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Disability in Torn World

Stories about characters in Torn World that have physical impairments or challenges.


Some characters in Torn World have impairments to overcome. The Empire and the North treat these 'problems' much differently. The Empire provides for the basic needs of disabled citizens, but tends to deny them schooling and opportunity. The North, by contrast, has very limited ability to support nonworking individuals, and therefore tries hard to find ways for everyone to contribute, regardless of their limitations.

For some characters who have disabilities, see Rai, a functionally blind merchant whose family wealth and power kept him from being marginalized at a young age, and contrast him with Tenyo, a Northern domestic who lost her eyes as a child.

Marai, a raiser in the North, is deaf. Kalitelm, a healer, suffers a crippling genetic dwarfism, as does her older relative, Marda. Ularki is mentally slow, but her age-mates look after her well.

Within the Empire, the Duurludirj culture treats their crippled members better than the Empire as a whole does: Brelig and Megruu are Duurlidirj warsailors, and dwarf-statured people (not considered a disability) who were injured while doing battle with sea monsters. Brelig is missing a hand and remains an active fighter, while Megruu's loss of both legs keeps him on the shore, for now.


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Finding the Beauty (1491.06.25): A young Marai explores her role as a domestic. (poem)
~ 1208 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 01/13/14  

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Spectacles (1491.10.15): Rai and Bai visit a medic with their mother to get glasses.
~ 1371 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Edward Cammarota (Patron), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Posted: 09/26/11  

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The Flight of the Rose Butterfly (1493.00.01): Bai and Rai learn to play the harmonichron.
~ 3809 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Illustration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 01/22/11  

Words Between Brothers (1494.05.30): Bai and Rai play a game at home. (Supporters Only!)
~ 589 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 04/04/11  

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The Bones of Need (1499.07.10): A young Kalitelm studies anatomy with Dlameda.
~ 1381 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Patron), Posted: 09/28/12  

Odds and Ends (1503.03.30): Karavai prepares a knitting project with help from his age-mate Ularki.
~ 900 words, Created by: Toni Sturtevant (Patron), Ellen Million (Illustration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Amelia Margetts (Inspiration), Posted: 02/22/10  

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Old Feelings, New Feelings (1508.04.07): The relationship between age-mates Tenyo and Frei changes over time. (poem)
~ 134 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Posted: 08/16/12  

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A Day of Silence (1516.07.03): A typical day for Marai in the infant house.
~ 1255 words, Created by: Lorna (Comtessa) (Patron), Ellen Million (Writer), Amelia Margetts (Inspiration), Posted: 02/25/10  

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The World According to Rai (1519): Rai enjoys painting as a hobby. (poem) (Supporters Only!)
~ 219 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 03/20/13  

Tokens of Appreciation (1520.02.14): Rai helps a young customer select a gift. (Supporters Only!)
~ 740 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 02/01/11  

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False Papers, True Words (1520.04.12): Drellin learns something about Licensing Inspectors.
~ 137 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 12/11/13  

These Teeth, Like Stars (1520.04.15): Marai and Valoi go to the Raiser Day celebration in summer.
~ 1859 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 04/01/10  

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Without Fail (1520.05.09): Warsailor Brelig meets License Master Alaaffi on a cruise ship.
~ 2423 words, Created by: Meeks (Illustration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/25/11  

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Leaves in a Bitter Wind (1520.06.04): Fala serves as a trail scout while traveling to and from Itadesh.
~ 3440 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 01/29/11  

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The Museum of Mortality (Part 1 of 2) (1520.06.08): Brelig works in a museum while recovering from a sea monster fight.
~ 4112 words, Created by: PeggyB (Inspiration), mikka (Inspiration), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Amelia Margetts (Patron), Posted: 05/17/13  

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The Wrong Patterns (1520.06.11): Kativa feels like everything is wrong...
~ 1452 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 10/29/10  

The Last Walk (1520.06.20): The long trip to Itadesh is hard on Marda.
~ 1147 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 01/27/11  

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The Museum of Mortality (Part 2 of 2) (1520.06.20): Brelig works hard to regain his stamina for warsailor work.
~ 3421 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Illustration), Amelia Margetts (Patron), PeggyB (Inspiration), mikka (Inspiration), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/20/13  

Fishhooks and Memories (1520.07.01): License Master Alaaffi returns to his work, somewhat changed by his vacation to Tifijimi. (poem)
~ 685 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/15/12  

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Beachfront Propriety (1520.07.12): Ashrein and her daughters settle in Tifijimi.
~ 2388 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Kayleigh Webb (Inspiration), Posted: 05/21/14  

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Pretending (1520.07.17): The life of a cripple in the Empire isn't exactly what you might think...
~ 1119 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Valerie Joanne Higgins (Illustration), Edward Cammarota (Patron), Posted: 09/23/10  

Beach Pies (1520.08.30): Ashrein adapts to life in Tifijimi - and helps others adapt as well!
~ 413 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/09/17  

Under Cover (1520.10.28): An agent of the Empire infiltrates a meeting of discontent cripples.
~ 1230 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Patron), Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 04/24/14  

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Scheming a Friendship (1521.02.24): Olyen goes looking for a useful friendship.
~ 517 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 11/25/14  

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Invincible Wisdom (poem): A librarian's role is to preserve history, even in the face of opposition. (poem)
~ 336 words, Created by: Non-Member Artist (Patron), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 03/04/11  

A Whole New Kind of Beauty (Poem): A warsailor talks about aspects of beauty.
~ 111 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Patron), Posted: 05/29/12  

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Artwork attached to this collection:

Drydock Duties
Drydock Duties
Ellen Million, Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
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Karii
Karii
Ellen Million
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Brelig and the Deathfin
Brelig and the Deathfin This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Meeks
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Rai
Rai
Elizabeth Barrette, Ellen Million
2 Comments

An Unguild Performance
An Unguild Performance
Valerie Joanne Higgins
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Odds and Ends
Odds and Ends
Ellen Million
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