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Bauru Pt.I

Part one of hopefully many parts

One man came to our offices willing to tell us about the atrocities he witnessed in Bauru Hospital. To protect himself from prosecution, he requested that he be referred to as SK. -Tekira Okrendaal, editor-in-chief, Lightning Weekly 

Many years ago now, I had the privilege of working at Bauru Hospital, a place where the outcasts of society were given food and charity.

Except it wasn’t a privilege. At least, not that any sane person would consider it a privilege. Or most insane people.

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Bauru Pt. IV

Pt. IV

One man came to our offices willing to tell about the atrocities he witnessed in Bauru Hospital. To protect himself from prosocution, he requested he be referred to as SK. –Tekira Okrendaal, editorinchief, Lightning Weekly

I lay still a moment, trying to catch my breath. The air was putrid with the stench of organic decay. I tried to stay out of the sewage and avoid the slimy walls of the bricked-over remains of a river, with limited success.

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Bauru Pt.III

Part Three

One man came to our offices willing to tell about the atrocities he witnessed in Bauru Hospital. To protect himself from prosecution, he requested he be referred to as SK. -Tekira Okrendaal, editor-in-chief, Lightning Weekly

It was now the coming into the first hour of darkness. (Every hour was dark in Bauru, but now, especially so). This was going to be highly illegal, but somehow, the threat of dying horribly in some dungeon (not in public, I’ll get to that) seemed better than backing out and embarrassing myself in front of R.
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Bauru Pt.II

Part II

One man came to our offices willing to tell about the atrocities he witnessed in Bauru Hospital. To protect himself from prosecution, he requested he be referred to as SK. –Tekira Okrendaal, editorinchief, Lightning Weekly

He said, ‘Children like her were stolen from their families at a young age. For the youngest children, their development is halted and their potential lost forever.’

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Announcement! (+disclaimers)

What are you looking down here for? Read the post!

I’ve had so many ideas for creative writing on this blog that I’ve wanted to do. Now,  I have an idea I think could be pretty fun to write.

First, I want to show you a map. This map is definitely not finished and will be updated and changed in the future, but it’ll do for now.

​The above is one third of the northern half of the planet Coracan’s surface. (The scale is roughly at 1cm:900km) On this map, dark green represents the lowest land while white represents the heighest altitude (a height I haven’t decided on yet, but comparable to the mountain ranges of Earth).

The humans on this world (other intelligent species exist) are, in the time period that I’m currently focusing on, in the renaissance period. This period, as may have read from my previous post, How to Classify All Time, (sorry I haven’t got a link yet) means the people of this world are going through an age where information is starting to become more and more democratic while gunpowder is starting to be realised as a weapon of war.

One point I want to focus on is that black dot about two-thirds from the bottom. While I will probably focus on many places in the future, this place will be mentioned many times, so I might as well prepare you in advance. That dot represents the location of a city called Sipigrangor. This city (and world) has a long history of not only kings, emperors, castles and nobles, but also of farmers, disease, tradespeople, death, common labourers, trying to buy food to live, disillusionment, illusionment, madness, mundanity, merriment and in short, all that actually makes me want to write about the image above.

Now for a little geography. (I actually had fun making this map, believe it or not). The city called Sipigrangor lies sandwiched between too waterways: the Garynesse Sea to the north and the Brontic Sea to the south. Between them lies an ancient canal connecting the two stretches of water and thus allowing Sipigrangor to be both a chokepoint and a gateway for trade and transport from areas further inland.

I hear you; you want me to get to the juicy stuff.

I am…(pathetic solo drumroll)

going to write about the strangest and most horrible place in Sipigrangor: Bauru Hospital (pronounced Bawroo). I plan to make a post about this place at least every other Saturday.
Okay, you want context. (I will definitely make a post that examines this ‘hospital’ in greater detail later; I don’t want this post to go on forever). Bauru Hospital is an institution that hides insane, different or ‘feebleminded’ people from society so it can charge (rich) people to see them. I know it sounds disgusting, but this ‘hospital’ was inspired by the real-life Bethlam Hospital (A.K.A. ‘Bedlam’) in which mad people (however it was defined) were chained and whipped while guests payed to view them in their cages. 

Really-not-fun fact: giant asylums (with atrocious conditions that did little to actually help anyone inside) (also, abuse of patients was common) continued to operate until the late 20th century. (These facts are from memory, so correct me if I’m wrong with appropriate citations).

I will use the stories of Bauru Hospital to examine Sipigrangor and introduce you to how the mechanics of my world work.

Disclaimers (as promised)

  •  Chromographia will not solely have Coracan-related posts. I promise there will be other types of posts, but Coracan will probably have a lot of posts dedicated to it.
  • There will still be me thinking aloud and trying poetry 

One last thing: to me, ‘Chromographia out’ sounds a bit overused, so I’m replacing it with a unique signoff. Here it is:

And, as they used to say in the ancient days, edra ngangldon ak.

How to classify all of time

How to classify all of (human) time.

What I’ve noticed, is that there are only three (or 8) periods of time that ever get written down. This is in fiction, non-fiction and could-be-non-fiction.

The Caveman Era/Post-Apocalyptic Era

Whether the world is a wasteland or a pristine wilderness, this era covers it. Anything set before the mediaevel era or after the modern period, is set here. This era is known for: zombies, grunting, fighting for resources, sparse human population and trying to build (or rebuild) civilisation.

Tech level: 300,000BC – 10000BC

If Thag and Gork, (or the lone survivors of the apocalypse) build communites larger than 150 people, (about the largest number of people that can live in one place before you start needing locks) then they leave this era.

The Classical Period

This period is the transition between the caveman era and the mediaevel era. People in this period have organised governments, but not into feudal societies. Crucially, knights in armour aren’t really a thing yet. This period is known for: statues, learning, bad representation in movies and inaccurate maps.

Tech level: 10,000BC – ~400AD

The Mediaevel Era

Once people start feudalism, this era begins. This period covers everything that has magic in it and could be described as fantasy. (Except Star Wars. I’ll get to it). This era is known for: knights in armour, blood, dragons and being the basis of endless RPGs.

Tech level: 800-1453 (AD)

(I’m sorry rest of the world that unimaginative developers don’t look past the Ural mountains or the Suez canal when making a ‘historical’ game).  

This era ends in 1453 when the walls of Constantinople yielded to Ottoman cannons.

The Renaissance Period

This period covers the time period where swords and guns coexist. It’s known for rosy views of the classical period.

Tech level: 1453- ~1700

The Steampunk Era

Once a civilisation discovers steam power, they enter the steampunk era. This era is known for: Victorians, gunpowder, steam, child labour, disease, colonialism, terrible guns, cannons and lighter-than-air aircraft.

Tech level: c.1700-1914

The steampunk era ends at 1914 tech because WWI forced the end of old steampunk-era ideas, tactics and technology.

The Modern Period

Yes, we live in a transitional period. This period is marked by: social upheaval, increasing speed of communication, improvements in living standards everywhere, the demise of disease and MAD.

Tech level: 1914- c.2035

Residents of this period could either land on another planet and pass into the interplanetary era, or press the big red button and start the apocalypse.

We live too late to consider our planet big, but too early to consider the universe small.

The Interplanetary Era

Interplanetary era stories and civilisations have achieved interplanetary travel and have an identity as species. Once a civilisation reaches the interplanetary era, the apocalypse is nearly impossible. Civilisations that make it here have until the stars start going out.

Tech level: c.2035-100,000,000,000

This era is known for: lasers, superluminal travel (faster-than-light), 2-D space battles in 3-D space and teleportation.

The Poststellar Period

Stars don’t exist anymore. The last brown dwarf has died a lonely death and the universe enters an eternal, cold and dark phase. Any intelligent life here has encased itself in metal and is running on minimal energy, waiting to die.

My favourite depiction of the poststellar period is in the Doctor Who episode: Utopia. No spoilers. (Okay, it’s an 9-year-old episode, but still…)

There’s a chance, that the universe will collapse at the end of its life and bounce back to form a new universe. And maybe, around of of those stars, dust and ice will coalasce in just the right region and…BAM (4.5 Billion years later) intelligent life!

Then we’re back where we started.
Thanks for reading this post. I know I haven’t been posting in a while; that wasn’t because I had too few ideas, but too many.

Chromographia out.

Immortality

How to not die

There are two ways to attain immortality. First, is to not die. This is the preferable option, but as no one has actually been documented to not die for more than 122 years, 164 days, the other option must be considered.

The other option is……(drum roll)……pretty difficult. Generally to gain immortality this way, you have to either be rich, powerful or intelligent. While you could be somehow known for being dim, you need at least one of the three to be immortal. Yes, this is immortality through fame.

First, I should illustrate how hard this actually is. Prime your history cortex, because this will require a little reader participation. How many famous people who are alive today can you name? You could probably name a lot of poeple if you really had to.

Now, let’s go a little further back. How many people can you name who were born after 1800 and died before 1901? This isn’t even just famous people now, you can name anyone at this stage: politicians, kings, your ancestors, criminals, anyone.

It’s a bit harder now, isn’t it? You had to think a little harder for that one, didn’t you? Though, you could get a decent handful of names quickly enough (I hope).

Now, can you name ten people who were alive in the 15th century? What about anyone born before the year 1000? We have records of more than ten people who were born before the year 1000, but most of them are merely names who don’t get into history books.

My point is, it’s incredibly hard to live forever through communal memory. In under 200 years, (unless medical advances increase human lifespan significantly in the near future, which it could) most of you will be both physically dead and forgotton. (sorry) Only a few individuals remain remembered over centuries or millenia and even then, it’s pretty much impossible for their memory to not be distorted by the passing years.

What if you want to people to have some idea of what you were like? What if you could transfer a part of your conscious experience into the mind of another human being? Well…if you wanted to do that, you could…hmmm…invent a really complicated ultra-futuristic pychoreversal module? Or, you could depict a reflection of your consciousness onto canvas, wood pulp, bits, possibly qubits depending on when you’re reading this (Oh, hi there, Tim*, I know you’re not really from the year 2059, because if you were then you would probably try to create a paradox by interfering in the pivotal events of the 21st century) or something else I haven’t mentioned.

This way, you give the person enjoying the reflection a chance to fire neurons in a similar way to you. Hm…I need a metapohor. Okay, ok, it’s like how you can remember what it was like to be a ten years younger than you are now, even though none of the atoms that made you up then are still in your body. 

Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’s better to gain immortality this way; though, it seems that there’s still a high chance of your reflection being distorted by ambiguities you left.

I want to leave you with two questions. 1: Comment the number of people from each of the time periods mentioned you could remember in a minute from memory. 2: Would you rather biologically live forever in obscurity, or be known for eternity the way you wanted?

Chromographia out.

*Name not changed. Tim does not exist.