Alvyurin Ekkatran - Back on our feet
We've made an incredible amount of progress in the past few days. Taking energy from the sun, it was so obvious we couldn't see it. One of the elder [pyromancers?] has recalled [techniques] for doing such in the past, and he's been helping the younger ones train into [solar mages?]. The few [weather mages?] we have are useful as well.
search for soil
- by chippy at Thu, 25 Oct 07 08:05:52 -0400
You might like to have a look at the areas of sand where it's green and brown - these may be indications of higher organic content (soil) in the sand, or possibly plant forms. Also have a look under, as it could be an indication of different types of rock....rock that may contain minerals and metals. Good luck!
Clothing and rain
- by onceuponanever at Thu, 25 Oct 07 11:32:30 -0400
What sort of clothing do you have, Alvyurin? In the desert, it's best to have clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Seems counter-intuitive, but you need to protect yourself from the sun. Heat exhaustion can put people out of commision for a while, and heat stroke can be fatal. Also, I'm a geology student, and I was reading about the geology of deserts. I'll give you more information once I put it all together, but one thing jumped out at me. When there is rain in the desert, it occurs very suddenly, and the ground can't absord all of it. Combined with the lack of vegetation, flash floods very common. So, keep an eye out for any signs of rain, and look into moving towards that plateau. This may be your sudden change, though I'm by no means sure of it. -Alex
- by The Mirror at Thu, 25 Oct 07 12:14:10 -0400
Hello Alvyurin You don't need to plant in the soil itself if you can create a different substrate. Perhaps you could construct a greenhouse that would provide humidity (harvestable for moisture), controlled sun (so as not to scorch your seedlings), and a growth medium that you create from substances you already have. You could create this medium by combining a small amount of sand with whatever broken down organic matter you might have (have you got any livestock? Their manure would be a good start).
- by Toxic at Thu, 25 Oct 07 15:45:58 -0400
You may want to send a scouting party to the green area you mentioned. If it happens to be that there are plants there you should look for water in that area. When you are in the desert and you find plants that means there is water nearby. Also it could help with the whole soil issue. If some plants could grown there then maybe more plants could grow there.
- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Thu, 25 Oct 07 16:49:29 -0400
No, there doesn't seem to be any organic material around. The green area is green sand. The pink area is pink sand.
- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Thu, 25 Oct 07 16:50:50 -0400
I'm sorry, apparently your language doesn't have anything like that term. Hang on.
- by phonon81 at Thu, 25 Oct 07 18:25:26 -0400
Avvyurin, On our world, green sand is rich in a mineral called olevine. The green sand is created by the erosion of volcanic lava flows. Could the area in which you are located possibly be volcanically active and could this be related to the upcoming changes your astronomer predicts? As for the pink sand, I'm not sure, pink sand usually results from high amounts of coral sediment. Perhaps you could somehow extract the minerals giving these sands color and put them to use?
- by The Mirror at Thu, 25 Oct 07 19:18:40 -0400
Toxic mentioned sending scouts. I'd like to second this motion, if I may. Knowing what your surroundings are will be very helpful. Could you send out 8 scouts? One to the north, one to the north east, one to the east, one to the south east, one to the south, one to the south west, one to the west, and one to the north west? Could you send them out with enough supplies for 6 days, instruct them to walk for three days and then return?
- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Fri, 26 Oct 07 01:05:56 -0400
The [alchemists] tell me that the yellow sand is common quartz; the green and pink sands are also basically silicates; and the green sand has a large amount of alkali salts in it, in interesting layers.
- by phonon81 at Fri, 26 Oct 07 02:35:32 -0400
Alvyurin, I notice that you mentioned Keridwen in your last comment. Could you tell us more about her and how she relates to you and your current situation?
- by Toxic at Fri, 26 Oct 07 15:36:59 -0400
I agree with phonon81, if the green sand is olivine you could use it to heat your camp. Also if you could find a way to thermally isolate the olivine you could use it as another way to create electricity. Then if the pink mineral is Mica you could use it if you can press it to make the glass for a greenhouse. That is if you can find some soil. And get access to the manure. Also have you seen any wildlife there? Is there anything you can tell us about the rocks you mentioned?
- by The Mirror at Fri, 26 Oct 07 20:31:27 -0400
In our world, Keridwen is the name of a celtic nature goddess. Who is she in yours? It's interesting to me that that name would exist in both our cultures. Perhaps there is a time issue going on here (like in planet of the apes! hee hee) Can you tell me about the constellations you see in the night sky? Are there any celestial bodies that stand out? A bright star (planet) low on the horizon at dawn, for example? Do you have a moon and, if so, does it wane and wax? How long is its cycle?
- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Sat, 27 Oct 07 04:31:59 -0400
Jedditor told me he got the first three books uploaded and he thought everyone had read them!
- by The Mirror at Sat, 27 Oct 07 11:12:49 -0400
Sorry to be unclear, Alvyurin, I have read the three books. I know who Keridwen the researcher was, but I was curious to see if she was named after a mythological or historical person. For example, I have a friend named Juno, who is named after an ancient Greek goddess. I ask because I find it strange that both our cultures share such a phonetically complicated name. It leads me to believe that we might share a common history. What is the etymological source of the name Keridwen?
- by The Mirror at Sat, 27 Oct 07 11:41:23 -0400
Well, Hera was the Greek goddess, and Juno was her Roman name.
- by Alvyurin Ekkatran at Sat, 27 Oct 07 22:40:51 -0400
I don't know, I mean, that's not really my field. For us Keridwen is a historical figure, I even once met someone named after her! (Some people think she's actually mythological, but let's not get into denominational squabbles here...)