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From:     Deviant <deviant@????????.??.ca>
Date:     Mon, 09 Sep 1996 18:43:56 -0500
Subject:  Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism
> No, even ignoring the fact that the Sphere is closed, 3 of the subspecies are
> ONLY found on Athas. That implies they developed there from the parent race,
> which MAY have come from outside, but even the thrikeen of Athas are
> different from the TK everywhere else.

Well, Athas is a certainly unique place. And the introduction of a new
race into that environment would certainly cause adaptations in the
race. You addressed the possiblity that the Thri-Kreen originated on
Athas, now examine the other possibility: That the Thri-Kreen are
foreigners there. Not to mention it is just as likely that all
Thri-Kreen devolved simultaneously in the same way, as to assume that
parallel evolution created a similar race called the Thri-Kreen in a
wholly different environment. Unless of course the sphere isn't closed.
Heh.

>
> If the TK had started on Athas, then spread out, would there be indications
> of the other subraces and the spell using ability, as well as the psionics,
> SOMEWHERE.

Over millions of years? I severely doubt it is a necessity. The Juna
were an even more expansive race and look at how many examples of their
race there are in the universe. Comparitively few. It is concieveable
that over that length of time, all evidence of their spell use has been
eradicated. At least near the human core, (ie Krynn, Oerth, and Toril)
who is to say where their starting point was.

> But that's just my opinion, based on what is, essentially, circumstantial
> evidence. And Occam's Razor.

Was that honestly the most _obvious_ solution? :)

Well aside from which. It makes more sense to assume that the Tohr-Kreen
and their lesser counterparts came from the outside and are not native
to Athas. Think of how evasive the Tohr-Kreen are about their home. For
those of you interested in incorporating Athas somehow into your
campaigns, you could look at the reaction of the Tohr-Kreen to the
defilers. Their whole reluctance to divulge the secret of their home,
i.e. wildspace, could be seen as their desire for keeping the knowledge
from the Sorcerer Kings. The whole campaign could revolve around the
PC's inadvertantly upsetting the delicate political situation on Athas,
unwittingly delivering the information into the hands of one of the
Sorcerer Kings, forcing the Tohr-Kreen to tip their hands and take an
active role in the situation. Any number of adventures could spin off of
the idea. Think about it.
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Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Game Master    30 Aug 1996 03:08:42
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Eugene Shumu1insky    30 Aug 1996 13:31:19
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Paul Westermeyer    30 Aug 1996 19:54:11
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    James Perry    30 Aug 1996 20:44:19
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Eugene Shumu1insky    03 Sep 1996 13:43:56
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    James Perry    03 Sep 1996 21:50:25
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Eugene Shumu1insky    04 Sep 1996 13:31:46
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    James Perry    05 Sep 1996 23:01:39
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    05 Sep 1996 23:14:09
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Eugene Shumu1insky    06 Sep 1996 01:14:13
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    James Perry    09 Sep 1996 20:41:28
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    James Perry    09 Sep 1996 20:49:02
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    09 Sep 1996 21:01:17
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Eugene Shumu1insky    09 Sep 1996 21:10:44
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Deviant    09 Sep 1996 22:44:08
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    09 Sep 1996 22:58:16
Re: The Common Tongue! & Realism    Deviant    09 Sep 1996 23:43:56

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