Yes, indeed. The map was mirrored as well. Originally, I didn't want to do this, but I felt that it would make the map look just a bit more alien, and also still seem somewhat familiar (maybe in equal measure?) Also, it fits with the idea of reversal, and making this opposite. I'm trying to determine if that requires anything else to change, but I am still kinda looking into climate and not really satisfied with my ability to make any logical predictions from what little I've read. Hopefully I can make things work so that I don't have to recolor the map and move the desert...Well, I did have a couple of questions. I already knew from your previous posts that on Carnassus, land was changed to water and water to land, but looking at your map, it looks like the world may have also been flipped longitudinally (or, rather, the longitude lines were flipped; I'm never sure how to describe mirroring). Could you confirm that?
I mean, it kinda has to, right? In order to literally reverse everything, it seems like stuff below the surface would need to shift at least a little as well, right? If it is possible to maintain the plates as they were and merely have the direction of push alternate (trenches are now mountains so that means that areas of subduction (is that the right word?) would now need to be forcing things upward instead to explain mountains and such). But, I am really not well versed in that, so I haven't a clue how that would impact things on the planet.And how have the changes affected tectonics? More specifically, did the Dream Engine change the underlying plates to make the new arrangement?
This type of thing is also of interest to me. I know the human distribution will be wide, and there will NOT be a whole lot of people plopped down in any one spot. As such, I don't know how exploring and things will work out on the world. I also am not too sure how far into the future after these events take place I want to focus on. I am not writing a story in this world, really, outside of the one painted by crafting some cultures on the planet. As such, I still kind of want to keep the tech-level fairly low. But, this restricts some things. Also, the way culture and humans formed on this world is totally apart from any kind of evolution or what have you. I mean, people were literally placed in random assortments across the globe in somewhat randomized groupings. All of whom have no memory of anything and have no fore-knowledge of language or anything else. Each person is a blank slate. This is a fundamental shift in anything we know about how people function in groups. This gives me some latitude, but knowing what I know about psychology, it is also limiting in its own way. I'm not certain how all these threads will go together and am curious what others might think about it as well. All of that said, while at some point a vast sprawling Silk Road-esque thing might appear, and a lot of interchange might happen on the landmass that spans the majority of the globe... I also don't know if I really want that to be the case in the time-frame in which I most want to focus.I don't know how quickly it would happen, but I could imagine some version of Carnassus where the southern continent develops a cultural and linguistic exchange similar to Eurasia's.
Yeah, this is a pretty big shift in where my creativity usually flows, but this type of idea has been bouncing around in my head for a while now and I am only just now posting about it. Basically, I have wanted a reason why all of my languages have these weird hints of our Earth and yet can't or won't ever plausibly develop in our world. Latin will never become Cherokee, Japanese will most assuredly not evolve as my version will, German won't suddenly become a tricon with a runic script, and something like Hangul won't morph into a weird stacking script, nor will a Tangut-esque script crawl out of obscurity to be used again as a basis for a written language. And yet, all of these languages have this sort of quintessentially "our world" quality to them yet none of them seem to make sense here. As such, I really wanted a place that was here... but not. I think this sort of Bizarro-World conplanet I am crafting does the job. It's like the Dream Engine took some shortcuts and the brains of the people haven't all been completely erased and some vague traces of what they knew may yet linger and influence how writing and speaking develop for them.Khemehekis wrote: ↑31 Dec 2017 02:16Hey, this is a neat backstory for a conworld, especially the invention of the dream engine! It's good to see that you're working so hard on a conworld. You've said before on at least two occasions that you're really interested in inventing con-scripts and invent conlangs and conworlds so you'll have backgrounds for your alphabets, syllabaries, abjads, abugidas, and logographies. Here, however, I get the impression that your world is the star of the show in this story, so to speak.
I am a bit tired and probably rambling too much. Hopefully that makes some amount of sense?