If you make rules only you can win by, they will play by other rules.
— Jesma Shirancord, “Vectors”
In ochre river valleys afoot steep white mesas the Limns, idiosyncratic inhabitants of the Braid, form tightly-knit communities of ritual, fellowship, contemplation, and resolution. The Limns communicate with a wordless language that varies between individuals and relies on instruments and complex garments that each Limn has decorated as mnemonic objects of their own personality and experience.
Limn communication and temperament follow from a property of the Braid known as the Consonance: when observing the actions of any conscious being on this lamina, you simultaneously observe the entire trail of events that led to that being taking that action. Seeing someone in frustration yell a particular insult, you will also witness their father flinging that same insult, and the causes of their father’s childhood fears that lead to preoccupation with the language used in that insult, and onwards and outwards with receding intensity the entire history that created that moment. Every interaction is a cascade of memories and history. It is dumbfounding; it is far too much information to take in at once, and yet the nature of what is experienced is immediately obvious.
With a mixture of curiosity and determination, the Limns share the Consonance, bringing mortals to this lamina to resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Opposing figures or quarreling groups are borne en masse to behold each other in the light of the Consonance, atop great white starlit plateaus where the effect is strongest, in ceremonies organized by silent Limns. Solitary mortals find themselves here too sometimes—as did this visitor—left alone with thoughts and pasts deconstructed by the Braid’s Consonance.
author realized here something she was looking for
that this lamina could help?
or that her quest was driven by her own past and she needed to let go?
observant, curious, wise, good-natured
indigenous vibe, but not caricature
it’s a little fearsome/confusing for mortals brought here
complex interactions incomprehensible to outsiders, super in tune with each other
sign language using some instrument/tool
some kind of messenger deity that helps communicate between groups/facilitate empathy?
‘We are always faced with the questions: “what must be destroyed?” and “what must be preserved?”’
forgiveness and tolerance - “i can tolerate anything except the outgroup”
‘There are a lot of people who say “I forgive you” when they mean “No harm done”, and a lot of people who say “That was unforgivable” when they mean “That was genuinely really bad”’
how do they enact it?
do people come to them, or do they go out into cardinal worlds? trainings?
do they inspire peacemakers in dreams?
maybe like ꧪ၇ဗ, great circles of devotion on this lamina that influence cardinal worlds
literally abduct people? and they think it a dream? sometimes en masse
what’s the actual process? i guess read about it
truth & reconciliation committees/events
art therapy? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_peacebuilding
“fair fighting” like a duel
“dramas” like ebru’s thing
group journeys to/from the mesas
all sides being disappointed is good
some “breath house” where you breathe in interesting things in special ways (and it responds to you, and syncs up multiple people?)
restorative justice & larger social restorative practices
victim and offender meet
get offender to understand harm caused and give opportunity to make amends
give victim an active role in process, avoid powerlessness
less or no focus on retribution
everyone affected gets to discuss how, and what should be done to repair
“because crime hurts, justice should heal”
can also be system-wide (truth and reconciliation)
victim-offender meeting with very few others present vs. wider groups. both in various cases
it’s “an incomplete model in that it fails to fix the fundamental, structural inequalities that make certain people more likely to be offenders than others”
reactive (r justice) vs. proactive (other r practices)
collaboration, not coercion
two underlying themes or dimensions: concern for self (assertiveness) and concern for others (empathy). group members balance their concern for satisfying personal needs and interests with their concern for satisfying the needs and interests of others in different ways.
Avoidance: joking, changing topic, denial, withdrawing - letting others deal, wait and see
Competitive: wine or lose, zero sum, arguments, violence, insult, try to force others to see their own views
Conciliation: compromise, bargaining, “fairness”
Cooperation: concern for all parties, conflict as creative opportunity
mechanisms for actually resolving the conflict: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_resolution#Mechanisms and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_resolution#Fundamental_strategies
In many Polynesian cultures, it is believed that a person’s errors (called hara or hala) caused illness. Some believe error angers the gods, others that it attracts malevolent gods, and still others believe the guilt caused by error made one sick. “In most cases, however, specific ‘untie-error’ rites could be performed to atone for such errors and thereby diminish one’s accumulation of them.”
The process begins with prayer. A statement of the problem is made, and the transgression discussed. Family members are expected to work problems through and cooperate, not “hold fast to the fault”. One or more periods of silence may be taken for reflection on the entanglement of emotions and injuries. Everyone’s emotions are acknowledged. Then confession, repentance and forgiveness take place. Everyone releases (kala) each other, letting go. They cut off the past (ʻoki), and together they close the event with a ceremonial feast, called pani, which often included eating limu kala or kala seaweed, symbolic of the release.
huge mesas, communities in the crevasses between
grand canyon badlands, rivers and and some trees, sunlight between the mesas
but white instead of orangered? maybe all the color drained out, white mesas over reddish brownish valleys
hot, bright sun, occasional great rains that flood
landscape should be like a healed scar? in the scars (valleys) things grow
animals? leggy things running
do you hear yourself? yes.
Flood & Crevasse
floods fill the rivers with water, mudslides too, but the rivers also deepen the crevasses
Culture & Paradigm
ꧪဥဓ regard ꧪဥဗ as an unhealthy shortcut, there is no need to discard, it is better to internalize and understand
limns who have never met have a hard time communicating, but over time bond and understand each other better. well no, the consonance makes that unnecessary? what then
symbolic language, narrative language, circumstantial language
authentic relating thing where you say why someone has done something
Bearing the Consonance
flooded land like gilbert williams pic
Figures & Groups
Festivals & Traditions
The Gift of Soil
Rumors & Mysteries
something about not fixing structural problems, just patchwork
is it ever wrong? can you make it lie? worldbuilding secrets in truth reverberating hall