Just had a conversation with one of my GMs that amounted to...
Me: How does the afterlife in this setting work? Is there even one? Necromancy has a whole lot of possible moral implications and ethical dilemmas that might end up being important to my character and her development. So I figure I should know the details.
GM: You are messing with forces you don't entirely understand and have no idea what lies beyond besides that lingering spirits are most definitely a thing.
Me: Is that because I shouldn't know these things or because the book just put ghosts and necromancers in because they were cool and didn't think any further than that?
GM: The latter
grammatical number, the thing that makes verbs change shape, the difference between "is" and "are," is not actually well correlated to the number of objects referred to.
a "pair of pants" theoretically refers to the tubes of fabric that go on each of your legs (sorry Brits!), each one of which is called a 'pant,' but the whole object is inseparable.
you can sort of understand why a "pair of scissors" is the way it is, but that's definitely one object hinged firmly together, and there is no 'scissor' (except as a verb).
likewise, a "pair of glasses" does not refer to the pieces of glass in the glasses frames, but to the object in gestalt. there's a word for the piece of glass, 'lens', but "a glass" refers to a drinking vessel.
so yeah. this is my friend. they are nonbinary.
'you' actually *became* a singular pronoun at a particular point in the history of English. this is not clearly true about 'they', which seems to have been the unmarked, ungendered singular pronoun for as long as the recognizable personal pronoun system has been in place
there was, however, a historical moment when a bunch of 'grammarians' (again: made-up job!) with a boner for Romance languages began to insist that 'he' was a gender-neutral pronoun. this seems to have never taken root in the spoken vernacular, ever
About image descriptions (long)
1 - What's an image description?
An image description is a text attached to an image which describes what is in that image.
For instance, an image description for the custom emoji can be "a ghost with the colors of the rainbow flag".
2 - How do image descriptions work?
On Mastodon (and several other things that connect with Mastodon instances, but not all), you have the possibility of adding a description that doesn't take away from your post's character limit, and that will show as alt text.
If you are able to, go to this post and put your mouse's cursor above the image for a while to show its description: https://monsterpit.net/@comet/102386558765218112
On Monsterpit (the instance I'm on), the image description also appears below the image, but this isn't the case for most instances.
3 - How to insert image descriptions?
When you upload an image and hover (put your mouse/tap) over it, a few options appear. The image description is in the bottom:
(This image shows Mastodon's image posting interface, using an intersex pride flag as an example.)
Since this description will only be read by people with mouses or (some?) screen readers, some people defend that you should preferably put your descriptions in the body of the post, if possible, but I'm not sure if that's something everyone agrees it's better.
4 - Why should people use this feature?
• People who are blind or who have similar disabilities use screen readers to read their timelines, so this makes your post more understandable to them;
• Some neurodivergent people have trouble figuring out what some images are about if it's not pointed out to them;
• People using text-only browsers/interfaces or whose internet is bad won't be able to understand your post if you don't caption your images;
• Some people are courteous to people who fit the above criteria and avoid or refuse to boost posts without image descriptions.
5 - What if I'm unable to describe my image?
If you can't describe an image because of your own disability or other kind of difficulty, you may want to:
• Ask for help;
• Content warn the post, saying it has no image description;
• Pin a post saying you are unable to describe images and saying people are welcome to do so if they wish.
If you can't describe it because of the character limit (if it's, for instance, some long text/comic), you may want to reply to the post with an image description, and warn on the original post that the description is on the replies.
6 - What if I forgot to add the image description?
You may use the Delete & Redraft option and add it, or reply to the post with the image description.
7 - Tips for describing images?
Here are some links:
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