Enjoyable read, your battle on the Talas River was genunially stirring to my imagination. This war would be the stuff of legend I think, changing the course of much of Western literature forever. Europeans would not forget this event entirely and we could see many later stories I think, talking about human serpants/dragons fighting with terrible machines

On the Chinese side I am sure the fish scales would make it into their literature, before becoming part of their mythology about the West.

I imagine

" The Da-Qin are legendary warriors who choose their own leaders who come from a great city called 'An Tu' Building walls and palaces a-kin to our own. They govern the far other side of this world, firesome and cunning warriors  they are employing all peoples under their sun to work for them. With their immesnse strength in battle the Da-Qin are a healthy people with long frutiful living til the age of one hundred. "

Would you consider writing a short story about the confrontation later? Or would  you allow someone else to do so?

Stepintime (talk) 15:09, November 17, 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback!

I think you're absolutely right, and I did base this event off of several real life events or ideas, such as the (later) real Battle of the River Talas and the purported Fish-Scale Formation. These show that an ATL Sino-Roman conflict is possible and has entered the public imagining before in OTL, even though in real life it is based on little evidence. 

As far as public imagining goes, I can see this in both societies as both a positive and negative. More positively it could be seen by each society as facing a worthy and cultured opponent in battle. Negatively, I could see each side arguing that it was a defense against a foreign and inferior enemy. Race-focused Europeans could see it as a Classical defense against the "Yellow Menace" and vice versa, for example. 

I was planning on having the battle be an element of popular culture in Europe at least, but I could easily see it be that way in Chinese society as well. I'm not certain how big it would be at the moment, though. 

I wasn't going to write a story about particular events, but I'm not necessary opposed to others potentially doing so!

"This is not your grave but you are welcome in it." 19:38, November 17, 2017 (UTC)

Cool, I think its worth to theroize what would be written, the stuff of story teller's dreams

I would be interested in writing a story on this.

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"This is not your grave but you are welcome in it." 02:16, March 19, 2018 (UTC)

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