Re: Oooops! There used to be a TowneCrier, too....

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Posted by Vita on December 15, 2000 at 21:24:52:

In Reply to: Re: A Brief Discourse on Some of the Citizens of Mohicanland posted by Gayle on December 15, 2000 at 20:34:16:

: : In answer to some questions of late regarding the various characters living in the village known as Mohicanland...just let me say THIS about think you're confused NOW?? You ain't seen NUTHIN' yet!

: : To the good Corporal and his allies in the Chronicles, think of "Mohicanland" as a similar fictional situation...only from an alternate universe! ;o) We started with a few characters who WERE linked to Cooper and/or LOTM, but they began to take on a life of their own, and strange friends and relatives began to appear in our quaint little community. Before we knew it, we had a pretty diverse assortment of folks living there. Mostly, our version of Mohicanland is strictly fun stuff, where we happily mix up the centuries and sensibilities with reckless abandon. But to help you sort it out a bit, here is a rundown on some of the characters.

: : As Gayle posted earlier, She-Who-Tracks-la-Longue-Carabine is our resident female longhunter, always searching for her dream man (and mine), namely Hawkeye. She-Who-Tracks usually speaks in a Coopersian patois, and can frequently be found ruminatin' over Life's ironies whilst deliberatin' on the "gifts" of various other citizens in Mohicanland. (Some of these thoughts of She's will be more readily recognized by those who have actually read Cooper.)

: : Hector the Hound is She's constant, faithful companion...a dog taken right from the writings of JFC, and made even more decrepit, smelly & old by his sojourn in Mohicanland.

: : Sassy Soothsayer came about by accident when I (Mighty Mohican Mama REAL LIFE persona) was posting a tongue-in-cheek response to a thread about the absurdity of political correctness. (I believe we were discussing saving the famous three-toed icelandic amoeba at the time, and I posted a look into the future which pronounced that that very same amoeba had been elected president & was running the country hand-in-hand with the first amoebette.) I signed the post Sassy Soothsayer, as it was written in the form of a prediction. And suddenly, Sassy was born & began to flit about the village of Mohicanland, reading tea leaves, mixing potions, and getting into all sorts of trouble.

: : Miss Marcia is the genteel & refined side of Sassy. Someone in Mohicanland has to take care of feeding the citizenry, and who better than the flower of Southern femininity, Miss Marcia, who has a cabin on the south side of town where she operates Miss Marcia's Famous DownHome Kitchen, wherein she serves up dishes like Grits 'n' Grease, Smashed Taters, and George RoadKill Armadillo.

: : Benton (Just Call Me Bent) Twigg was a creation of Gayle's who came along courting Miss Marcia, and running for Sheriff of Mohicanland. He's a stalwart hero, through & through, though a bit soft-hearted where his Idjit cousin, Dweebie Day-Lewis, is concerned. Dweebie was dreamed up by Doc Mary during a battle between she & MMMM over Hawkeye. MMMM thought she had Hawkeye caught, well & good, but Doc informed her to look again. She was really holding DDL's moronic cousin, Dweebie Day-Lewis, who looks remarkably like Wally Cox, with coke-bottle glasses, stick-like arms, and a bb gun called Chipmunk Wounder. The good Sheriff and his pathetic cousin have been citizens of Mohicanland ever since.

: : Miss Paddletale came about when Elaine made a comment on a thread that had gotten a bit hysterical (if my memory serves me correctly), and Paddletale was her take-off on Tattletale. Once she called me that, it seemed natural that Miss Paddletale move immediately into Mohicanland, and become the resident "The sky is falling, the sky is falling" Gal. Obviously with a name like Paddletale, she must be a DUCK, so that explains her quacking and squawking every time she gets upset over something.

: : I cannot remember exactly which post began the history of the Gnome, but a village like Mohicanland HAS to have some wee people hangin' about, now doesn't it? And so the Gnome & his Gnomette moved under the toadstools down by the Glimmerglass and have been a happy addition to our countryside.

: : Miss Katie O' Arbroath is a lovely Scottish lass (alter ego of our friend, Kate from Scotland, hence the name) who runs a quilt shoppe in Mohicanland. Bedding is her business. Just ask her, she'll tell you. And she's a dab hand with a needle, sartain.

: : It's probably best to break these introductions down into bite-sized pieces, so I'll quit for now, having gone over my own personas & a couple of extras. But you can see that once Mohicanland was born, people began adding personas to the mix, bit by bit. Sometimes they sprang up as the natural result of a thread being discussed. Sometimes they were adopted by folks who just wanted to be part of the community, and who chose their particular characters based on their own likes or dislikes. Either way, the population of Mohicanland has grown over the last few years and for many of us has provided a real escape from the day to day humdrum world.

: : All in all, Mohicanland very similar to the chronicles, only done strictly for laughs, and with no regard to accuracy at all. Hope that answers a few questions. Gayle & others, please jump in with more info on any characters you can think of. I'm sure Mohicanland means something different to each of us, and our individual perspectives & memories might help clear it up some.

: : Oh, and Adele...the Huggy Merchant is a WONDERFUL addition to any community, if you ask me. And the Yengeese Strumpet is perfect for Mohicanland. Not to worry in that regard!

: : MMMM

: That was a great run-down, MMMM! I had forgotten, myself, how some of the characters got started, and I had forgotten the Icelandic three-toed amoeba over which we had such a long and dramatic romp. Just to give folks an idea of how these crazy ideas for threads get started - the amoeba was the result of the following wild mental association: One day I was outside my office building on a smoke break, and behind the parking garage I saw a van parked. On it was the name Rentokil Environmental Services from Rentokil, England, and it bore the British coat of arms and the notation "By appointment to Her Royal Majesty". Well the "Rentokil" immediately translated itself in my mind to "Rent To Kill", and there was the instant scenario of the British trying to take back the Colonies by stealth and conniving. Thus developed the complicated plot of the amoeba in a pond on the property of our revered Sachem and Sachemess, and the subsequent plot of Major Rentokil with the historic Croghan (and of course Cooper). We managed to work Alice Munro into the thread and various of our Mohicanland citizens, including Vita, who was at that time doing the Walk in Love and Light thing, as a peacemaker wafting up and down the shore of the pond. The whole thing developed into a massive thread with a cast of thousands, but by just letting our imaginations and sense of humor run wild, we had a grand old time for weeks!

: That's how we do it, folks - just plain rampant imaginations building one thing on another, and no holds barred!!!

: Gayle

Hi Gayle,
Yes, this is some fast run down memory lane.....
And yes, I used to "do" this 'light, love, and laughter thiing." What can I tell you, in those days, I was in my leftover Flowerchild mode. And the TowneCrier was born when I discovered The Courier, and just had to ring my bell announcing each new issue to all and sundry.

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