Trivia Tuesday Jun4 Cross-posted to Tumblr here. Today is Trivia Tuesday, my first ever. Today, ask me anything about Stranded World. This entry was originally posted at http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/537849.html. You can comment here or there.
This is a really silly question but it just came to me: Do strands have colours?
Strands are perceived a little differently by everyone, but they are often described as having colors, yes.
That must make them hard to describe to other people.
It could, yes.
What happens when strands are cut? How can something — or someone — be physically present, but not have any relationship/interaction with other things that are physically present? Wouldn’t they at least start … whatever the process is by which strands relating things come into being? What’s the … lifespan, for lack of a better word … of a strand? How do strands come into existance, and how do they end?
Good question! When strands are cut, all extant connections that those strands represent – vanish. Obviously, they don’t disconnect from the actual planet (some strands can’t be cut) but they lose touch with anything else they felt any tie towards. They do begin rebuilding ties, but having-no-ties is a bit of a handicap to doing so; there’s nothing there to show you how the paths should look. What’s the … lifespan, for lack of a better word … of a strand? How do strands come into existance, and how do they end? Strands have an unknown and possibly unknowable lifespan. A strand comes into existence as a connection forms – “I love this teddy bear.” “I really don’t like you.” “I’m really excited about model trains.” It can slowly taper off over time, thinning out, or it can be cut.
Can a strand exist beyond the ends of the things that generated it? (Does it always take exactly two things to create a strand?)
I… don’t know. I’ll have to think about that one. I think it does, at least for a while. And no, any number of things.
I’d ask about threads surviving while there was memory of the association, but I’m not sure how that would work … So if there’s a thread for “I’m really excited about model trains” (or in my case, more likely clay or yarn, but details), and it get cut, what happens to me? To the model trains? (Seems like a very assymetric relationship, much more relevent to me than to (most of) the trains.)
These Q&As make me wonder, Do strands have some kind of selfhood? awareness? life?
Not really to the first two – to the third, yes. They are alive in a way more akin to plants than to animals or humans.