What we know about Men on Carcosa May 22, 2012 9:08:30 GMT -6
Post by Deleted on May 22, 2012 9:08:30 GMT -6
My take on Carcosa, as stated up-thread, is a bit different. Mine is a combination of Conan-type towns (graced with the name of cities) and USA's "Old West" mentality.
Thus, you have mean, wretched walled towns surrounded by miles of hostile wilderness. Villages, thorpes, hamlets, etc.; tend to be small and in very out of the way and easily defensible locales.
The people, on the other hand, are an odd combination of helpful and distrustful. There are those who would kill a stranger out of hand, but most would help an outlander while never completely trusting him. It would take many years before a stranger would be accepted as "one of us."
In the event of trouble, strangers will be viewed as a source of any ill-wind that blows ... an "albatross" if you will.
The common source of food are the bronar, a ostrich-sized chicken like fowl with a bad attitude and only barely less dangerous than a wild animal. Beasts of burden are large lizard-like beasts whose ridged spines make useless as mounts and their temperament rendering them useless in tandem ... so they are limited to single use and pulling carts and drays. Their meat is barely edible and they are only used as food in extremis.
A fortunate town's well-being is looked over by a witch, an elderly woman skilled in the use of herbs and natural ingredients. She is normally treated with respect though they are usually feared a bit as well ... her healing strikes many common folk as sorcery and sorcerers are rightly feared by the general public. All in all, she a combination of country doctor and druid in the grove.
That's what is at the top of my head. I hope it helps.