March 20th, 2013

Sword for my MC?

So, my main character usually doesn't carry a sword, seeing as this story is set in the modern day. However, sometimes you just need something to bring on the bloodshed, so at the point that he doesn't need to worry about concealability, he carries a sword, or at least uses one.

Here's where I'm stuck. If you carry a sword on your hip, it is a) a bitch to have there, b) tricky to run with, c) you keep hitting things when you turn around. So, I had him carrying it on his back.

I originally also had hi carrying a hand-and-a-half sword, I thought it would be a good compromise between 1- and 2-handed use. However, I realised that carrying it on his back, with the rest of his rig, a hand-and a half is just too long, especially in the handle. I decided it would fit his character (kind of a brawler, not a fan of the fancier and glitzy things. He can act upper-class and sophisticated, but he doesn't like it that much. Same with technical style, he can fence like a master but would rather look sloppy but be good than look good and be sloppy) to have him using a sword in the viking style.

So, the sword I have him using is a blended style between the arming sword and the viking style. It's a long blade, between the "regular" and bastard sword in length, an inch or two shorter than the bastard maybe. It's shorter in the handle, long enough to get a second grip, but not as long as the bastard one. It's got the counterweight on the pommel like the viking style, and the single, very broad, fuller running up the centre of the blade. It's a bit broader even than the bastard, and the size and weight gets commented on. One guy who has, throughout his arc, been shown to be a master fencer, mocks the sword for being a butchers blade, so my MC shows he can fence as well with it as with a rapier. To this end, I gave it a point similar to the arming sword so it can be used to stab better. He's stronger than human, so he can lift and swing it without much of a problem.

As for the issue of draing it from your back, instead of it being a full sheath I made it in 2 sections, one covering the tip and the first few inches of the blade, the second the same, next to the crossguard. This way it allows him to draw it normally, as the blade can move away from his back as he draws it over his shoulder.

this is just to get some advice, see if there are any glaring problems you can see, etc. Please do not be surprised if I argue my choice, I tend to use stuff like this as a way of re-justifying things like weapons choice to myself.

Thanks in advance

Best Fairy Ever

A makeshift prison inhospitable to water-people

Setting: At or around a castle-type structure in a  fantasy world that is flexible as far as technology and modern items you might find on Earth go. The world itself is sort of a place composed of real and imagined things to begin with, so if you can dream it and it fits the scenario...

Search terms used: A lot of variations on heating metal boxes and shipping containers. After that, I tried searching about the survivability in those sort of conditions. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite sure how to phrase that last one. "Person trapped in hot metal box"/"How long can a person survive in a large oven" was not helpful.

Scenario in question: I have a supporting character who is captured by the enemy. Supporting character is under the protection of a character that, while very powerful, is composed almost entirely of water. So, aforementioned enemy needs to find some place to store this character where powerful-water-entity can't easily get to them without some help and planning.

I initially thought of a very hot prison cell. Maybe some sort of metal box. Randomly having that sort of thing on hand seems unlikely, though. I suppose I could go back and establish it earlier as some means of punishment and/or execution for criminals. Or I could just have them quickly wheel in some sort of shipping container for the occasion. (I'd probably go with the former.)

But then I got to thinking about it. If it's hot enough to evaporate water rather quickly, what sort of condition is my supporting character going to be in? The amount of time he spends in there is pretty flexible, since the rescue team goes into action the same day. As long as he survives, I'm not too worried about any injuries he sustains. (I do need him to permanently lose his hearing during this series of events, but it doesn't have to be because of this... though, if I could combine the two, that might be nice.) This all happens around the ending, so I won't need him doing anything any time soon.

I'm not set on random metal box, so any ideas and aftereffects would be oh-so-welcome.
Romola - Sunshine

Heart Attacks, Cardiac Arrest, and Long-Term Prognosis

This comm has been an invaluable resource to me in the past, and I'm hoping you guys can help me out again. :D

Setting: Modern day.

Searches/terms researched: cardiac arrest, heart attacks, long-term treatment (for both), read several articles on the Mayo clinic/American Heart Association websites, and tried to wrap my head around some scholarly articles.

My character is chronically ill. He's had arrhythmia, asthma, and generally weak health since he was little. In the course of the story he gets mugged, stabbed, and rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. What I need now is for his health to take a severe turn for the worse without him actually dying (not right away, at any rate). Permanent damage is obviously going to be part of that, and I need there to be serious long-term repercussions. (For story purposes, it would be alright if, realistically, the life expectancy or quality of life afterward would not be great. The only thing I don't want is for there to be brain damage/cognitive problems.) question is, should he have a heart attack, or full out cardiac arrest? Also, according to each scenario, would he need a pacemaker, or an ICD? What other major treatment/rehab would he receive? I'm kind of drowning in info, trying to figure out what elements I need to make my Doctor Speak sound plausible, and I keep reading things and wavering between cardiac arrest taking things a step too far (although medical help would obviously be pretty immediate, due to his being in a hospital already, so I imagine he wouldn't be without oxygen as long as most cardiac arrest victims), and wondering if a heart attack is going to have quite the ramifications I need.

Any input on the matter would be greately appreciated... I'm dizzy with the research and seem to only be confusing myself more the longer I wade through articles. ;)