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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
11:23 pm
Nebari history/magick
I'm almost finished with a first draft of a very generalized overview of Nebari history, from 5,000 cycles ago to the present time. I'll be e-mailing to everyone before I post it to the "Grey" page @ Nebari.net, hopefully sometime in the next few days. Feedback will be welcome.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
11:31 am
Over on the journal, Nar'eth wrote:

including the development of a magical system based on Nebari mythology

Will this be a system that exists within the Universe of the stories being told on nebari.net, one based on that Universe for practical use, or both? I would see these two things as complimentary, but I don't want to make any assumptions as to your intent.

In any case, this got me thinking about the role of magic in Nebari society. I would think that at some point in the establishment's early history they would have conducted a purge of both religion and magic. They'd justify it in terms of progress, but in reality anything self-empowering would be seen as a threat by a government trying to consolidate and centralize power. Any practitioners would have been driven underground, perhaps into secret societies, and I wonder if the resistance might trace back to such a society — or at least claim to.

There are obvious parallels to human history in this, so perhaps I'm just being homocentric. Anyway, food cubes for thought.
Monday, August 23rd, 2004
3:08 pm
I do have some ideas that I think I will try tonight, which are in keeping with a more psychological attack.

One concept behind my interpretation was that the host worlds would have no idea they had a bioweapon in their midst - it would just be seen as an indigenous plague that had emerged. I thought this would be the psych end of it. The plagues in our own history have done a great deal of psychological damage, sometimes leading to unforeseen social change. In this way, it is different from having an identifiable enemy coming at you with weaponry. That sort of thing brings populations together to fight for the common cause. Virulent disease in one’s own people brings chaos and a search for refuge of just about any kind.

I can understand why the focus should be on the psychological changes involved in being mind cleansed, rather than there being the type of disease symptoms I described. However, I’m hoping to understand a bit more about how the Nebari mind cleansing actually physically works. It seems to have varying effects on different races of beings, as we saw in the Varla episode. This is another reason why I thought the Establishment would need something that would strike evenly across the board, whereupon they would gain control without those nagging doubts: is someone really mind-frelled, or are they just acting the part while going about some terrorist activity? The survivors of the Contagion devastation in my interpretation would need the Nebari antibody, and would be more than willing to go along with further conformist pressures to get it – they would even likely have devotees comparable to religious fanatics, who would see the Nebari as angels of some kind.

9:52 am
Here is the first part of what I've been writing. The rest will be finished by the end of the week, or at the very latest, next Monday.

The story takes up where we left off at Sa'jathan's last writing.

Chiana has come to the Research Facility on Sanctuary. The rest is behind the cut, with more to follow soon.

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
1:19 pm
So, here we are...
I don't know why Sa'jathan and Leh'agvoi haven't joined yet. They were both sent invittations (unless I frelled it up).

How do things stand with "Fell Home"?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, August 20th, 2004
1:25 pm
What I am working on may require Contagion to be re-defined in the Nebari encyclopedia, if our resident experts agree on my interpretation of it.

I look forward to your thoughts about it. I'll just post it on Monday. The story explains why it must be a bit different.

The thing I feel bad about is that Rygel is pretty much a talking backpack right now, so I've left him stuck somewhere as a "lookout". Hopefully he will do something useful by the time my section is finished.

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