September 15th, 2006


Question about an arrow wound.

I need a place on the body where a sixteen year old male, in good health, can get shot by an arrow and have it do minimum damage. (Basically, I need him to be able to get up and walk shortly afterwards.) I'd also like to know how one would go about treating the wound--hopefully getting the arrowhead out as well--in a primitive setting without a hospital nearby. An idea of how long it would take to heal from a wound like this would be great as well, if possible.

I tried as many combinations on Google about arrow-wounds as I could think of. If there's something I overlooked, please don't hesistate to send a link my way.

Explosives and Demolitions

I need some help deciphering all this. Google produced a very nice article about explosive material but I don't have enough of a scientific background to understand it and apply it to the scene in my story. I also looked at a site explaining types of explosive, the FBI lab's forensics handbook, and another "intro to explosives" essay which deals specifically with military munitions.

I need the following:

Could someone explain to me in layman's terms what these articles are basically saying?

I also need help applying it to the story scenario.

The scene is as follows: the sheriff's office in a major city has been bombed using some sort of explosive material after the night shift was gunned down. The person was trying to disguise the original killings (it didn't work, but that's beyond the scope of this query). I'm thinking that the person who pulled the job would have demolitions or explosives experience gained from serving in the armed services. He would also be the type who likes to tinker with things and have enough pride and confidence in his work that the explosive would have some sort of 'signature' (either in materials used or possibly in blast pattern).

I would really like a type of explosive with the following characteristics:

- used in the Gulf War (early 1990s, not the current one)
- would not be something a Viet Nam or WW2 vet would recognize
- would be uncommon or unusual enough that it would keep forensics guessing until detailed analysis was done

Some of this could be accommodated by the guy tinkering with things. If so:

- what would he have added to create a unique chemical signature or blast pattern? Essentially, what would a law enforcement officer with similar background (he's a Gulf War veteran and his expertise was demolitions) see that others wouldn't in this compound and its remanents?

ETA: With a bit of poetic license, I think the SEMTEX suggested by several folk might do the job, accompanied ty the red demo cord suggested by someone else. It's sufficiently odd that the intended police officer would pick up on it but he'd be one of only a few capable of doing so. The SEMTEX actually works well for other reasons, which I didn't mention. The people who did this had someone on the inside so it's possible to place it on structural supports and not get noticed and the mastermind funding this endeavor is definitely not hurting for money.

I still need to figure out how the blast pattern would work and what chemical traces it would leave, though.

Temple guardians

I have a little figure of what appears to be a jaguar or some type of spotted wild cat. I was told it is a replica of the ones that sit outside ancient temples and acts as a guardian. The people that I bought it from traveled to Bali, Thailand and Tibet at the very least. I'm very interested in doing a story around this guardian but I can't seem to find any info on him or his whereabouts in the world.

Does anybody know where I can find info on this specific statue? Or even better, know exactly where it's located?

Spanish Flu 1918-1919; children rhymes

I have tonnes of first hand accounts, and figures. I also have doctor's notes about what was used to treat it. What I'm looking for are any children's rhymes about it. I have one:

I had a little bird,
Its name was Enza.
I opened the window,
And in-flu-enza.

But I was wondering if anyone had any others that I could incorporate into my NaNo. Since little kids often try to take the scariest things and make it not scary as in the example above, I'm hoping someone knows any others.
Bear with me.

A word meaning "haunted/possessed object"

I have a question that I'm having trouble wording for Google and Wikipedia doesn't seem to help much either. In my story I have vampires that seem as real as any person, but they leave their bodies in the grave. They're basically ghosts that can make themselves appear solid. They can only survive in this form if they feed on the energy of the living and have a body of their own for the "ka" (coporeal life force) portion of their soul to inhabit. If their original body is destroyed through decay or tampering, they can still survive if they are able to take possession of something else that will serve as a new home for their coporeal being. Nearly any object will do under the right conditions. What I need is a term for any object that is inhabited by vampire. I know the ancient Egyptians had what are called "Ka Statues" to serve as a backup in case the mummy didn't survive, but I'm looking for a general term that applies to more than just statues. I was considering "fetish" but I'm not sure if that applies. Help?