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Future Fluff: Hypershards and their Functions, Part II


Originally posted on Checkerboards of The Gods:

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Last post in this series, I gave an overview of what hypershards are capable of, at least from the examples of some of the Gods of Terra setting’s iconic characters, the Fractus, the Mirus, the Magna, and the Tempest.

But I also mentioned that their ‘supernormal powers’ were secondary to their original function as communications devices by some ancient, inscrutable design. I’ll get to that in this post, but first, I want to quantify the better-known abilities that these relics grant to their users, to aid in writing them up, doing the number-crunching, for roleplaying rules.

Three of these devices have been refitted by the Kai’Siri race of humanity, co-opted to cause extinction-level events, though of course physically blowing planets up is beyond their repeatable operating limits, and these relics are unique and priceless. They are referred to from here on as the Kai’Siric Hypershards.

The fundamental communication…

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Screw it. I’m going on a break.


Recent events involving blogging have been pissing me off for most of this month. I’m closing down posting on this site as of early this next morning until I get things sorted out on my end. I’ve no idea how long that will be. Thanks to all of you over the years for your support.

Oh, and by the way, here is a fractal: click to ginormify.

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Learning Tamil: Vowels: Some Mnemonics I’ve Created


Originally posted on Checkerboards of The Gods:

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English: Learning Hindi vowel through Tamil Hi...

English: Learning Hindi vowel through Tamil Hindi vowel – 2. தமிழ்: தமிழ் உயிரெழுத்து வழியாக இந்தி உயிரெழுத்தைக் கற்றல்.(ஆ=2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my language studies, I’ve been learning the sounds and script of Tamil, a prominent tongue originating from the Indian subcontinent. Right now, I’m mastering the basic vowels, and to do this I’ve created mnemonics to assist my recall and recognition of the shape of each letter. All the better to read you, my dear!

The phrases in scare quotes are the ones I’ve come up with, and I thought here that I’d explain some of my reasoning behind them.

“Curly ‘d’ and ‘I'” : This comes from the shape of the lefthand side of the letter for the sound ‘A,’ which to me looks a lot like an elaborate lowercase letter ‘d’ the righthand side, which looks like an uppercase ‘I’ connected to the ‘d,’ with the ‘and’ supplying…

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Nota Bene:


I’m taking some of the Gods of Terra alien and character articles offline pending review with any corrections as needed. They shall be back up when corrections are complete. I’ll be setting up an Indra’s Pearls review post for this coming Monday on the Algorithm. Stay brilliant.

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Just so you know:


This evening, at 18:00 EST, I’ll be taking down this blog’s About page to fix a major issue in viewing the text that was recently pointed out to me by a canny reader. I’ll be working on all of the page’s embedded images to revise the compatibility of text font with image backgrounds to enhance readability. That counts for more than any passing visual appeal. The page will be online again when revision is complete.

Thank you.

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