I encountered the term Sippenhaft while reading Greg Isles(?) Spandau Phoenix, and it is a germanic term that goes back to the more brutal norse times. Sippenhaft is the practice of eliminating not only one person by assassination, but the complete and total eradication of his or her blood family. This includes all of the elders, the women, and the children. The practice was 'revived' (not 100% sure on that) during the Nazi era of WWII, where some germans who tried to assassinate Hitler were imprisoned and only executed after their entire family was killed first.
It is her working name, one adopted for the brutal definition of the term. In a sense it is a demonstration of her methodical and vindictive work ethic. As for the local tongue, I would assume that the name means nothing in particular, and generally accorded it as a term of an archaic language. Go to Comment
An absolutely stunning story wrapped in a bad name. I liked the presentation format of an oral tradition that reveals a dichotomy of the perceived story, and the real story. Kudos to you Wildcorn for the dark version of Le Morte de Arthur
If the name didn't make me think of a shard of the storm laundry tool, I would rate this higher, but as it is, 4 is all I can grant. Go to Comment
While I find the basic premise of dragon-human cooperation questionable, this is a good quality post Dozus. I like the amount of time and attention that went into the details of the Tagma, ranging from dress, to the bonding ceremony. If this is your first post, I'd like to see what else you can put up. Go to Comment
The basis of my questioning of Dragon-Human relations stems from the easily made connection with Dragonlance, and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels. I also have tried to keep dragons and players at arms distance, so to speak, to keep the mystery and mystique of the dragons alive in the face of player experience.
So they are half-demon primitive who are begining the rudiments of civilization after being discarded by their Sethalian masters? Interesting premise, but not enough information, they have neither character or soul. The evoke no emotion from me. Go to Comment
Joseph Campbell would be proud. The names are tongue-twisters and to be perfectly honest, I've given up trying to pronounce them. The story is engaging and the background is interesting. I'd like to know more about the other seven monsters. Go to Comment
Alive in the sense of a sentient, self willed creature, no. In the sense of a massive organism that lacks a nervous system, yes. It exists akin to a giant plant like organism, but it feeds on static electricity, and on the ley lines that run through its borders. It can move and respond to stimulus, but it cannot carry on a conversation. Go to Comment
I can see the book being heavy, and lavishly illuminated, as much a piece of art as a piece of history. I can also imagine the narrative to be exhaustive in it's completeness, and quite dry to read. As a post this is superb. Go to Comment