July 27th, 2009

Ancient Egyptian terminology

Where: Japan (not really all that relevant, but so long as suggestions would be understood by a Japanese person, it's all good :D)
When: Present-day

I'm searching for a word starting with either a W or a T that would be relatively well-known/immediately associated by the layperson with Ancient Egypt. It can be a person's name (for example, I'm considering "Tutankhamun"), a place, an item (pyramid, mummy, etc.), anything, so long as a layperson (with high school education, at best) might see it and immediately see the connection to ancient Egypt.

The story takes place in Japan, but I'm looking for an Egyptian word/name/item to use in a play title, so the setting of the story wouldn't have much bearing on the term I choose except in accounting for its likely familiarity to the typical Japanese person :)

Any suggestions? Googling for ancient Egyptian terminology has turned up several glossaries of sorts, but unfortunately words beginning with "T" and "W" are not so common. If I can't find any better suggestions, I'll probably just go with the generic King Tut reference, but I'm definitely open to alternatives :D
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Surviving a wildfire

Setting is modern day in a hot, dry, hilly, somewhat forested area in western America (probably northeast California), during daylight hours.

My character is trying to outrun a wildfire. She hiked for two hours from the place her car is parked in order to get to her campsite, and once she becomes aware of the fire is going to try to get back to her car, possibly becoming a little lost along the way.

From what I'm reading, the most common cause of death due to wildfire is confusion caused by smoke inhalation, but I'm having trouble finding more detailed info. What might be happening to her physically as she's trying to get back to her car? What kind of timeline am I looking at, and how close to the fire would she have to be/how big would the fire have to be in order for all this to happen? So far I have her coughing and getting short of breath, and was planning on having some confusion set in as well, but I'm not sure how soon that might actually happen, the severity of it, or how long she'd have after it does.

I'm also having trouble finding descriptions of what her surroundings are going to feel and smell like. I've been close enough to wildfires to experience how the smoke obscures everything and how it can cast that odd yellow-orange glow over things, but that's it. Does a wildfire sound or smell any different than your average bonfire? Is there anything else I'm overlooking?

Googled: multiple variations on “forest fire survival,” “wildfire survival stories,” “smoke inhalation symptoms,” the Wikipedia articles on wildfires and smoke inhalation, and the "burns and smoke inhalation" tag in this community.

Uncommon Pashtun Name

Setting is real-world, more or less now.

I'm looking for a male given or "most-called" name for a Pashtun character. For plot-related reasons, it needs to be a fairly uncommon name -- not freakishly unusual, but distinctive enough for another character to know who it is without a surname or tribal name attached.

I've googled variations of "Pashtun/Afghan/Pakistani first/most-called names" and gotten the usual name sites, but nothing that gives me a good feel for how commonly-used they are. I really don't want to accidentally name this guy the Pashto equivalent of "John".

Non-Fatal but Critical Stab Wound

SettingUK mid 2000s
Research
Googled: abdominal stab wound blood loss, stabbing blood loss, stomach stabbing blood loss, non-fatal stab wounds
tags: medicine: injuries to order, *fill: medicine: injuries: stab wounds, medicine: injuries (misc)

My male character in his mid twenties opens the door and is stabbed with a switchblade/flick knife/gravity knife. I need somewhere for him to be stabbed that isn't immediately fatal. I don't really want this character to die I just want him to bleed and pass out. He's will get found by another character who's going to think he's dead. Also if he is stabbed how many hours can he be left without dying before he receives medical attention.

ETA for further clarfication: I was thinking that perhaps he was found one hour after he was stabbed. The character that finds him thinks he's dead. Then an hour later another character finds him. So two hours in total before he gets medical attention.

I did google but I found a lot of confusing technical jargon. If someone wants to point me in the right direction that would be great. Thanks in advance.