Yes, it was inspired by my readings about the Tarot. I used to be fairly proficient at Cartomancy, a practice that I have since concluded is spiritually perilous and unwise: Those seeking promises of the future often lose the lessons of the present.
I didn't try to stay true to the commonly-accepted meaning of the card (Sudden reversal or catastrophic change), instead visualizing it as an example of the perils encountered by those who arrogantly traffic in spirits and seek to foretell the future. It became a place where Wisdom, if not respected, brings doom. Go to Comment
Nifty. He's all creepy and stuff. Awesome with the rest of the Destinen Wood subs, but pretty damn sweet on his own. I like the fact that even though he's a massively powerful Aelfen lord with the magic of Death itself, he still has a sense of doom hanging over him. I also like the fact that he's brought a good deal of his problems on himself. Go to Comment
I meant for the Horned Lord's reaction to the Dark Lady to contradict his usual cold demeanor: Only she had the seductive power to shatter his reserve. The Lady's manipulations left him even more emotionally guarded than before.
Despite her resistance to the Horned Lord's control, she was not impervious to all he could bring to bear. Knowing the Horned Lord would eventually find a way to avenge himself, she fled. Had he been a lesser being, she would have remained to taunt him as you suggested. Go to Comment
Overall a well-developed article, though minor use of spell check would enhance it (most of the problems I saw were a few entries which appeared to be typos).
Some advice on emotional descriptions, with the Horned Lord described as being cold and merciless, emotional states such as, "goaded to a boil of frustration," don't quite work, since they run counter to the description of the Horned Lord's personality. I would suggest rather that such usages reflect this cold personality, for instance, changing the listed example to something like "cold fury at the Dark Lady's actions," or something similar.
Likewise, in the power struggle described for the Unseleigh court, if one member developed an immunity to the powers of another, they would be more inclined to fight, taunt, or otherwise engage the one who they were gaining power against, rather than flee. Go to Comment
Well, I don't think that it's frowned upon, so much as it is considered a novel way of fighting. Perhaps the Aelfan don't have many iron deposits in their territory, or they considered mining the damn stuff to be "beneath" them. Go to Comment
And quite an interesting place, with a certain dream-like quality, though decidedly on the dark side of dreaming. The Mortemayne link seems to be broken, you may want to fix that (or just note that it will be posted later).
The victims of the local justice are a particularly nice detail. I could imagine an expedition to actually consult one for their wisdom, or whatever remains of it. In fact, there should be some creature sneaking around, doing just this, listening to their words... and their pain and insanity. I wonder what that creature would be like... Go to Comment
The Mad Pope is a wandering mercenary. He is very well deranged as he considers himself to be the pontiff of the dominant faith. His robes are tattered, his mitre has seen better days and there are surely lice in his long ratty beard. What sets him apart from most addle-pated would be holy men is that he has armor under his robes and carries a large crossbow and several one-handed swords. While many would discout him as just another lunatic, for some reason, he inspires others around him and has demonstrated the ability to lay on hands and heal the wounded.