October 3rd, 2005

Witchcraft, wicca, etc?

I have a character that was born a witch, and I need to know a little about witchcraft. The story is AU but mainly in the years 1890-1900. So none of the new age stuff, I want like, spells. Any websites, books, or anything you have would be good. Looked on google/wiki and came up with little dealing with spells from this time frame. ;_;

I thought about just making it up, but I'd rather at least know what kind of stuff I'm going to make up. Also, she has so higher status powers sorta like on Charmed, she can defend herself and attack if needed. But I don't wanna do it like on Charmed where they just....do it. I'd figure she'd need to do some sort of chant or something.

She also has an *ahem* slave that she is going to teach some spells too.....nothing too much so that he could rebel, but just some simple stuff. Would it take long to teach/learn? I'll probably just wing that, the boy is pretty smart.

Yeah I have no idea wtf I'm doing here. :P

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Motorcycling in Southern Illinois

I need a road. Not just any road, but a very specific road, if one exists...

1. It must be in southern Illinois, and easy joy-riding distance from a moderate sized urban center (~15,000 people or more).

2. It must be an excellent motorcycling road. i.e. rural, curvy, and lightly travelled.

2a. Bonus points if you can identify a notorious cycle-killing curve or intersection on this road for me (i.e. the intersection Hwy JG & Bohn Road here in Dane County...).

3. Local residents know it by something other than the name that appears on current maps. i.e., if the map calls it "Illinois 38", the locals either refer to it by a nickname (something like "Spaghetti Road"), or by an older name the road used to have (like "McGee Lane").

So, does such a place exist? If you can identify such a place for me, do you want a cameo in the story?

Forced weight gain + slave caravans + learning languages

All right, this is kinfd of complicated question... I have a character who is captured by slave traders from her frontier home, and taken to the capital of their Empire to be sold; on the way, they pretty much intend to fatten her up to make her more appealing to the prospective buyers.

So, my questions are these:
1. How long would it take for a slave caravan, consisting of several horse-drawn carts and a bunch of guards on horseback, cross a distance of approximately 1500 miles? The first 100 or so are hostile forest, after that they are on home territory with Roman-esque roads, but will have to pass a smallish mountain range and several rivers. I am making a broad assumption that this would take approximately four and a half months; am I completely off in my estimate? - was smackjed on the head with the Duungeon Maaster's giuide:; came to the conclusion that 4.5 months is perfectly feasible.

2. In thr time that it takes for the caravan to get from point A to point B, how much weight could the character gain? She is a healthy female, in her late teens, used to hard work and simple fare., She is kept locked up, allowed very little excersise (just enough to keep her in as good shape as possible agility-wise while she gains weight) and she is fed rich foods.

3. Assuming that she is of above-average intelligence, how fluent could she be in the langauge spoken around her if she is not acively taught more than a few words? (as in, not taught anything beyoned "shut up", "Kneel," "eat", "Master" et cetera) when the languiage spoken around her is bastardized latin, her native tongue is pseudo-Scandinavian, and she is already fouent in the "common" tongue of English? You people rock muchly :)

Thank you all in advance :)

ETA: THis is a fantasy world. Should have mentioned it immediately *duh* and the level of technology is early Reneissance nd the level of magic extremely low.

ETA2: so it is just the weight gaint hat is still an issue

Sleep/Dream Deprivation, CoffeeCoffeeCoffee.

Right. This isn't so much a question about sleep-deprivation as it is about deprivation of the effects of sleep.

I remember hearing in my 12th-grade Physch class about the effects of deprivation of REM: this somehow caused people to be less alert, sleep less soundly, stuff to that effect. There was a study done where people were woken up before they reached REM, were continually kept from it for an entire week, and then spent something like a third more time in that stage as a result. My questions are:

1) What study is/was this? I have no idea what it was called, or what to google.

2) Is there some sort of sleep-deprivation chart? (X hours: irritation, Y hours: microsleep, etc.)

3) Effects of coffee/stimulants combined with a sleep-deprived state? (IE: how well does it work? At what point do you just say, "screw it all" and find a couch or a bed or something?) Personal stories welcome.

Thanks in advance!
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Spinal Injuries

I feel silly coming here with a little fandom question instead of a 900 page historical novella, but here goes. As far as canon: the character suffered a spinal injury of some sort (chucked from a great height), he retains enough use of his arms to use a manual wheelchair but can't stand unassisted (yet).

Since I want to write a fanfic about his new relationship, I want to figure out what sort of other symptoms he has-I can find lists of what sort of symptoms can be found "in varying degrees" at different levels of injury-but what the heck does "in varying degrees" actually mean? Would he be at the "bad" or "good" end of things? Percentages would be nice...

Thank you for your help.