Friday, February 20, 2015

Neanderthals in the setting

I've long had Neanderthals as a race available in DARK•HERITAGE.  I've long gone for a very anthropomorthic interpretation of Neanderthals, which is the default, really.  Images published recently by National Geographic and others support this view.  See below:

But what if that's wrong?  What if that's optimistic, in fact?  What if the Neanderthals were very, very different?

Not sure if I will change the interpretation of Neanderthals in my setting or not, but I have to admit, this new interpretation is... really, really interesting.  I might!  The only reason I would maybe consider not doing it, is that it essentially overlaps the wildling race that I already have.  I'm not sure that I have a need for both.  But that was already kind of true anyway.

1 comment:

Joshua Dyal said...

As an aside, as I've looked into this, I've seen a lot of people propose it as an interesting high concept for a story, novel, or movie. I say: already been done. The 13th Warrior, based on Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead is already, essentially, this concept brought to life.

Despite the fact that it wasn't really very successful financially, I've always thought it was a great movie, myself. I even own a copy on DVD. Haven't watched it in quite a while; maybe it's time to break it back out.