Hentai Action Theater - Star Warp: 01

4th Oct 2021, 12:00 AM in HAT-Star Warp
Hentai Action Theater - Star Warp: 01
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4th Oct 2021, 12:00 AM
BedlamBoy
And away we go! Star Warp will run through January with brief breaks between 'acts' — no more than a week or so. New pages will appear every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

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4th Oct 2021, 3:18 AM
Oldarmourer
Anything that makes a Babylon 5 reference, even as veiled as this one, has my vote.
And I take back my first impression of the ship looking like a vibrator, from this angle it looks like a slipper ;)
4th Oct 2021, 6:43 AM
BedlamBoy
Putting it in good company with the Heart of Gold, which I believe Douglas Adams said looked like a running shoe? I'll take that as a win.
4th Oct 2021, 5:43 PM
Tarmaque
I understand your reference by naming your Captain "Singh" but I have to say I think making him bald is a bit insensitive. "Singh" is the typical last name taken by all modern Sikh males. Sikhs are instructed by tradition and the various Sikh gurus to never cut their hair or beard.

That said, "Singh" (which translates as "lion") is a fairly common name in much of South Asia even outside the Sikh religion, and historically was commonly adopted by princes and warriors. Today it is often used as a middle name with a clan or village name appended as the last name. Women within Sikhism generally adopt the last name "Kaur" which originally meant "lioness" but today is generally accepted to mean "princess."

However, Sikhism is a very egalitarian religion, particularly in relationship to other South Asian religions. Men and women are considered to be fully equal in the eyes of the community, and the religion specifically rejects the concepts of class or caste. The taking on of a single last name of Singh for men and Kaur for women is supposed to be a demonstration of their rejection of caste or class. This is not universal, as some Sikh sects still practice the caste system in certain parts of the world.

Sikhism in general merits some study. It is one of the more rational religions in the world today, even though it adheres to some archaic and silly traditions. (Among which is the prohibition to cutting hair.) While a baptized Sikh would follow all the traditions including the underwear, the hair, the comb, the bracelet, and the kirpan (traditional knife or sword) generally speaking nobody in the Sikh community is required to wear these things. Modern Sikh children in the west often cut their hair and forego the underwear and kirpan because it is more acceptable in the west. While they are not considered observant by the community, neither are they shunned by it.

Anyway, this has been your sociology and etymology lesson for today. I'm not religious but religion fascinates me.

I like the color scheme.
5th Oct 2021, 6:53 AM
BedlamBoy
Very cool lesson, thanks! I certainly wasn't trying to be insensitive -- it's 700 years in our future, farther in our future than the founding of Sikhism is in our past, and the captain comes from a multi-ethnic settled world where 'Singh' is a common last name. No disrespect intended!
5th Oct 2021, 6:17 PM
Tarmaque
I didn't think any disrespect was intended. I just figured you didn't know, and were simply referencing Khan. (Khan Noonian Singh) In the original episode Space Seed he is assumed to be Sikh by Lieutenant McGivers, probably due to his last name. However Khan was definitely not an observant Sikh, for a whole host of reasons.

(Once again I am caught showing off my brains and learnin')
5th Oct 2021, 11:02 PM
BedlamBoy
Not JUST a reference to the character -- see my notes with the next page...
5th Oct 2021, 8:05 PM
Oldarmourer
I fail to see where using that name would be 'disrespectful' with a character that may have become bald through accident, disease, genetics or other factor not in his control, he had no control over the DNA contributiosn of his parents and may not care in the least.
This 'woke' bullshit is infecting everything to the point where it has to suck the fun out of anything it touches.
5th Oct 2021, 8:08 PM
Oldarmourer
Maybe we can have a discussion on Jainism next ? Or any other religion or social customs that are apparently off-limits to even talk about in work of fiction that may not even be set in our universe...except for Judaism, that's perfectly alright to slander and throw aspersions at all you like...I best not see ANY characters or any readers eating a ham sandwich you disrespectful scum... /rant off
24th Dec 2021, 5:18 PM
Guest
I count three references there. Nicely packed in. :)