Quarph and Quarphor

HeirophantX's picture

I'm considering adding a bit to the development wiki for the Quarph and I've got a couple of questions.

- How different is the Quarphic tongue spoken by tribesmen (Hykede, etc) vs Hurisean townsmen?

- What crops are grown in Quarphor (if they are different from Harn)?

- Is wild rice found in Lythia? The extensive wetlands in Hurisea and Ledenheim seem ideal and somewhat similar to parts of North America where wild rice is found (and was extensively collected as a food source, I think you see where I'm going with this...)

- Has anyone worked out metrics for seasonal abundance for things like fishing? Namely salmon and eel runs? For communities in the "real world" that exploited such resources, this was a major source of calories and allowed for more or less permanent village sites. Being based in the Pacific NW/British Columbia, I'm surprised this hasn't come up before :)

pokep's picture

Here's my 2d.

To my knowledge there are no canon answers yet to these questions, so you have considerable leeway. But I'll register my own opinions, thus validating my own perception of my intellectual worth. ;-)

Venarive says of Kvarfent "The inhabitants of this region speak the western dialect of Quarphic, barely distinguishable from Hurisean." The Hykede could not be much more divergent than that. (Personally, I think Venarive was altogether too conservative regarding languages and dialects. I think London has more languages than Lythia.)

Western Quarphor is somewhat dryer than Harn, and the region gets dryer as you move east. The west is wet and mild enough for most of our familiar crops to grow without irrigation. East of about Orlet, you should lose the more fragile, fleshy crops, but you should still see root crops, orchard crops and grains. East of Vaben, you will probably see just grains and dry-adapted crops, unless irrigated. Also, although the weather overall is mild, as you go east the diurnal variation will increase, so crops have to be freeze resistant.

By "wild rice" I assume you mean the rice-like plant that you find in swampy areas, as opposed to "the wild antecedants of cultivated rice". There is an Asian species of the former, so the pedants who interpret the "tuber ban" to mean that all New World crops are absent cannot object to wild rice.

Metrics for seasonal abundance? I don't think so. There are notes regarding the general "value" of fishing, but I haven't seen anything on seasonal runs. I'm not sure how much it matters in regards to calories, since fish can be smoked. To me what is interesting is the effect on the social structure. Thousands of people converge on such sites for a short time each year, and the sites had their own social conventions to manage this. And it wasn't just fish, but mines were also exploited seasonally by tribal peoples. These sorts of places deserve more attention, in my opinion.

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