That's a good idea,Scras. I can envision places of great secrecy that serve as birthing chambers for the Cuada. And the Brotherhood has been waging a largely unseen battle for as long as either side can remeber,to infiltrate these monastaries in a determined effort to wrest important secrets from thr Cuada. Go to Comment
The Possessive One is a creature driven by an insane sense of jealousy. So, yes, until she leaves for a location he cannot reach, his torment of her will not cease. Everything else is irrelevant, his former home included. Go to Comment
It's very interesting,the way Shawn twists the classic elf cliche.In most novels,the elves are distinguished by their love of nature and look down on greedy humans and dwarves for violating the mother earth.In Shawn's setting however,nature is an evil thing that enslaves the elves and the only way to save them would be to destroy the woods. Go to Comment
This is an affinity that is most commonly associated with stealth,patience and lethal strikes that never fail to slay foes. The ones that carry the Serpent touch areususally sinewy and smaller than those that are endowed with other affinities. They are also born deaf. Yes,deaf. They are unable to hear at all. But they more than make up for this handicap with their uncanny ability to detect the tiniest vibrations that disturb the air,a gift that makes sneaking up on them nigh impossible. And their movements are truly quick and deadly,never failing to hit a foe in his most vital regions. Moving their hands and legs faster than the human eye can see,a Snake will take down two or three foes with ease in the space of a just few moments. On the negative side,their nervous and easily unsettled temprement makes them highy difficult to get along or work with. Snakse are also very suspicious and as a rule,do not trust easily. Go to Comment
Wouldn't kings of the civilized relams try to buy the loyalty of one tribe or other,thus using Orchen to protect their lands from other Orchen? Surely the Orchen aren't able to raid their civilized neighbours with impunity. Just a thought. Go to Comment
In the Middle Ages, and even up to the early twentieth century, most of Europe's executioners were related: the Sansons and Deiblers in France, the Pierrepoints in England, etc. The reason for this was that, it generally not being socially acceptable to, well, kill people, executioners and their children could, generally, only marry other executioners or their children.
The parallels with massively inbred, Hapsburg-style dynasties are obvious- imagine a rather clever but politically inept satirist noting this, and being sentenced by the latter to a meeting with the former; even worse, imagine a dynasty of deranged and deformed executioners- think Texas Chaisaw Massacre with government funding.