Hey Cherie, long time reader, first time caller comm A few things:It looks like there’s a typo in the first sentence of the Titus article: “and yhe seat of the planet’s government”The Tevarin Purge article describes the severance of Tevarin from their traditional culture as voluntary, but the Tevarin Diaspora emphasizes that the Tevarorcibly resettled. I know those are technically different “moments” (abandonment of culture, vs. removal from a place) but they are obviously closely related, so it seems to me like an oversight. For what it’s worth, and I don’t want to go all “I’m-Kenmore-and-I’m-an-architect” over it, but I’m an Anthropologist and forced resettlement has historically been a key part in the deliberate dilution/destruction of minority cultures. It would seem more consistent to me to describe the abandonment of Tevarin culture to be, at the very least, coerced, if not forced, unless the Galactapedia is an unreliable narrator in this case. (Although I really like the detail that some simply went somewhere else to do their own thing, and I’m excited to see how that plays out).We’re told The Outsiders engage in trade that’s characterized by outgoing high quality goods, but no incoming goods (for fear of corruption by outside products). Is the meaning here that they don’t import finished products (as opposed to raw materials), or do they just sell their goods for currency with no inflow of goods or materials at all? In which case, to what end? What’s the cash outflow? Is it just a form of evangelism, and when traders leave they go and burn the credits in the woods? I realize that this is an example of seeding a mystery for exploration in the finished game, so you can’t or won’t give a direct answer. But I guess what I’m getting at is that reciprocity is essential to trade. That’s undermined here, and it’s not clear if it’s an oversight or if it’s deliberate.Finally, I had a spirited lore debate abon discord today. I realize this is not the place to ask lore questions or ask you to adjudicate the argument loe. But assuming that the lnd/or others) have put thought into how the floating platforms of Orison function, I’m wondering if that’s something we’ll hear more about in the future.
Thanks Cherie! Love the work of the lore team, and I’m super excited that Galactapedia is getting more love this year.
The diaspora is about the general movement and forced relocation of Tevarin after the First Tevarin War (2546 onward). They did not reject their culture at that time, nor tear down their temples, nor denounce their language, etc. Many certainly became disconnected with their culture but held on to it as hard as they could, given their awful circumstances. Many Tevarin fled to other worlds rather than be relocated (this is where Corath’thal comes from in the Second Tevarin War). Cultural dilution as you describe it absolutely took place!
The Tevarin Purge was a specific movement that most Tevarin took part in after the end of the Second Tevarin War, in a specific time period (2603 and into 2604). They were not coerced into tearing down their temples, burning records, etc; it was a violent, destructive, mass rejection of who they once were. This isn’t something that we are putting forth as common practice by any civilization; it was very strange, not something that even the Xi’an had ever seen. No one coerced or forced them to do it (though the Messer government at the time certainly would have seen this as a good thing).
I need to check with my team before I answer your Outsiders question to make sure I can say what I want to say. Watch this space for edits later.
As for how the Orison platforms float, this is something that will ultimately be worked out when we build them in-game. I personally think they utilize Xi’an anti-gravity tech (the Xi’an are wizards at anti-grav).