Greek Philosophy? You mean world philosophy brought to you by Muslim translators?
@DissidentKitty AND EVEN THEN it was the Abbasid Caliphate which took Chinese paper technology to the west
@CornishRepublicanArmy The Arabic merchants really got around.
@DissidentKitty They were the first humans to realize who the best species on Earth is.
@DissidentKitty (((actually, cats were domesticated in Mesopotamia)))
@DissidentKitty as far as I know, the Phoenicians brought them to Egypt
@DissidentKitty one of my favourite facts about cats in ancient Egypt is that the word for them was Mau. :D
@PsyChuan The reason why I mistakenly thought Egyptians were the first ones to keep cats when it's really Mesopotamian is because Chinese people got our cats from the Egyptians, which is why they are also called Mau in Mandarin.
@DissidentKitty Oh that's cool, I didn't know that!
@PsyChuan I'm not certain about this but Arabian merchants might be involved. Again.
@DissidentKitty Orcs should definitely have white skin
@DissidentKitty I hate that trope so much. In my setting humans are as varied as they are irl and non-humans have cultures alien to anyone on earth, not analogues to racist stereotypes
@LunaDragofelis @DissidentKitty for example, fey creatures like elves take inspiration from pratchett and traditional folk tales rather than tolkien/d&d. They're allergic to iron and project unnatural glamour. Players can be fey, but fey npcs are rare and tend more to provide (possibly double-edged) aid to spellcasters
@LunaDragofelis @DissidentKitty I think fantasty, like other sf, is basically a reflection of the society that spawned it along with hopes for the future. So for my setting I want it to, instead of reflecting mid-century racist white attitudes, reflect a vision for a better world from the viewpoint of today.
Of course I'm white myself so I have to approach the whole genre with a critical eye. So many unconscious biases are reflected in fantasy :/
@DissidentKitty the idea of a pre history high technology white civilisation was literally a fascist myth that is still pushed by many. traditional western fantasy perpetuates that shit so much
@CornishRepublicanArmy *cough* sHitler and Atlantis *cough*
@DissidentKitty ye shut up we build some sick ass huts out of literally shit and straw
@DissidentKitty I ❤️ This whole thread!
@DissidentKitty turnt: Avicii
@DissidentKitty maybe a few huts
@DissidentKitty I think this is actually quite common, at least for Egypt. Probably because they also want the advanced "race" to be "exotic".
To avoid it clashing with their white supremacy, they usually put something about the decadency of old empires.
Internet: Hold my beer...
@DissidentKitty along with the work of Heron of Alexandria and the rest of the treasure in the Toledo Library.
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