July 5th, 2008

not mine, mat

Solifugae, curtent era and apartment floors

(excuse if there are typos, I'm trying but I'm also typing in a brace)
(also warning: if your squicky about bugs, don't follow links below)

When/ where: Current era, Alt. universe, Chicago,IL, USA
terms googled:Solifugae sounds, Solifugae noises, Solifugae. Solefuge sounds, ect.

So i'm researching for an urban fantasy piece. In it i'm using solifugae and Peruvian Giant Centipedes to make holes in the vale between the solid world and the astral world.

I read in multiple articles that Solifugae they have a high pitched rattle sound they make, but i cannot find a recording or more detailed description.
Does anyone know anything about the sound? or is it just a myth like the screaming? bonus points to anyone who manages to find me a recording.

this one is harder to google. but what would be on the floor of a really cheep apartment? (chicago,IL, USA, current era) Carpet? synthetic wood?
(googled: cheep apartment floors, cheep apartment)
Meowclops Music Box

Sailing against the wind in a storm

The setting is a fantasy world with late 18th/early 19th Century technologies.

I did some Google searching for "sailing against the wind" and found that it can be done pretty effectively by going in a zig-zag formation, but I haven't found many details other than that.

In this particular segment of the story a group of five castaways clamors aboard a schooner only to find it mysteriously abandoned. There is a violent tempest blowing it westward (against the eastward current) and they need to turn the ship around and journey eastward in spite of the wind. The tempest is supernaturally powered and doesn't show any sign of letting up. Everyone wants to hide below except for the mad sea captain. How would the sails need to be configured and how (and how often) would they need to be reconfigured to maintain a steady eastward course? How many hands would be needed on deck? Would the mad sea captain be able to man the helm on his own while the others get some rest? How quick would they be able to travel under those conditions?

I mean for them to get a little bit lost and journey too far north if that makes a difference.
Evil Manifest

Urban Mythology: British

Googled: modern British mythology, modern english mythology, modern indian mythology, british urban legends, english urban legends, indian urban legends, english fairy tales, british fairy tales, indian fairy tales

I'm looking for information on what urban and classic mythology my 1990's Manchester England street kid character might have run into, particularly 'modern mythology' aka urban legends. I'm less interested in "one shot story" type legends like The Choking Doberman and more interested in things like Black-Eyed Children, the Men in Black (I'm specifically interested in those two), Changlings, etc. Also, given the significant cross-cultural influence of India, is it likely that street kids might have run into some version of indian fairy tales or mythology, gods, and so on?

The purpose of all this is to create a mixed, warped street mythology - a Manchester England version of Myths over Miami, if I can manage it. I don't need details of the legends/stories; I just need an idea of what elements to throw into the pot. Some fudging of dates is fine - anything that would have been around from the 70s to the late 90s.


ETA: Apologies to everyone for not responding yet - sudden car troubles chewed up most of my weekend; I'll try to read and respond tomorrow after class!