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    Grandmaster Greytalker

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    Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:52 am  

    This thread is hitting the same turf as the Cultures in Greyhawk thread. I agreed with Rasgon, that it few things fit exactly, and then...


    jamesdglick wrote:
    rasgon wrote:
    Nothing fits exactly...


    -Agreed.

    If the geography fits, the ethnicity or language looks funny, or if the culture and political system fits, then the climate is off, etc. Even if that fits, its neighbors won't fit in with the meme. I do not normally spend too much time trying to get precise equivalents, especially not in the way Avalon has, since I think it requires too many compromises...


    I accidentally posted this here, but I guess it fits...

    ...went on for several pages to try to do that anyway. Confused

    As for this thread, I'd always thought Wales, and that's where Living Greyhawk went (in a rather overly literal way, I thought...).

    And Mystic Scholar has a new avatar. Not creepy like the last one, but I still prefer the "sage in repose" look.
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    Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:27 pm  

    jamesdglick wrote:
    This thread is hitting the same turf as the Cultures in Greyhawk thread. I agreed with Rasgon, that it few things fit exactly, and then...


    -Bump for this topic:

    http://www.canonfire.com/cf/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=58913#58913

    Odd, this comment is:

    jamesdglick wrote:
    ... And Mystic Scholar has a new avatar. Not creepy like the last one, but I still prefer the "sage in repose" look.
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    Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:49 pm  

    I'm late to this thread, but I figured I'd chuck in some inputs anyway.

    In the time of the Frankish Empire, Charlemagne established the Spanish March to act as a buffer between Frankish lands and Muslim lands in Spain. The Gran March and Bissel appear to serve an identical function. I suppose that doesn't really say much about the feel of the location, though...

    The Rovers of the Barrens suffer from an identity crisis, as (according to LGCS) they are nominally headed by an Ataman (usually Cossack title?), but also have a sachem (Native American leadership title). The combat style described (lariats, bows and arrows, lances, axes and daggers, fighting on horseback) is clearly supposed to be Plains Indian. However, I prefer to interpret it as Scythian/Sarmatian, since they fought in this manner as well. Evil Grin No mention of armor made of horse hooves or working in gold, of course, but this is an intentional deviation from the canon on my part. (Given that the northern Flan all have a Slavic feel to them, and that the Sarmatians are viewed by some as being related to the Slavic peoples as well as the Celts, I feel this works out.)

    Despite the fact that their culture is largely Germanic (via the Allemani), Switzerland strongly asserts it's Gallic roots; the name they use for their own country (Helvetica) is a term that goes back to when it was all Gauls up in the Alps. Assuming you can accept Flans = Celts (and the Gauls being a Celtic people), then the Perrenlanders are a perfect match for the Swiss, even if dark.

    My two coppers.
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    Sat May 04, 2013 1:19 pm  

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FantasyCounterpartCulture
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