I like this one, the motivation is perfectly clear, and the staff of scorn is a great magic item, something that was created out of an emotional outburst rather than by a wizard in a tower. I do have to ask if it is Modest, or Goodman as the first name changes several times in the post. Finally, nice detail on the horse's decayed head. Go to Comment
This is an incredibly vivid piece for me. Quite powerful. Salem witchtrials meets Inquisition, meets Something Wicked This Way Comes, meets Judge Holden of Blood Meridien, meets Kane, meets Evil Reverend, meets sinister rural justice and superstition. Gorgeous. Go to Comment
Murometz is right, drums and orc go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is an nice interpretation and explanation of this aspect of Orc culture. Insert a little tribal politicing and it might explain why a tribe will do "unexplicable" things (as viewed by the humans) jsut before/ during/ after a battle. Go to Comment
What do I think? Whats not to like, really. Drums and Orcs go together like hotdogs and donuts. Loved the hurdy gurdy description. I had to stop reading and visualize said instrument and the orcs playing it!
the opening monologue is great. I see the punchline coming, but its still a pleasant jolt.
There is a manfred scroll out there somewhere on "spirits" and all that they entail. I believe this sub might be a welcome attachment. I shall seek it out. There is also a musical instrument scroll, where these will fit quite nicely.
I am happy to inspire you with my faulty Norwegian. Orken Drommer indeed!! Go to Comment
The greatest musicians are often found among the tribes' great warriors for two reasons:
First, the instruments require a great deal of strength and endurance to play them properly. The drums must be struck powerfully to give the spirit within the energy to communicate its wisdom; the flywheel of the thunder-caller must be kept turning against the resistance of the strings.
Secondly, the spirits of the instruments are often seen as warlike beings which disdain to be touched by those of unproven mettle. The shamans won't risk angering these mysterious presences by allowing their greatest instruments to be played by unworthy members of the tribe. Go to Comment
I really think that a simple great warrior would be unable to play such an instrument. I believe that part of the orc culture would recognize a true drummer (bard-like) and they would carry on a long tradition, much like that of a witch doctor in other societies. Go to Comment