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.
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.
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.
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.
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: