I apologize for any grammatical irregularities - english is not my first language. As for adjective-heavy prose, I think the Captain and I are both students of the master in that regard, ie HP Lovecraft.
This appeals to me, simply because of my fondness for wacky humor. "Silly" (or, indeed, humorous) subs are a bit of a neglected category here on Strolen, and I´m glad to see some quality put on the hoard. They remind me of Smurfs, or possibly the Bruces in Monty Python´s "Bruce philosopher song". You know; "Emmanuel Kant was a real piss ant, who was very rarely stable // Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar, who could think you under the table"
Yep, brilliant... I do like tales of decadence and futility, and this is one of them, but spiced with desperate heroic efforts and courage.. and the description of the place itself is splendid.. It makes a perfect centrepiece around which revolves The Old World, King Thyr and so on.
As noted, this unfortunately passed under my radar - a mistake that has now been corrected.
Reminds me of the three Reaver brothers (Sheol, Moksha and.. err... Gehannum? My memory aint what it was..) from Donaldson´s Unbeliever Chronicles. Also that movie with Denzel Washington, whatever its called. Thing is, I think I like this sub better than both of those.
Well executed, superbly written. I especially like the intermittent story of poor Drina.
Well done, sir - You just made my monday morning a bit easier!
Im a great fan of putting illustrations in subs. It makes the sub that much more attractive and will definitely increase the chances of someone actually using it. Besides, it´ll give you that warm cosy feeling of a job well done...
Oh, yes...Immortal clockwork tyrants? Godcradles? Lovecraftian steampunk with a dash of Terry Brooks and a sprinkle of Miéville? I´m EXTREMELY curious what this´ll be when its finished. It´s quite thought-provoking as it is, but then, most of your subs are..
Haha, I love this dude. Well written, immensely funny, well developed and original. Stiff upper lip, moustashes and silver tea set, brilliant.
Now, about those women´s unmentionables... I read that as if the good Colonel is a secret transvestite. Is that just my unhealthy imagination, or is that what you envisaged? In some sick way, that would fit the character as a whole...
Kudos to you, good sir, for this brilliantly concieved submission.
And Graham Chapman, as we all know, once attended the BBC annual ball (along with several dignitaries, including the prime minister) wearing a sequined gala dress...:-) I thouroughly approve of that kind of behaviour, so if G. Chapman is the inspiration for Col. L. Chapman, I can only applaud.
You know, reading this for the second time, I realized just why I like this NPC so much. He has depth, more so than novels´main protagonists. You have this passage:
"The squadron carries things such as a full silver tea service, which is used daily. The car carrying the service can expect every effort to be made for their recovery if lost in battle. On one occasion, one of Chapman's personal bags ended up on another car, quite oddly it contained a number of women's undergarmets though the Colonel has no lady friends."
And this one:
"If asked about his fearlessness, which borders on lunacy, he replies duty is duty. if inquired about his fits around strange animals, children, certain inanimate objects, and so forth, his voice rises an octave and he refuses any knowledge of said event.
All fun and tongue in cheek, but giving us a tremendous insight into the psyche of this man. I´m stunned by the prose and by the way this character has been developed. Love it! This is a schoolbook example on how to develop and characterize your imaginary personas. Im jealous as hell, coz I wish I had that talent...:-) Keep up the good work!
The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.
Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.
Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.
The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.
The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.