In a way, the Paragon chooses its own successor; free will for the Paragon's assassin is somewhat doubtful. There is a hint of infernal intervention.
It's a bit like the Chinese Mandate of Heaven concept. If the Paragon's host becomes weak, another will arise and take its place. And the Paragon's soul, being effectively immortal until Vautu arises, takes precedence over other life. Go to Comment
Very nice. The details are what really make this. It also feels like an authentic progression of history and Western military somehow. Can't quite put my finger on it... Maybe that the ships are named after admirals? Dunno, but I definately like it. Go to Comment
Seems like a very classic "Religious zeal turns to violent crusade" plot. There's a lot of detail, but I'm not getting a "feel" for these characters. Maybe that was part of your point, that in war there's no individuals just factions. There's certainly an interesting feel to this whole war, though. Go to Comment
Gnomes are famous for their festive springtime celebrations. Farm villages will often dye their hens eggs bright colors; with gnomish magic, the chicks that hatch from the eggs have the very same colors. The chickens eventually lose their hues, but the stronger the magic, the longer the color stays. In a gnomish village, one can easily spot the village shaman by his flock of gaily colored fowl.