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Appreciated. You can thank influences like Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Karl Edward Wagner, Glen Cook and David Gemmell for shaping my style.I enjoyed the graphic description of Snake-in-the-eye's fighting, and the image of Halfdan looking over the aftermath of the battle. You're writing really is very emersive!
Except for Sigurd's wanton excesses, this is essentially a Cthulhu-free zone. Halfdan will have to earn his victories with his axe. Expect a lot of marching and counter-marching.Looks as though the Saxons could strike back, but I think that with the mighty Cthulhu on their side, the Ragnarites shall prevail.
A big axe and a very nice army can go far in Viking-dom...Not to mention Halfdan got a big Axe and a very nice army
You caught me. The intent was there, both with the run-on description displaying the differing combat styles of the brothers and Bagsecg, and the snaky, descriptive tie-ins with Sigurd. As for Halfdan and the Saxons, he is offering faint praise. I had to do something to describe how the AI wouldn't lump all their forces together, instead attacking several counties, practically at once. Actually, that makes the war more interesting, and a little more strategic for the brothers to handle. Halfdan is a Viking who follows Odin, and doesn't mind the odd blood-eagle. What he finds abhorable is Sigurd's new found 'religion' and the demands that go against the teachings Halfdan grew up with. Plus he doesn't trust the 'people' behind the scenes who influence Sigurd and Ivar. Thanks for your great comments.Wow!
Using some 'near rhythmic' phrasing yourself here, I see - has a drum-like quality that brings Beowulf in its original, or Dream of the Rood, readily to mind (or folk-metal bands like Forefather and Svartsot). It almost gets to be too much, practically a run-on, when you're describing Bacsecg the Jute in battle, though. Interestingly (I don't know if you intended this or not), the description of ropy entrails sliding to the ground between grasping fingers, and Sigurðr striking his opponents and watching them bleed slowly to death, both supports the serpentine imagery you keep playing with regarding Sigurðr Snake-in-the-Eye and adds to the general ominousness surrounding him, without belabouring or distracting from the flow of your narration.
Did the Saxons have a particular reputation for cunning, though, or is that just Halfdan slighting them with faint praise?
I see also that you're keeping the fault-lines between Sigurðr and Halfdan visible in the battle's aftermath (with Halfdan looking grimly on as Sigurðr leads them to their fate, presumably too horrible even for a Viking fond of blood-eagles to mention) even though they aren't of particular importance this chapter.
Great stuff, Lord Durham; I always look forward to more!
No, that was on the old Playstation, wasn't it? I've always been a PC person. No consoles for me. In fact, I hate that so many console game ports have been dumbed down for the PC because the developers were too lazy to take advantage of the PC's strengths. But that's another kettle of fish. How about Roxette?ABBA? Pffff! I was thinking about Amon Amarth, Nightwish, Hammerfall or In Flames... Or even Skolldir's theme from Awesomenauts!
When I saw Muspelheim, the realm of fire, I then thought about Valkyrie Profile. You ever play that game?
I had to leave the Arturus legend a touch ambiguous, since scholars today aren't sure where Avalon is located. Aballava is an actual choice, though low on the scholarly totem pole. It's Geoffrey of Monmouth who essentially created the legend of King Arthur, so I had to give him props. Or at least, let him give his own props. I kept the killing one-sided as I wanted to describe the various fighting styles of the key Vikings. Note each used a different weapon. The battle was certainly tough, and not one sided, but with more battles to come I don't want to essentially write the same thing over and over.Sigurd might be a right bastard, but he clearly knows how to fight. Or should I say that he knows how to kill - his fights are very one-sided. Then again, so are Halfdan's and Bagsecg's, so perhaps it's not all down to Sigurd's corruption. I liked how you write "it is said that vipers coiled by his feet", leaving it ambiguous: they might have been there (they probably were), they might not have been there.
In the Secret History, I like the somewhat snooty offhanded remark from Geoffrey Monmouth: "Indeed, I have wrote the true account of King Arturus in my Historia Regum Britannia." Nothing like being a self-promoter and cocksure to boot.
Indeed, rather light on explicit reference, but Cthulhu always has his noodly appendages nudging the action, however subtle.Except for Sigurd's wanton excesses, this is essentially a Cthulhu-free zone. Halfdan will have to earn his victories with his axe. Expect a lot of marching and counter-marching.
I think there will be some Monmouth, but only a little this time around. And you are right, the Great Old Ones love to nudge things in the background.Indeed, rather light on explicit reference, but Cthulhu always has his noodly appendages nudging the action, however subtle.
As for your remarks on the next update, I rather like the Monmouth bits, but I don't know what information you plan to convey in the next update, so all I can say is that he is a cool individual.
Not familiar, but that's pretty cool. I imagine it's copyrighted material, otherwise parts of it would sound good for my next book trailer.Do you know Apoptose, LD?
They make me think of your vikings a little bit (they're German alas). Here's a sample.
Yeah, that's what I think I'll end up doing. Be a bit of jumping, but it will work.Can the next update handle being broken up into multiple smaller packages, or is it too tangled to do so?
I appreciate you taking the time to read it, and I'm glad it turned out more than you expected. I'll admit the subject matter is kind of specialized, but it doesn't mean it won't make for a good AAR, or story (he says with trepidation ).I've caught up with reading these AAR, and I must say that before I started I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it all that much, not being my area of interest and all. However, after I had started, I realized that I was going to enjoy this very much indeed!
Your first post. I'm honoured. Glad you like the tale so far, and I hope to hear from you again.Nice read. I like your twist with Cthulhu as on of the 'Old Gods'. It's different from other AAR's I've read, but really good.
I'd take any of his accounts with several (un)healthy doses of salt. But then history in those days was far more about the embellishment than about the facts.I liked how you write "it is said that vipers coiled by his feet", leaving it ambiguous: they might have been there (they probably were), they might not have been there.
... the true account of King Arturus ...
Sometimes the AI actually helps make things interesting. You are right about history being little more than embellishment, especially back in the day. Come to think of, there's a lot of revisionist history going on these days, too...Always great to see the AI making itself useful to add even more flavour to the story Looking forward to the next chapter(s).
I'd take any of his accounts with several (un)healthy doses of salt. But then history in those days was far more about the embellishment than about the facts.
Are you saying there are no snakes in Greece? Sigurd is evolving, now that he is away from Ivar's shadow. Or should I say devolving. Who knows... . As for killing Saxons, just hang on.Well, I've certainly missed quite a bit – though I must admit, given my general feelings towards creatures of a serpentine nature I'm somewhat half that I was well-hidden in Greece
Sigurd (I don't even want to think about how he acquired his cognomen) seems quite the dislikeable character – even for a Viking. I'm wondering if his entrance is some sort of foreshadowing for more ominous things. Perhaps we'll be seeing some noodly appendages soon?
And, as Revan noted: nicely done with the serpentine semantic field. When done with just the right amount of subtlety, it's a technique I enjoy reading and utilising.
Looking forward to murdering some Saxons! (Or rather, seeing some Saxons murdered...)
Oh, and my musical library is 'sadly' lacking of anything even vaguely relating to Swedish culture. I'll just have to put on James – again
The Pythia might disagree.Are you saying there are no snakes in Greece?
St. Patrick beta tested his snake removal practices in Greece before driving the snakes out of Ireland. Probably all the snakes ended up with our heroes.Are you saying there are no snakes in Greece?
It's clear that he ironed out the last few kinks between Greece (some snakes left) and Ireland (100% success rate). Proving once again that good QA is worth its weight in gold.St. Patrick beta tested his snake removal practices in Greece before driving the snakes out of Ireland. Probably all the snakes ended up with our heroes.