- Jan 4, 2013
Looks like it's about to get bloody pretty soon...
The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
The warping is underway, hence the shield. How far it goes, who knows . And yes, Halfdan will have his hands full thanks to the split.And so the family is rent asunder. Hopefully Ivar will content himself with Saxons and not seek to offer up his own brothers -- or perhaps he himself will be warped into some inhuman apparition. Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, it seems Halfdan has a new kingdom to pacify.
Thanks, Stuyvesant. The brothers splitting happened in the game. In fact, it took me a while to realize it. Essentially Ivar and Sigurd dropped out of the coalition and went about doing their own thing. So story-wise it worked perfectly. All parties will meet again, that you can be assured of.Excellent! The alliance has broken - but where will it go from here? I don't know how active Odin intervenes in the matters of the living, but the Old Ones are fairly hands-on. That makes me doubt that the end of this family feud will simply be "and then they went their separate ways, each laying waste to the British Isles". There must be more confrontations between Halfdan and Ivar to come.
If it wasn't clear yet, I really liked the confrontation between Halfdan and Ivar - and the fact that it remains unresolved: no quick, easy answers here.
Thanks, Sematary.Great update LD.
I was going to say "Way ahead of you on Scotland, the Picts, nameless eidolons and so on", but I see you've already started your very own Ivar AAR . Being the huge REH fan that I am, and the fact I've written about Galloway, nameless statues and ancient Scottish peoples already (among other dark, foreboding things), delving into the misty past of Scotland will definitely be on the plate. As for a breach in the Great Heathen Army, good question. I'm still reading Sturluson and some other books for background information. Still, this being a Mythos based game...I'm curious, what do the Norse sources say about the breach in the Great Heathen Army? This being Mythos, I'd be very surprised if rubbings of old runestones, or Snorri Sturluson's 1300s version of events, hadn't snuck into that collection.
I hadn't thought about it in CK2 terms specifically, but Ivar's Scottish possessions do seem just like the kind of place you'd find the sorts of people who gather around ancient, nameless stones chanting in tongues never meant for human speech. All sorts of potential there. *Scribbles frantically* Mutter mutter Skara Brae... standing stones... Beowulf's dragon...
Thank you, DB. The Being the Secret History segment was a last minute addition when I decided my original idea for detailing the passage of time sucked. Glad you like them.Disagreements within the family; The Great Old Ones or Odin? Cracking update, LD. I also very much enjoy the Being the Secret History paragraphs at the start of the updates - some lovely word choices there.
Very much looming forward to seeing what becomes of the brothers.
I guess the burning question (or not) is, was the timely intervention of rain and thunder coincidence? If Cthulhu is anything, it's tentacles-on.Odin may not meddle as much, but he doesn't ask for the sort of sacrifices Cthulhu does. So I'm not surprised the Old Ones are more tentacles-on when they get paid more, haha.
I am worried that if the factions fight each other, it's going to be tough for the Wotanites.
Better late than never, I always say. Thank you for reading, SirkTheMonkey. I hope my updates don't disappoint.It's taken me far too long to get around to reading this AAR. Great stuff and I'm looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.
What's it with people wanting a brother or two to get eaten? . For the record, Cthulhu doesn't eat people (or so I've been told by people who know more about this stuff than me). But, I suppose it doesn't stop Dagon or his minions from having a morsel or two.Very interesting, LD! Well done!
I was expecting there to be a split ahead. I suppose it makes sense that it would occur upon Halfdan's victorious campaign. Course, I was also expecting that, on the occasion of such a split, that some brothers might get eaten. Remains to be seen, eh?
That's interesting that Lovecraft's characters aren't trademarked. Was Conan, for instance, trademarked by right of him being in the book titles? Or is there some other process that is required to protect a writer's characters, other than mere copyright?
Time will tell how the brothers react to the falling out.Ah, fraternal quarrels... though they may yet reconcile eventually.
I can see the TV ad already – Pound for pound, Cthulhu gives you more
IndeedLooks like it's about to get bloody pretty soon...
I look forward to Halfdan's battle axe cleaving off tentacled appendages (or whatever grotesque deformities Ivar is hiding under his robes and shield) with abandon. Sadly, in Lovecraft's universe, the best mere mortals can hope for is a transient victory, so I'm doubtful that even Halfdan's prowess with his axe will be enough to stop this unholy madness. Still should be a great ride to watch. From a safe distance.Really enjoyable read so far. The religious basis to the siblings rivalry suggests this will be a very difficult bridge to mend, I daresay Halfdan and Ivar will find each other a more worthy opponent than the Saxons have proven so far.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Here's to Plan B, then (I'm assuming that's your current AAR). Just don't switch to numbers, and if you do, stay away from Plan 9. I still want to see what you do with a myth-laden Scotland.Wellll... as it happens, my REALLY AWESOME PLAYTHROUGH wound up with Ivar's heir Siggtrygg being a possessed kinslayer, and things kind of went downhill. Fortunately I'm not so far in that I can't restart. The problem with being a guy who is really good at stabbing people is that when stabbing people blows up in your face, it REALLY blows up in CK2. That was an exciting little roller-coaster for the six months that it took Scotland to self-destruct. So... Plan B!
Copyright maze is right. It's a cat's breakfast out there with little consensus. The only people losing are the writers. Pay rates per word are the same now as they were during the golden age of pulp. You are lucky to get 5 cents a word, more likely 1 to 3 cents. That's a fortune back then, but nothing these days. And with the big publishing houses only accepting clones of what happens to be hot at this point in time, a lot of well known authors are starting to self-publish--something unthinkable just a few years ago. Personally I prefer the small press. This is where you find the good stuff, material that takes bold chances, as opposed to countless Twilight and Harry Potter ripoffs. As for Amazon, they are a boon in some ways and a bane in others. Good luck to them and their fan fiction. It took me years to convince Paradox Entertainment to allow fan fiction using Howard's characters, with the proviso the author loses all rights to material posted there.The global copyright maze is very difficult to navigate today with each country having and increasing the length and conditions at will... At least if governments don't do anything to simplify it big corporations will sure try to step in to make it easier to write (and make money, obviously) without hindrance. For example, Amazon has been pursuing lots of deals for its Amazon Worlds fan fiction platform, so any writer can start writing and getting paid for it while the original copyright holders get their cut too.
Thanks for dropping around Seelmeister. Religious difference or not, they are still brothers. However, that's a situation I won't have to visit for a few posts yet. As for being worthy opponents... Hmmm...Really enjoyable read so far. The religious basis to the siblings rivalry suggests this will be a very difficult bridge to mend, I daresay Halfdan and Ivar will find each other a more worthy opponent than the Saxons have proven so far.
In all accounts of the Great Old Ones being on the verge of breaking through to our world, something always happens to them that buggers things up. Will it happen this time? Good questionI look forward to Halfdan's battle axe cleaving off tentacled appendages (or whatever grotesque deformities Ivar is hiding under his robes and shield) with abandon. Sadly, in Lovecraft's universe, the best mere mortals can hope for is a transient victory, so I'm doubtful that even Halfdan's prowess with his axe will be enough to stop this unholy madness. Still should be a great ride to watch. From a safe distance.
Few things worse than cold tea, among which I include the time I found a fly in my tea, and, generally, being driven mad by evil books. I'd be highly amused if the books she's reading end up merely bing as horrific as a Stephen King novel or something, rather than the sort of diabolical evil that Carlos says they are, but 10 to 1 that they will be more like the latter than the former. Hopefully the scotch will help them.Reaching for her tea, she took a sip and made a face.