December 16th, 2004

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Okay, quick question.

I have a situation where it's been snowing relatively lightly for at least two hours (and the characters don't know how long it'll last). Would it be possible for them to bottle up snow/collect snow and use it as drinking water? This is happening in a city environment and the snowfall is out of season. Most of the characters are still dressed in their pajamas or work clothing since they were forced out of their homes by a natural disaster, where it randomly started snowing afterward.

Exposure

EDIT: The desert is near a mountainous area, so is likely higher altitude. I think it would be similar to the desert area in the US, only I know for a fact this desert is larger.
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I have an athletic 13-year old girl with mild blood volume loss who is a little beat up but otherwise in good shape. She's now found herself in the midst of a desert at night with no clothing. (A firey explosion, with magical healing was the cause, the desert thing is a little harder to explain...)

Anyway. She does have a companion to keep her warm, but they've just nestled down a little into the sand and went to sleep. My questions are:

1) How cold does it get at night in the desert? They likely aren't in the *middle* of the desert, but it still is a desert.

2) Would she be able to stay warm enough without some kind of blanket or clothing? Her blood loss is the concern here, mostly. It's enough to make her anemic.

3) What about the heat the next day?

I obviously know nothing about a desert and have never been in one myself. Does anyone have anything else I should know about the situation? This is a role-playing campaign setting switch on the part of my co-GM, so I'm not responsible for the entire story or anything, but I'd like to go into things with the right ideas in mind.

Thanks!

Medical Procedures

[background] I have a character who is going to collapse from exhaustion. She's been up on stage dancing and singing, so she's physically tired, but nothing major. However, she's going to be expending some massive amounts of magical energy in a very short period of time, and the backlash is going to translate itself in her body as severe physical and mental exhaustion. Cue collapse, and worried friends rushing her to the hospital when they realise she didn't simply faint.

So, here's my questions: How would she be treated? Would they keep her for observation? If so, how long? (The doctors either won't know about, or accept magic, so they'll only be focusing on her physical syptoms.)

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

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So here's a tiny detail that's going to bother me all damn day if I don't double-check it...

What did hundred-dollar bills look like in the mid-to-late 1930s? Did they have Ben Franklin's portrait on them, or someone else's? (I'd ask for image links, but I think the U.S. Mints have very strict laws about anyone taking pictures of money.)

Thanks in advance.

Language and Accents

Hey, I was wondering if any of you could point me towards a good place to A) get stories Brit-checked (I'm perfectly willing to Yank-check in exchange. ^_^) and B) a good translation site or program. I'm looking for French and (this is kind of odd) Egyptian. Free is, of course, the most desirable option. ^_^
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Fox-hunt in England

I'm researching right now about that blood sport. I'm aware of the current legal problems but my story is set in the late 80s, early 90s. I've chosen the 'Ashford Valley Hunt' as my ground in early Spring season. I'll like to know:

1) How the Master starts the hunt? (aside of releasing the scent hounds, what he does to gesture at his people to advance).
2) Is there any special ritual in early Spring Season (I have researched but nothing gives exact description).
3) What mistakes one of the huntsmen or 'whispers in' are common to commit to get fired as such?

Thanks in advance.
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Jewish customs?

Being pretty far removed from Jewish (open source pagan) I'm asking a few questions about Jewish customs for two of my characters. Some things I try and get from JewFaq.org, but I don't want my characters to be orthodox Jewish and I'm not sure how reform Judaism works or how liberal it can be.


1: Is it okay for a widowed man to marry a widowed woman? He's got twin daughters, she's got a daughter and a son.

2: How lax can one be at being kosher if a person is Reform Judaism?

3: Does disowning happen? If so, how?

I'll just ask a few now, and see if I need more later.

--Kitti