History & Fantasy for Writers #2
How to distinguish between pre-modern characters in your fantasy stories and modern ones?
We share attributes. We are similar to one another.
We have “Collective Consciousness”
We are bearded and white.
Cultivate potatoes and fish.
Believe in Odin and Thor.
Live in the same land.
We depend on one another.
“Individualism” and inter-dependence
We are all very different from each other.
But… we rely on each other.
We all serve society in a different way.
We need the system to endure.
Mechanical Societies are Tribal and seek the conservation of ideas and traditions.
They are afraid of change.
They use Retributive Justice to keep things stable.
They have a sense of collectivism.
Individuality is seen as negative.
Organic Societies are individualistic. Its members are united by interdependence.
Division of labour creates interdependence.
They use Restorative Justice to keep the system going.
They have a sense of Individuality.
Individuality is seen as positive.
Also known as punitive justice, it seeks to restore things to the norm through chastisement.
It makes sure whoever committed a crime is severely punished as a means of collective example.
It is done to secure ideas and traditions.
Things must remain equal.
Also known as restorative justice, it seeks to restore things to the norm.
Wants the individual back into the system so they can continue to provide whatever they provide.
So... how do you use this is a fantasy world?
- Explore the ideas above and think about how you describe your world's inhabitants.
- Are they interlinked by similarities or interdependence?
- Are they working together for their own individual benefit (a salary) or the collective benefit (working for the benefit of others).
- Do they behave the same (pre-modern)?
- Do they behave individually, having personal quirks (modern)?