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People of the North: The Long Night
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:40:59 PM »
The Long Night was cold.  Of course, when the sun barely peeks over the horizon, it never gets warm, but this year, it was particularly cold.  The elders always talked about how the long nights were getting colder, as their elders had when they were young, probably going back generations.  But now, even the young people were starting to take notice.

At first they just slept closer together.  Then they started sleeping closer to the cooking fire.  When people started keeping the fire going even after the cooking was done, the elders became concerned.  They held a meeting of the tribe.  "We must remember that wood is a gift from our Earth Mother", exhorted Nald, one of the oldest members of the tribe.  "We do not want to foolishly use up more than She gives, like our distant ancestors did.  We have been using the same amount for cooking for generations without diminishing our supply, but if we start using it to keep warm, we may run out."

"Does anyone have any other ideas for keeping warm?" asked Nythia, a woman just a few years younger than Nald.

"We could make blankets out of rabbit skins," chimed in Lek, a young man who had just completed the rite of passage last year.

"Definitely a better idea than burning extra wood, but we still have to be careful about not taking too many rabbits," replied Nald.

They tried hard to come up with better ideas, but decided they were getting nowhere, and agreed to think about it for the night.

Rol roused everyone the next morning.  It was a special day, the halfway point between the Shortest Day and the Day of Equals.  This was the coldest morning anyone could remember.  It was Rol's turn to fetch water from the river, but he came running back, empty-handed.

"Come quick!  You need to see this!," Rol screamed. "I don't know what to do.  The river is solid!"
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Re: People of the North: The Long Night
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 08:48:05 PM »
Do they still have Weaving? Can they shear sheep or alpacas? How about Insulation and using Feathers to make Down Comforters and Parkas?  Are there Caves around like Carlsbad Caverns where it stays a steady 60F or so year round?

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Re: People of the North: The Long Night
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 09:20:44 PM »
Do they still have Weaving? Can they shear sheep or alpacas? How about Insulation and using Feathers to make Down Comforters and Parkas?  Are there Caves around like Carlsbad Caverns where it stays a steady 60F or so year round?
I like the way you're thinking....

I left a couple clues in the story.

The bit about the sun barely getting above the horizon is meant to imply that they are up near the Arctic circle.

The fact that they have never seen ice before means that they have survived an extreme global warming event... so... sheep and down are going to be very hard to come by.  Cloth weaving would also be a lost art, but basket weaving not necessarily so. :)  As far as caves go, you tell me... I was picturing Alaska for a setting.
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Re: People of the North: The Long Night
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 09:37:04 PM »
Do they still have Weaving? Can they shear sheep or alpacas? How about Insulation and using Feathers to make Down Comforters and Parkas?  Are there Caves around like Carlsbad Caverns where it stays a steady 60F or so year round?
I like the way you're thinking....

I left a couple clues in the story.

The bit about the sun barely getting above the horizon is meant to imply that they are up near the Arctic circle.

The fact that they have never seen ice before means that they have survived an extreme global warming event... so... sheep and down are going to be very hard to come by.  Cloth weaving would also be a lost art, but basket weaving not necessarily so. :)  As far as caves go, you tell me... I was picturing Alaska for a setting.

Well, if they are up here on the Last Great Frontier and have survived a Warming event and it is starting to get Colder again, the obvious solution for them would be to start migrating south again.  The neighborhood to the south would be relatively free of people at this time.

Far as Natural Caves here in Alaska, not too many I know of, but MANY old Mines.

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