I think that Jawa fortresses should have been modelled on the Sankore madrasah in Timbuktu and built from cast sand instead of being made of scrap parts of old ships. I also think that the palace of the Quesoth Queen should look like the Registan, but in the colour corresponding to the Queen's cycle instead of turquoise and blue. I didn't give up on it, strictly speaking. I just had what I think is a better idea for the same scene, but that's still many chapters away, so I still have time to change my mind I don't know if you noticed in the pentozali video that the very tall guy who dances at the end of the line and supports the acrobatic dancers is holding a handkerchief. It's meant to prevent their hands from slipping because they'll be sweating, but in very, very good pentozali performances they'll be holding the ends of the handkerchief instead of holding hands, and that's where you get the most impressive acrobatics. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a video This is - by faaaaaaar - the best question anyone has asked not only to me, but since this thread came into existence Since Gamiel is Swedish, chances are he'll come on holiday to Greece some day, and I'll take him for lunch to the Cretan restaurant near my office (the reason I'm saying lunch and not dinner will become clear soon.) It will most probably be in the summer, so I'll be wearing the same dress as today. We'll have the full works - stuffed zucchini flowers with xygalo cheese, apaki (smoked pork) in wine sauce, vinegar-flavoured sausage, dakos (a tomato-and-feta-cheese salad served on rye rusks), roast goat with potatoes, etc - but because he said in another thread that he likes butter, we'll also have staka in every possible form. Staka is an undefinable thing half-way between cheese and butter (the best description is probably "structured cholesterol") and they serve it baked, stuffed in mushrooms, or in an omelet. And to help all that food go down, we'll drink a lot of marouva (a reddish wine made from raisins) and then raki (Cretan moonshine) to finish us off. I'll try to give answers to his never-ending questions about any alien species of his choice, but when he's really ripe after all those drinks, I'll get him to spill everything he knows, and then some he made up, about the Mandalorians. And when he's really, really ripe (do you understand now why I said lunch? this is going to take time!) I'll teach him Cretan songs and dances, I'll film the whole lot and I'll post it here Gamiel, you've been warned. You can start practicing on this song. The soloist is Nikos Xylouris, who was the greatest voice of Cretan music in the 20th century, and I expect you to be just as good. Going to the cinema is another thing I had to cut back on because of the crisis I only go to films I really, absolutely, definitely want to see on big screen; if not, I wait for the DVD. For SW though, I won't have to wait for the opening Thursday (for some reason I never understood, films open on Thursdays here). There's a person in my group of friends who works in, shall we say, the right place, and she always has a two-seat ticket for movie premieres. The moment she found out the release date for Episode VII, she promised me the second seat on her ticket, so I'm all set Is [face_pulling_hair_out] an emoticon? For the Gree, I imagined a sculpture style. I'm putting this behind a spoiler tag because it's still many chapters away in my fic. Spoiler: Gree sculpture They use a dark, glassy material to create abstract shapes. The material becomes soft and gelatinous when touched, but it doesn't lose its shape, and it emits notes of music. When two or more sculptures that are part of the same ensemble are put side by side and touched, the music becomes coherent. The Talz are a rather primitive species in canon, but the colony I'm planning to describe in the Unknown Regions will be more technologically advanced. Spoiler: Talz colony The world they settle is colder and harsher than their homeworld, so they use stolen Imperial technology to develop magnetic shields against the cold. When raised to protect a dwelling or a ship, the shields look like natural ice sculptures. I'm a bit stumped about their diet though, because with that proboscis I'd imagine them to be eating insects, but where to you find insects on an ice world? Any suggestions are welcome Just to satisfy your curiosity about alien food, I'll tell you that I also plan to have the Troukree in my story. Spoiler: Troukree food They host a banquet on their planet. They eat live insects, raw fish and small rodents but they prepared human food for the Imperials. I developed a bad case of cataract since this morning. Now I need a surgeon. 1. Raw carrots. I HATE raw carrots. 2. Clams. Not that I don't like them, but I'm allergic to them. 3. Insects. I never tried and I never will It's lucky you said three, because I'd be hard pressed to name a fourth one EDIT Argh, I missed a question again! I'm not sure why. It's really a primal fear, that after the horizon you fall into the void. I think my grandmother read too many ancient myths as bedtime stories when I was a kid, and the idea stuck with me.