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From:     "Richard J. Pugh" <rjp3@???????.edu>
Date:     Fri, 26 Aug 1994 10:47:08 -0400
Subject:  Re: Ringworlds
I was looking at Nivil (the Ringworld in Practical Planetology) this
morning, and there was a little information about how the thing might have
been created:  The writers appeared to be leaning to the "a God built it"
angle.  The astrophysical nightmare of maintaining the thing fell on an
artifact.

Perhaps even a "magical" ringworld needs some kind of control center?  In
this case an artifact?  A magical version of Nivin's Ringworld might have a
"Control Room" somewhere.  The magical creations therin are responsible for
making sure the ring remains centered to the sun, that the orbit of the
shadow squares is maintained, and so on.  This control center might perform
the tasks that the mechanical control systems did in the books, only using
magic instead of technology.

Going back to creating a Ringworld, do you think it's at all possible that
a Ringwold could be natural?  What if you took a very large torrid world
and settled it into an orbit with a fire body in the center?  You could
take a fire body in any sphere and spin a small ringworld around it.

If a ringworld was created by gods or demi-gods, what would some of there
reasons be for building a world in the shape of a giant, spinning ring?
Perhaps the dietie in question had a thing about geometric shapes.  If the
planet in "his" sphere was to have a perfectly circular orbit, then why not
make things more complete and have the world be a circle?

Where is this god now?  Who knows.  Perhaps when the Ringworld was hit with
a plague or something of the sort, most of his followers left the ring and
went to other planets in other spheres.  The god may have gone with them,
thus abandoning the ring.  In the time since, other races have carved out
nitches of their own, and today the Ring has settlements of about every
race in the known spheres, and perhaps some others: species that may be
extinct everywhere else, but survived to the present on some corner of the
Ringworld.  Such a situation would make the Ringworld a living museum of
natural history.

>Anyway, that's what we've got the Ancients/Zookeepers for, right?  How many
>AD&D campaigns in the world *don't* have some way-too-powerful ancient race in
>its history?

Very few, I'd say.  In fact, this type of scenario is a staple in about
evey fiction series and role-playing meleu I've ever seen.  By have a race
of ancients, you can set the stage for all kinds of things.

Richard
- these are the ramblings of a man suffering from hay feaver.
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