October 5th, 2007

Why Hello There Mumm

Identification of cartoon blades, plus vocabulary question

First off, may I present to you this lovely fellow.

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Everyone, meet Mummymon. Don't annoy him and he won't hurt you. (And even if you do annoy him, he'll probably just get annoyed with you and call you a meanie.) But this isn't about his temperament. I wanted to ask about his blades. Yeah, he has some. Lined up in that belt and in that... harness thing.


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So, my first question is: just what the HELL are those? The ones from his belt are some sort of combat knives, I'm sure of that, but I'm completely lost when it comes to his hook-staff blades. I'm not even sure if they're knives or swords, I honestly can't tell.

The second question is about that... uh, harness thing he keeps his hook-staff blades in. I'm trying my best to figure out what to call it, but if it has a name, it's not in my vocabulary. Anyone knows?

Thirteenth-Century Ireland

I've just written a short story set in Ireland during the reign of King Edward I (so 1270s-early 1300s - date not specified). Now, I am editing and want to get my facts straight. I have searched not only the Internet (various terms including "medieval Ireland", "medieval Irish history", "kings of Ireland", "languages of Ireland", etc.) but my school's library, but some of these details are obscure/specific enough that I couldn't find much of anything. Thus, I turn to you!

1. Is there a specific translation of the form of address of one of the petty kings of Ireland during this time? I assume that the word used could probably be translated "Your Highness", "Your Lordship" (which, due to a vague reference which is all I have to go on, I am using), or maybe "Your Majesty" or similar, but possibly there really is a specific translation? Alternately, are there reasons I should not use "Lordship"?
2. What large units of measurement would be used in Ireland at this time - miles? Leagues? Would it be different in England?
3. I have found references wherein the Irish seem to refer to the English as "Saxons". What would the English call the Irish? What would the Irish call themselves? (I am avoiding putting actual other languages in here because I would probably sink into hopeless inaccuracy, so translations, please.) Mostly, I'm wondering whether I should be saying "Irish" or "Gaelic" (or possibly "Gaels"). The same goes for the language the Irish are speaking, actually - would one of those terms be a better translation of the word they would use? What would both groups call the countries Ireland and England?

Thank you!

Burn Mortality

So I'm writing an Avatar: The Last Airbender fic concerning Zuko, and I was wondering...was it possible (or even probable) that the duel burn on his face could have killed him, had any kind of secondary infection set in?  As far as I can tell, Avatar-world hasn't figured out germ theory  yet, and antiseptics and antibiotics are unknown.

I've tried googling a combination of the words 'burn' 'burn mortality' 'mortality rate' 'without treatment' "18th century", etc., but all the statistics I can come up with assume modern medical care is accessible.