one they started to dig.

Their solution came from an unlikely place.  During the fishermen were talking about how when they spit the wood of the spear they can fit bone between them. However the bone sometimes falls out. Kekoa overheard them and liked this new technique in which the wood "pinches" the bone between them like fingers.

He started to discuss this idea with Keki'i, the builders and the repairs and they though this pinching idea was great. So they went to talk with the fishermen and see what insights they had on the subject. All of them started work on this pinching technique. However the main flaw in this is sometimes the bones will slip out from between the wood.

Kekoa: "I wish the reeds could hold them together."

All of a suddenly the storage hut guard, Iwi came over.

Iwi: "I have been able to make necklaces out of hair do you think it would work?

Kekoa: It is still too weak we need a material that's stronger and tougher.

Just then Iwi's girlfriend Ahi chimes in while cutting meat to cook.

Ahi: "You know whats the toughest thing to cut? These tendons! Even your new cutting tools have a hard time getting through the tendons. Why not try to wrap them around the bone to hold it in place on the spear?

Iwi: "That's brilliant!" *Iwi gives her a kiss*

Kekoa: You know it just might work!

And before any of them knew it Kokoa, Keli'i, the builders, repairers, fishermen, Iwi and Ahi all were working on a way to attach bone to spears using animal tendons and pinching sticks.



Occupation: Cleaner
Who: 2 Adult Females
Location: Bodywaste Pit
Tasks: Clean up village trash and put it in the bodywaste pit.
Research: -



Occupation: Cook
Who: Ahi
Location: Fire Hut
Tasks: Cook meat, fish, frog, bugs and roots for meals.
Research: Animal Tendon String

Working with the new meat cutting stones Ahi helped out in cutting the tough animal tendons to be used to attach to spears. She was very happy she could help out in such a surprising innovation.



Occupation: Fire Keeper
Who: 3 Adult Males
Location: Fire Hut
Tasks: Keep the fire going for cooking.
Research: Fat & Oil Fuels

The fire keepers are to continue experiment with animal and fish fat and oils like Ahi was experimenting with last month. They are to see if they burn and if so try make a tiny fire in a clay bowl using the oil or fat. This could be very useful if they can take a small contain fire with them into the dark.



Occupation: Fishermen
Who: 5 Adult Males
Location: River
Tasks: Catch fish and frogs with light spears.
Research: Bone Spears

Last Month Recap
The fishermen spent the time not fishing trying to give their spears "teeth" by somehow making sharp bone parts stick to them. The problem however was how to shape the wood so it held the bone, one tried to split the top of the spear, so the bone parts could be pinned in between the split wood, but then the tip of the spear was useless.

This Month
An adult male was added to the fishermen. Using this new split wood technique and then applying the animal tendons for stability the fishermen attempted to make a spear with sharp bone tips. These tips were carved using the improved stone working techniques of stone crafters. They had more control and showed them that the much softer bone could be carved into teeth-like shapes. This mass collaboration inspired people to help each other more.



Occupation: Frog Hunter
Who: 2 Teens
Location: River
Tasks: Catch Frogs
Research: Frog Locations

The frog hunters are to continue looking for the best frogs and any other small creatures they can find such as salamanders, crayfish or shellfish. They are also to see if there are more than one type of species of frog.



Occupation: Fruit Gatherers
Who: 7 Adult Females
Location: Forest
Tasks: Collect fruit using boar tusk fruitsticks.
Research: Fruit Types

Now that they have more than enough boar tusk fruit sticks they are to explore a bit deeper into the woods to see if they can find another type of fruit besides plums. It is important to have more than once source of fruit in case one type stops bearing fruit.



Occupation: Guard
Who: Iwi
Location: Storage Hut
Tasks: Guard the Storage Hut
Research: Produce Boar Hide Ponchos

Iwi made some more boar hide ponchos last month but the population keeps growing. He is to produce some more boar hide ponchos in preparation for the increase in population and those who do not have one yet.



Occupation: Healer
Who: Mauka
Location: Massage Hut
Tasks: Heal injured villagers.
Research: Improved Massage

Last Month Recap
Mauka spent all her time massaging the hurt men and women. Some of the persons she massaged seemed to have pain that did not go away, even though she massaged the part where they were hurt. After some experimentation she found how this could easily be solved by just applying a lot of pressure for a longer time.

This Month
Mauka is to keep trying to heal the villagers the best she can. She is only one old woman and there are a lot of injured villagers. Perhaps in the future when there are villagers to spare from getting food, she can have a new apprentice.




Occupation: Hunter
Who: 4 Adult Males
Location: Forest
Tasks: Hunt rabbits, deer and boars with heavy spears.
Research: Animal Anatomy

Last Month Recap
During the night of one of these rest days 5 hunters and Keli'i sat around the fire together with the fire tenders and talked about the time before they settled down.The night was slightly chilly and one of the hunters had a hide in his lap since he was freezing, though the fire helped somewhat too. During their conversation the hide suddenly caught fire and the man who had it in his lap got very scared. His first reaction was to put the hide in the water, as he knew water repelled fire, so he started to rush out of the fire hut. The others were screaming in surprise and followed him out, something which awoke many in the village. Luckily the quick minded hunter was able to put out the fire before anyone got hurt or anything got destroyed, except for the hide that is. The people, who had great respect and fear for the fire, was quite shook by this, and happiness in the village slightly decreased. Could this be a warning from the gods?

This Month
The animal calls were quite useful and could even be used to trick bandits. Many of the children would mimic the sounds now and pretend they were the diffrent animals. Such as making snorting sounds for the boars or croaking sounds for the frogs. However no one really knew what sound a rabbit made.

The hunters decided to try to make things a bit easier for the cook by preparing the animals for her. In doing this they became very familiar with the anatomy of each animal they hunted. This month they are to focus on gaining any new insight into animal anatomy and what parts could be used for other tasks.



Occupation: Mud Gatherer
Who: 2 Children
Location: River
Tasks: Gather Mud
Research: Mud Types

The mud gatherers would continue gathering mud and looking for new types of mud. The artists specifically wants them to look for new colors of mud to use as pigments. This is to be top priority this month.



Occupation: Nurse
Who: 1 Adult Female
Location: Nursery
Tasks: Care for Babies (6 + Lilo)
Research: Diapers

Last Month Recap
The nurse had a problem with how the infants and young children defecated without a warning. She thought that one maybe could have something which held the feces as soon as they defecated, sort of like a moving waste pit. She wasn't able to get any further with the pondering though as she had a lot of work with the young ones.

This Month
The nurse is to continue researching a mobile waist pit. Since she has little time she will ponder this problem during her free time. However during one conversation with Ipu on rest day he suggested she use one of his pots for the babies to poop in. He warned her it would probably hold te poop, but he cannot get it to stay upright. Meanwhile Iwi suggested that she use one of the old burnt boar skins. They were useless to him and could at least contain the poop if wrapped around the baby tight. The nurse was unsure of this idea but would try. And the cleaners suggested she make a waist pit in the nursery hut. The nurse definitely did not want that. It was bad enough when there was an accident to clean up. But to have in in there all the time would be unsanitary.



Occupation: Planter
Who: 1 Adult Male
Location: Plantation
Tasks: Grow Fruit Trees on Plantation
Research: Wooden Fence

Last Month Recap
The plants kept on growing under the watchful eye of the man now tasked as planter. The tallest now reached the stomach of a full grown man and many enjoyed seeing the progress of the plants, especially Keli'i. Giving the plants donkey dung was now an almost daily task for the planter, the donkey produced a lot of dung.

This Month
The planter would keep doing what he was doing while making sure no pests ate the growing plants. He spent month on this already and did not want to have anything harm them. To help in this he started work on a simple wooden fence by sticking sticks into the ground around the plantation. It would need to be just tall enough to discourage animals from coming into eat the plants.



Occupation: Potter
Who: Ipu
Location: Fire Hut
Tasks: Craft Pottery
Research: Pottery

Last Month Recap
One of the children in the village however, Ipu, had quite a relaxed task. He spent his days looking for the perfectly shaped rock, one around which he could put mud that would harden into a nicely shaped vessel. When the month was over he had been through a lot of experiments and tests with this, and managed to create quite a sturdy and high vessel;

The problem with this vessel was that it didn't stand upright. Ipu pondered this a lot, should one give legs to the vessel? And how would that be done? He figured Nani would be the one who would know this the best, when she had her visions she saw such weird and frightening things as boars with the heads of fish, and trees that talks. Maybe she could see how a vessel with legs would look?

Nani was sitting at the river, breathing slowly, when he approached her.

"Ho.. holy shamaness?" He said carefully.

Nani seemed as if she just woke up from a good nights sleep, disoriented and glassy-eyed.

"Ah, Ipu. What do you seek?"

"Well, shamaness, I have this problem you see." He began as he sat down in front of her. "I created a vessel that was high and sturdy, but when I place it on the ground it falls over like a young child. I got the idea to give it legs, but I do not know how this could be done."

"Hmm.. that is an interesting idea indeed. I shall keep it in mind, I will inform you if I come to any conclusions." She said and turned to the river again, starting to breath slowly again.


This Month
Ipu worked with Nani to come up with a solution for the tipping pot. Ipu of course thought about giving it legs.

Ipu: "Maybe we should give the pot 2 legs like us?"

Nani: "Do not think that is best. Lilo has 2 legs yet she cannot can on her own yet. A pot is like a baby, fragile and easily tipable."

Ipu: "We could give it four legs like the donkey then! Or make a pot that cannot tip over!"

Nani: "Hmm. Perhaps, but how would you make legs for the pot?"

Ipu: "Maybe like this!" *Ipu places 4 blobs of clay at the bottom of the pot*

Nani: "But won't they fall off?"

Ipu: "Maybe. I will have to put it in the fire to see."

Nani: "But what about making it less tipable? Things that are flat like feet or palms of hands hold us up. Even the donkey hoofs are flat. Try to make the pot fla on the bottom."

Ipu: "Um, ok." *Ipu squishes the bottom of the pot on a flat rock* "There!"

Nani: "Oh that looks better. Oh wait its cracked a little!"

Ipu: "That's ok i can repair it." *Ipu fills in the cracks* "I will put this in the fire too."

Nani: "I have another idea. What if you made the bottom wider than the top?"

Ipu: "Why?"

Nani: "Well when you carry thing on your head you fall over but when you carry them lower you do not tip over as much. IF it was wide at the bottom it might not fall over."

Ipu: "Ok, I will try that too if I can manage to make the shape. Thanks for you help Shamaness!"

Nani: "Any time. May the spirits bring you luck in your endeavor!"



Occupation: Rancher
Who: 2 Adult Females
Location: Animal Pen
Tasks: Tend for the donkey.
Research: Rope

Last Month Recap
The persons that took care of the donkey on the other hand tried to make carrying straps for the donkey so that it might come to a use. They gathered some reed leaves, but soon realized that it did not exist reed leaves long enough to make a carrying strap in the same manner as it is made for humans. Maybe if one could attach more carrying straps to each other? But it did not go well to make knots of reed leaves as it they then broke.

This Month
The ranchers are to experiment with weaving reeds or other materials into "rope" so it can be strong enough to make into a donkey sized carrying strap. They are to use what they know about knots and hair braiding as well as experiment with other materials such as strips of tree bark, vines, stems from water lilys and even long braided human hair.



Occupation: Repairer
Who: 2 Adult Males
Location: Village
Tasks: Repair buildings.
Research: Digging Spear

The repairers are to assist the builders in designing and ultimately using the digging sick to help dig inside huts to help regulate their heat. Note this is to only be done when they do not need to repair things.


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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 8)
« Reply #98 on: July 19, 2009, 03:04:12 pm »
Year 2, Month 8 - Part 2/2



Occupation: Root Gatherer
Who: 8 Adult Females
Location: Forest
Tasks: Gather roots with boar tusks.
Research: Digging Spear

An adult female was added to the fruit gatherers. It was only later that the rot digger overheard the news about the digging spear. They could really use such a tool. Their boar tusk diggers could olny do so much and they constantly had to go to the healer for their backs. So they decided to help out any way they could in designing, crafting and ultimately using a digging spear.



Occupation: Shamaness
Who: Nani
Location: Spirit Hut
Tasks: Interpret the spirits and give spiritual guidance.
Research: Pottery

Nani is to help Ipu solve his problem of tipping pottery. She shall also ask the spirits for guidance on this issue so she can find insight on the matter.




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Occupation: Stone Crafter
Who: Keli'i and Kekoa
Location: Village
Tasks: Improve Stone Tools
Research: Digging Spear

Last Month Recap
They finished a stone tool that together with a bigger stone was good for shaping other rocks, though the first one they made broke. The tool was quite hard to make, but they figured it would be easier to shape a rock like that now that they had one of these new stone tools.

This Month
They are to help out in figuring out how to make a digging spear by attaching a scapula to a spear in which its placed between the two wood parts of the spear and then animal tendon string to be wrapped around it. They are also to help the fishermen do the same but rather than a scapula they use a bone carved into the shape of "teeth" so fish can be punctured but not fall back off the tip. They are also to help in the carving of the bone if the fishermen need help and aid the cook in cutting the animal tendon with their stone knife tool.



Occupation: Student
Who: 6 Children
Location: Village
Tasks: Learn from teachers.
Research: -

To solve the crowded problem all of the older children (aka teenagers) were sent off to various new training jobs such "Bug Catcher" or "Wood Gatherer". These jobs would give them the experience they need when they become adults. Meanwhile the younger children were were still babies were sent with the nurses in nursery that the builders are making this month. Now with less children inside the learning hut it was less chaotic and thus they could focus on learning better.

In their free time the children have been developing a new game called "hide and seek'. They go hide around the village behind the buildings or inside them and then another child waits for them to hide and then tries to find them. The adults don't mind the game as long as they stay in the village and do not try to hide in the wilderness where they could get lost.



Occupation: Teacher[
Who: Lani
Location: Learning Hut
Tasks: Teach students about village life and explain paintings.
Research: Learning Songs

The kids are too keep memorizing the stuff they learn at the murals as well as learning the new songs Lani has been creating. Each time the kids do things right they are praised and sometimes even given a treat. In addition to school the children are expected to play and have fun being kids. Becuase before they know it they will be put to work as a teen.



Occupation: Teacher
Who: Lani
Location: Learning Hut
Tasks: Teach students about village life and explain paintings.
Research: Learning Songs

Lani decided to help the little kids remember things by making up "learning songs". These short but catchy song help them remember important things that every child should remember. For instance they have songs about always having a buddy when going outside the village and a song about everyone helping out to do their part so the village can thrive.



Occupation: Wood Gatherer
Who: 2 Teens
Location: Forest
Tasks: Gather Wood
Research: Wood Types

The wood gatherers are to keep doing what they were doing last month as well as look for new types of trees or random pieces of wood. They are also to give them names.



Rest Days

During rest days they are to do what they have done before.


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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 8)
« Reply #99 on: July 28, 2009, 04:03:24 pm »
Year 2
Month 8

People: Mularan
Village: Razon
Chieftain: Swaheen Rharkan (37)
Chieftess: Kiera (33)
Heirs: Ruhn (Male - 16), Sinsah (Female - 12)
Huts: 19 (16 Homes + 1 Storage + 1 Firehut + 1 Community Hut)

Total Population: 63 (21M + 21F + 21C)



This was a month of great celebration. The nomads had decided to settle within the village to the joy of many and the dismay of few. They had proven to be very reliable and hardy workers while at the same time teaching the Mularan several new techniques that were providing plenty of food for all. This was mostly made possible by the union of Ferelia and Jun.  Kiera was nearing the end of her pregnancy, the child inside of her was more active than ever. Ruhn was becoming more and more restless as the winter approached. He was waiting for it to come and go, at which time he would be considered an adult by the tribe. In many respects he was already treated as an adult, but the official ceremony and the possibility of choosing a wife offered something much more. And Sinsah slowly watched the world changing around her.

Whatee stood at the stone platform, the villagers of Razon gathered around him. Closest to him were Ferelia and Jun, awaiting the ceremony that would make them husband and wife. Whatee waited several moments, basking in the attention and the silence of so many souls.

"Mularan!" he called out, startling several of the more jumpy villagers, "We have gathered for the sake of these two people, Ferelia and Jun. They have decided over everyone else, that they are to be together for the remainder of their lives. This is an important decision, but I believe they have made a wise choice. At the same time, this union has become the symbol of unity between the nomads and the Mularan. After this ceremony, there will no longer be any separation though, we will all be Mularan!" Whatee raised his hands, waving his walking stick high in the air. A large majority of the crowd joined in with the cheer while Ferelia and Jun smiled. They knew that several people wished their union to fail. But they were willing to stick with it.

"And now, I ask that the couple come up on the platform with me," Whatee said, motioning for them to join him. When they were next to him he continued his speech, "Spirits, watch over this man and woman as they come together in a sacred union. May they remain together for the rest of their lives." It was a short, sweet, and simple speech. Whatee took the berries he had been holding, motioning for both Ferelia and Jun to stick out their palms. He took a berry for each person and smashed it into their palms. When there was enough juice on both of their hands he brought them together so that both palms touched each other. Then Ferelia and Jun brought their palms back to their chests, leaving a hand print of juice on the skin. Finally they brought their palms to their partner's forehead and placed their open palm there. This too left a berry hand print on the skin.

The crowd broke into a cheer when this was finished, as this was the end of the ceremony. Ferelia and Jun smiled and embraced as a sign of their happiness. Both looked quite comical with hand prints on both their forehead and chest, but it was part of the ceremony. These berry juices were very stick as well and were likely to stay on the skin for several days. It was a custom to see how long they would last on the skin without washing them off.

Slowly the crowd dissolved. Whatee gave the new couple a pat on the back before making the way to his hut as well. Everyone knew what the next step for the couple was and they left them to it. Ferelia and Jun made their way to their hut. The newlyweds wouldn't be bothered for several days.

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Re: A Tale of Civilizations (Year: 2 Month: 8)
« Reply #100 on: August 07, 2009, 09:27:42 am »
*IN PROGRESS*

Year 2
Month 8
Green Tribe
Population: 53 (19 Females, 17 Males, 17 Children)
Huts: 9 Huts, 9 Large Huts, 1 Stick Hut (At bridge), Animal Hut, Fire Hut, Temple Hut
Last Month in Green Tribe...

Mernin made the hut have a 'door' when he heard a yell, "A catch!" He jumped to his feet to look and he found, as he hoped, a small scavenger. Mernin, wanting to distinguish this type of scavenger from any others named it a 'fox' which is roughly translated from fux meaning to sneak or be sneaky. With the help of three strong builders they carried the fox to the animal hut where it would be kept.

Shalbee, Mernin's faithful wife, found a way to use hides for clothing. By tying a knot at one shoulder it should fit snugly on most. Happy about her new 'discovery' she showed Merilin.
"Mernin! I found how we can survive the winter better!" Shalbee exclaimed. "Uh-huh," Merilin grunted preoccupied with watching the fox, he was oblivious to nearly everything, "Thats nice. Show it to the tribe." Shalbee was upset at this but did as she was told.

Ferilin, upset with the similarities of wood and ash, began mixing berry juice with ash to obtain a stronger pigment. With this he drew the bridge and was very pleased.


This Month...

With an animal in the tribe Mernin had to be wary. He fed it his scraps but as the month past it got hungrier, eventually taking food from Mernin's hands.
DEATH TO DAESH! In solidarity with Rojava!
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