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Figured I might as well post this. It was easier to clean up than the Archanea magic meta... though it's only half-written. -_-;
(Long) Disclaimer: Rath was actually one of my favorite characters (i.e. during my first playthrough of Lyn's story and even a good way into Eliwood's story) until I realized he
In other words, one of the reasons I've been so reluctant to post this (despite intending to for at least a few years)... is because I realized that my views on Rath and Sacae are HEAVILY personal, and deeply colored by my own particular racial/cultural lenses. I also had and still have a deep suspicion that the portrayal of Rath and Sacae in general has a lot to do with inherent Japanese racial/cultural issues, which I am NOT an expert on, but the consistent Othering of the Sacaen characters is obvious and definitely problematic. And as I wrote elsewhere once (probably more than once), the Sacaens (the nomadic tribes) are clearly coded as Mongolian/Central Asian with perhaps other influences and vaguely Chinese (Karel/Karla and the non-nomadic Sacaens) in a Japanese game in a universe and overall franchise that's otherwise overwhelmingly white/European*, both culturally and uh, phenotypically. And again, this colors the way I see them and ship them, and I highly suspect also colors the way Japanese fandom sees and ships them.
* Yeah yeah, beastpeople and turbans and Jehanna, but I'm not inclined to let Jehanna count because it's still awfully white despite hinting at a non-European culture -- and don't talk to me about beastpeople and racialized anthropomorphism. (For the record, I haven't played Tellius so I can't judge how it's actually handled in the games, BUT I will say that it always annoys me when people claim that the Tellius games tackle racism as a theme because. Uh.) And I am mostly fine with that actually (it's pseudo-European fantasy man, what do you expect), except the power dynamics with the Sacaens as portrayed in game are really damn weird (especially compared to, say, the Isaacians in Kaga games, who come the closest to being an "Eastern" analogue outside of the Elibe games).
I'll discuss some of this more in the essay itself, but just wanted to get that out there first.
Bonus Disclaimer 1: Since it's come up recently, I want to clarify that although *I* find the Mongolian influences obvious, I don't think this is the be-all end-all interpretation of Sacaen culture -- just that this is how I've chosen to read it in my particular set of fics.
Bonus Disclaimer 2: I am NOT an expert on Central Asian culture. I have done plenty of research, but I may be wrong regardless, and if so I apologize and definitely welcome corrections.
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This has mostly been written for about two years... In the next part, which I have yet to write, I actually start talking about Rath. *sweats*
eta: Second part should be up sometime by the end of this month.
Uhhh, this is not the fic anyone was expecting or waiting for, and for that I apologize. XD;
Long story short, RL sucks and this is the story that decided to write itself.
insert usual lack of editing warning here. Late night updates = fail
Summary: The first thing Isadora does upon joining the clergy is to take a vow of silence.
Characters: Isadora, Harken, etc.
( wild horses couldn't drag me awayCollapse )
Extremely tired, so I will make this quick. (Divided into a separate post because Ostia image is pretty big, and when I'm less tired I want to attempt the Western Isles too, which will probably be big too. At some point I will also edit the Elibe map to point out the locations of the other major non-Lycian cities like Etruria, Remy, etc... Araphen and Laus comparisons have been added to the first post.)
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And now that I've gotten this out of my system, maybe I can start actually writing again. :P
One of these days map/distance/travel time inconsistency is going to DRIVE ME NUTS.
Anyway, HUGE IMAGES AHOY.
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(eta: Battle map images snagged from RPG Classics and Serenes Forest.)
Holy incoherent unedited crap, Batman, and I really mean it this time. This is probably the worst thing I've written in ages. I'm just seriously fed up with working on it. (IT'S BEEN ON THE WIP LIST SINCE 07.) Will be posting notes and to ff.net tomorrow when I'm more awake.
Summary: People come and go, but through it all, Lucius remains.
Characters: Lucius, Raven, Karel, Nino, orphans
( And voices are/In the wind’s singing/More distant and more solemn/Than a fading starCollapse )
SO. A while back I said I'd start posting up the Etrurian fic. Obviously, I lied. Let me try again...
Summary: Priscilla turns down Erk's proposal of marriage. Years later, Erk turns down her offer of the position of Mage General.
Characters: Priscilla, Erk...
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While I'm working on the Camus/Nina fic, i.e. in a completely different sandbox than Elibe, I figure I should take the opportunity to start dealing with my backlog of older fic. (The Etrurian fics will probably posted up in the next few days.)
Summary: Save for sky, earth, and sea, there are no witnesses to the legendary final duel between the Sword Demon and the Saint of Swords.
Characters: Guy, Karel, Echidna
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