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You know that blog post I made awhile ago about identification with one's characters and whatnot?

Well, t'other day, a Digger went up where the local healer asks her weight, and she replies "Two-twenty." I figured that was a pretty good weight for an anthropomorphic wombat--her height looks to be somewhere around four-to-four-and-a-half feet tall, she's got immense muscle mass compared to a human, seemed a fair size.

Speculation in the comments today was that the reason I picked this number is because *I* weigh 220, and Digger is my metaphor for myself.

One person, who ain't gettin' their comment approved, went so far as to link to a photo of me at my top weight (which was never anywhere near 220, but with the usual camera-adding-pounds problem looks plausible as such.) It's not a good photo. No good photos of me exist, for that matter.

In case anybody's wondering, I'm 5'7", I weigh a little under 170 (possibly less, I keep losing weight) and Digger is not my metaphor for myself.

Sheesh. I bet this doesn't happen to male cartoonists.

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My first thought, despite easily accepting that they all speak the same language, was that it would seem really optimistic to presume that a tribal society in a world that might not even be the one Digger comes from would know what units she meant.

*grin* Now that I DID think about...

Poor Digger, it seems not a day goes by that she doesn't wind up overdosed on something.

Sorta like a civil engineering-minded Hunter S. Thompson?

No, just a regular engineer. o/~ "We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the Engineers. We can, we can, we can, we can demolish forty beers...." o/~

I assumed that Digger was talking in so sort of "other" units, and that even if they weren't the same that the hyenas used, Owl Caller, being a "medicine-man", or other knowledgeable profession would either be able to translate, or be able to size-up Digger well enough. The fact that he asked the questions in the first place, I thought was very good writing.

I'll bet that Owl Caller and the Hag would disagree on many things, but it would be cool to listen to them talk about healing.

"despite easily accepting that they all speak the same language..."

I always figured that the magic responsible for getting Digger halfway across the planet- if their planet is set up like ours- is acting as translator.

And if you assume that it's time she travelled in, from the sound of it the wombat civilisation would be one of the most stable in the world. As such their language would probably be used for trading between species. It wouldn't be all that unexpected for it, over time, to become used more than the native languages and eventually upsurp them

Nice speculation... but then there'd probably be more signs of them around there, but nobody seems to know anything about her species.

Wasn't there mention of old abandoned mines in the temple library that she was told about? Sure I remember something about that. Also there was the fact that wombats had sealed a god in the underground chambers and Digger hadn't heard of it. I think she mentioned the wombat writing being in an old dialect too, but I could be wrong about that

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