Yeah, it also seemed really stupid to board a ship with 3 people.
At least that's easily explained away by crew contingent of cramped vessels, and experience boarding vessels etc. (also, actor count, i just assume that they would have put more ppl in if money was no issue, but they wou;d still all get killed during the assault).Yeah, it also seemed really stupid to board a ship with 3 people.
I've never actually listened to the song, and my Music degree has thirty years of accumulated dust, but I'll give it a go. Here is the one I listened to, in case it's not the one you're referring to.I'd like to some examination of what makes it modern, how far off from period music it is, and if the "Tiffany problem" is involved at all.
Yes, that's the one I'm referring to. Though I haven't finished the whole season, so I don't know if it sounds like that in show itself. At like 4 episodes in he's only sung a few snippets of it, and with just the lute. I figured a lot of the musical embellishment in the full song was likely far too modern pop/rock to be authentic, (and I even wondered if the lute he uses in the show is strung in the same way as a period lute would have been.) Thanks so much for that, it was a lot more info than I expected, especially on the instrumental side of things.
Any fantasy novel written in English (and probably any other language) has to have some amount of hand-waving when it comes to word origins, idioms and the like. The amount of world-building that would be necessary to write a linguistically consistent novel is mind boggling. I think you're absolutely right that the conversations about word-origins in fantasy would end up "hilariously convoluted".I can't speak to your first point, but as to the second, "mutant" comes from the Latin mutare, the verb meaning "to change." It's basically identical to calling someone/something a "changeling," just using a Latin root instead of an English one, and the only issue with it re: The Witcher is a) an assumption that language in the setting evolved from Latin and other languages in the same way it did in our world, which turns into a hilariously convoluted discussion about all of the words used in the books/games/shows, or b) the idea that the term could only come into usage through the study of genetics because that's the way it happened in our world, which again is a giant pile of nonsense.
Basically you're exactly right in how you're thinking about it.
Yep, I agree. I haven't read the books, but most of the out-of-world references in the games are done via quest names and the like, and it just isn't a big deal. As long as it doesn't turn into in-world characters referencing memes or events that didn't happen in that setting, there's really no point in dwelling on the etymology of specific terms in our world or anything of the like.Any fantasy novel written in English (and probably any other language) has to have some amount of hand-waving when it comes to word origins, idioms and the like. The amount of world-building that would be necessary to write a linguistically consistent novel is mind boggling. I think you're absolutely right that the conversations about word-origins in fantasy would end up "hilariously convoluted".
Sometimes it's just easier to make references to the real world, without trying to explain anything. From what I've read, in the Witcher game/novels there are references to Shakespeare, Karl Marx and a whole bunch of other anachronisms, so "mutant" is really the least of the issue.