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Humans and dragons and cats

Oh my! (You knew it was coming.)
 
Anyone who's been around the Anne B. Walsh fandom for long has probably heard of the world of Trycanta. Its three main races are as listed above: human beings; dragon-like mazor (MAH-zoar), who resemble raptorial dinosaurs with wings; and large-cat-like lyrror (LIE-roar), built along the lines of panthers or cougars.
 
But did you know that along with having three races, Trycanta also has three main areas of human settlement? That's right, the kingdom of Anosir and its surrounding countries, in which my novel Homecoming is set, are only one part of Trycanta, and I hope to take you along on my explorations of the entire planet in coming years.
 
The human-settled areas of Trycanta vary in many ways. In Anosir, for instance, lyrror and mazor are known both to exist and to be equivalent to humans in their capability for thought and emotion. Still, they remain marginalized by the mainstream of human society, which exists on a roughly medieval level (though with magic).
 
Across the ocean in a country called Dulia, however, attitudes are very different. The main human culture is quasi-Victorian, prudish and regimented with a rigid social order. Mazor and lyrror keep mainly to themselves, for the very good reason that most humans consider the lyrror nothing but animals and the mazor evil and soulless.
 
Even further around the world, in the Celitar Confederation (hard C, please), human beings have developed a level of technology which rivals our own in some ways, but have completely lost sight of the two other races with which they share their world. To Celitarans, lyrror and mazor are generally thought to be nothing more than myth.
 
Think these places sound interesting enough to visit in fiction, and to see how they develop and change as some of the things their people have chosen to forget start coming back to haunt them? If so, read on for a bit more information about the three races of Trycanta, who will be central to any story set on that world:
 
  • Each race has a mental gift which is inborn in (almost) every member. The human gift is Speech, which we might call telepathy; lyrror Shift, or perform telekinesis (and in some cases, teleportation); and mazor See, a combination of clairvoyance and precognizance, though usually the latter needs to be trained to be useful.
 
  • Note that the ability of mazor to See through obstacles such as walls, furniture, trees, etc., or to "look" behind them or to one side with their Sight while their physical eyes are focused on something else, makes their gestural language of Tamazo more practical than it might otherwise be for an entire race.
 
  • The words "lyrror" and "mazor" (singular "lyrro" and "mazo") come from the lyrro language of Linmyra, and are the preferred forms of reference for the two races. The human terms "greatcat" and "dragon", like certain racial references in our own day, can be considered anything from laughably dated to a mortal insult.
 
  • Lyrror and mazor, left to their own devices, do not get along. Most of their shared history is that of attempted genocide. Both sides released a nasty bioweapon with a magical component shortly before humans arrived on Trycanta, and might well have succeeded in wiping each other out if not for the incomers...
 
Questions, comments, suggestions about which area of the world I might want to explore next -- all are very welcome! Thanks for reading on this, the first of what I hope will be many new Trycanta Tuesdays!

6 Comments to Humans and dragons and cats:

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Dangams on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:20 PM
Yay, more Trycanta! Which one do we see next?
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Anne on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:05 AM
Well, now, that I haven't yet decided. Any preferences?


NotACat on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:04 AM
I always like a nice map. What can you offer us?
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Anne on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:05 AM
Um. Let me get back to you on that. *cannot draw to save her life*


Yuliya on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:18 AM
I read part of a story, a while ago, (I found it on the web archive, I think the site was a thosand book challenge, something like that)was that Trycanta? Or more precisely (as I'm pretty sure it was Trycanta), was it Dulia?
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Anne on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 4:10 PM
Yes, it was! Well spotted. (How you people remember this stuff for so long is beyond me...)

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