Welp now that it's a solid 8:30 my time and I still haven't had dinner, I suppose we're right in that comfortable zone to begin worldbuilding (of all things). Not that I ever really stop, but it really does an excellent job of representing just how deluded my dear mind is about how much time I actually have in a day. My One Big Wish used to be that I had twenty-eight hours in a day instead of the usual twenty-four. I would daydream that I could spend those four extra hours when the rest of the world is frozen in time reading, or doing work, hell even just sleeping. Not that I'd ever sleep more than 8ish hours a day (though mercifully my aging youth has finally caught up with me and demanded at least as much from me), but then that'd be at least a couple hours extra do do things I don't normally do! God it would be nice. BUT, since I don't have that extra time, I should make use of the minutes I have, eh? Okay, so this'll be a blitz. A couple days ago Carter and I recorded an episode about the complex machinations/implications of "races" in fantasy. Now I'm not erudite enough to tell you whether the concept of using them as stand-ins for actual races of people goes beyond Tolkien, (indeed he actually used them to represent religions, not races, though the caricature stereotypes of some do associate with relevant racial groups). What I can tell you is that people moving forward interpreted his expression of these groups as such, and lots of pulp pieces took up the adventure mantle of the Edwardian era to use orcs, goblins, etc. as stand-ins for far-off lands. I.e. the exotic. Look I'm getting ahead of myself (blitz, yeah right that's impossible for me) but the point is it's been conjoined with the concept of the modern mythical adventure since pretty much the dawn of the modern fantasy genre. Which brings us back to Halûme. In Halûme, there is a group called the Knowing, and another one called the Riven. Both of these are umbrella terms that refer to the races. Aaaaaand unfortunately I've run out of time. Again. Okay, this isn't easy but I promise that I'll get to where I'm going when I'm on a plane for an hour and a half on Friday. At the latest.