NaNoWriMo #7 – Interludes

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I’m making small interludes between the chapters that act as exposition dumps. I’ve been very torn between trying to explain everything within the story itself, and the oddness of characters having to explain things to one another that both of them are totally familiar with. Feedback would be much appreciated on this entry! I’m still debating how to handle this.

Interlude: Crime and Punishment

In any society there must be laws. For laws to be enforced, there must be consequences for breaking them. There are many societies in the world of Darisa, and there are many systems to deal with this. But almost none have anything similar to prisons.

To punish someone, a thing of value must be taken from them, and one thing that is not valued by the kukun’lu is time. They are a people whose lives are not dictated by the aging of their bodies. A jail sentence is a frustrating, boring ordeal, but does little to reform, and unlike species who age, they have not even lost time in which to commit crimes.

Although it might seem barbaric to many civilizations of equal development, two two forms of criminal punishment most common are expulsion from society and corporal punishment. The first is as simple as banishment, whether permanent, or for a set period. The second is either some form of whipping, caning, or disfigurement. Of these, the removal of a kukun’s antennae is considered the harshest. It removes both the ability to hear, and to speak, enforcing on the individual a complete separation from society for the remainder of their life.

With a new life, many societies count all by the most serious offences as being forgiven. This is not simply charitability, but necessity. When you live so many lives, with so many faces and so many people, it is an inevitability that you will run into trouble with the law. This type of forgiveness is required for society to function.

Much of what I explain in the interludes is so basic to kukun’lu societies that it would never be mentioned in anything but anthropological (caudamological?) studies and writings. It also reminds me fondly of entries that I’ve had Sulmere write in this blog. I’m still torn. What do you guys think?

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