[LMB] TSK: Dar then Fawn, omnibus reply

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Tue Jan 29 15:58:45 GMT 2019

Of Dar, Gwynne notes: 
>Dar is the best knife maker in a camp of a few thousand 
>people. Dag -- [Lakewalkers everywhere] == write songs 
>about him. ... Dag is a star, in their world. And Dar is 
>a knifemaker, a good knifemaker, but ... just known in 
>that one small camp.
     My one-track mind is now trying to stretch this very 
pertinent observation into a parallel with Boromir and 
Faramir.  The famous one who wanders and has adventures 
and the one who does an equally important duty in such 
seclusion it verges on anonymity.  And of course because 
TSK is an inversive response, here Dag is the one true to 
his task and Dar is the one flawed.  
     I said it was a stretch.  
     I do agree from observation and personal experience 
that siblings make efforts, unconscious and otherwise, to 
sharply distinguish themselves from each other. 
     Aside: My two daughters were close in age and general 
appearance and, as parents, it was convenient for us to 
dress them much alike.  I would tell anyone who asked this 
was a practical matter. Should one go astray we could point 
the to other and say, "Have you seen anybody that looked 
just like this, except in a Superman print on the jacket 
instead of Spiderman?"  It came up only once but was very 
expedient for the security guy at the festival barking more 
detailed descriptions into his walkie-talkie. Of course 
this styling drew frequent remarks. "Oooh, aren't they 
cute, are they twins?"  "No, we liked the first one so much 
we had her cloned..." BUT -- despite parental pressures or 
maybe because of them, they've made efforts to be just  -- 
different.  Bangs or no bangs. Nails, long or short. 
Glasses or contacts. The campus close to home or the one 
across town.  Different. Distinct.  Each prioritizing a 
unique permutation of virtues.  We need not immediately 
discuss how a third and male sibling goes about 
distinguishing HIMself from two sisters...) 
     Did Dar win his dispute about Dag's camp credits when 
Dag failed to show up for the camp "appeal" hearing at the 
winter site?  Or did anyone manage to secure, on Dag's 
behalf, some sort of postponement?  It seemed to me the 
terms of the impoundment was less like a "bail bond" than a 
"trust".  In the first situation the assets are pledged 
against the return of the defendent.  Failure to appear 
results in forfeiture.  In the second, the assets are 
usuallly not pledged to any party until disputes are wholly 
settled. If the latter is true there may be interest plot 
bunnies for Dag and Dar to face off, once again on their 
old dispute, in round two.       If anyone from Camp Hickory Lake is ordered to Clear 
Creek to learn to construct ground-sheilding walnuts, 
wouldn't it be Dar? Yet I almost imagine stubborn Dar, 
hearing the general description of the techniques, refusing 
to leave.  He'd claim, maybe with justification, that (a) 
he could work it out on his own; and (b) it was all Dag 
stealing and perverting his (Dar's) own techniques in the 
first place, nothing new to learn; and (taking after his 
mother, both) (c) there's really no way anything like that 
would really work; and (d) the RIGHT way to do something 
like that would be completely different and given no more 
time than that would be wasted in travel, Dar could work it 
for himself.  In all cases,  it means Dar wants to stay in 
his shop, stay away from Dag, and do his own thing.       Being Dar, he'd also, likely have some truth on his 
side.  Dag set the ideal goal for his FarmerShield idea as 
an ability to be put on and taken off.  A walnut shell 
doesn't protect its kernel in such a fashion at all. It's 
Intact or broken; it's binary; the change is one-time. But 
a leather coat, say, exactly functions in the desired on-
and-off, back-and-forth fashion. And there is already 
Lakewalker technique, if not literature, on constructing 
(Dar almost certainly wouldn't call it "fashioning" )
protective leather coats. Similarly, the ground obscuring 
skill of Lakewalkers is usually compared to a "veil" -- a 
garment than a shield. Dar would gripe that Dag had it 
wrong from the very git-go. Sufficiently stung, challenged, 
threatened and inspired, it's likely to be Dar, rather than 
Dag, who makes the most serious improvements to the 
original prototype. (Though if Arkady is in camp and the 
two of them are in competition, the WGW had better look 
out!)      Gwynne asks about Fawn: >If she was six inches taller, with straight mousy hair, 
>and not as pretty, would they have taken her a bit more 
>seriously?      The problems of bringing a farmer girl into a 
Lakewalker camp do seem to provide topics very ripe for 
more exploration, I very much agree.  <snerk!>         Half Moon Cutoff seems to have a related (so to speak) 
problem often enough to have needed and developed the 
procedures, tests, and rituals to deal with it. It's 
implied that the test is related to leading ground into a 
working or making, such as a wedding cord. I'm wondering, 
then, if Fawn's cord is more persuasive to those in 
Arkady's camp, even without Arkady's influence, due to such 
precedents?  Halfing (NO!  That's just going to start me 
off on LOTR again!)  HALF-BLOOD children in Hickory Lake 
are so unthinkable and rare that tests have not yet been 
developed, and so the evidence of such tests is rejected.  
One wonders about other camps, like Pearl Riffle.  <snerk!>   

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