…1958, starring John Agar, Richard Denning and Zelda the trained duck
Sasha Explains It All
Sanctuaries: Part 2
Hi, folks. This is the second part of my discussion on the various sanctuaries that the NHTA has established around the world. Last time I told you about the main sanctuaries in North America, so this time we’ll cover some of the big, and in most cases huge, ones that you’ll find on other continents.
I should also mention that there are a lot of smaller facilities around the planet, some of them only a few acres in size. They all are a place for both sapient and non-sapient NHT to be safe and free from human foolishness.
The first, and the oldest, sanctuary of all is Gorilla City. Yes, the name was taken directly from “The Flash” comic books, because Silky and Gomba (the great gorilla leader), both loved their little jokes and because, well, it was a city mostly inhabited by gorillas.
Gorilla City, unlike the big Sanctuaries in North America, does not exist in the past. Instead, the entire city and the surroundings for about 55 miles out are located in a spatial sub-layer. Okay, you can call it a pocket dimension if you really want to. It is built upon two mountains in Burundi and on the three level, 1 mile wide and 3.25 long bridges between them.
If you can imagine a city that looks like a cross between a landlocked tropical San Francisco and the Emerald City of Oz, but with both set in about the Star Trek 23rd century, you’d be close to Gorilla City. It is clean, crime free and full in equal parts of Art & Science.
The NHTA Council is housed there, as are all of its various ministries and such. Gomba University, home to 3,000 students and both the Silky Dawn Cross College of Trans Species Relations and the Sasha Jane Cross College of Mad Science, are located there. You’ll also find many farms spread around both inside and outside town.
There are 32,507 gorillas living in the city, along with 12,000 individuals from other species. About 52 of those are humans. Gorilla City is a shining monument to what we NHT can do if we put our minds to it.
Staying on the African Continent, we have Ngorongoro Crater. Yes, the same Ngorongoro Crater that exists in Tanzania right now. The difference is, the NHT living there are 11,000 years in the past and the sanctuary encompasses both the crater and a 7 mile wide zone around it. Most of the NHT live in compounds outside the actual crater. As sanctuaries go, it’s a fairly natural place. The majority of the NHT population are African species, in particular lions, elephants and hippos. It is a favorite vacation spot for many NHT.
Heading over to India, the big sanctuary there is Tiger Cavern. It’s a huge cavern about a mile under the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. When I say huge, I’m not shitting around, folks. Tiger Cavern is 80 miles long and 10 miles wide. From floor to ceiling it is 450 feet high. It contains forests, fields, rivers, streams, small hills, lakes, and a swamp.
The whole place is maintained by an AI and nanotech and it’s pretty amazing. It’s also very dangerous, on a par with Wolf Island. Like wolves, most tigers prefer the old ways. There are very few amenities here and most outsiders are encouraged to do their business and get the fuck out. Humans will be killed and eaten on sight.
The largest of all the NHT sanctuaries is Grand Lake, located smack in the middle of Australia, way out in the desert. It covers parts of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. Why? Because it measures 300 miles across! Like Gorilla City, it’s in a pocket dimension.
This sanctuary is perfectly round, with the equally round Grand Lake at its center. To the north are hills and mountains, while to the south are forests. East and west of the lake are vast fields dotted with light woods. The average temperature year round is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. There is one town, Kakora, on the western shore of the lake. Five villages are dotted around the rest of the lake.
Grand Lake is the only NHT sanctuary governed by birds, in this case Cockatoos and other parrots. Now, their style of governing is a bit more chaotic than most NHT, but they are still WAY more efficient and fight less than humans. Like other NHT governing bodies, they realize they are there to serve and protect, not get all up in folk’s shit. All told, Grand Lake is a noisy, but nice place to live or visit.
Well, folks, I have once again failed to talk about all the sanctuaries, so I guess I’ll be doing a Part Three sometime in the near future.
Thanks for reading, and until my next rant, I am…
Sasha Jane Cross, PhD X 8
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…co-starring her pet duck, Randolph
The Gaming Is Afoot!
The past few months have seen me hit something of an all high mark in my gaming life. Not since the mid 1980s have I been doing so much roleplaying and boardgaming on a weekly basis.
Now, to be sure, I am still a long way from the 14-16 hours a week I did back then. Those were the days when my four players and I would do a 4 hour session on Wednesday nights and a 10-12 hour session all day on Saturdays. We were all around 27 years old and it was hella fun, but now, at 65, I am pretty sure that exact situation would kill me :)
Now, I play in a D&D group twice a month, 4 hours per session, usually on Sunday evenings. We just celebrated our 4th year together.
On alternate weeks, I run a D&D game for 5 players on Saturday afternoons, again, for 4 hours per session. We have been getting together for just shy of 2 years.
And then, adding to the gaming goodness, is the fact that I run both RPGs and boardgames at various events for the non-profit Your Turn Community Game Events. I am also a board member.
Your Turn was thought up by one of my Saturday players, Cathy Ford, who does the Our Turn! Gaming For Everyone podcast over at https://ourturnpodcast.com/.
The actual genesis of Your Turn is not something I’m going to get into now, but suffice to say it was put into action by Cathy and a bunch of gaming geeks, Your Humble Narrator included. We run games at libraries and community events. So far, we have had a lot of success and are getting invited to more events all the time. We may be hooking up with a local game store to run games on a weekly basis soon.
Part of that weekly scenario may have myself and other RPG GMs running games on alternate weeks or something. Details are still hazy.
And, on top of all of the above, I’m 13 days out from going to GenCon, which I have not attended since 2007. I am awash on gaming goodness.
About the only thing I’m not doing, gamingwise, is writing for publication. Now, I do write gaming useful stuff, but not for any company. I do it for my wonderful Patrons over on Patreon. So far, there are several items up for Patrons only, and I will have more coming soon.
Note: A more crass individual than I might suggest you go over to https://www.patreon.com/DocCross and sign up for as little as $1.00 a month. Fortunately, I am not given to such acts.
I am going to try to remember to do some regular gaming posts here on the blog, in addition to the other regular stuff.
And speaking of that regular stuff, here’s a bit of what to expect in the next few weeks.
GenCon reporting will start on the 30th of this month when I fly to Kansas to join my friend, Peter Hildreth, for the trip to the con. I may do these reports on video, if I can get video to work on here.
The annual Trip To CritterCon, everyone’s favorite fictional convention, will start Friday after I return from GenCon and will cover about 12 days.
After a 4 month absence, the Doclopedia will be back starting September 1st. I am not sure, but I may do another “500 Entries In 365 Days” bit of madness. Stay tuned.
I am also entertaining the idea of doing interviews with gaming folks. Not sure yet.
Well there you have it, a gamealicious post about my gaming situation. I hope you liked it.
See you next time.
My grieving for Daisy has lessened enough for me to start writing again. I’ll be posting something substantial tomorrow. Thank you all, especially my wonderful Patrons, for bearing with my absence.