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cowboy_r: Calling a snail escargot doesn't stop it from tasting like a salty loogie.

That was very hard to translate. Sythyry's form of Ketherian is the high-class language for food: it's already effectively French.

Bard: "Calling a snail 'snail-in-Mrasteian' doesn't stop it from tasting like a salty loogie." The words sound nearly the same, like 'snail' and 'snale', so I had to say "in Mrasteian".

Sythyry: "Yes, it does. If it's prepared by a Mrasteian chef, a snail tastes like a salty loogie containing an incendiary combat spell."

Bard: No, that's the wrong shade of meaning. Perhaps 'snail-in-the-Nice-Language? At least the words are more different.

Sythyry: Then it would taste like a salty loogie prepared in the Umtangeian style, would it not? I do not specifically know how they cook snails. Plum vinegar perhaps?

Bard: "No, that's getting more wrong. "Calling a 'snail-in-Umtangeian' a 'snail-in-Ketherian'" might be more accurate."

Sythyry: "Is it supposed to taste like a familiar and comforting salty loogie?"

Bard:"No, that's not what he's getting at."

Sythyry:"Actually, I have had Mrasteian snails. They don't seem nearly as mucus-like after they've been deep-fried in spicy batter. Though I daresay the same would go for actual mucus as well."

Bard:"No, he's speaking metaphorically. He's saying, 'Even if you call an unpleasant food by a fancier name, it is still an unpleasant food'."

Sythyry:"That makes no sense. He's obviously talking about snails, since I was talking about snails. And snails aren't an unpleasant food."

Bard:"I don't believe he likes to eat insects either."

Sythyry:"Tell your friend with the refined sensibilities that he should try them deep-fried in spicy batter."

Bard:"He's not asking for recipes. I think he's making a point about fancy language not covering up an underlying noxious reality. Probably related to the various dancing that the wizards were doing avoid using some unpleasant and accurate words about the wars they were planning to start."

Sythyry:"Which is all very well, and I certainly appreciate the sentiment, but why is he insulting snails in particular?"


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Gacked from pyat: Yes, it’s the “controversial meme!”. For your convenience and safety, I'm going to get Vae's answers, for nendrai when appropriate, but giving her a basic education in the topics.

  1. [1] Would you do meth if it was legalized? The meth I would do if a prime gave it to me. The precautions I would take would be, an aeddfediant upon the meth so that it would become water if any surprising situation were to occur.
  2. [2] Abortion: for or against it? The egg should be laid in many cases, though if the mother's Corpador and Spiridor skills are sufficient, she may turn the egg into something harmless without risking getting bits of her own body. But laying an egg is not a great danger to a nendrai. The after it is laid, it can be destroyed.
  3. [3] Do you think the world would fail with a female president? The failure would come from having a president! The world is too big and too messy for one person to rule.
  4. [4] Do you believe in the death penalty? The death penalty is very real! The friends of mine risk it now and then! The die-seven-times-and-then-be-imprisoned-for-life penalty I have heard of happening.
  5. [5] Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already? The law against the wild herb seems somewhat crazed in the first place.
  6. [6] Are you for or against premarital sex? Not often do nendrai marry! Not easily do we live together, for we are proud and vicious. If there were no premarital sex, there would be no new nendrai. The good thing this would be, until Gnarn makes a worse monster.
  7. [7] Do you believe in God? The instrument of discord and terror of a god am I. The belief is beside the point.
  8. [8] Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized? It is, in all places I know. The cross-species marriage seems more troublesome than not, save for a few compatible species, I suppose.
  9. [9] Do you think it's wrong that so many aliens (of race, not ETs) are illegally moving to the USA? If humans can live together normally -- and I hear they do -- then there should be no major concerns. The nendrai who moves into the territory of another nendrai (or any other great beast) must expect a substantial battle.
  10. [10] A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it? The eggs take far longer than twelve years to hatch, so the baby cannot be hers. The mother of the baby should get the baby back as soon as appropriate. Not instant this may be: perhaps the girl is the babysitter. (Or perhaps there has been some violence of Tempador cast upon her? If she cannot raise her own baby properly, best to kill it and try again when she can.)
  11. [11] Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen? The long-aged alcohols can be quite nice! Limiting the aging to eighteen years would be a pity. Revision after explanation: Nendrai should never be allowed to drink to drunkenness, no matter how old they are. Not safe enough are we when we are sober.
  12. [12] Should the war in Iraq be called off? The war that has gone for more than a week or two is already lost by both sides.
  13. [13] Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree? The happily enough will I assist any friend with their suicide, if it comes to that.
  14. [14] Do you believe in spanking your children? The I believe in conjuring up packs of dangerous elementals and sending them to attack your children. For how else will your children learn to fight? But pain for its own sake is to be avoided: your child and your playthings ought to be separate.
  15. [15] Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars? Not simply that! The vast spray of fireworks it would become, for all the city to see. Not by halves does a nendrai entertain!
  16. [16] Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama? Not well do I appreciate the details of this contest. But Obama seems less likely to die and be replaced by an idiot than McCain.
  17. [17] Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers? The judgment of Sythyry I am well used to. The judgment of Oixe would be similar to my own. What others should I think about?


(Gacked and hacked from allessindraYou're on my friends list. I'd like to know 27 things about you. Just copy and hit reply and paste in the comments section with answers. (All comments are screened) Thanks!

Then copy the meme and see if anyone answers you. You'll be surprised how much you didn't know about your friends!

  1. Do you have any radiation damage?
  2. How old are you?
  3. Are you single, taken or somewhere in-between?
  4. Jammies, t-shirt or naked in the bathtub?
  5. Am I addicted to job trouble?
  6. Do you dance in color?
  7. Would you like some white wine to go with your quails?
  8. Ever seen a limnetic hellgrammite?
  9. Which of the following games are you most like a character from: Chess, poker, D&D or WoW?
  10. How did we meet?
  11. Why aren't you afraid of plums?
  12. Are lives are really just reproductive modes? Or is there more?
  13. If you could go anywhere or do anything with me, what would it be?
  14. Do you trust the city guard?
  15. Do you like puppet shows?
  16. What is your fondest memory of me?
  17. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
  18. Would you cheat?
  19. What are you making?
  20. What's your favorite 'silly' vice.
  21. Would you hide evidence for me if I asked you to?
  22. If I only had one day to visit, what would we do together?
  23. Which do you prefer - short or long tail?
  24. What's your favorite phrase of the moon?
  25. What's your favorite color?
  26. If you could bring back anyone that has died, who would it be?
  27. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you?
  28. Is it strange to want to have a good book with people of the opposite sexual orientation?
  29. Why is a decorous necromantic Mafioso throwing a chain saw at me?
  30. What was your first impression of me?
  31. Cani, Sleeth, or ...
  32. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?
  33. What do you think of my 27?

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I'll join in the BS test meme. (gacked from chipuni.

Post five statements about yourself. Four must be true, one must be an outright lie. How well do you know me?

  1. When I eat peas or other small round foods, I feel obliged to arrange them in a circle and eat them clockwise, starting at the bottom.
  2. I cannot actually fall asleep without a tot of brandy anymore.
  3. I want to get a bright glowing orange star on my chest, to contrast with my otherwise somewhat excessive dim blueness. I haven't quite gotten around to doing this as an enchantment project yet.
  4. I have fifteen small Vheshrame flags on little dowels pointing up around my bedroom. Most of them are being used as bookmarks. They are in case a Vheshrame city official visits and questions my loyalty.
  5. The last time I got sufficiently drunk, I fondled a great deal of Anoof. Anoof was a great deal of tolerant. Probably because he was sufficiently drunk.
  6. I want to get a swarm of bees as a pet.
  7. I'm still upset at Spirshash.


This is not scientific, and, therefore, likely to be flamed.

According to the Department of Approved Research, there are twelve kinds of females. This report is correct, undeniable and not subject to revision.

  1. Females about whose heads constantly orbit several ceramic coffee cups.
  2. Females who frequently wrap copper-niobium wires around legendary undead spirits.
  3. Females who construct starships from the contents of the Fort Knox treasury.
  4. Females who have been inducted into the Mystic Brotherhood of Urtz Xshashem P%n%rry $*##@#$!
  5. Females who have recently been flung from a large catapult and will crash into the Stone of Spone within seconds.
  6. Females who have slain the Witch-King of Zongmar at least once. And we're not talking video games here either.
  7. Females who professionally register chromed kites with the Department of Approved Aviation.
  8. Females who would unambiguously prefer a slow agonizing death at the stinger of the Doom Scorpion of Plung to spending a pleasant evening alone or with a few friends.
  9. Females whose revenge upon Genghis Khan has been swift and invincible and involving at least 12,000 gallons of blood.
  10. Females whose collection of butterscotch sculptures of famous classical symphonies is unarguably supreme in the entire universe.
  11. Females whose brilliant use of farm equipment has prevented the Fimbulwinter.
  12. Females currently dancing upon heaps of skulls for purposes of computer programming.
  13. Females who have appeared in supporting roles in the immortal TV horror show, "The Brady Bunch".

ObQuiz: Which are you? No excuses are acceptable, including claims of not being female.

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The questions have been bipping around here and there for a while.

Question IC OOC
1.) What do you think caused your heterosexuality? Being queer, of course. (My species is hermaphroditic; no other decent species is. I am traff (viz. transaffectionate) -- I am only interested in people of other species. Who, therefore, must have a different sex from me, and thus my interest in them may be termed heterosexual. Only a strictly homosexual Zi Ri could be considered non-queer.) I'm pretty sure it's biological in origin. At least, I can't remember any epiphany of heterosexuality.
2.) When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual? A few months ago, under the influence of a very cute Orren man. I have not yet done. I could be bisexual in some degree. I also identify as neuter-sexed, which makes the question of sexual orientation more confusing.
3.) Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just a phase that you may grow out of? Of course not! Perhaps, though after seventeen years' enthusiastic relationship with the same opposite-sex person, it seems unlikely.
4.) Is it possible that heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex? Considering who my grandparents are, I would describe any fear of members of the same sex as entirely reasonable. As one component of several, perhaps.
5.) Do your parents know you are straight? Do your friends, co-workers and/or roommates know? Yes, on the whole. Many of them disapprove quite strongly. My parents do know, and many of my friends. I tend to conceal the topic at work and on-line, except when it is somehow relevant.
6.) Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can't you be who you are and be quiet? It's a matter of politics -- transaffectionate politics, of course, concerned with the species rather than the gender involved. I do try to be quiet about it. However, now that my partner and I have a child, it's somewhat harder to hide.
7.) Why do heterosexuals put so much emphasis on sex? Doesn't everyone? I don't put much emphasis on it. I can't speak for anyone else.
8.) Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to introduce others to their lifestyle? I think more people should be free to date outside their species, regardless of the sexes involved! I don't.
9.) A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual (97%). Do you consider it wise to expose children to heterosexual teachers? What is this nonsense? I'm not sure about this statistic, nor am I sure if the true number is, indeed, a disproportionate number. Even accepting it, I think that practical issues, for one, limit our ability to eliminate heterosexual teachers.
10.) Just what do men and women do in bed together? I wouldn't know ... my boyfriend wouldn't even touch me when I was female. Or male. Snuggle exhaustedly and hope the baby doesn't wake up?
11.) Bearing in mind the current divorce rate, why are there so few stable relationships between heterosexuals? It's probably the Orren ... Orren can't stay married for more than a few years. I think the answer is pretty complicated. The ideal of romantic love -- and the misconception that love doesn't require maintenance -- might get a good share of the blame.
12.) Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone was heterosexual? I know nothing of that species. My universe isn't overpopulated; rather the opposite. A serious concern, to be sure. Though non-heterosexuals are quite capable and willing to procreate as well as heterosexuals.
13.) There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals. Techniques have been developed that might enable you to change if you really want to. Have you considered aversion therapy? I despise mind-magic in all its forms, as do all decent people. If (1) I hadn't made life-long promises to my partner, and (2) I thought that heterosexuality were actually the issue, or even related, I might consider it. Under the circumstances, though, it seems inappropriate and unwise.
14.) Would you want your child to be heterosexual, knowing the problems they would face?Ow! I have no children, and plan to stay that way for centuries to come! I know that my child -- like anyone -- will face a wide range of problems, regardless of sexual orientation. I hope that he finds excellent love. I am not going to be too fussy on the details.

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Married and sued [1 April 2006]

First of all, Ghirbis and I eloped this morning. It was a marriage of convenience. This is perfectly unremarkable, and unconsummated. I forget why we did it. Drunk or something.

Then Milirant showed up with a lawyer. He was suing me for Deprivation of Revenge, and Loss of a Sinecure, and Possession of a Seven-Winged Flamey Thing, and stuff like that.

Well, that was a bad combination, to be sure. My eyes started changing color to match my mood. Suddenly I was the best at everything, despite having no training, and nobody understood me at all, and then suddenly this telepathic mystical reindeer showed up and we got soul-bonded. That pissed off Ghirbis -- my wife! -- and my eyes turned a sort of speckled puce at the situation. Humiliating.

Then ... so much doom

Strenata:"Sythyry, I am gratuitiously and precariously in love with you!"

Me:"That's several months too late..."

Anoof:"And I, too, am in love with you, though mainly as an apology for setting you up with Ilottat."

Me:"I am not ready for a Cani in my life."

Ghirbis:"Despite having just married you, I actually love you too, Sythyry!"

Me:"But you promised not to!"

Chrentothany:"Similarly, I, medically and professionally, love you!"

Me:"Who are you?"

Chrentothany:"Look in the Dramatis Personae."

Me:"Oh, right. "

Levande:"I love you, despite, or perhaps because of, you tormenting my mammae for the last few months."

Me:"Oh, dearie."

Jarmiet:"I dutifully and professionally love you, perhaps becaue you have been a moderately adequate employer."

Me:"Aieee! Another Cani!"

Leiska:"I am in love with you, for Anoof's sake."

Me:"Another Cani? "

Llethillasessat:"You're so cuuuute! I loooooove you!"

Me:"The doom!"

Nthuur:"Since I was unable to kill you before, I have decided to love you."

Me:"The further doom!"

Pazi-Pazi:"prrr prrr prrrrrrrr"

Me:*breathes fire on Pazi-Pazi*

Pazi-Pazi:(hurt look, flees smouldering)

Ptefshi:"I hereby love you!"


Tethezai:"And I, for my part, love Dustweed."

Me:"The doom ... no, the what?"

Tethezai:"I love Dustweed. "

Me:"Oh. Right."

Valeriant:"I ordinarily cannot speak, but I have temporarily overcome my vocal defect to inform you of my undying affection."

Me:"Alas, but you are better off silent."

Yarwain:"I love you, rrai!"

Me:"You're not even trying to keep to your proper characterization."

Milirant's lawyer:"I have just noticed that you are the half-sibling of Hezimikkinen, and, thus, exceedingly hard to sue. Can we settle out of court?"

Me:"Four hundred lozens?"

Milirant's lawyer:"That seems a small price for avoiding a court battle with you -- done! Our lawsuit is over!"

Everyone:"Sythyry! Your eyes are now monochromatic! We no longer love you!"

Me:"Just as well. Except for the Orren, of course. "

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http://www.kathycarmichael.com/generator.html doesn't work very well for me, does it?

Sythyry's Journal is a 250,000 word fantasy novel set in 4260-1 World Tree. Sythyry is a a naive college student who believes in her culture's values without examining them or understanding them very deeply. She wants love, because She's young and horny. She is prevented from attaining this goal because She's a member of a very rare species, and kind of clueless.