Posted in Poetry, Tabletop Poetry (and Other Artforms)

30 in 30: Day 27

Posting later than usual because I have been busy worldbuilding! I’m creating a SFF world of multiple interconnected planets for a classroom RPG which you will hear more about in the upcoming months. But with some help from Artefexian, I decided to give playing around with different plant colors a try. And with it, I chose to imagine a poem that someone on this planet might write.

The first thing you notice
when arriving on the planet of Isinnai
are the vast, sweeping valleys
of lavender.
Here, all the plants are purple.
And you wonder
what the first colonists thought
to see an entire planet
drowning in vegetation.
Perhaps it is what people think
when they look at us.
They see us wrapped
in nothing but discolored vines
pale green and blue flowers
bloom across our cheeks
And they do not understand

It is said the first colonists,
upon seeing these colors
worried the planet had been cursed
by the gods.
And built altars
and sent up prayers
that they might
restore blessings to the land.
They brought in their own
green plants
as a means of purification.
But like those purple leaves
we will pay no heed to their words.
We will merely bask in the sunlight
that causes them to crisp.

Posted in Poetry, Tabletop Poetry (and Other Artforms)

30 in 30: Day 1

For this poem, I used another picture prompt from the game Dixit. This one is from the Dixit Revelations expansion.

This a Thisaazhou song, but differs from most music that comes from that tradition. It is more lyrical and less rhythmic than most Thisaazhou music, and it does not have a foot-beat. Furthermore, though it can be sung as a call and response, it often isn’t. When it is, the call and response is not usually divided between men and women, as with most Thisaazhou music.

In Thisizha:

Tushaxuu zithaaxay saathk satuk kee’auxuu
stayxu ree’uuruu suthk zeethuxuu kee’axuu
stauxau thausaazhau theysauzhey zeethuxuu kee’axuu
tushaxuu zithaaxay tu ta
hixeethu Shax’ia ta uxazhasu
taa’uk zeythuxey

And in English:

As the sand says goodbye to the ocean,
as the ball leaps high from the ground,
as children must fly from their parents,
I bid thee farewell.
And may God guide you
Until we meet again.

Posted in Tabletop Poetry (and Other Artforms), Visual Art

Slytherin and Related Items

So, I guess I’m a Potterhead… or whatever they’re calling them these days. I like Harry Potter. I was one of those kids who didn’t like reading until Harry Potter came out. Then I realized I liked fantasy books, and I’ve had my nose stuck in one ever since.

So I’m a fan of a lot of fantasy schools, not just Hogwarts. There’s also Bloor’s Academy, Cackle’s Academy, Brakebills, and Winding Circle Temple, to name a few. And all of these places have something in common–they tend to group people into houses.

I’m not just a Harry Potter fan, I’m one of those people who identifies with a given house. I’m a Slytherin, a fact that tends to surprise people. Most assume I’m a Ravenclaw, but I tell them I’m a Slytherin, and I’m a Slytherin for the worst reasons–I decided that was the house I wanted to be in. (If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s pretty clear that if you choose a house, the sorting hat likely sticks you in it.) So back in October, when I saw the house letterman jackets in Hot Topic, I decided I wanted that Slytherin jacket.

I didn’t really need another jacket…
But that I would wear. And I have. A lot.

But the jacket inspired a whole new magic school with a whole new set of houses.

See, we have all these different magic schools that tend to sort students into houses, often associated with given colors, and they often have uniforms. But I wanted to see a magic school where kids actually wore letterman jackets. Thus, I invented Faraday.

A few notes about Faraday. Faraday is an international school for wizards in a fantasy world where wizards… are actually really common. Roughly 50% of the population. Granted, Faraday only takes the best of the best, but it’s worth noting that magic, by itself, does not make any of the following characters special.

Faraday’s house system is also a little different from Hogwarts (and all the others, for that matter. But you’re most likely to be familiar with Hogwarts.) There are five houses–each with its signature color and mascot–and a sixth house reserved for freshmen. Your first year at Faraday, you just live with all the other freshmen until the students in one of the other houses tap you to join them. So I guess you could say, I drew from all of the fantasy schools I knew. And, naturally, I created some characters to attend this school. And then I did some mock-ups:

Tilli Todetse, Providence House, known for innovators and rule breakers
Key Truuit, Hawthorne House, known for nonconformists and misfits
Miriam Lumo, Liberty House, known for strategists and spies
Mat Truuit, Westwood House, known for athletes and healers
Ayan Tyeen, Magnolia House, known for diligence and obedience

For more information, on the characters, check out my World Anvil page. You can find Tilli here, Key here, Mat here, and Ayan here. Others to go up soon.