Gifts of wandering ice

Page 390 - Quarantine


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Some cave dwellers are having a cold. It's not an unusual thing in early spring, but Council of Elders has decided to quarantine these people for ten days (incubation period of the ancient influenza) and their families as well, separately. Some people don't take it well, just like this angry mom here.

A lot of young people were recruited as junior healers. The blond girl with pigtails will be introduced on the next page, but maybe some of you will be able to recognize her before this.


Maybe this isn’t part of the story, but the need to hire people young got me thinking: about how many people live in each tribe? I picture the Cave Dwellers as around the size of a medium/small modern city, the Hunters a good bit fewer, and the Mutes a good bit fewer than that, but I could be way off.

3rd Oct 2020, 6:17 AM edit delete reply

The population of the archipelago is about 1 million people. Most are cave dwellers (about 60%), the rest are hunters and mutes (about 30 and 10% respectively).
I think I should mention it somewhere.

3rd Oct 2020, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

I was closer than I thought! I guess you can kind of tell from the story as shown.

3rd Oct 2020, 7:48 PM edit delete reply

Oh, that's interesting! When a story conveys something on a subconscious level I think that's a win :)

3rd Oct 2020, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

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