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PostSubject: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 11:46 am

I've been thinking, guys, after Frenchsnack pointed that we would have a problem with our friends eating people and Fish said everybody would.

This... global consciousness thing that we've got going on, considering everyone around us another human and deciding we've all been created equally wonderful if not equal... I'm no anthropologist, so, how new is it? How easy would it be for you, or me, had things been different, to think of other people as other people and not as people like us?

Would Felaryans think of other humans as kin, or would they think of them more along the lines of "do I get experience for killing them too"? After all, for most of our history, everyone's looked at strangers with distrust and fear, there being even communities where people would not suffer a stranger to live, where only hypocrisy prevented people from slaying them on the spot and going on about their business. What is it like in Negav? And in other communities around the map?

Can you take a complete stranger hostage there?

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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 11:56 am

Well, the way I see it, it's in Negav's best interest to welcome outsiders. After all, Negav is one of the few safe places in Felarya.
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 12:03 pm

Sentients are very diverse, so there is no single rule for reacting to strangers. Some may be friendly, others may be a tad xenophobic. It just depends on experience, upbringing, mental stability, etc. ^^;
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 12:47 pm

What.
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 4:11 pm

What Aisu said. Some cultures / organizations might see any outsider (or even some within) as just a means to an end and an every-man-for-himself philosophy (not to say that this sort of society would last long), others might do the reverse and think that everyone deserves a chance - everyone.

I also dislike the "Strangers are always mistrusted people fear what they don't know" schtick, because it's one of the easiest things to disprove. I'm sure the examples of generosity of ancient people letting complete strangers / wearer wanderers rest in their home is completely unfounded, for instance, and solely a creation of our minds.
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 6:05 pm

Malahite wrote:
I'm sure the examples of generosity of ancient people letting complete strangers / wearer wanderers rest in their home is completely unfounded, for instance, and solely a creation of our minds.
It's not an imagination because there are some small villages in Siberia who welcome foreigners and travellers and it's true to the nomads who live in desert. It happens mostly because they don't have visit often so they are happy to see some outsiders.
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Fri May 14, 2010 6:44 pm

gwadahunter2222 wrote:
Malahite wrote:
I'm sure the examples of generosity of ancient people letting complete strangers / wearer wanderers rest in their home is completely unfounded, for instance, and solely a creation of our minds.
It's not an imagination because there are some small villages in Siberia who welcome foreigners and travelers and it's true to the nomads who live in desert. It happens mostly because they don't have visit often so they are happy to see some outsiders.


Gwada, I do believe that Malahite was fully aware, and was indeed being sarcastic in making his statement.


As for my personal opinion on the matter, though, I do believe that in a setting such as Felarya where many organized, sentient, species exist, certain boundaries such as humanity's seeming focus on maintaining the interest of human kind, for the most part, would be broken up a fair bit because there would be other sentients thrown into the equation.


On the one hand, humans would indeed still share the bond of being of the same species, but on the other, there would certainly be those who would see sentient prey/predator species as people as much as they would see other humans to be so. As such, alot of mingling between species would certainly occur, and it would quite possibly get the to point of individuals being indifferent upon the subject of their predator friends eating other humans.

Just two cents on the matter.
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Mon May 17, 2010 3:37 pm

Well, back during the grand old days of empires and colonies, a Frenchman and an Englishman that were suddenly captured by cannibal islanders would probably put aside any nationalities or differences and work together to defeat their common enemy, because even though they see themselves as different, their foe makes no such distinction. To the islanders, they are both white outsiders.

To a pred, a human's a human. Whether they're a native Felaryan, or an offworlder. I think this shared sense of danger would draw humans closer together. It's pretty basic sociology: members of an oppressed minority will usually band together, using their oppression as a shared trait. Some offworlder humans might adapt like that so quickly, but native Felaryans would probably see most humans as potential allies. Although, make no mistake: I am sure such an environment would make anyone paranoid and a little reserved.
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Mon May 17, 2010 3:44 pm

ZionAtriedes wrote:
To a pred, a human's a human twinkie that happens to look like a smaller version of their Giantess friend.
Fixed. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Felaryan heart   Mon May 17, 2010 4:04 pm

Malahite wrote:
ZionAtriedes wrote:
To a pred, a human's a human twinkie that happens to look like a smaller version of their Giantess friend.
Fixed. Wink
Oh, how silly of me. Thank you.
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