Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fable #1: Bird takes Snake to the moons

Myths Series
Myth making: my plan
What are myths, legends, and folklore? Definitions (Quotes)
Joseph Cambell : Myths

Fable part 2: bird symbolism
Myths and Fables: ponderings  & decisions
Fable part 3: snake symbolism
Fables part 4: building a basic action & reaction 
Fables part 5: add magic

I've pieced together a short Fable tale for Aioskoru based on my notes and decisions created over the past few weeks. Here is Bird takes Snake to the moons.

I wanted to write something more positive and imaginative than the prior two myths.

Bird watched each day as snake would stare at the sky in the evening.
"Why do you look at the sky," asked bird one evening.
"Oh. How I long to visit the moons," snake said.
Bird, having visited the moons before, was intrigued at snakes wish.

"Let us go to the moons," bird suggested to snake.
Bird flew down and picked snake up by the beak.
Up and up they flew.

They flew first to Gaon. 
Gaon is speeding, the fastest of the moons. It seemed much lie a speckled egg.

Next they flew to Vrim.
Vrim the largest of the three was filled with strange birds, different serpents, and other beasts.

Finally, they flew to the furthest moon Duna.

As they were nearing Duna, a bright flaming ball flying fast across the sky shot a wing of bird, sending them to Duna's surface.

Bird's wing was injured. Bird tried to fly once again. The wing was too injured to to fly.
Bird mourned for both of them. "How can we return to Aioskoru?"

"Fear not Bird," Snake said,"We will be able to fly from this wonderful moon."

Their fall had attracted strange small creatures. Hairy, with many legs, and squeaking the furballs gathered at the outskirts of the lush purple field that they had landed.

Snake began to slither, hiss, and dance. Snakes body swayed side to side, tongue flickered, and tail flipped in a slow rhythm.

A green cloud gathered and grew around the body of Snake.

Snake slithered to Bird, danced near the injured wing, and that cloud moved to Bird's injured wing.

The furballs squeaked louder as the wing burns began to fade, skin and bone mended, and feathers grew quick. 
Bird's wing returned to its original condition.
 With a happy song, bird picked up snake, the furballs squeeked as they flew once again back to Aioskoru.

Bird and snake remained friends throughout their life
Bird takes Snake to the moons
© 2017 Ken Wickham


Fable built using the following notes which I have gathered over the last few weeks.

 The dangers of expending too much power (magic) when using powers.

bird guide
snake healing

bird does something that leads to snake interaction. 


Aioskoru Notes

Aioskoru   Type   Terrestrial World
Orbital Radius   1.93 x 108 km   (1.29 AU)
Period   1.12 x 104 hours   (1.29 earth years)
Physics   Standard iron/silicate
Gravity   9.76 m/s2   (1.00 x earth)
Hydrosphere   50 % water, 10 % ice
Atmosphere   Standard breathable
Civilization   Species
Special   3 small moons

Day (Deyn)

24.4525 our earth hours per day

Week (Gaon)

9 days per week based on one complete orbit of the smaller moon Gaon around Aioskoru.

Names in common human language of the nine days of the week, mostly describing how the moon looks, in order from new moon. 


Month (Vrim)

36 days (4 weeks) per regular month. 37 days for some months. Extra day months falling at the final months of the year. A month is mostly based on the orbit of the larger moon Vrim, which is 36 days. Several months have the extra day to help fit the months into the year, and leap years.

Names in common human language of the thirteen months mostly describine the seasons, in order from solstice. "Sneigwei","Yegos","Bhelos","Alghei","Rekos","Bheis","Egas","Osem","Ehteros","Deguos","Hesenos","Keweros","Gelos"

Duna moon - 42 days per cycle

Fable Notes

by American Heritage - Fable
1. A usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.

A fable's emphasis is on a "moral." Examples include Aesop's fables, such as the stories of the tortoise and the hare, and the fox who complained about "sour grapes."


Fact to Meaning Continuum
Historical account      Legendary Occurrence      Mythical Event  Folktale based on cultural truth
Fact   <                            ----                                   >     Meaning

Myth vs Fable
Fable                                                                                   Myth
Morality  <                             ---                                   >  world issues and functions

  • The dangers of expending too much power (magic) when using powers.
  • How powers can be used for both good and bad purposes.
  • Powers can be used in unusual ways besides obvious purposes.

bird guide, atonement, resurrection, wisdom, hope, help, courage, happiness, splendor, or wisdom

snake healing, rebirth, benevolent, inspiration, creator, intelligent, without morals
fear, threats, untrustworthy, dangerous, and vengeful

  • The dangers of expending too much power (magic) when using powers.
  • How powers can be used for both good and bad purposes.
  • Powers can be used in unusual ways besides obvious purposes.

Structure of fable

At the minimum, looking over the Aesop fables from both the bird and snake symbolism posts, a basic structure of the two interacting with each other either directly or indirectly.

bird + action.... reaction
snake + action.... reaction

Direct interaction
snake does something to bird.
bird does something to snake.

Indirect interaction
snake does something that leads to bird interaction.
bird does something that leads to snake interaction.

Bird and snake actions

Bird most often sings, eats, or flies.
Snake most often bites or slithers into hiding.

So based on these, I can have:
A.) Bird sings and the snake hears the song and then the snake reacts.
B.) Bird eats and snake sees bird eating and then the snake reacts.
C.) Bird tries to eat snake, and the snake reacts.
D.) Bird tries to fly, snake does something to prevent, impede, or change the flight of the snake for some reason.

H.) A snake tries to bite a bird, and the bird reacts.
I.) A snake slithers, and the bird reacts.
Not all birds sing.
J.) A bird crows, quacks, screeches, pecks wood, winnows, mimics, hoots,

Of course, not all birds can fly.
K.) A bird that can't fly is fleeing from a snake.
L.) A bird that can't fly seeks help from a snake.

And some birds can swim.

Built using the following notes

M.) A snake sees a bird swimming and has some plan.

And some snakes can swim as well.
N.) A water snake is swimming, and the bird reacts.

For snakes, I think that the healing, resurrection, and renewal symbolism of snakes from some cultures comes due to snakes the shedding of skin.
O.) A snake sheds its skin, and the bird reacts.

Pythons may also wrap and strangle their prey.
P.) A snake strangles something, and the bird reacts.
Q.) A snake tries to strangle the bird, and the bird reacts.

Birds may also be known for their talons.
R.) A bird attacks the snake with its talons, and the snake reacts.
S.) A bird grabs something with its talons, and the snake reacts.

Snakes hiss.
T.) The snake hissed at the bird, and the bird reacts.

Rattlesnakes rattle.
U.) The rattlesnake rattled, and the bird reacts.

Cobras rear upward, hoods flattened.
V.)  The cobra reared its head, and the bird reacts.

Possible magic for the creatures

Beyond the meaning found in various cultures, there is obvious magic powers that could be assigned to bird and snake.

Elemental Powers

A.) The bird flies in the air. Air elemental powers are obvious powers that a bird may have.

An offensive air power is some sort of air, wind, tornado, hurricane, gust or blast of air.

Defensively, air might redirect some sort of threat - like a defensive wall of air.

Utility wise, air is important for breathing. Lack of air leads to death.

B.) Snakes slither on the earth and sometimes hide in holes, cracks, and under logs or rocks.

Elemental wise, snakes are closer maybe to earth powers.

Many snakes are known to be venomous.  Snake poison and toxins may weaken, make sick, paralyze, or kill prey.

Powers not normally associated with the animal
Sometimes powers not normally associated in natural animals may be assigned to the animals.

Mythology reveals the fiery phoenix and firebird, electric thunderbird, winged feathered serpent.

One site shows snakes with clairvoyance, shape shifting, and hypnosis.

So whether or not I go with more obvious powers or powers extending the natural snake abilities, powers have and do get assigned to birds and snakes.

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