Just a question: have you ever come across a book by John Calvin Batchelor called "The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica"? Your words on the "Trolls" settling in Peninsular Antarctica triggered that. He sets his "People's Republic of Antarctica" in the peninsular next to Cape Horn. But it is a harrowing book to read. Not for the faint of heart. Wesley Parish On Wednesday 26 March 2003 09:12 am, you wrote: > Danny's peoples: the Elves and the Trolls. > > The Techians, or "hidden ones", of my conworld are called "elves" in the > same way Inuit are called Eskimos. The term is innacurate and even > pejorative. The Techians were originally angels who fell from heaven > because they refused to worship Adam and Eve, the mythical parents of the > human race (homo sapiens). They roamed the earth, taking forms of men and > beasts (possibly the snake in Eden), in order to tempt humans. When the > oceans rose and climate changed from the end of the Ice Age (the story of > Noah and the Flood comes from here), the Trolls (Neanderthals basically) > perished, but some humans remained. In the Near East, this was the "family" > of Noah, who escaped to Ararat and migrated southeast to what is known as > Sumer and Babylon. Unlike in the Biblical story, the men and Techians were > given a chance to save themselves, and those that did became the Noachians, > who spoke a proto-language, most likely Nostratic, or some ancestor of the > different language families of the greater region: Indo-European, > Afro-Asiatic, Sumerian, Caucasian (or at least Kartvelian), Elamo-Dravidian > and others. Those among the fallen ones who did not repent perished and > were sent to Hades, becoming demons. > > The cost of survival for the Techians: they would become mortal (yet still > have long life, on average about 800 years), and they would be fairer > physically, yet superior in agility, intellect and beauty. They would also > become nomadic, living in mountains and forests away from major > civilization. They originated from Mount Ararat, but spread throughout the > globe in different groups. Yet they maintained the Tech language, a > tribal/clannic system and a parliamentary government, and their rich > cultural heritage. Some retained their original faith -- pantheistic and > naturalistic -- while most converted to human religions, providing a rich > mystical and philosophical tradition to each. Most are good in nature, > though sometimes mischievous, but some have turned to evil, desiring to > conquer the earth, which they failed to do during the age of Adam. > > They are very similar to both the Elves of Middle Earth and the Vulcans and > Romulans of Star Trek. They do have pointed ears, but that's because I had > cats and dogs with erect ears in mind. They are also stoic and wise like > the Klingons and Elves. > > The Trolls, on the other hand, were revived by genetic engineering in the > early 21st century. The result were large, hairy humanoids with inferior > intelligence and pig-like noses. Instead of oppressing humans as they did > before the flood, they became the slaves and grunt soldiers of humanity. > Those who escaped or were driven out of their homes set up colonies in > remote places on the planet, including peninsular Antarctica. > > The LANKA language, spoken by the Trolls, is like lingua franca, creole, or > pidgin, based mostly on Germanic and Latin-Romance languages. The language > is constructed piecemeal from human languages, with a simplified phonology > (as few as ten consonants and vowels!) and a basic, uninflected grammar. > > That's the basic setting of the humanoids of my conworld, and I only have > two (so far). Everything is subject to change. I'll have this on my > homepage soon... depending on health, etc. -- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."