Anonymous asked: elkas not married (i think???) - is that unusual or bad? is there a serious single hood stigma for the ladies? what IS the state of marriage in kasslyne?
Naw, Cresce is totally cool about getting married whenever you want or not at all. Elka’s mother bugs her about it though, of course :3
Alderode would be a different story. If you’re a female Plat or a Silver and you’re not married or at least betrothed by 14, there is something wrong with you.
Anonymous asked: how does cresce encourage entrepreneurship with its current economic model where greed is "illegal"?
Cresce’s is a command economy, so there isn’t “entrepreneurship” as we understand it. The city-states and the State itself fund research and industry according to the needs of the country and its citizens.
Anonymous asked: is being a "child lover" legal or acceptable in kasslyne? they seem to treat it in a rather light-ish manner, all things said and done. sette hardly seems bothered, and that (now traumatized) happy tentacle lady didn't seem too worried
Our very disapproving attitudes towards minors and sex is a relatively modern development. Most cultures throughout history haven’t thought much about marrying young girls or bedding young girls or boys. Even now outside the western world the sexual innocence of younger teens isn’t all that valued in a lot of places. It’s the same in Kasslyne. Kasslyne is also a much less sexually repressed place overall (an exception being Alderode). There’s not the same shame and stigma when it comes to sex, probably as a result of the cultures that arose from their very different religions.
Anonymous asked: According to the faiths in Unsounded, are the gods/god the tools of the khert, or is the khert the tool of the gods/god? Could the deities change the rules of the khert, or must they work within that framework? Are the beliefs on the matter different for the Ssaelit and the Gefendur? Basically, are the gods/god in Unsounded believed to be omnipotent?
Matty’s tale here is a good summary - http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_24.html
The gods created the khert. It’s a servant composed of their collective wisdom and values, and does all the thinking and planning and maintaining so they don’t have to. Thinking too much gives Riv a headache.
The Gods exist outside of the khert, so they don’t really need to fuss with it. They live in a lawless realm of benevolent chaos where thought is action is destruction is creation. It’s really quite incomprehensible to temporal mortals bound by nature. But yes, the Twin Gods are considered omnipotent, and they could reforge the khert if they wanted to, but the idea is a bit blasphemous to suggest since the Gefendur believe that the gods, the khert, and the natural world itself are Perfect.
The Ssaelit have a different opinion. They believe that the gods created the khert, but they did a terrible job of it. They see the gods as selfish tyrants that needed to be conquered, and set Ssael up as their mortal champion, who did just that. But Ssael didn’t dismantle the khert when he took over the Outside world, believing that he didn’t alone have the knowledge to forge something better. Ssael’s a humble sort. So he waits and watches and invites other men and women to him to share in the Godhead and one day in the distant future help him remake the world.
That’s the biggest different between the Gefendur and Ssaelit. The Gefendur accept subservience to the divine while the Ssaelit believe they have the potential to become the divine.
Anonymous asked: What's the worst and best freelancing job you've gotten so far?
Aww, man, I can’t answer that publicly XD I plead the Fifth.
<3 I love all my clients <3
Anonymous asked: What was your artistic journey like? I know you went to college, but what about before and after (and a little during, I suppose.) Did you grow up drawing? Did you not get serious until college, or before, or after?
I’ve drawn all my life. My mom would tell me stories about the Bert and Ernie I drew in preschool that was so good the teacher stole it. I drew all the time as a kid, all in the backs of my Berenstein Bears books, got older and copied out of comic books, then started my own comic in junior high about ducks. I was in a visual arts magnet program at my high school, and won a few local awards for various things. I remember my high school art teachers with much more fondness than I do my college art teachers. I had some great ones.
I always wanted a career in the arts, and I was focused on animation for a long time. I even majored in Computer Animation when I entered college, but I loved to draw too much and wound up switching majors to Illustration. College was, on the whole, fine, but almost everything I learned during that period was self-taught. They only had one digital illustration class and a lot of the other instruction was very dated and I never used it again afterwards. In retrospect it feels like I put out a bunch of money (and am continuing to pay) for the luxury of four years of self-study time.
Anyway, I did a comic for my senior thesis but I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I graduated. Fortunately I fell into a pretty good job doing video game graphics six months later, but then the company was bought and closed down. The next few years I had a few different jobs as a production artist for giftware companies, but I hated both of them a lot. Eventually I decided to get out of there and do freelance, which works out okay but it’s a lean sort of living and not one I’d recommend.
I guess art is something I’ve just always done, right up there with sleeping and eating. It is a required daily function :)
Anonymous asked: about how big of a vocab did you develop for Tainish?
It’s nothing terribly impressive. I have my phonemes figured out though so I can easily make up new words as I need them.
Anonymous asked: Vapid, shallow Unsounded question: Does Lem sing well?
Ha, I’m sure he does.
Anonymous asked: Are there any "devils" in the two major religions? Is there a satan-like figure (or ultimate evil)? Tirna sometimes seems a little shifty, but not full-on princess of destruction and hell... for that matter, does anyone rule sea-hell?
There’s no Satan or Hades equivalent, no. Tirna is traditionally a fickle goddess - a shifty goddess - and the most human of the gods so consequently the wickedest of them, but she’s just as often understanding and helpful. She likes rogues and people who break the status quo, and she’s pretty ruthless in the Scriptural stories when she wants something, so I think that’s why Sette is keen on her.
The Hells don’t need a ruler. They’re not a punishment; not a place that was officially established at some point and set up for sinners. They’re an aberration in the world for souls that aren’t compatible with the khert, or which die outside of the khert and can’t be taken care of. It’s a pretty desolate, dark place. No one would want to rule it.