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Something's going to happen in "half an hour." Would people in this sort of culture even have hours? Or methods of telling time that accurate?

These people have records and maps, but hardly any vegetation for paper-making--what are they writing on?

A character just destroyed something of value in an unfamiliar town. Do they have police? Guards? Judges? Courts?

They're in the marketplace--how are they going to pay for things? Coins (if so, what metal)? Barter?

And perhaps most importantly, where the heck am I going to put this army?

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robinellen
May. 31st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
LOL -- I've been here ;) On the one hand, it's kind of fun to have total creative control over an entire world...but man, it's exhausting to think of everything!
megancrewe
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
It is! I can see why some fantasy writers end up setting most of their stories in the same world, even if the actual stories and characters are completely unrelated. Makes things much easier!
anywherebeyond
May. 31st, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Hahahah, well, it's NASTY, but you know what you can do about the paper? Sort and wash through animal and human dung to isolate leftover undigested fiber in the waste, and make paper out of that.

*bows*

*washes hands on way out*
megancrewe
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
That is one awesomely gross piece of info. ;) I'm going to keep that in mind for future use.
mysticturtle
Jun. 1st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Hourglasses! Or maybe sundials depending on how good their astronomy is.

Parchment is made from sheepskin. It's more expensive than paper but it works. Erm, I think it's the same thing as vellum?

You gotta figure everywhere has some kind of peacekeeping force, and even the smallest village will have an elder that can settle disputes.

Different cultures have used all kinds of things for money. It's not too unbelievable to wave your hands and say there's a copper mine somewhere for making coins. Barter works, but you'd figure that a kingdom together enough to have paper and an army would also have currency.

Um.....in tents?

I know I'm a bit of a know-it-all, but I hope this gives you some ideas at least. It's completely fair to borrow ideas from other cultures and/or other fantasy settings. Okay, enough babbling from me.
megancrewe
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm mostly borrowing from Mesopotamian and Egyptian societies, so I'm able to find answers to most things--it's finding answers that don't require me to completely change some major part of my story. ;)

I did not know about parchment and sheepskin, though! That's very useful--thank you!
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