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Late-Victorian aristocratic mourning
Zwitter
ambrmerlinus
Setting: Manchester (or surrounding area), England, 1892

Characters: Two siblings, an unmarried man (23) and an unmarried woman (25) (yes I realize she is practically a spinster, that is on purpose), and their wealthy baronet father (65ish). The daughter lives with the father. The son may or may not, I'm still fussing with that. Both children are on good terms with their father. The father dies of natural causes and leaves no surviving spouse.

Question: How do the siblings' lives change after their dad kicks it, and how quickly can things return to relative normalcy? How would mourning a parent as an adult compare to mourning a parent as a child? What sort of public face would the siblings be expected to put on their grief? Would mourning isolate the siblings from society, and would the sister be more isolated than the brother, and at what point would it be considered polite for them to start going out in public again?

According to the research I've done so far, mourning would last for at least a year and involve lots of black crepe clothes (for the lady), black armband/hatband (for the gent), and black-edged stationary (for everyone?). I'm guessing the daughter is expected to mourn harder than the son in the eyes of society because that's how these things usually go, and that the son will be expected to bottle up his emotions.

I've already looked through the ~funerals tag in this comm, as well as the related Victorian tags. This taught me about hair jewelry, among other things, but I did not find concrete answers to the specific questions asked above.

Bonus points for recommending a reference book a la the Victorian Life and Times series. (I could have sworn they had a volume on funerary practices, but alas, I cannot find it.) A lot of the books I've checked out so far have focused on early to mid-Victorian practices, and I need information relating to the 1890s specifically. I'd prefer something I could check out of a library rather than something on Google books, but any leads would be helpful.

Pregnant woman's murder (baby survive)
rosesnake
Could someone help me please ?

I'm writing a story and I seem to be stuck ...

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Thanks to all of you

anti-cult tendencies in the 70s along with sodomy and custody laws
Super-fine and made especially for me!
musiclily88
I'm writing a story, and I've been doing some reading and research about cults/communes/compounds/collectives during the 70s in the US. However, I have a few questions, and a lot relate to the government, sodomy laws, and custody laws.

My story is tentatively set in Virginia right now, during 1976.

My questions:

-How serious were government attempts to infiltrate and break apart cults in the mid to late 70s (US)? I get the sense that it was taken fairly seriously but I just wanted to make sure.

-I have a female character with a baby girl; her ex-husband was very abusive, and so this woman left him. At some point during this story she needs to go to a psychiatric hospital, and I thought that the ~cult/commune~ members would be very worried about the ex-husband trying to take the child during her stay. Is this feasible? What were custody laws like for women who had to go to psych hospitals? Would the commune-livers have been considered kidnappers? From what I've been able to understand, that WOULD have been considered kidnappers, but I was just wondering if someone could expound on it.

-I have a few gay/bisexual/queer characters in my story, and I would like to know how seriously sodomy laws were considered during the late 70s (76-79, basically). I know some of these laws were being repealed at this time, but how seriously were offenders prosecuted if they did violate the laws? In this story specifically men are going to be at risk for government interaction, though all sodomy laws are in question here.

I appreciate all your help! Thanks for reading, folks.


Edited to add, for clarity: I am in fact writing about a commune that will be assumed to be a cult and therefore treated as something frightening or dangerous, if that helps to explain some of my prior questions.
In regards to the second query, the father of the baby girl is an outsider, and when the mother fled him she went to the commune for safety.

[ANON POST] Swamp Fever in Horses
Inara
orange_fell
This seems like it should be an easy detail to find, but I've searched my old Pony Club manuals and the "Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook," as well as Wikipedia and other online sources to no avail.

I'm aware of the various symptoms of equine infectious anemia (aka swamp fever), but I can't find what actually kills the horse in the end. Fever? Irregular heartbeat? Either? I know they're often euthanized before that point because of the risk of infection, but I can't find what kills them if they aren't.

Setting is roughly modern day US, but it's not super relevant.

Any science fail I'm missing in my fantasy idea?
tamtrible
location: alternate Earth with magic, but most of the laws of physics and such are basically the same. Same world discussed here.
research: honestly wasn't sure what to do here. Mostly going off of the physics classes I had in college and my general knowledge of science. I don't think there are sites that tell you how *not* to break the laws of physics. I asked something similar in Yahoo Answers, but didn't get anything useful.

I'm basically trying to figure out how to have the magic I want, while bending/breaking as few natural laws as possible.

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Now, I'm pretty sure I'm throwing entropy right out the window, or at least making it very unhappy. And I have a reasonable handwave for conservation of matter/energy (excess matter becomes dust when someone is distilled into something smaller than a human body, extra matter for things like ever-renewing ink is pulled out of the air, matter-to-energy conversion or absorbed heat or kinetic energy for motive force, et cetera). But, other than the distilled relics, the universe operates on basically the same physical laws as ours.

Are there any other natural laws I'm in danger of breaking, with magical objects that mostly either transform one type of matter into another, or move themselves around without outside motive force, or (to varying degrees) read minds, adjust probability, or the like? Any other categories of magical objects you can think of that wouldn't make scientists cry too hard? Etc.

Also, any thoughts on whether the irregularity of physical laws with regard to the relics would make it hard for people of scientific bent *in* that world to develop science/figure out scientific laws, or would they just decide that relics were an exception to those laws? I'm thinking it wouldn't necessarily affect, or might even slightly improve, very early science (eg "When I do A, B happens"), but might impede the development of the idea that there are inherent, underlying rules to the universe.

Stab wound treatment, aftercare and repercussions.
James headdesk
b37d45
I'm writing a fanfic, set in England. Its set in the future but only by twenty years or so.

One of my characters (healthy, 20 year old male, with no health problems) is going to be stabbed, by a thug during an altercation resulting from said thug making inappropriate comments towards his girlfriend. He is not stabbed during the fight, but rather, after he walks away, back towards his girlfriend. As far as I have worked out, the knife is going to hit his spleen, resulting in a fair amount of blood loss and later, in the hospital, a splenectomy. His girlfriend calls the ambulance almost straight away, and there is no delay in the arrival of the paramedics, so I figure he'll be in hospital in enough time that he won't bleed out. I don't want him to die.

As far as I understand, he'd be taken to theatre quickly on admittance to stop the bleeding and the splenectomy would be performed when it was discovered this was the cause of the bleeding

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Any other information that you think I have missed but that would be helpful would be much appreciated.

Thank you :)


Search terms used: 'stab wound treatment', 'stab wound recovery', 'stab wound recovery times', 'abdominal stab wounds', 'hospital care for stab wounds'

[ANON POST] Restricting Habeas Corpus & What Happens Later
Inara
orange_fell
Setting: Unspecified Location, modern United States

Research so far: I have combed through Wikipedia's article on "Habeas corpus in the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habeas_corpus_in_the_United_States)", my own books on the Civil War, my school's databases and Google searches for various iterations of habeas corpus, Civil War prisoners, and anything else I can think of (I'm having trouble putting this into Google search terms). Most of what I have found has to do with Guantanamo Bay, which doesn't really apply, I think, because my character is an American citizen, arrested in the United States, for a political reason, rather than as an enemy or unlawful combatant.

Background: My character is spending several years in prison. She wrote a series of essays very critical of the government, appeared at a number of protests, and was finally arrested after a verbal altercation with a police officer. The protest and cause turned into a violent rebellion, which led Congress to suspend habeas corpus (per Art. I, Sec. 9, Cl. 2 of the Constitution). This is just the first part of a longer story, and I'm basing the general proceedings on the suspension of habeas corpus during the American Civil War.

The question: I'm having trouble figuring out what happened to all the Copperheads and Confederate sympathizers at the end of the Civil War. When the rebellion is over, and my character's side has lost, how will she get out of prison? I'm assuming that the suspension of habeas corpus will end, at some point, either by expiring or Congress passing another law. She has not technically committed any crime for which she can be prosecuted, but will she automatically be released? Or will she have to acquire legal counsel and/or file her own motion to secure her release? I found a couple of references to Presidents Lincoln and Johnson commuting certain individuals' sentences; in that case, would she have to apply to the President directly?

Any help would be much appreciated! I know there isn't that much historical precedent for this, but I'd like to make it as realistic as possible.

Unpleasant chores for third-year medical students?/Who supervises medical residents?
chip
shanrina
Two questions. Hope that's okay.

Present day, unnamed city in the Midwest.

1) I have a character in his third year of medical school, so he's a resident at a hospital right now. One of the sources I found about med school (because I know nothing, so I wound up doing a lot of basic attempts at research) said that med students usually get stuck doing a lot of the bad chores that doctors and other people who work in hospitals don't want to do, but I can't find any information about what these actually are. What could my character get stuck doing as far as grunt work goes?

2) Who's in charge of medical residents? Do professors come look in on them while they're being residents? If not, who supervises/grades them? The doctors? Nurses? Someone else?

Things I've tried looking under: variations on "medical school residency," "medical school residency daily life," "medical school daily life," "medical school residency professor," and "medical school daily life resident."

Thanks for any help. I'm completely lost with a lot of this med school stuff.

Servants in Victorian bachelor household
LOTR: Bag End
mickleditch
Basically I have a question about something that it only just occurred to me could be a problem.

I'm working on a story set in the 1850s. My character is a professional of fairly comfortable means in his late twenties (fair percentage of income from his own job; some from his wealthy family background) and has his own modest household. Although he's very self-sufficient - to the point of being considered a bit of an oddball for his preference for doing work himself that he could pay someone to do - he does have some servants. I want him to have a cook, and a general maid-of-all-work. They would presumably be live-in.

Most of the information I've found on Victorian living arrangements suggests that young bachelors would usually have been either still living with their families, or in apartment-type accommodation with limited employment of servants.

Would there be any kind of issue with a single man, especially a young one, having unmarried female staff living under the same roof? I'm thinking of the maid in particular. My logic says there shouldn't have been, because officially, at least, there would have been a divide between employers and servants, but on the other hand, I can't seem to find many examples of these exact circumstances.

ETA: I've actually just found a record of a girl who was one of the unfortunates admitted to lunatic asylums, and her problem was that she was suffering depression due to mocking and harassment for being a single woman in a single man's employment. So it seems as if there certainly would be issues if she were his only servant, although most probably not if it was as part of a larger household of staff.

Medical response to attempted suicide
The Doctor travelling man
wild_huntress
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I also appreciate any other suggestions on hospital procedure and how this scenario might be dealt with - anything to make it somewhat more believable. Thanks in advance, all!

Touchpoints for and thoughts on somewhat nonspecific alternate history?
tamtrible
I'm toying with a story idea, and rather than either set it in an entirely fictional world, or set it in the real world and pretend the presence of magic wouldn't alter history in a lot of different ways, I figure I'd kind of aim for "obviously this world, but different"--for example, I was thinking of having the major language and dominant country of the British Isles be named after the Saxons instead of the Angles (that is, Saxon and Saxony instead of English and England)

A lot of this isn't so much "little details" as "please make suggestions of what things I should search for/poke at"

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The story will probably be set somewhere in the neighborhood of the Enlightenment or the early industrial revolution, in part because I didn't want to do Yet Another Vaguely Medieval Fantasy Story.

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The questions:
1. Do you think it's plausible for European history to have about the same "shape" even without the overwhelming influence from Christianity?

2. Any thoughts for specific little things that might plausibly be different between this world and our own at the same point in history? I'm thinking things like different (but recognizable) names for the nations/regions/cities/etc (a la my England/Saxony example), differences in national/empiric boundaries (for example, might Scotland still be a separate country?), and the like. Also, any that you think might be "attractive" to me but strike you as completely improbable would be good, so I know what to avoid. I don't want to throw my readers out of the story...

3. Any good sources you can recommend to get enough of an overview of the relevant bits of history that I don't do anything completely silly in constructing my alternate history, and/or my alternate 17th/18th century England?

edit:
As a side note, this isn't a "true" alternate history, since the point of departure is basically "There is this specific kind of magic, and it's been there since about as long as there have been humans". But I figured that, with the same physical geography and otherwise similar natural laws, etc, there might have been the same kinds of forces of history, et cetera, leading to a similar-ish world.
Think of this as a little like the Victorian-empire-with-werewolves in Soulless, or Europa-with-Sparks in the Girl Genius comics. Less "here is the point at which history diverged", more "here is a world a lot like our own, except..."

son of edit:
I think 1 has pretty much been covered (as per my comment currently at the bottom). Any thoughts on 2? Basically, I'm looking for alternate names, etc. that would make you go "Oh, she's talking about (place)", or "Oh, in this world, I guess (event) happened differently", but would not leave you thinking that this world is absolutely nothing like our own.

History of Truth or Dare
Movie Avengers Bucky Star
torakowalski
Where: New York
When: 1930s/40s

I'm trying to find out how far back the game 'truth or dare' goes.

Googling 'history of truth or dare game' has told me that there's no record of it being played before the 1950s, but I just wanted to check whether anyone here knows for sure if that's accurate? Specifically, I need to know whether boys growing up in New York in the 1930s and early 1940s would have played it.

Thanks!

What it's like to study music at NYU
ladybug quiet
ceilidh
setting: New York University
time: real-world, present day (or near future, say 1-2 years from now)
search terms used: "what is it like to study music at NYU" "NYU music student experience" and variations thereof; scoured NYU's website as well as a couple of tumblrs of NYU students that give information about student life, etc (not music students, unfortunately)


I'm writing a story in which one of the characters is studying jazz (piano) at NYU at the undergraduate level. I'm a musician who has attended a couple of different schools for music, so I don't need info about what the core curriculum would be like (basically the same everywhere you go, at least the first couple of years). I've also found a couple of tumblrs of students who attend NYU that have advice for new students navigating the campus/finding things/getting around/what the dorms are like, which is very helpful, but they aren't music students so I didn't get any music info there.

What I'm looking for is:

* what do students call certain music related places? For example, at one of my schools, the building the music classes are held in is called the "School of Music" but no one actually calls it that in conversation, it's usually "the music building". Where are most music classes actually held and what do students call that place(s) in conversation? (The "facilities" page of NYU's music website talks about performance spaces but not classroom/rehearsal spaces.)

* Where do most people practice? From the NYU website it looks like there are practice rooms in different buildings. This character lives in Third North for part of the story (as a freshman) and I understand there are practice rooms there but she won't be there forever (I'm also getting conflicting information about the practice rooms in Third North, whether it's A room or multiple rooms).

* How much interaction is there between jazz students and other music students? At both schools I've been to, everyone is sort of lumped together for the first couple of years while taking core classes (music history, theory, aural skills, class piano/keyboard skills, etc) and then everyone kind of goes their separate ways and the jazz people sort of separate themselves from the rest of the music students. I'm wondering if that happens at NYU as well.

* In most music programs a student will have private lessons on their instrument/voice with a professor and then once a week everyone who studies with that professor has a class together where you perform for each other, get critique, etc. I'm assuming this happens at NYU as well--what is it called? (At various schools I've been to it's been called studio, rep class, masterclass...)

* are there ensembles that are seen as most/least desirable? (thinking specifically of jazz)

* Where do music students tend to hang out during the day when they are not in class? I'm thinking in particular of students who are new to NYC and haven't quite learned to navigate the city yet.

* are jazz majors required to have any classical proficency? Where I am right now, jazz majors have to have at least 200-level proficency in classical studies on their instrument (so, sophomore level), but I couldn't find if that was true for NYU as well.

Speaking without a tongue
BtVS z Hurt Love
pickamix
Okay ... I've just spent the last day trying to find this information. I did find out half of what I need. And that was eating without a tongue. I also learned that it is possible to learn to speak without a tongue, but the people I read this about had some other body part donate to being their replacement tongue and they spent a lot of time with people teaching them how to speak again.

I lost track of the phrases I Googled and I'm afraid I didn't write them down.

In my dystopian fantasy future ... my character is being kept pretty much as a slave and they cut her tongue out to keep her from speaking spells. Now they aren't going to be kind and replace her tongue with anything else and they certainly wouldn't want anyone teaching her how to speak without a tongue.

My question is: Without anything replacing the tongue, how limited would her speech be? She's really smart, and I'm sure after 50 years she'd learn some speech. But what would her limits be?

Thanks in advance!!!!

*hugs and love*

EDA: This is what I've found on being able to speak without a tongue since I never stopped looking.

This was in a Reddit AMA with a man with 95% of his tongue removed.



Can you speak?

Yes, I can speak fairly well. I had speech therapy for a year and my speech improved a lot, but I still have a lot of trouble with certain sounds. The "G" as in goat, "K" sound and the "ee" sound are the worst. Interestingly, I find that the more intelligent the person, the easier they can understand me.

For the D, N, T and TH sounds I use a special technique that has really helped me. I press my upper front teeth against my lower lip to produce the start of the sound. Depending on the sound, I vary the pressure applied to my lip. T requires the most, then D and least is N.

For the K sound, I use my throat to pronounce it, much like the Germans produce very throaty sounds in their laguage.

Finally, the G in goat is impossible for me to say and I have never been able to produce it.


Thanks so much for any and all assistance!!!!

Hospitals in Colorado with specific local geography, and conditions that affect learning
tamtrible
This is for my fungal zombies.
The setting is modern day Colorado.

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edit: for 1, the zombies need to be hiding from the present inhabitants of working cities/towns. Everything's going on more or less normally (a little bit of panic near known zombie sightings, but my zombie hive isn't near any of those sightings), so places like shopping centers would have their normal complement of employees, shoppers, etc.

Son of edit: I did a little Google Map'ing, anyone know how well the hospital in Vail would fit my requirements? Or the St. Anthony's something in Frisco?

San Francisco property price, location and history - modern day
3. i'll be right back
manynames
Hi everyone,

I have a character who lives in San Francisco. I am well aware of the extremely high cost of living and the ridiculousness of the property market!

She owns a small house, which she inherited from her father. He was born somewhere between 1940 - 1945, was a lawyer and bought the house some time before 1980 (with the assistance of an inheritance, if required). My character inherited the house upon his death in approximately 2007.

It's a small house, two bedrooms, one bathroom, which ideally has either an attic or a basement. I've done a fair amount of research into modern day San Francisco, but it's harder to extrapolate backwards - I don't need to know the areas young, single professionals would want to buy houses in now, but where they'd have wanted to buy in the late 70s. The purchaser was white and straight, but not especially conservative. He'd have not anticipated it ever being a family home, and would have wanted to be near amenities and social places.

My questions are:

1. In what area is he likely to have bought a house?
2. How much did he buy it for?

I've browsed a reasonable amount of property listings for San Francisco and seen plenty of the type of homes I'm imagining, in various areas, for between $800k and $1.2 million. I just need the history! Thank you in advance.

[ANON POST] Black University Lecturer in Early 19th-c. Oxford?
Inara
orange_fell
Hi! I've been following this community for a while and think it's wonderful, and despite spending a large part of last evening and this morning Googling around for answers, I've found not much definitive, so was hoping you could help me...

I'm writing a story set in early 19th-century England (probably just after the abolition of slavery). The main character is a biracial (black/Spanish, fairly dark-skinned) woman who is extremely learned (speaks about ten languages, has familiarity with classics, medicine, mathematics, science, etc.) but keeps this under wraps most of the time. At points in the story she disguises herself as a man and goes out to talk to other learned people/make money/get taken more seriously/etc.

The story is set near Oxford, and I was hoping that one of the ways she could do this was to give lectures at Oxford University in her male persona. However... because of her ethnicity, I'm unsure how possible or likely this would have been. I know from research and blogs like medievalpoc (http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com) that wealthy and upper-class black people did exist in England historically, so I don't believe it's impossible, but I'm trying to work out how hard it would have been and what sort of reactions she'd have met with.

I've Googled lots of terms like "racism Oxford university 1800s" "black graduates of Oxford university" "black university lecturers" and then more general ones like "black (higher) education 1800s" and "racism 1800s" also tried to find out about famous graduates and entrance requirements for Oxford. When I Googled stuff about education, a lot of stuff I turned up was related to America, where apparently for a long time it was illegal for black people to be educated, but not so much info for England.

I found this interesting page (http://www.bbc.co.uk/oxford/content/articles/2008/10/14/black_history_feature.shtml), which told me that "Oxford's first black student graduated when Christian Cole from Sierra Leone studied Classics in 1873", and I found some interesting info about him, which also stated that it seems like Oxford and Cambridge started accepting black students in the 1860s-1870s, but I couldn't find anything about lecturers.

On the flip side, I read about a woman (in America, but around the same time I think) who allowed a black student into her school, and there was an outcry and people started removing their children from the school.

So basically, how much discrimination would she (as a he) have met with? Might people have refused to attend her lectures/boycotted the university, or would she have got any lectures at all, or would it have been OK because she was exceptionally clever? (Any information about reactions she'd have met with in general at this time/place would also be great, but I'm mainly looking for stuff about the possibility of her lecturing). One thing I have thought of is to have her write for journals etc., so then people wouldn't know her ethnicity, but I'd like her to be able to go out and do stuff as well, if possible.

She also has a disability in that her arm is withered from surviving polio when she was little – not sure if that would have any notable effect (I had imagined that if she got read by people as upper-class and learned it wouldn't really matter, at least not as much as her race and gender).

Thanks so much in advance!

Protecting a Romano-British estate from a greedy official
fractal
island_of_reil
Time/Place: Roman Britain, 133 CE
Search terms used: "ancient roman wills", "ancient rome wills", "ancient rome inheritance", "ancient rome debt burden" (but also see links in my post)

A Roman woman has died in childbirth. Less than a year before, her husband, who is much older than she was, had a stroke from which he is unlikely to recover; he cannot speak. They have five minor children. The juridical legate has moved quickly to seize their villa for his own gain by appointing himself their guardian and claiming to hold the property in trust for them.

It does not seem that a will would have prevented this. According to LacusCurtius, only a paterfamilias or a widow not under the power of her father could make a will. Theoretically, the dead woman could have persuaded her husband, pre-stroke, to have honored her wishes in his will, but, now that he is mute, he can no longer be a testator. Also, strictly speaking, she is not a widow.

The dead woman's friends are seeking to discourage the juridical legate from this course of action in whatever legal way possible (killing him is not a good option, for obvious reasons). My beta, who has a reasonable knowledge of Roman law, suggested they might want to add a massive debt burden to the estate.

In life, the woman had fostered and mentored in her villa a great many young girls in the community, not only providing them with work but teaching them skills. She also offered to be pronuba to the protagonist, for whom she threw an extravagant wedding feast. Therefore, suggests my beta, one solution would be for as-yet-unmarried girls who had worked for her to claim that she'd promised to pay for their weddings, too — and for their male guardians/spokesmen in court to validate these claims. Their spokesmen could even "discover," retrospectively, "legal" documents in which such had been promised as a benefit of employment (despite there having been no employment documentation as such). While these hypothetical weddings would not be as extravagant as the protagonist's, collectively they could run up a great deal of money, as well as, of course, pose a lot of hassle for the juridical legate.

I am not entirely sure (a) I am fond of this resolution or (b) that I could write it in a way that would hold together in the narrative sense. Might anyone have any suggestions, pertaining either to the above solution or to other solutions (involving debt burdens or otherwise)?

This situation is specific enough that I have not found search terms very helpful. For what it's worth, in addition to LacusCurtius I've looked at this little_details post, as well as Wikipedia ("Fideicommissum" and "Legal History of Wills: Ancient Rome"). Edward Champlin's Final Judgments: Duty and Emotion in Roman Wills, 200 B.C.-A.D. 250 looked promising, but there is no preview for any pages in the chapter titled "The Family." I have not found any other books on Google Books that have been helpful.

Thanks in advance.

ETA: sollersuk has explained in detail how such a mentoring situation would have been quite anachronistic. As I've replied, I will likely handwave this/acknowledge it in the author's notes. I would still be interested in people's thoughts on the topic of adding a debt burden to the estate. Thanks again.

Population decline
none
salamandraugr
Setting: Secondary world technologically equivalent to the early 19th century.
Search terms: no new births, declining birth rate, sub-replacement fertility, historical pregnancy per capita, historical birth rate

My story takes place in a city of roughly 1.5 million people. A little over half of these people are natives of the country. The rest are immigrants ranging from first generation to people whose ancestors came over centuries ago. The newest ethnic group to arrive in the city - the Mirevans - is about 32,000 people strong. The Mirevans only started immigrating about 20 years ago as a result of a civil war in their homeland of Mireva.

What's a realistic number of pregnant women among these 32,000 people? How much chaos would it cause in the city if every pregnant Mirevan woman - regardless of what stage of pregnancy she was in - stopped being pregnant overnight as a result of weaponized magic? About a fifth of these women also die. Of those that live, maybe one in ten is rendered infertile.

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19th century hallucinogenic drugs - specific side effects needed
yellowsub no idea
ladystormcrow
Time/Place: Victorian London, circa 1887
Search terms used: "19th century hallucinogens", "Victorian hallucinogens", "Victorian aphrodisiacs", "hallucinogen sexual effects"

This is for the same Victorian urban fantasy story in my earlier post (a big thank-you to all the people who replied, btw! you guys were extremely helpful!). One of the subplots involves a young woman, Miss A, who is the daughter of a murdered professor (and who isn't the most mentally stable person, even before her father's death). Over the course of the story, she grows more and more obsessed with Mr. B, the policeman who's working to solve the murder.

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