[MUD-Dev] Expectations of in-game reality

Lars Duening lars at bearnip.com
Mon Nov 12 20:44:18 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001


Travis Casey wrote on Friday, October 26 2001, 10:35:30:
>Thursday, October 25, 2001, 4:40:26 PM, J C Lawrence wrote:

>> A 50 tonne dragon with wings the size of postage stamps flying is
>> not logically internally consistent, not unless you can also fly
>> by wiggling your ears.  It makes good story however.  Why?

> Can you point to any serious fantasy that has such a thing,
> though?  The only flying dragons with wings smaller than their
> body length that I've seen depicted are either (1) in children's
> fantasy, where they're trying for a silly appearance, or (2)
> Oriental dragons, who don't have wings at all.

Well, Erroll in Terry Pratchett's "Guards! Guards!" manages to fly
with his stubby wings by using them like airplane wings and
achieving the necessary lift through speed from his 'jet engine'.

Otoh, the book features another dragon of the stereotypical 50 ton
kind, and the fact that she can fly despite her aerodynamic flaws
becomes part of the plot.

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Lars Duening; lars at bearnip.com
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