I am giving my vote for the completness of the history and the way it was offered. Well written and easy to understand.
I voted 3.5/5 for the submission.
I fail to see the use of the item other than creating a rain storm. Not really in the chaotic nature of the concept of the shards have been. However, the fact that it unhinges the mind of those who read it makes me assume that this is the chaos in which the item brings. I had hoped for more. The history is very good and that above all else has given me the choice to make this a 4/5 instead of a 3.5/5.
I don't feel moved by this like I have by some of the earlier shard submissions. Don't get me wrong it is real good but it doesn't jump out at me and scream shards. I like the use that the shards are transfered into something else other than an item but an ink. Very nice touch. 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.