January 3rd, 2007

Preindustrial formula

No real idea how to research this. Links/search term suggestions/etc would be as welcome as direct answers.

Ok. Our Heroine, Ruby, is a healer/midwife/mage with a 3-month-old baby. Setting is fantasy-vague preindustrial Fertile Plains. The breadbasket of the fairly unspecified Empire. Knowledge of medical matters is a good bit better than historical equivalents (actual, ya know, knowledge, not just vague bs about humors and such), but for my purposes I shouldn't use any techniques or ingredients that would not be available in, say, a moderately prosperous Renaissance-era farming village (which is also probably the nearest cultural equivalent).

Now, the baby is primarily breast-fed, but sometimes Ruby is too busy doing Other Things. And she's definitely not wealthy enough to have a wet nurse. So, what would the sprog likely be fed by [insert appropriate helper]? Cow/goat milk? Thin gruel? Something like rice milk/almond milk? Would she be handed off to another villager who was nursing?...

And, once Ruby is on the road, and not necessarily near sources of fun stuff like fresh milk, what would she be fed whilest Ruby is too busy to be disturbed? (the fate of the world, and all that...) Manky several-days-old cow/goat milk? Reconstituted dried milk? The aforementioned gruel or similar?

Edit: I think I've got the first bit sorted out, though if anyone's still reading this I'd still love opinions on what travel-stable renaissance-ish food would be most suitable/least bad, from modern knowledge of nutrition and such (in terms of "least likely to cause immediate harm", it won't be her Primary Diet), for a 4-month-old infant (I forgot to factor in travel time before). It needs to be something that either stores ok in a prepared state, or can be prepared by a 9-year-old.

Latin translation help...

Although I have taken Latin in high school, I have never managed to "master" the language enough to be sure I am making a proper translation. With this in mind, I'd rather ask publicly for some help with translating two rather short sentences from English to Latin.

The sentences are as follows: << Eagles never sleep. Beware the ghosts of the past. >>

All help (and accuracy) will be greatly appreciated.

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Japanese honorifics (re: -shishou)

I read/write a lot of fanfiction, some of it in the anime department. As such, I have a fair grasp of 'fangirl Japanese' and even understand the honorifcs system. Yay me! However, I'm about to start a project from Sakura's point of view and have noticed a trend in the fandom in a slight difference in how they refer to each other.

Sakura seems to always refer to Tsunade, as Tsunade-shishou, while others call her Tsunade-sama, or in Naruto's case, something along the lines of obaasan.

Now, wanting to be correct in my use of honorifics, I googled both shishou and japanese honorifics, thinking that -shishou might be a higher form of sensei or something of the ilk. I found out that it wasn't listed on any of the honorifics lists or tutorials I looked at, and according to Wikipeda is a city in China.

I also looked up Tsunade-shishou and found a number of fan sites.

My question is this term correct, and if so what does it mean? Would substituting -sama be just as correct?

Thank you in advance :)
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Pilgrims' Belongings?

I have an English family (ca 1650's) who leave the country and come to America (Maryland to be specific). I have gobs of information on England at the time and a good deal on early colonial America. What I'm looking for is information on the interim - specifically, what would they bring with them on the ship to America?

This is a well-off family with four/five children. I imagine they'd pack up the essentials - clothing, cookware/dinnerware, blankets, valuables/important documents - but what else would they bring/would be allowed to bring? Could they bring furniture? And what about servants? Would they come or could they be left behind in England?

This family is Catholic and is leaving to escape the political climate at the time. Would that have an impact on what they could/could not take with them?

As always, any and all help is greatly appreciated :)

Concerning the habits of vampires.

Does anyone know anything about the social and mating habits of vampires? I can find plenty about how to create/detect/prevent/kill them, but not on how they actually act; about the only thing I can find about that is that they can have many minions but only one mate.

Are the minions just randomly chosen or do they have to meet some sort of 'criteria', for lack of better wording? How loyal to these minions is the leader and vice versa?

How do they choose that special someone? Do things such as gender come into that choice? Can vampires procreate (I think I read somewhere that they can't, as they're effectively reanimated corpses, but better to be sure)?

If his or her mate dies, how does the vampire react? Is any sort of mourning process involved?

Thanks in advance.