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Re: The Tarkas

Post by ZedF » Sun May 01, 2011 10:51 am

Also, there is a ton of info on the Tarka available on the wiki.
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Re: The Tarkas

Post by wingren013 » Mon May 02, 2011 4:44 pm

I meant info about them pertaining to SOTS 2
The SOTS2 players guide: http://www.kerberos-productions.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=43082&p=482769#p482769
Ultimate Enemy Mod: http://www.kerberos-productions.com/for ... 01#p499101
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Re: The Tarkas

Post by The Earl of Emsworth » Mon May 02, 2011 7:29 pm

Incidentally, I assume tihs has been asked before, but from the wiki, it appears that the Tarka are a unified state - how large is the current Empire relative to the others? How did they react ot the Silver Empire collapse, and how did they reunify (I assume like China after the warring states periods, one warlord simply pulls it together by force) Also, very pedantic, but what is the dynasty name (references are made in text, for example, to a pre-Silver Imperium Ku Dynasty) that currently rules?

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Post by Erinys » Tue May 03, 2011 6:59 am

There is no Dynasty name; the role of Supreme Commander is not inherited. It can only be held by a member of the military caste, who hold rank by merit.

The Kona families, who produce the caste of Emperors, are all considered a single extended bloodline to all intents and purposes. They are named for the leader of the clan. Clan members of the Empress Ma'ak are called Mak'Kona, etc..

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Re: The Tarkas

Post by The Earl of Emsworth » Tue May 03, 2011 6:54 pm

Thank you. Incidentally, a rather big question I know, but what, generally, is the popular culture of your average Tarka (debarring extreme vulgarities such as Tarkan change-'literature', I believe all we know is a tendency to physical comedy)

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Post by Erinys » Tue May 03, 2011 9:28 pm

"Popular culture" has three distinct meanings among the Tarka. I assume that what you mean is the popular culture of the Gutter Castes. It is true that erotic subjects are popular in many art forms and in a variety of media. The pornographic comics are best known because they are popular with human spacers, who still often collect, read and trade "tarka-manga", but erotic motifs also appear in dance, musical and non-musical drama, video, painting, mosaic, sculpture, etc..

Comedy is also extremely popular and so-called "Low Comedy" is actually the most refined, rich and varied tradition among the Tarka, far outstripping "Middle Comedy" and "High Comedy" for the number of classics and the popularity of its best playwrights and poets. Romances, historical fiction, mythological narratives and dramas with military or police themes are also popular with the Gutter Castes.

The most common hallmark of the Gutter caste aesthetic and the "Low" artistic temperament is the use of a veristic style in portraiture, as well as a certain penchant toward realism in drama and academic and philosophical literature. One of the ancient privileges of the Gutter Castes has been to see realities rather than ideals, and to express these openly; they take this privilege very seriously and have invoked it in art and politics on a number of important occasions over the millennia.

Festivals occur at least once or twice a month in any given city and they are common occasions for artistic expression, as well as the occasion for important yearly contests. Gutter Caste Tarkas take great amusement in all parties and competitions, and in their eyes the two generally should go together. They will compete in any arena, whether it's eating, drinking, feats of strength and endurance, riddling and rhyming, musical performance, or giving the best kiss. At festivals, however, the prizes are high and the prestige is significant.

At any rate, I realize this is a just dipping one's toe in the water, but i hope it helps to get a general idea.

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Re: The Tarkas

Post by The Earl of Emsworth » Wed May 04, 2011 7:21 pm

Firstly, yes you were correct I meant the gutter castes, secondly, this is splendid, thank you very much .

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Post by The Earl of Emsworth » Thu May 05, 2011 7:15 pm

I am terribly sorry to double-post, especially for such a pedantic question (if it is not permitted please tell m and I will not again), but given that all art of Changed males shows them dressed rather like Sumo wrestlers, could I get off with showing the Supreme Commander in armour and the emperors in robes, furs etc in a piece of fiction? Also, what are the visible signals of aging in a male Tarka who has changed?

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Post by Erinys » Thu May 05, 2011 8:17 pm

So far as dress goes--Tarkas have a full range of clothing styles, and you can justify males and females wearing just about anything you wish. It's best to keep in mind that the Supreme Commander and military officers are typically from a different caste than the emperors and their families, however, except in the rare cases that members of the Kona caste join the military.

The Kona are physically different from other Tarka in some respects, smaller, more agile, and more gracile. They carry adaptations to the heart and lungs for high altitude (20,000+ feet above sea level). Their scales typically have a different range of colors and patterns. Kona are more likely to be born with a majority of the body covered by cream, white, buff or silver or gray scales, and to have low contrast markings; colorful markings and bold patterns are more "vulgar".

In all Tarka, the signs of aging are typically most visible in eye and scale color, and the condition of claws and teeth. Eyes and scales both become less vibrant in color, often shifting to pastel variants; in extreme age Tarkas can be completely white, and their eyes will be pale, with very little color shifting in emotion. Claws blacken and teeth darken; there can be loss and breakage as well as these become more brittle.

In a Changed male specifically, there are additional problems. All aging Changed males will suffer from stress on the physical frame--arthritis, aches and pains in the joints, etc.. Many elderly Changed males will require blood thinners to prevent blood clot ailments like thrombosis and strokes. Heart attacks and blood pressure problems are not uncommon, and obesity is more common in elderly Changed males than in any other portion of the Tarka population.

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Re: The Tarkas

Post by The Earl of Emsworth » Fri May 06, 2011 3:13 pm

Thank you once again - one extremely minor question, what is the name of the current V'K?

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Re: The Tarkas

Post by Erinys » Fri May 06, 2011 5:48 pm

Current Supreme Commander is La'an Lan'Kona. He is technically both an emperor by right of leadership of a Kona clan, a role which he assumed after the death of his sister Sa'ar Sar'Kona, and the Supreme Commander of the military caste.

He is affectionally known by the epithet "Liir'domo", "the Liir-handed", because he has an artificial arm which was built and surgically grafted to his shoulder by Liir specialists in his teen years.

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Re: The Tarkas

Post by erdrik » Fri May 06, 2011 7:17 pm

GAH!

:shock: Im in the know!

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Post by patton1942 » Sat May 07, 2011 4:26 am

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Re: The Tarkas

Post by Golden Yak » Sat May 07, 2011 8:30 pm

Hmm, wouldn't have thought a Changed would live so long. But I suppose he did go 'under the knife' with a liir...
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Re: The Tarkas

Post by Erinys » Sat May 07, 2011 8:44 pm

Always keep your eye on the Liir-touched. People who undergo Liirian medical treatment have a tendency to age abnormally slowly from then on. ;)

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