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COOL world facts
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because the other thread is super lame

my world has weapons that do the same thing as stars do except tiny, and fried ice cream, and these weird critters that scream like a girl and jump like twenty feet in the air and try to eat people

 

tell me cool facts about your worlds!!!

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Fusion weapons are not really what I'd use to advertise our world. We do have them though.

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Oh yeah? Well my world has antimatter annihilation bombs with built in containment, small enough that I can carry one on my shoulder. Oh, and when it's not busy being a rocket launcher it's an adorable little plushie critter I can snuggle. So take that!

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Destruction is always easier than creation. It isn't something to brag about.

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Sapphire said:

Destruction is always easier than creation. It isn't something to brag about.

buddy the title does not say "BORING world facts" that is the OTHER thread

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Oh yeah? Well my world has antimatter annihilation bombs with built in containment, small enough that I can carry one on my shoulder. Oh, and when it's not busy being a rocket launcher it's an adorable little plushie critter I can snuggle. So take that!

now THAT'S the spirit

how is your rocket launcher also a stuffed animal and where do I get one

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My world has trains :3c

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Came as a package deal with the stupid contact to fight evil, so sorry, you'd have to be a Star Guardian too. Here's a pic of Shiro for you, though! They're my laser annihilation minigun. 

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AWWWWWWWW he is so cute!!!

I am up for fighting evil! ESPECIALLY if i get a THAT out of it!!!

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Here's Kuro as well! They're the aforementioned rocket launcher. Yes I get two of them. Jealous yet?~

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I doubt they're interesting by these standards, but I find clocks rather neat.

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Psh. Who ever found getting places on time fun?

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I do!

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My world has a runic device that lets you look at things in other libraries with the same device! Also, if you rub glass with a cloth for a while, you can get interestingly colored dusts to stick to it, which I think is neat.

 

Faith,

What is fried ice cream, and what are stars?

 

Dante,

Clocks are fun to take apart and put together! What do the inner mechanisms of yours look like?

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We have the technology to freeze pockets of space in time. We call them bobbles, they last a certain amount of time relative to outside time but while they're intact they're unbreakable. We use them for all sorts of things.

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@Fayet, I haven't actually taken any apart! However, a quick search suggests something like this? (That might be stylized or a piece of artwork; I'm not sure.)

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Jinx said:

Here's Kuro as well! They're the aforementioned rocket launcher. Yes I get two of them. Jealous yet?~

oh my gosh??? i am SO JEALOUS i want six they are SO GOOD

Fayet said:

What is fried ice cream, and what are stars?

uh you live in a cave right? have you ever been to the surface?

anyway fried ice cream is just what it sounds like, they take ice cream and they FRY IT and it is DELICIOUS, it totally sounds like it shouldn't work but it TOTALLY DOES

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I've never been all the way out there, but I've looked at it through some of the transparent walls?

Oh! If you used a little bit of turquoise sugars or something, and started with it frozen hard enough to hold the cold, you could probably get it to stay cold enough to not melt while you battered and cooked it, yes! (Do you usually do it as little squares or big ones? I suppose little ones will be more volume to light efficient, and easier to test a lot of. I wonder if you can get layers of hot and cold like that. You'd need to eat quickly before it ran out, but it might taste really nice.)

That is an excellent idea, and thank you for sharing it and I need to go try something!

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I tried the fried ice cream thing, and ended up with a milkshake. Am I doing it wrong?

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Biologicals are so odd sometimes, I did look up how fried ice cream is made though. You scoop out icecream onto a sheet then freeze it really throughly, then you coat it in some tasty crumbs, like crushed cereal, then you freeze it again. Finally you fry it in a pan or deep fryer for 8-10 seconds and serve immediately.

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Worked third try. Worth it.

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isn't it great??? :DDD

next on list: curly fries

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It's impressive how much stuff you can get a paper-tape music box to play. Despite the whole Shutdown, Earth still shares some musical trends with the rest of the Heliosphere.

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Merfolk have learned to fly in recent centuries.

 

...With magic, admittedly, but it's quite a sight.

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We recently got news of a faraway cave-in. Most of the community survived, but one of the infants was trapped and not found in time to feed. This is sad. However, two of the caretakers, whose areas of interest were living things and changes in substances, tried several procedures on slime and swimming things and deep plants until they made some kind of goop that didn't hurt to touch or poison animals. They fed it to the living infant at the end of the day, and they seem to be alive. They're pink, not teal like they're supposed to be, or green, or blue like if they were possessed. They seem to be otherwise a normal, if fussy, baby so far, but they're young enough and the cave-in was disruptive enough it's hard to tell if they're the same person, or have the same memories.

I think it's very cool that it worked, and I hope further research and experiments also succeed or show interesting things! I don't know what it means, and I want to!

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That raises so many questions. What do you mean by possessed, why would someone's color change, why would the infant be a different person?

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Oh, do transhumans not have it? Possession is what happens when someone breathes some of the weird air in the deep caverns, or sometimes if someone eats a lot of the weird animals or fungi that grow near them. They glow either red or blue (depending on if they're normally yellow or teal) and they act really weird. They get confused and upset and bad at moving and stop understanding other people. Red ones usually yell a lot or push people or move in circles, and blue ones usually hide or knock things over or scrape up the walls. They usually don't remember it well afterward, and it never happens to the same person twice. The infant is probably a different person because they died and are lit up a different color and behave differently. They aren't even eating teal food anymore. But they're young enough I'm not sure it matters, except that it's sad the original baby is probably gone?

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Uploads like myself don't really breathe or eat. We can pretend for the sake of the sensations but it isn't required for survival. I guess what you're calling possession sounds like the effects of certain drugs on normal humans. Those drugs work more than once though.

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Oh, that sounds very useful! ... Do you not have light at all? Or are you just always illuminated?

We have drugs, from plants and fungi and some animal venoms, but they don't change the color of your light. For numbness and insightful feelings and visions and alertness, although we're too young to use most of them. Well, they affect your light if they're also really fresh food, but usually they're not, because it's better if anyone can use them and they can be stored well.

We actually have a friend whose area of interest is fungi, and she's hoping to eventually create useful medicines and drugs from their spores!

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Again we seem to be missing context. Baseline humans emit heat as any object does but we don't emit light in any more specific sense. Uploaded humans run on various hardware which also emits heat as per the rules followed by other objects in our universe.

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You aren't lit at all? Are you just awake all the time? Oh, I'm teal, and Fayet is yellow, if that wasn't obvious. I assumed people here were mostly trying to keep it anonymous, and wasn't really sure why. We are warm but I don't think that's the same thing, although alive things are more likely to be warm.

All living or recently-living things in my world are illuminated in their color. The large paths blood or sap travels through for most plants and animals, as well as most animals' eyes and the insides of most animals' mouths, and the mycelia and gills of most fungi, usually have a visible glow. Things need to consume food or other materials that have their kind of light to live. Do baseline humans need some kind of light, at least?

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Baseline humans aren't lit at all except in the sense I described. Humans sleep, though uploads like myself don't need as much sleep as baseline humans. Sleep in humans allows us to process the stress of the previous day more or less both physically and mentally. I don't know what the colors mean in context. To me, colors are just mixtures of light frequencies. I would say just light frequencies but I'm not one of the radicals who's rewritten their visual cortex that way.

Baseline humans use sight for visual processing and to help catalyze reactions in their skin which produce a family of chemicals referred to as Vitamin D which they need to live, they can get that through dietary sources or special supplementation though. I think it's possible for a baseline human to live without being exposed to light but it seems unlikely that the experiment would ever be conducted for ethics reasons.

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Being unlit is odd to imagine, but I am glad it works for you. So when humans are not awake, they're all just - empty? Not doing anything?

Rithel are each awake half the time, for one swap, but we only rest our bodies for a little bit of time. Someone's color is the color of the light that makes them alive. Yellow light all ultimately comes from the sun when it is yellow, and teal light comes from the sun when it is teal. The only real differences between the colors are the devices that can be made with the light, and when a person is awake. Yellow people also tend to be more outward-focused than teal people, but I am not sure if that is because of the light or something else.

I'm not sure what you mean by describing light as frequencies. Usually when I see light, it is constant, or lasts for a little bit and then stops.

We also use light to see, although we mostly use fire and plants that reach down from the surface, or glowing cave slime. We've read about people who live on the surface and spend a long time in bright light developing sore skin, so I suppose that this must just be a difference between our species. If a rithel cannot get light, either from the sun or from food, they die the next day. That is what happened in the case of the infant Chayis described. I agree that such an experiment would not be a good idea.

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Baseline humans don't share bodies. While they're asleep their body is usually relatively motionless though some people are prompted by dreams, reflexes or other unconscious causes to move while sleeping.

I've never known our sun to change colors, the fact that it does implies that it may not be very much like the stars in my world. It's possible that your physics are substantially different from ours, but in our world light and to some degree everything else can be described by wave equations. The frequency of light as described by that equation determines its color.

The way you describe light as coming from food makes me thing we might be using the term differently. I'm not sure how to resolve that confusion though.

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I can't imagine being alone like that. What keeps baseline humans' bodies safe while they hold still? Do they need their families to stay awake and watch out for them while they sleep?  Do they have a way to eat or drink something while they're asleep?

I suspect you are right that there is a difference in our physics. I do not think it would make sense to try to describe light like waves. For your light, is it more like waves in a lake when something falls into it or like someone moving their hand back and forth? Or something else?

I am also not sure how to resolve the confusion. I am going to try describing it to figure out where the drop is in our assumptions? (Some of my biological information is likely incorrect or simplified. Biology is not really my area of interest.) Plants and animals on the surface absorb light as they grow. You can tell that they are or recently were alive because you can see the light glowing through their blood or sap channels. People closer to the surface send the fresh plants and animals down and we eat them. We digest the flesh of the food and the light that's trapped inside it by tearing it up in our mouths and turning it into blood with strong sour fluid inside our stomachs. Then, there is more light inside us and we are more able to move around and think and be alive. Does this help at all?

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I believe the majority of our light comes from the Elemental Plane of Fire, though I haven't studied the planes in any great depth. We seem to process our food in much the same way as you do, Fayet, although the description of light is also confusing me. Perhaps we are less advanced in the ways of biology.

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The particle-wave duality of light is only visible with some rather contrived physical experiments. I have yet to find much use for it.

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Light travels at almost three million meters per second. Your description of light is confusing, it's as if you have an extra sense that overlays additional information, I suppose alternatively it's possible that bioluminescence is more common on your world though.

Baseline humans can sometimes be woken by unexpected or sudden sensations like noises, vibrations or bright lights. Humans sleeping in an unsafe place do often choose to have shifts when sleeping to ensure there's always someone prepared to respond to any possible dangers. Humans do not generally eat or drink while sleeping. Modern medical facilities can directly inject nutrient's into a human's bloodstream but this is usually considered an extreme measure by baseline humans.

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That sounds incredibly lonely and dangerous. I'm sorry that's happening to baseline humans, assuming I understand it correctly.

I went to the library and copied a quick explanation of how light works. As you can probably tell, art is not my area of interest.

Sunlight illuminates a plant (or animal or fungus, but those are more expensive to import, so we use plants), and the plant is illuminated with the respective color of light. The edible part of the plant is harvested, and retains the light it absorbed from the sun for one swap. If someone or something eats it during that time, they absorb the light from the plant, and are illuminated with the appropriate color of light. I do not think seeing the light is an extra sense, we see it with our eyes the same way we see everything else. Does this help with the confusion?

how light works

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It seems from your explanation that your world has two suns. Is that accurate?

Aside from that fact, I would draw a distinction between the light which comes from the suns and the light which illuminates plants and people. I have no understanding of what the stored light is. I would tend to guess that it's a magical property but it's conceivable that life on your world simply had a very different chemical basis than life on mine.

As for baseline humans being lonely that problem is not exclusive to baseline humans. Humans in general have no guaranteed company. Many of them prefer it that way.

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No, there is one sun, and it changes colors. It is teal half the time, and yellow the other half. We were not sure for a long time, because obviously most people don't see them at all, and if they do, they only see one of them. We first confirmed it several generations ago, when somebody invented a device that would record a sequence of images of what a certain region of the sky looked like across a scroll that was rolled through the device at a constant speed.

Magic runes are fueled by light, so light - or at least illumination, following your distinction, is probably a magical quality.

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I believe some worlds have suns, but of course we don't have one. It must be strange have several kinds of plants. Is it difficult to navigate them?

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If your sun changes colors then it isn't like mine. Why do most people not see the sun?

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Parakk, What do you have instead? Is your world only lit by cave-slime, or fire? What are the things you use light for? Do you only have one plant?

Riley Clearsky, What color is your sun, then? We live underground! A few people live closer to the surface for various reasons, and they grow food with high light-efficiency and ship some of it down, in exchange for people from deeper caverns sending back food grown or caught with better efficiency for other kinds of nutrition. But almost nobody who isn't doing something dangerous or experimental actually goes all the way to the surface, or somewhere they would see the sun rather at most its light.

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Our star is white when observed from space. When observed from inside Earth's atmosphere it appears yellow due to a phenomenon known as rayleigh scattering which also induces a blue color in the remainder of the sky. Both appearances are a result of the way human vision composites light together by grouping the light we are capable of perceiving  into red, green and blue subgroups and then comparing their relative magnitudes.

Well, that's how baseline humans and most uploads see color anyway. I use more advanced spectral mappings a decent portion of the time.

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Our world is lit by the Lady. Other planes are lit in their own ways, and some of the planets in the Prime Material Plane supposedly have suns.

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Magic is cool, right?

My world has two kinds of magic, though some wizards specializing in magical theory think they're really one or at least come from the same source. The kind I am is a wizard, which anyone in my world can learn to do if they want to go to school and do a lot of reading books and practicing. Wizards can do almost anything if they can make a spell for it or find a spell someone else already made.

The other kind of magic is sorcerers, who are born magical, very rare, and have a specific kind of magic they can do really, really well. Sorcerers don't have as much automatic control as a wizard casting a spell, but they're much more powerful in their area of magic. The Princess can grow and control plants really fast, for instance, and if I wanted to make a spell for that it'd be complicated to build and slow to work and I'd have to tweak it for every species of plant I wanted to mess with. The Princess can just do it. She has this really amazing garden.

Sorcerers can learn to be wizards just like anybody else, but they don't often bother. On the other hand, most people don't often bother to become wizard wizards, just learn little things like spell-lights and starting fires. Not everybody thinks it's as cool as I do, I guess.

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Well, my counterpart probably doesn't know about this, considering how typical her family is, but our world actually has ways for humans and certain spirits to reproduce with each other! Although it's sort of dependent on just how powerful said spirit is. That's where Mina and Lisa come from. Joy and I couldn't have kids otherwise, seeing how we're different species and both women.

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These are definitely all cool!

My world's more an amalgamation of other worlds; it doesn't have any native life as far as we can tell. Instead people from other dimensions wander into it, apparently by getting lost, and wind up stuck. It's made up of a bunch of reality-islands connected to each other by the ley, we think that most other dimensions probably don't have distinct edges? There's over ten thousand distinct magic systems that've been recorded, though a lot of them are blood-locked and have since died out.

We're not entirely sure how most of the reality islands are lit. The celestial bodies usually appear consistently far away, no matter how high you fly (and someone once pointed a ley-ship straight up and went for three months, never ran out of atmosphere, though that might've just been that one island being weird). People who look at the stars through telescopes tend to wind up with a headache.

Supposedly one island has an infinitely tall mountain with a perfectly asymptotic slope, but I haven't seen that one myself.

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Maybe we should make a seperate thread about magic systems, since there's probably so much to say about them?

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Don't know much about different systems myself, but that would definitely be interesting

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Sarati, people also often find The Unknown by getting lost. Does your world have any areas that connect to large temperate deciduous forests?

 I agree about creating a specific magic systems thread.

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Yes! One of the islands I stop at on my usual route is entirely a temperate deciduous forest, and the island of Omaven has a lot along one of its coasts, plus there're plenty of other forested islands. People also usually don't notice actually getting lost, so we think there's a bias towards people landing in the same type of terrain they left from. What's the Unknown like?

Who wants to start the thread? I can, if other people don't want to

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In my world, there are some people who have psionic powers. It's pretty cool sometimes, even with all the bad parts.

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If you develop photograms of the northwestern lights to show concentrations of Rusakov particles, you can see them outlining the shapes of what appear to be otherworldly cities! The particular cities change from night to night, but each usually shows up again eventually, as far as I can tell with the level of detail available. It's definitely one of the most beautiful and theologically exciting parts of winter!

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Oh, neat, that sounds very beautiful. And strange, do you know if your world is moving in comparison to its neighbors or something similar?

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I do not! The existence of even one other material world is still a hypothesis, albeit one that seems increasingly likely. Last I heard, the cultural scholars investigating them tentatively believe that the cities' visible architecture would make more sense if they were in different geographic locations, but it will be a while before they have firmer conclusions, and longer still before they can publish. Do you happen to know of a way to test that?

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Not off the top of my head, though the university has some way of measuring that I think? It might be intrinsically magical, though, I don't know if it transfers at all.