Joined 9 years ago from Castle Larnas, Jirand // Chentham Bridge, England
My name is Ta'caal and I am a bard. I make my home in Castle Larnas, in southern Jirand, but my travels take me all over Esya, from the Forests of the east, to the beaches of the west coast. I hope one day to visit the Porpoise Islands, and perhaps even travel beyond Esya to uncharted lands. As you can tell, the adventures of my youth have left me with a love of travel.
Once, when I was still only a child, I went to another world, another reality: the world of the Simanchë. Although I will never again set foot on that world, I think of it often. I can still contact my Simanche friend there, Mark, from time to time. It is he who asked me to write this description of myself for something he calls “the web”. I didn’t understand when he first explained it to me (I’m not entirely sure I understand it even now) but it seems to be a way of spreading information without bards. NOT an arrangement I am in favour of, for if it caught on over here in Esya I would quickly be out of work; but Mark tells me it needs electricity to work it, so it seems my job is safe for now.
These essays were originally for my own use, a way to puzzle out the world my friend Mark calls home. I mentioned them to him once, and he asked if he might borrow them to read. I was a little embarrassed to let him see them, afraid he might laugh at my clumsy attempts to understand his culture, but when Mark handed my work back the next day he seemed impressed. He even asked if he might copy them, something which I thought would take several days as even back then I had written many pages. But he used a piece of Simanche technology he called a "photocopier", and a few minutes later had the whole stack of pages copied. I meant to ask him more about the "photocopier" machine, but he surprised me by asking my permission to put my essays on his “web”. By the time he finished explaining that to me it was very late and we were both tired. I said OK to the “web” thing, and Mark asked me to write a description of myself to put in the “profile”. I still don’t know what that is, but I’m sure Mark will explain it to me when I give him this page.
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Hello, Mark here, Ta'caal's "Simanche friend", although you would probably call me Human. I thought his essays should have a wider audience, so I'm posting them here as fast as I can type them up. Which is not very fast.
Bear in mind that Ta'caal is writing for an Esyan audience, so sometimes he might be a bit hard for us to understand. That's when I'll be here, in all my italicised glory, to try and make things a bit clearer. That's the only thing I'll do - I won't change anything Ta'caal writes, even if I think it's wrong. This isn't my writing, I'm just the typist. If you have comments or questions I'll pass them along to Ta'caal, but it might take a while. Be patient, we'll get to you all eventually.
It's probably obvious, but both Ta'caal AND Mark are fictional characters, made up by me. I'm real, though.
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