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Posted by dawnscalion on 6 August 2019 in English (English)

the indigenous silk kraggo fox is native to the jennonite plains and the cackle forests its highly lethal and can fly with ease they make great pets with time and training

Comment from zhenkang on 6 August 2019 at 05:02

What do you mean by saying this? This is user diaries. If you want to share your writing, you better go do some mapping first and get a wiki account much later.

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Comment from Luziyca on 6 August 2019 at 05:03

Firstly, while I am aware that this is not the OGF wiki, and so technically, it isn't https://wiki.opengeofiction.net/wiki/index.php/OGF:Overwikification, I don't think describing fictitious animals has anything at all to do with the map.

Secondly, combined with your previous user post on the user diaries, and your mapping thus far, I feel like they may violate the principles of https://wiki.opengeofiction.net/wiki/index.php/OGF:Verisimilitude.

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Comment from Duncan on 6 August 2019 at 06:00

Quick tip

  • having a unique species of fox indigenous to your country: passable as realistic

  • having a unique species of domesticable-yet-lethal-and-also-flying fox: not so much

I am (I think) within the bounds of verisimilitude if I say that Duncanheim (my country) is home to a subspecies of wolf that has dark red fur, and a much louder howl than most other varieties of wolf. This is realistic. South America has red wolves, and to say that the wolf's howl is louder than usual is not particularly fantastical.

I could also say that the South Archantan Red Wolf historically cross-bred with sheep-dogs, resulting in a breed of dog called the Duncanheim Shepard, a large and fiercely loyal breed of dog (resembling a cross between an IRL German Shepard and a Malamute, but with dark red fur). This is still fairly realistic. Dog breeds vary wildly.

But if I suggest that I also have raccoons with venom sacs and wings, I have broken verisimilitude. There are too many evolutionary steps between animals we know in real life and that concept for it to be considered realistic.

I could say that there is a legend about a creature called "The Fluggaudidhanag" that is said to be like a raccoon but with venom and wings, and that this legend is told to young children with the warning that if they run off into the forest at night, the Fluggaudidhanags will come and spray them with poison and eat them, so good children stay out of the forest at night. As a scary campfire story.

But if I start saying that the Fluggaudidhanag is real and available at pet stores, then I have broken verisimilitude.

Also, apart from maybe a street name or an art installation, I don't see how I would map the legend anyway.

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