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Sep 15, 2019 1:35 AM
A thread for comparing and discussing the types of people in different worlds
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There seem to be many different kinds of people using the forum. Many people seem to be using the same word for a kind of person while meaning different things, and seem to be writing through each other.

This thread is to help clarify what people mean. There is only one kind of person in my world, Rithel, and I will try to figure out how to describe us once I have more descriptions to compare to.

What kinds of people are there in your world? Are there multiple kinds, or just one?

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My world has Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Goblins, and Gods.

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Could you describe the differences between them?

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I am mostly only acquainted with humans, which I have no reason to believe are any different from other humans as described so far.

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Administered space is populated by a variety of variants on one basic type of mind. The original template for this mind type was from a species that call themselves humans. There are various debates about whether all these variants are still human.

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Gods are...Gods. Humans are short-lived but incredibly adaptable and energetic, Dwarves are very hardy and sensible and have long but finite lifespans, and Elves are strong, magical, and immortal. Goblins are an artificial species my sister created by blending the best traits of the other three.

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Araisha said:

Goblins are an artificial species my sister created by blending the best traits of the other three.

......... wow you're a EUGENICIST no WONDER you're such a jerk

#blocked

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...I think immortality, being harder to hurt, and being adaptable are objectively desirable? I mean, it's not like she makes anyone have Goblin children who doesn't want to, sheesh.

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You have such delightfully strong opinions Faith. I don't always agree but I don't have to worry about where you stand.

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It's true, you do. Have you ever considered backing them up with evidence, instead of pure unadulterated bitchiness?

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awwwwww, riley!! <33

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Faith, if I might ask what's your aversion to eugenics? In various past societies it was implemented by forcible sterilization and mass murder but that does not seem to be the case in the creation of goblins. Biological humans as they originally evolved still exist in my world but they're uncommon since many people have chosen for one reason or another to replace baseline bodies with ones more suited to their needs.

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@Faith:
...My sister has pointed out that given that at the moment I am representing our entire civilization, I am not as free of responsibility as I would wish and therefore need to crank the egregious lack of tact down a notch. I apologize for at least eighty-five percent of the things I have said to you.

 

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Honestly I have no idea. Whatever it is, though, it's pretty cool.

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Rithel are not immortal, and I do not know how our lifespans and personal attributes compare with those of species that do not exist in our world.

We live for about 48 years [76.5 Earth years] total, but I do not know how that compares to the lifespans or units of time of people on other worlds.

Rithel look a little bit like the pictures associated with Riley, Faith, and Jinx, if your/their pictures are stylized drawings. Are they?

There are spirits underground, but it is difficult to tell whether they should be counted as people. They are things that take people over deep underground and do things like try to make the person's surroundings have more of some color or pattern, or do something over and over, or move in a certain way, until they wear off after a day.

 

I do not know what gods are. I am under the impression that they are a powerful kind of person, but many people seem to be using the word to mean different things. Could the people whose worlds have gods explain what they are using the word to mean? Humans and gods seem to be the most common species or types of people here, and I am not entirely sure what the traits of either are.

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Gods are...powerful beings who aren't dependent on their bodies the way the mortal races are and don't always come about in the usual fashion.

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I'm grass! Humans? I think a human talked to me before.

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I'm grass!

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Hi, Grass! Are you a plant? How do humans talk to you in your world?

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Hi! I'm grass! I'm a plant! The same way most things talk, but not very many things bother talking to grass...

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Hi, grass! It's sad that people don't talk to you. I don't think plants in my world talk, I'm not sure how they would do that.

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Hi! That's strange!

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Hi! Yes, it is. If I met grass in-person, I might try talking to it by moving my mouth and throat to make noises. Would you be able to understand me like that?

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I don't know! Humans make noises like that a lot without saying anything, but the one human that actually said anything also did so that way!

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Do people usually understand when you say hi, grass?

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That's remarkably horrifying, but also fascinating. If grass is intelligent in any respect in our world it is beyond our ability to detect.

You requested more details on what humans are, focusing specifically on baseline biological humans: In outward appearance humans are bilaterally symmetric creatures with a two arms and two legs, both arms and legs are connected to a torso with joints that can articulate in a variety of directions, at the center of each arm and each leg is another joint allowing for additional flexibility. At the end of the arms opposite the torso are hands, which are a structure connected to the arm with yet another joint.

Hands have four fingers which are connected to the hand with one joint and possess a further two internal joints but unable to move entirely independently of one another and a fifth finger which has a greater degree of independent movement but is attached to the hand internally and thus has only one apparent internal joint to visual inspection.

The feet are connected to the legs in a similar though somewhat different joint to how the hands are connected, imposing a default right angle between the orientation of the foot and the leg. These feet have five toes which are under substantially more limited volitional control and are much shorter but are otherwise identical to how I described the fingers.

The human torso has some ability to bend along its up-down axis, arching in the process towards the direction in which it is bending. Humans can also twist their torso to orient the upper portions of the torso differently from the lower portion to which their legs are attached. Humans also possess a thinner structure referred to as their neck with all the same types of motion as their torso that connects the top of their torso to their head, a vaguely spherical structure, which mounts the majority of their sensory organs.

The human head has two forward facing visual receptors we call eyes, which have some degree of ability to reorient from their position within the head. We also have two sound receptors called ears mounted to the sides of our head. Between and below the eyes is an olfactory, or smell receptor through which humans can intake needed gases and also derive some of the properties of those gases. Below the nose is a structure called the mouth which humans use for intake of solid and liquid nutritional content, a second intake for needed gases, and by varying the shape in concert with the shape of various internal parts humans are able to use it to produce sounds for communication purposes. Humans also have a structure called a tongue within their mouth which helps with detecting the properties of matter it is brought in contact with and also assists in forming sounds for communcation.

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