Re: Volsaxi

From: Jane Williams <janewilliams20_at_...>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 20:25:57 +0000 (GMT)

>"I'm told they're isolationist, they're so backward they don't even
>have cows, they'd never met a Vingan until a few days ago and don't
>like them, in fact they don't trust anything that comes from more
>than a mile from their stead and hasn't been the same for the last
>hundred years."
>Now, that's second-hand info, coming from a biased speaker, and
>both she and her source may well be wrong, but as an extreme case
>of Volsaxi, does it sound about right? (Incidentally, they're well
>over a mile from Whitewall.)

> When I wrote the story that follows from I didn't envisage the stead
> as being backward. They don't have cows because they're poor and the
> land is unsuitable for cattle or plowing.

Yes... as I said, Kallyr may be just a bit biased, and her informant certainly is. Still, to some extent she's right. They have poor land - why haven't they taken some better land? Losers.

> It becomes an issue because there isn't a separate
> loom house so the main hall has "women's space" and "men's space" with
> the inevitable question - is a Vingan a man or a woman?

And the assumptions they make, while reasonable, differ from reality in several practical areas. It's all good fun.       

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