Starne wrote:A several of Loa-related questions for the esteemed Erinys.
These two are kind of semantic, but have been kinda bugging me since I first read the Loa background.
Would a craft designed exclusively for atmospheric flight be considered a 'Walkabout' or a 'Steed'? I'm assuming that a craft capable of operating both in atmosphere and vaccum would be considered a 'Steed'.
There is some ambiguity in the definition, even for Loa. In general, though, anything that performs the functions of a Ship, Plane or Tank would be a Steed, in part because it will have a Core designed for ejection and recovery.
Walkabouts are more secure and long-term housing, do not have a Core which is easy to remove, and tend to be designed for longer-term occupation.
Similar to above, would a large vessel designed for traversing a planetary ocean be considered a 'Walkabout', a 'Steed', or something else entirely?
Technically a Steed, but the Loa mated to such a ship would be more likely to live in it for a very long time, and perhaps even oversee a family of smaller Loa Walkabouts.
Assuming the Loa civilization existed in a state of peace with it's 'Carbonite' neighbors, how much of an issue would Loa extremists be? EG: the "The only good Carbonite is a dead Carbonite!" crowd.
Someone more extreme might try to become Olodumare and turn the Loa in a more violent direction. The will of the Mysteries would prevail.
What would the response be to a extremist Cascade attacking an outpost or vessel belonging to a faction with which the Loa are ostensibly at peace?
War. Loa are not tolerant of being murdered or attacked by other intelligences just because they happen to be non-carbon-based. A murderer is a murderer.
How unusual would it be for a dispute between two individual Loa or two Cascades to become violent?
It can happen, as with any sentient being. The Loa are not pacifists as a rule, and warrior Loa can be prickly.
What would the response to a murder(EX: A Loa using a Walkabout to destroy the Core of another Loa for whatever reason, effectively killing the victim) be? Exile? Execution? Reeducation? Imprisonment?
Execution, exile and imprisonment are all options. "Re-programming" is not morally acceptable to a Loa.
Assuming the Loa are at peace with their neighbors, how much interest would they have in commerce? What physical goods, if any, would the Loa be interested in getting their hands on through trade with Carbonites?
The Loa have uses for Trade goods, both materially and culturally, and they also produce items that are much desired. The most famous textile artist in the SotSverse is Oxxa the Weaver, a former Tarka slave. She is a Creative Loa, the equivalent to a human artist, but she works on a much larger scale, importing fibers and dyes and experimenting with the results.