Desert vistas… part 2… and some important stuff I learned about necromancers and wolves…

a 1

As I continue to post the photos I took on my recent drive back to San Diego from Arizona, in which you will see mountains, bluffs, crags, scarps, cliffs, escarpments and precipices of all sorts, let me share some things I learned while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Arizona.

a 2

Never try to kill necromancers… they are already dead. You think you are winning. They fall down and start to give off radiant blue swirling magic light formations, and you think, oh yeah, I am absorbing some new magic… but it is just them getting ready to get back up and kick your ass.

a 3

Dire wolves are irritable, and will attack you when they see you, but they respond well to a firm tap on the head… with a mace… and a nice petting… preferably with a hand that shoots magic flame spells.

a 4

Never stand in the front row, right in front of the raised platform, at a public beheading… you will get blood splashed all over your nice armor and cloak.

a 5

Help people. If a jester has a broken wheel on his cart, and needs you to convince the local blacksmith to fix it, and then the blacksmith needs you to find something for him first, just do it. Happy people give you stuff.

a 6

Always loot dead bodies, whether or not you are responsible for them being dead… because, one again, free stuff.

a 7

Learn magic.

a 8

But do not accidentally hit the wrong button and use magic against a town guard. The other guards get cranky, and swarm all over you until you die.

a 9

Okay, I might, between sending my newest novel to the publishers and finishing the cover art, have spent some time playing Skyrim wearing a virtual reality helmet.

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6 Responses to Desert vistas… part 2… and some important stuff I learned about necromancers and wolves…

  1. The American Southwest has an interesting history because, along with Northern México, it once boasted more of a savanna-type environment. Its fragility, however, made it vulnerable to climate change. Scientists believe – starting around 900 C.E. – the Earth began experiencing a rapid temperature rise, and those sub-tropical regions began drying out. This, in turn, caused a drought and most likely drove out large numbers of people who had occupied the areas. The same warming probably impacted similar environments in other places, such as North Africa and Northern Australia, with same desertification results.

    • Uh… it is going to get worse…

      • It may get worse – especially with ongoing human activity. The Anasazi (predecessors to the contemporary Navajo, Pueblo and Zuni communities) occupied what is now known as the American Southwest from roughly 200 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E. They were actually comprised of a number of different settlements that lasted for various lengths of time. One of the city-states existed for about 600 years, which – if you think about it – is almost 3 times longer than the United States has existed.

        But apparently, population growth, coupled with heavy farming and agricultural practices, stressed out an environment that was already being stressed out by natural elements. They didn’t all collapse at once. But scientists have narrowed it down to the period from about the 12th to 15th centuries C.E. By the time the first Europeans arrived at the end of the 16th century, most of the Anasazi had left and merged with other communities around it.

        Obviously, even with a dearth of humans and animals, desertification hasn’t relented. That may just be a natural cycle in the meteorological history of that particular part of the Earth.

  2. H.E. ELLIS says:

    I find the desert…interesting. My husband was born in Arizona and raised in southern California. This scenery is home to him. Google “Gloucester” and “lobster boats” and you have mine. It’s going to make picking a place to retire challenging.

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