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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by theSmallerFish » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:33 pm

I wonder if for some unchanged males, the non-traditional gender roles offered by an alien faith might be part of the appeal. Don't like the system as it is, pick a new one that you do like :D. Presumably there is a parallel for some human feminists adopting the Hivers mother goddess (although I got the impression that 25th/26th century humanity had much better gender equality than modern humans).

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Sevain » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:42 pm

How does one say in Tarkasian: "This ship has been placed under quarantine by the Supreme. Do not approach under any condition." ? Or whatever repeating ominous message they would loop over and over again over radio to warn others away from a contaminated space craft.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by War1910 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:57 pm

A question that popped into my mind after the Lore Book preview for Tarka:

I noticed with the eye patterns that most of the "avatars" available in SOTS2 have the "worried" eye - this I can understand...

who are the ones with the "grieving" eye and the "happy" eye? and why would they be grieving or happy?
I used to be indecisive, now I'm not so sure...

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Erinys » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:11 am

I believe the green-eyed lady is Sara Mak'Kona, the famous Steel Lotus--she is noteworthy for her sense of humor.

The grey-eyed male is probably Mateo--his color is more meditative than worried.

The Tarka with violet eyes is probably the Silver Queen. She is a legendary figure, the Tarka equivalent of King Arthur; artists often depict her as a sad-eyed lady, because she is mourning the loss of the Silver Imperium.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by War1910 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:26 am

Erinys wrote:I believe the green-eyed lady is Sara Mak'Kona, the famous Steel Lotus--she is noteworthy for her sense of humor.

The grey-eyed male is probably Mateo--his color is more meditative than worried.

The Tarka with violet eyes is probably the Silver Queen. She is a legendary figure, the Tarka equivalent of King Arthur; artists often depict her as a sad-eyed lady, because she is mourning the loss of the Silver Imperium.

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I now know who I'm going to pick for my Tarka Avatar from now on (Sara is is!)

Wait - so the silver queen missed out on disappearing with her silver imperium? (I may have missed that bit in all the lore) - or is it just how the Tarka artists picture her?
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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Erinys » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:20 am

It's just how she is depicted.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Darv57 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:19 pm

As an example--the character of Kaylee in Firefly is very clearly a mecha empath.


Um, I've been watching Shindig again. Their is a scene where Kaylee is talking to a bunch of guys about ships and it got me thinking.

Would mecha empaths have this sort of natural affinity with each other?
Would this extend to other non-empathy psychic talents?

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Erinys » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:55 pm

It's always good to have something in common, but the gentlemen in Shindig are unlikely to be fellow Mecha-empaths. They are just fascinated to meet a lovely, bright-spirited young woman who has something of real interest to say. ;)

As for whether Mecha-empaths gravitate toward one another--they can, obviously, but so can telepaths. It can be a strong initial attractor, but it can also be a source of pain, causing one to falsely identify with a person who is otherwise rather nasty.

Don't forget that this is just a frequency one can hear, an aptitude one can possess. It does not automatically make you lovable or a good person to know. The first fellow Mechanic you run into is likely to trigger your "Oh my God you're like me!" Response, just as you might immediately identify with the first fellow telepath you met, if you were raised among the deaf.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Darv57 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:05 am

That makes sense. Having one thing in common doesn't always mean compatibility.

Thanks for the answer.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Darv57 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:34 pm

Reading over this page again and noticed that you seem to have de-emphasised the consumption of unfertilised eggs in the change. Now it just has "special dietary regimen."

Does this reflect a more competent understanding of Tarka physiology by the in-universe humans?
i.e. the old information came from Tarka pornography and over emphasised the role of the eggs, and now that humans have access to academic journals and whatnot from the Tarka so the lore has advanced to reflect that.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Azrael Ultima » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:07 pm

I don't think it reflects a more competent understanding... after all, it's a less specific expression. From what we know about the Tarka, unfertilised eggs are not considered regular food, so eating them is a special dietary regimen.
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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Erinys » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:44 pm

Darv57 wrote:Reading over this page again and noticed that you seem to have de-emphasised the consumption of unfertilised eggs in the change. Now it just has "special dietary regimen."


No change in the basic facts, just not a big repetition of all the information from the previous forum. Those thread haven't been erased.

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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by Kala~Kona » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:36 pm

A map of the ancient Tarkasian Empire made of black marble and sparkling gems.

I'm sure to walk upon this floor would be awe-inspiring...
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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by wingren013 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:36 am

What gods are the patrons of each Tarkasian Clan and Imperial family? Also what changes have occured in Tarkasian culture since the SI?
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Re: RACE: TARKA

Post by argentus » Wed May 08, 2013 7:05 pm

Erinys wrote:The Tarka civilization experienced a great revolution of thought and ethics during its transition to industrialization. The office of the Supreme Commander is one of a few results of that transformation, but the moral prohibitions against slavery are another.

Slavery is a violation of the rights of the enslaved, but also of the rights of the Gutter Castes to trade labor for the essentials of life at a fair rate of exchange. Tarkas of all social classes are now taught from birth that it is deeply and cosmically wrong, not only to be a slave but to allow slavery to be.

From the Tarka perspective, slavery drags the enslaved down into a place beneath the lowest gutter, and makes a violation out of labor which should be the pride and the livelihood of free people. It cheapens and stains the souls of all who inflict it, all who profit by it, and all who witness it and do nothing: it is a sin beyond murder.

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This to me suggests that communism in its purest form would not take well with the tarka. The essence of communism is that everyone and what they do is the same and everyone deserves the same. But right here I get the impression the Tarka would be almost...insulted by the idea because it would be devaluing their work and their potential to be something more as personified by the Change.

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