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Dragons Next Door

As the title of this setting suggests, the Dragons Next Door world has Dragons.
It also has quite a few other magical sentient races: ogres, harpies, pixies, tinies, elkin, and centaurs, to name a few.

In addition, it has a deep and broad human population, very similar to the real world (it’s an Urban Fantasy setting, after all) and then dweomers, who are humans with magic, or at the very least humanoids with magic.

For a very long time, these races lived primarily separate lives with their own civilization. There were dragon nations and pixie towns and Centaur Isles and so on; the elkin had a remote mountain nation that spoke to no-one except the Tinies and the harpies, for instance.

The Tinies were the only exception to this rule: Tinies have always lived everywhere.
Only recently - since the 1930’s - have the races begun to actively mingle.

(I wonder if this matches the previous notes on Smokey Knoll. Shall have to check).

Portal Bound
The continent that Portal Bound takes place on has only one sentient race: humans.

On the other hand, because of the portals, there are two factors at hand here:

* what counts as human varies slightly from dimension to dimension, and so there are those that are very nearly elves or fairies or such (or Klingons or Romulans) in appearance
* because of the broad spread of the portals across the worlds in all these dimensions, the humans come in all ethnicities.

Sometimes, if a portal stays open for a particularly long time, a city will end up with a small enclave of people of a particular ethnicity and world-origin.
More often, however, people come singly, and thus they find a place and settle as they can, bringing their own traditions but integrating into the massive whole.

Date: 2017-06-13 03:21 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
«the elkin had a remote mountain nation»

Elf-kin?

Date: 2017-06-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Nope, Elkin. They've an appearance or two in past stories.

Date: 2017-06-13 04:42 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Iiiiiiinteresting! I wonder if that's how the the humans show up and wind up dominating the place despite their cluelessness -- all the other groups are so inward-focused.

Do the Tinies have anything like a coherent culture, or even a set of coherent cultures? Given the "it's a long, dangerous journey to go colonize another house" of the last story they featured in, I wonder how they stay in contact with each other rather than becoming many little isolated cultures and gene pools. Also whether their visual resemblance to humans is ... relevant? <wonders if the Tinies accidentally crossed over to where humans were from and/or accidentally enabled them to cross back> Do Tinies have ethnicities, either their own or human-type? (Is the human range of ethnicities "mostly like ours" or substantially different?) Are there Tiny dweomers?

Date: 2017-06-14 02:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] klgaffney
I suddenly realized you were doing this (I am the MOST observant). =) I'm looking forward to getting more insight into your worlds.

Date: 2017-06-14 08:32 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
I wonder if some of the theme months would be more fun for you if you planned them as 2-4 entries/week instead of one every day?

Date: 2017-06-14 08:38 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Or plan to spread an existing one over two months, or ...

Date: 2017-06-18 12:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] klgaffney
I'm not sure what to ask for!

If I think of something though, I will. =)

Date: 2017-06-18 04:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sauergeek
Huh, that makes Smokey Knoll more of a grand experiment in integration than I thought it was. Neat! That also can lead to some rough spots, and explains the lack of knowledge of each other's cultures. Of course, the same is true of Tinies, but they try to stay hidden, so same result through different mechanism.

The Portal Bound enclaves sound like they'd be interesting places to visit, to see someone's take on "this is what it was like back home". I expect they've morphed some even so -- I've visited both Germany and the Amish country in Pennsylvania. They're different, and I suspect the German enclave in southern Chile is different from either of those.

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