November 8th, 2005

Elk/Red Deer domestication

Ok I was brainstorming the other day and have this group of people that are going to invade my character's camp and destroy it, etc. Now first thing that comes to my mind in this timeline is that they'd ride horses. But horses are well...overused. Then I thought, why not have them ride on Elk (or Red Deer, since this takes place in 'Europe')? They would be really intimidating and stuff, with the antlers and all that. But here's where I need your help.

Could a human ride one of these massive creatures? The story is fantasy so it can be fixed so it's not really an Elk perse, but I need info if they're tameable, if they are friendly with people, etc. I assume it would take years for people to learn how to tame these beasts, as they're so large but I know nothing of their temperment with people....ahh I'm rambling.

I looked at wiki and the articles it listed and got the usual history and other stuff you get on pages about animals. I googled 'elk domestication' and 'red deer domestication' and didn't really come up with what I'm looking for. Perhaps I'm googling it wrong?

Thanks ^^
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Names or types of blades used in witchcraft.

Hello. I was wondering if there is anyone who can answer my question? I know that in witchcraft, many witches use so-called sacred blades in preforming their spells and whatnot. I can find that information easily enough by doing a Google search along with descriptions of what these blades can look like. But I could have sworn that there was an actual name for such a blade. I think it begins with the letter 'A' but I can't remember the word and haven't found anything that fits the bill in my search. Am I totally wrong on this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Errors in the speech of Latin American non-native English speakers

I am currently working on a story and am having some trouble with the dialogue of a few of the characters from the Caribbean and South America. Their English is definitely not that of a native English (US dialect) speaker, but I'm not quite sure what the distinctive errors a native Spanish speaker might make in spoken English are. Their English is not bad, but I do want to make it obvious in my dialogue that their English is far from perfect. What are some likely or typical mistakes a native Spanish speaker who is conversational or even close-to-fluent in English might make? What about things that aren't mistakes, but are turns of phrase that would tip a listener (or reader) off that the speaker is non-native?

If original Spanish dialect will affect your response, the characters in question are from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.
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