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A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by Zor » 2018-08-06 01:29am

In this scenario, a series of ten wormholes open across the earth. These wormholes open up in Chicago, some Swamplands in Alabama, Sioux Lookout Ontario, Mexico City, Florianopolis Brazil, 100 km South of Paris, the Wrekin (UK), Queensland Australia, Hokkaido Japan and the Great Barrier Reef. Each wormhole is about 30 meters in diameter and half underground (save for the one in the great barrier reef which was entirely submerged. Out through each of which marches (or in the case of the underwater one, swims) an endless stream of elves, dwarves, gnomes, naga, catfolk, orcs and merfolk, as well as a smattering of vampires in heavy cloaks. At the forefront of each party are a set of individuals in finery which offer to parlay, dropping their weapons as the press continues forward.

Basically these folks lived in a parallel universe of magic. There history is a long one with kingdoms rising and falling, times of trade and peace and war and terror, of unity under Empires and squabbling city states and kingdoms playing the game of thrones. Armies clashed, as did heroes and villains. But what they did not see coming was what they called "The Sky Mountain". Basically an asteroid about 10 kilometers in diameter which crashed into their planet and throwing their ecosystem off kilter a year ago. Millions died from the impact itself, but the real killer is the Ice Age that's settling in and the cloud of ash that is enveloping their world. Forest are dying and famine is settling in. Even with the Dwarves, Gnomes, catfolk and the more civilized orcs building Greenhouses as quickly as they can and the Elves casting winter spells day and night over their domains, things are looking bleak. Especially since many people in the areas that were not comparitively well off are turning tot attacking those that are. And so many great mages came together for the gateway project as a way of saving lives both by transferring people to a more hospitable place is an option and by taking pressure off those which stay behind.
  • Elves: 1.8 to 2.1 meters tall on average, mobile pointed ears, gracile build. Lives for 500 years on average, takes 40 years to reach maturity. Tied for Greatest command of magic with the Naga.
  • Dwarves: 1 to 1.3 meters tall on average, robust build and skeletal structure, three times the upper body strength of a human of comparable size. Lives for 250 years on average, takes 30 years to reach maturity. Tied with Catfolk and Dwarves for being the least magical species.
  • Gnomes: 0.9 to 1.1 meters tall on average. The smallest species on the planet average capacity for magic. Can live up to 150 years, reaches maturity at age 25.
  • Naga: About 5 meters long on average and weighs 250 kg on average. They look roughly like scaled humans (with hair) with stilted eyes above the wast and like large snakes from the waste down. Naga have a capacity for magic comparable only to elves and are excellent swimmers, but they also are more susceptible to cold and need to eat more. About seven out of eight Naga are female. Naga can live for up to 120 years, reach maturity at age 18 and don't age much after that until year 100.
  • Catfolk: 1.7 to 1.9 meters talll on average. Furred beings with feline features, more carnivorously oriented, digigrade legs and the ability to run faster and jump further than any other species. Catfolk have roughly human lifespans and maturation rates.
  • Orcs: 1.3 to 1.6 meters tall on average with green skin, sharp teeth, strong jaws, clawed hands, pointed ears and disproportionately long arms. Orcs were created to serve as soldiers for a long dead dark lord's army about 5,000 years ago and have gone on to found clans and kingdoms since then. They are twice as strong as a human, but need about 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day. Orcs are somewhat more aggressive than humans, especially young adult males, but this can be dealt with using medication. Orcs live for up to 45 years on average and reach maturity at age 10. Tied with Catfolk and Dwarves as the least magical.
  • Merfolk: 2.5 to 3 meters long on average, rather human like down to the waste with a powerful fluke below, all of which covered in scales (baring their head hair). Merfolk have gills as well as a basic lung and are fully aquatic. All the Merfolk are coming out through the underwater gate, along with a few Mervampires.
  • Vampires: Sapient undead of all races save for Catfolk, Naga and Orcs. Vampires look much like the other races, but are paler and have retractable fangs for drinking blood. The blood of any mammal will do in a pinch as simple sustenance but the blood of other sapient beings is more potent, tastes better and strengthens them. Not all vampire feedings are fatal. Failure to eat for a month results in them getting touchy and unstable until they've gorged their fill for about a week, culminating into a blood mad feral creature and finally them crumbling into a pile of ash. Vampires also have twice the strength of the species that. Vampires don't breed, but they can make more Vampire if they feel like it. Vampires are reticent to do this because A: even though a newly created Vampire is under the sway of it's sire for a period of time and B: it means less blood to go around. Vampires have a tendency towards sociopathy and (for what of a better word) dehumanizing non vampires though this is not universal. Vampires have a vulnerability to sunlight (though it usually takes a few hours exposure to kill them), garlic, incineration, decapitation and having their hearts destroyed. They are allowed to go through as food is getting scarce and they did help in the rituals to open up the wormholes. Vampires are immortal and are as good with magic as they were in life.
If a probe is sent through to the other side, they would find the world described. It is hoped that about sixty million could be relocated through the portals, possibly more.

What should be done in such a situation?

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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by Broomstick » 2018-08-06 10:09am

Wow.

If you thought the refugee problem in the Mediterranean was a problem...

I think this would end in war.
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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by Imperial528 » 2018-08-06 11:22am

I hope they opened these wormholes up in places that were scare of people at the time. Because this is going to sure look like an invasion at the opening stage and I doubt a wormhole opening up is good for the health and physical integrity of any bystanders.

Plus, actual vampires and actual orcs? Disasters waiting to happen.

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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by Zixinus » 2018-08-06 12:02pm

It is definitely going to threaten genocide for at least one unwelcome group, if not several. But that's just by cynicism and gut reaction. The vampires definitely won't be welcome, not for long (even if they hide among goths).

The fact that they can use magic is important however. I can imagine those that want to secure that, and through that the refugees, for whatever purpose.
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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by Solauren » 2018-08-06 06:04pm

If artificial or animal blood can be used to sustain them, then the Vampires could be 'taken in', and controlled to teach others magic.

Orcs could be a problem, and their reproduction would have to be carefully monitored.

The other races, probably not a lot of work needed.

Also, I can see their homeworld becoming a massive lab for post-asteroid impact clean up technologies, that in turn could be useful in cleaning up our environment.
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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2018-08-07 02:36pm

We don't treat human refugees well, for the most part.

These guys are going to get a welcome which ranges from "send them back home" or "lock them in interment camps" at best, to "gas them"/"machine-gun them" at worst.

Far more significant that the arrival of these beings in terms of its impact on humanity, though, will be the revelation that magic, wormholes, and alternate realities are provably real. That's going to throw the scientific establishment into chaos. Especially magic. We will likely see a religious revival, with corresponding increases in theocratic oppression of women, gays, minority religions, etc. Literal witch hunts are a thing in the first world again.

Long-term, a silver lining is that we will learn a lot about biology and evolution from being able to study and compare with other sapient species, and we may end up getting FTL out of having actual wormholes to examine. So that's something.
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Post by Zixinus » 2018-08-07 04:03pm

The thing is, that on a theoretical level, this would not be an issue. The refugees would obviously be happy to integrate into society and they obviously

But then a a few million Muslims would not have changed much in Europe, if a plan was followed. And look at he hysteria and xenophobia that risen. My own country has rejected that idea. Hence my cynicism.

At best, the more magical populace will be segregated and kept alive for the power they offer.
Long-term, a silver lining is that we will learn a lot about biology and evolution from being able to study and compare with other sapient species, and we may end up getting FTL out of having actual wormholes to examine. So that's something.
That assumes that the knowledge will be transferred and the magical populace kept alive. Without them, the knowledge on how to make wormholes is lost.
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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2018-08-08 03:09pm

Not really. The portals are going to be open for a while, which leaves plenty of opportunity for observation and study. And I think that even the most xenophobic governments wouldn't at least take some of these people alive for interrogation, and one of their first questions almost has to be "How does practical FTL work"?
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Re: A bunch of Fantasy Refugees arrive (RAR!)

Post by Zixinus » 2018-08-08 05:03pm

Except they'll don't understand the question that way (what makes you think it IS FTL as you understand it?) and the resulting knowledge they'll not only guard (as the only bargaining chip they have to safeguard their families and friends and so on) but will take a long time to explain (if they can). You can't truly explain relativity in one day.

This is ignoring the fact that the only known method to create said wormhole is through magic of the magical races presented. And it is heavily implied that even for them, this took monumental effort. The idea that it can all be simply replicated just because our most knowledgable people wear white coats and have electric gizmos seems like hubris. After all, clearly magic exists and the very same people dismissed its existence, while in this scenario evidence for it is staring us in the face.

Sixty million distributed worldwide among the better-off countries should not be that big of an issue with a little organization. It's just that the European experience was not that.
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Post by Broomstick » 2018-08-08 05:56pm

What incentive do the nations of the world have to take in 60 million (or a fraction thereof) refugees, most of whom aren't human? If there's a reason to do it sure, at least some of the 60 million will get a new home, but if not?
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Post by Formless » 2018-08-08 07:13pm

I don't know how the nations of the world will react to all the surface dwelling races, but I will say that the Merfolk are in for a rude awakening. Considering that the first thing they are going to see is a clearly damaged, bleached reef, I would bet they swim right back through the way they came. The oceans of a post-asteroid impact world couldn't be much worse to be in than an ocean post-global warming. Plus there is industrial fishing on this Earth. They are totally screwed coming here.
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