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A few questions . . . posted 14 February 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":3b17idk1
All told, I would say the population of the Three Seas would hover around 75 million - just somewhat larger than that of the Roman Empire circa 300CE. Since Zeum has a big role to play in the future books, I'll take a pass on answering that one <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> [/quote:3b17idk1]

That's a lot more people than I expected . . . Lots of manpower to draw from for any future bloodshed <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

It also seems Zeum is to remain a mystery for some time . . . However I'd like to know where you would put this civilization in relation to the Three Seas and the Ancient North.

From the appendices it seems it has always been somewhat monolithic (from Angka to old Zeum to modern Zeum), without the myriad nations that characterized the Ancient North and the Three Seas.

The assumption is that culture or "advanced" civilization in Earwa started with the Norsirai in the North with the help of the Cunuroi, and then the other races, with the exception of the Scylvendi, were influenced by it.

This we know is the case with the Three Seas. But what of Zeum? Were they influenced by the North or did/do they have an autochthonous advanced civilization? Did they have extensive contact with the North before the Apocalypse? Did they fight in it and did they retain a lot more of that civilization than the Ketyai?

It's just an impression of mine but I think Zeum is actually a bit ahead of the Three Seas, in some areas at least . . . Am I running ahead of myself or is there something to this hunch?

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:3b17idk1
Unions between the races were rare, as you might imagine, but some interbreeding was inevitable. The first recorded mention of it is in the Isuphiryas, which relates the tale of Sirwitta, an Emwama slave, who seduces an u[n]named Cunuroi noblewom[a]n, who later conceives a daughter, Cimoira. This is going waaay back, though, before the Womb-Plague.[/quote:3b17idk1]

A nice bit of information. So what was this Womb-Plague, and were/are Cunuroi women sterile as a consequence? Any little Nonmen around?

I'm also interested in the Emwama's appearance. Which of the present races did they resemble more? Or were they totally unrelated?

As an aside, on the matter of race, can you say whether in far antiquity, before the move to Earwa the Norsirai and Scylvendi were perhaps one people? It's just struck me that these are both light-skinned peoples (with other shared characteristics) so a common origin is not really to be excluded . . .

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:3b17idk1
As for the skin-spies, strictly Verboten![/quote:3b17idk1]

Well I didn't think I'd get much of an answer to this one . . . <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Will we learn more about the skin-spies in TTT, specifically about what was in my question?

Thanks a lot! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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