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Southern Barbaric Lands by bensen-daniel Southern Barbaric Lands by bensen-daniel
"My Admirals know that south of the pine forests that ring civilization and the Clouded Sea, Thalassian rule only laps the shores of barbarism. Although our brave navies have subdued the Fesh and Spek people of the Desert Sea coast, their violent clans still resist us from the hills. And although the length of the Seaway is ours, Nwa lords and Nwirga pirates still harass us to the east. The cycadmen ride upon mighty titanosaurs and cannot be easily overwhelmed. And on the southern tip of the Seaway, where marsh gives way to the scrub of Alluvia, Land where the Mud drives, we face the Ethlek. United under the black sorcery of their so-called "Tyrannosaur Queen," these savage and vile beast-men drive their triceratops hordes like a bore into the hull of our dominion. Only the Angles of the Departed God, and the wise direction of Their priesthood, keep us all safe."

---High Priest Michum of the Troodon, in his Epistle-Transmission to the Admiralty of the Thalassocracy,Magnolia Fortress, Luna Meridiana. This is his last Transmission before the Battle of Fort Alluvia.

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Done while listening to Memory of Light, of course :)
 
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
They ride titanosaurs?
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Yes. I am currently debating the feasibility of living on titanosaurs. But the Cycadmen at least ride them.

Maybe they'll be in the next book. :)

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lamnay Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Depends what you mean by "living on." If you mean building houses on them I doubt that would work. 

There might be some structural damage during the breeding season.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Maybe titanosaurs mated like barnacles. :)
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lamnay Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Perhaps you could have detachable homes that could be carried by the titanosaurs while moving but could be lifted off once you'd stopped so they can relax.

I'm thinking of some sort of sturdy tent, like a ger/yurt.

Fire would probably be a real problem if you want to live on one permanently.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
That is true. Maybe the titanosaurs could have some sort of harness to which panniers and hammocks and things can be easily attached. 
Maybe the cycadmen have a precocious understanding of pulleys :)
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