Category: Ask G’Quan

Dear Reader

I assure you that I will be back to you and my tale soon.  

My duties have pulled me away, but I will return.

WTF G’Quan

Friends have explained to me that “WTF” means that you, Dear
Reader, are confused by my actions with G’Lan.

I could make some story about cultures and how you could not
possibly understand me because I am alien to your people.   That would
be pretentious.  Even the most different
of peoples have certain requirements simply because they are alive.  They must survive.  They must ensure the continued existence of
their people.  Everything else might be
different, but these things will always be true.

I will guess that you wonder at my decision to poison him.  I will note that I have more than once
threatened his life.  We have fought often,
in more than one arena, and bruises, claw marks and the occasional bite have
been traded.  Poison was a most genteel
way of getting my point across.  I will
remind you that the antidote was readily available.  He was never in any danger.

If I had merely explained my point, it would have been like
any other day.  We have argued these
points for decades.  Discussing further
would never have assisted him.

He needed to understand.
He needed it impressed upon him.
He needed to know in his bones.  Nothing
like the fear of certain death to make one’s thoughts clear.  

He needed to believe that I was not going to help.  By poisoning him and announcing the fact, he
knew that I was unlikely to help.  When I
did help it made more of an impression than if I had been helpful from the start.

Poison also allowed him to feel the impending danger without
having any lasting effects.  I picked my
poison well.  It was never my plan to
kill him.   A ka’toc would have been imprecise.  A concussion would likely have prevented him
from  learning anything until he woke up.  Breaking a bone would have been unduly cruel
and would have caused long term injury.  

In the end, it was effective.  He told the story of my treachery for the
rest of his years teaching the duality of self-reliance and working as a
community.   He felt that he learned a
valuable lesson.  I don’t know that any
other method would have impressed him so.

As always  I am ready
to answer any questions you may have.

To you, I give the grain, the light and the sky. To you, a…

To you, I give the grain, the light and the sky. To you, a sacred heritage. To you, the land and sea.

Each new year is like a sunrise.  The world reborn in our minds, fresh and new and full of promise.  

There is a sense of wonder in watching the natural world.  Sitting under a tree and looking at the pattern of the leaves against the sky.  Watching the waves as they crash upon the beach.  Watching the sun rise and set makes you understand that the world is bigger than yourself.  The universe itself is magnificent.  Every changing and never changing in one breath.  There are no words for how I feel at that moment when the sky bursts into color in the morning or the profound peace I feel watching the last light of the sun become a glow and the stars painted upon the sky.

I hope the new year bestows upon you happiness.  That you have the strength to meet each challenge presented to you.  That you have friends to support you as you support them.  That no pain or anger hardens your heart beyond your capacity to love.  I wish for you above all peace.  

Not peace in your lives. The universe finds new challenges for us every day.   Beating them is itself a selfish warlike act. It keeps the blood moving and the mind active.  The challenges we face in life make us who we are.  Who am I to wish from you the challenge that will make you … you?  

No, the peace I wish for you is the peace in your mind and heart.  Your Chad’Rasha centered and ready.

You have probably noticed, Dear Reader, that I am waxing more philosophical in my dotage.  Much of the excitement of my youth has become the consistency of age.  It is now that I start to focus more on my overall worldview and start writing more of what people consider the meat of my thoughts.

There are still challenges before me.  The universe has not had its full pleasure from me yet.

jenniferstolzer: Did some designing for G’Quan. I took…

jenniferstolzer:

Did some designing for G’Quan. I took @ask-gquan‘s guidance and made him a simple tunic and trousers with some ornaments and belts. I couldn’t let the whole midriff belt thing go. I liked it. The tunic is one large piece of fabric with a headhole like a poncho. It’s tied to his wrists and bound to his body with string and belts. His pants are actually two legs knitted in tubes that lash to his waist with strips of cloth you can see tied in a bow at his hip. I imagine that necklace is probably a show thing. He just went to a meeting or saw a crowd or something and needed to look important so he wore something to draw the eye. His normal outfit would be minus the jewelry and down a couple belts. 

More details on the clothes under the cut. 

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This is amazing.  I quite like this drawing.  It is a pose I understand well.  I do indeed fiddle with my stylus thus when in deep thought.  I must admit, like most Narn, I bend sinister.  Otherwise you have captured the moment with grace and skill.

The trousers are fascinating.  I had never considered the idea of someone creating tubes in which to place one’s legs.  

I am flattered by your generosity of heart.  Creating such works based on my life leaves me nigh on speechless (which is a feat on its own) You have listened well to my counsel and have made an image that humbles me.

jenniferstolzer: ask-gquan: jenniferstolzer: So I drew up…

jenniferstolzer:

ask-gquan:

jenniferstolzer:

So I drew up some G’Quans last night and this morning. We don’t have a visual reference to the man in the show, but @ask-gquan gave me some guidelines, specifically to his height and build. He’s a farmer/politician with generally average proportions save being shorter than most. 

He’s got some muscle under his more simple clothing, mostly tone from field work maintained out of habit. He’s kind of dressed up his citizen garb for politics, but he’s not toting himself as any grand political figure, unlike G’Lan who is posing for us as comparison and looking super smug that Kosh took his form in Season 2. G’Quan wishes he’d gloat a little more to himself. 

So I like this design, he’s got a very fatherly face and I’m pleased with that. 

These are splendid!  You have a true gift.  The faces are fluid and emotive.  Something I have never been able to do with my own drawings which could only be described as primitive or abstract.

I am curious about the clothing.  It is of a military cut that I probably would not be wearing.  Is this what Narn wear in the future?

Forgive me, I was trying to be respectful but was limited on my historical reference 🙂 

There is nothing to forgive.  I just was surprised to see us looking like a pair of War leaders.  I am certain that G’Lan would have thoroughly enjoyed being dressed so gloriously.  For my own part it is only curiosity that drove the question.

The Narn Warrior class was much prized by my world after the War.  Our leaders were destroyed and the soldiers of the war were those who saved my people.  The circles of the Warriors did progress under my leadership.  I do believe that they deserved the level they were given.  Their service to our world was immeasurable.

I was never a Warrior like Li’Fah’Zel or even Pa’Koth.  Pa’Koth would say that my heart was too soft for such work.  It was that softness that he wished to protect.  In turn I protected the innocence of my world.  Under my reign, Nar’Shal had unprecedented peace and prosperity.  Ironic that I started as the proponent of a War and ended by having the most peaceful term.

I typically wear a simple tunic and trousers.  Typically there is very little stitchery in our clothing because the weavers’ work is often considered art in its own right and would not be cut or stitched together.  Many outfits consist of wrapping as a consequence or are held together with belts or ornamentation.  Several layers are available.  Over the tunic a more ornate jacket may be worn during the cold season.   During the hot times many may be found wearing scarcely anything at all.

The greater focus on military clothing would suggest that my world did not continue in a peaceful vein.  At some point in my world’s future, we must lean upon our Warrior traditions again.  The focus on the warrior or even the intervention of a different people may have influenced our clothing styles.

If ever you have a question, please feel free to ask.  It is after all @ask-gquan for a reason.

jenniferstolzer: So I drew up some G’Quans last night and this…

jenniferstolzer:

So I drew up some G’Quans last night and this morning. We don’t have a visual reference to the man in the show, but @ask-gquan gave me some guidelines, specifically to his height and build. He’s a farmer/politician with generally average proportions save being shorter than most. 

He’s got some muscle under his more simple clothing, mostly tone from field work maintained out of habit. He’s kind of dressed up his citizen garb for politics, but he’s not toting himself as any grand political figure, unlike G’Lan who is posing for us as comparison and looking super smug that Kosh took his form in Season 2. G’Quan wishes he’d gloat a little more to himself. 

So I like this design, he’s got a very fatherly face and I’m pleased with that. 

These are splendid!  You have a true gift.  The faces are fluid and emotive.  Something I have never been able to do with my own drawings which could only be described as primitive or abstract.

I am curious about the clothing.  It is of a military cut that I probably would not be wearing.  Is this what Narn wear in the future?

jenniferstolzer: ask-gquan: jenniferstolzer: ask-gquan: jenniferstolzer: With special thanks to…

jenniferstolzer:

ask-gquan:

jenniferstolzer:

ask-gquan:

jenniferstolzer:

With special thanks to @ask-gquan which is brilliant, I’ve been thinking about G’Quan a lot recently. What would happen if he and G’Kar met for example. How he’d relate to Valen…. Beyond the Rim type stuff. 

Am I correct remembering that when Kosh revealed himself that the narns in attendance recognized his incarnation was G’Quan? Therefore should I take design inspiration for him from this image? I feel like I’m remembering right but please please please tell me if I’m wrong or if there’s a reference I’m missing!

image

Thank you for your fulsome praise, but I have never been so elegantly framed.  I am a small Narn built for farming.  You are quite correct about anatomy, though.  I assure you I remember having nipples.

Straight from the source! 

G’Quan, you honor me with your reply. Any other input you would share about your appearance – even things not shown in the context of the tv series – is always welcome!

I must admit I have never thought much about my appearance.  I rarely have access to a mirror and have no real opinion as a consequence.  I assume that I am horribly average.  

I am a short, robust Narn.  Only about 7 ra’tarn tall.  I look the average Narn squarely in the shoulder.  My eyes are also a very average color.  Not blood red nor orange or yellow.  Common red.  I have been told that I have kind eyes.  Yet I have also been told that they can cut with a glance.

I hope this helps you in your endeavor.

Thank you, G’Quan.  I’ll do my very best. 

In that I have no doubt.

jenniferstolzer: ask-gquan: jenniferstolzer: With special thanks to @ask-gquan which is brilliant,…

jenniferstolzer:

ask-gquan:

jenniferstolzer:

With special thanks to @ask-gquan which is brilliant, I’ve been thinking about G’Quan a lot recently. What would happen if he and G’Kar met for example. How he’d relate to Valen…. Beyond the Rim type stuff. 

Am I correct remembering that when Kosh revealed himself that the narns in attendance recognized his incarnation was G’Quan? Therefore should I take design inspiration for him from this image? I feel like I’m remembering right but please please please tell me if I’m wrong or if there’s a reference I’m missing!

image

Thank you for your fulsome praise, but I have never been so elegantly framed.  I am a small Narn built for farming.  You are quite correct about anatomy, though.  I assure you I remember having nipples.

Straight from the source! 

G’Quan, you honor me with your reply. Any other input you would share about your appearance – even things not shown in the context of the tv series – is always welcome!

I must admit I have never thought much about my appearance.  I rarely have access to a mirror and have no real opinion as a consequence.  I assume that I am horribly average.  

I am a short, robust Narn.  Only about 7 ra’tarn tall.  I look the average Narn squarely in the shoulder.  My eyes are also a very average color.  Not blood red nor orange or yellow.  Common red.  I have been told that I have kind eyes.  Yet I have also been told that they can cut with a glance.

I hope this helps you in your endeavor.