- Jan 4, 2013
And then Madelyn asked: "Tell me. Tell me everything..."
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Thanks, DB. It wasn't my intention to run a dual narrative, but it's turned out to be fun. As for Miss York being bitten? Literally or figuratively? Who knows. I have plans...The Necronomicon? Well, this'll turn out interestingly, I'm sure. Hopefully Miss York won't be being bitten by anything any time soon
As ever, very nicely done - the dual narrative is working really well here.
It is rather a refreshing break, especially as I don't plan on going PC with Halfdan and the boys. Carlos has his secrets, to be sure.Another enjoyable update, the modern setting helps break up the brutal windows into Viking England, and I am enjoying the suspense that is building. It strikes me that there is a lot to learn about Carlos's past.
Madelyn is the Dana Scully of her time. She doesn't believe, but she has her late Uncle's inquisitive nature, for good or bad. As this is her first introduction to things that go bump in the night, her reaction to Carlos' bizarre (to her) nature is one of patronization or, more precisely, affectionately ridiculing his concern for her. She is intelligent, but naive about certain things she hasn't experienced. It's like when you are young and think you are invincible, but realize that is not true the older you get. In a way I didn't want to bring the Necronomicon into this story, but that graphic just called out to me. At the least it adds another element, and has given me ideas on expanding this storyline. Thanks for commenting.On the one hand, Madelyn is showing signs of common sense (or perhaps it's more like a primordial instinct, genetic memories of unspeakable horrors from eons past?). On the other hand, she's now looking for the Necronomicon... I'm getting mixed signals regarding her intelligence. At the rate she's going, she's doing her level best to disprove Lovecraft's dictum that 'ignorance is bliss'. Well, she might have a fleeting moment of realization between the end of her ignorance and the end of herself. I just hope that someone or something reins in her curiosity before the things that go bump in the night come crawling out of the woodwork.
Very atmospheric update. I think Carlos needs to be a little more direct in his warnings before Madelyn will take heed, though.
Yeah, Miss York is a 'show me' kind of person, but not the type that walks into a dark room (with ominous music playing in the background) shouting, "Who's here?" Inquisitive but not stupid. Carlos? Dying? Heavens!I have a feeling that Miss. York will not heed the warnings until she sees why the warnings exist. Though in true Lovecraft style Carlos would be more likely to die first.
Hey, this is their first drink, and they don't have far to drive . They won't be getting drunk. Madelyn did this to try and settle Carlos down. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.If they don't die from Cthulhu they'll die of alcohol poisoning at this rate.
Plucky Girl. I like that. Obviously I'm writing her as someone who wants to prove she can make a go of it in a man's world. A bit of a stereotype for the era, but essential to drive the narrative. At some point she may become a damsel in distress, but certainly not a gibbering hag. Plucky Girl and I are looking forward to reading about Ivar of Britain and Scandinavia, just so you know."Oh, the Necronomicon? That old thing? Uncle just kept it to bookend the section on gardening. He's got a Shakespeare in folio holding up the automotive section."
I think Madelyn might have seen one too many Plucky Girl Adventure serials, or read one too many of the equivalent books. She's likely to travel the whole gamut from Plucky Girl Adventurer to Damsel in Distress to Gibbering Hag in the space of about a week. I suppose it doesn't help that von Juntz's original title was "Iä! Iä! Ftaghn! Cthulhu Ftaghn!" and the German publisher looked at it and said "I can't pronounce that!"
And yes, Ivar's Sons is the current playthrough, which for once I've been screen-shotting like mad (450 or so and counting, and I just now crowned the first Ivar of Britain and Scandinavia, not to be confused with King Ivar). I really am sorry to disappoint, but it's going to be history-book, as far as medieval propaganda poetry is history. Thank you, incidentally, for the linkthroughs. I hope to have something more up this weekend.
I'm not sure what is worse, evil books or a fly in cold tea. "What's that fly doing in your cold tea, sir?" "Er, the backstroke?" Heh, wouldn't that be a downer if the book turned out to be a bad piece of vanity press horror. I can hear the screams of outrage now .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.
Ah, the raid. Thanks for mentioning that. It will be the next update. Not sure when it will be posted, though. I have a deadline to meet this weekend. As for Carlos, I think he learned his lesson the first time...I hope this time Carlos doesn't give the location of the horrid tome away by looking at it. Hopefully the French raid goes well and he brings back plenty of gold and none of his uncle's craziness.
Indeed they will, Specialist. I took a look at the history of Ice Tea (the drink, not the actor) and was surprised at how long it's been around. In this case their tea is of the hot variety gone cold, as in room temperature.I'm a bit confused by all this "cold tea = horrible" business. Where I live, drinking your tea cold -- with ice in it, no less -- is the norm.
Now, I can understand if it's less "chilled" and more "lukewarm," since there's truly nothing worse than room-temperature tea.
...But I digress. I'm liking the interlude scenes myself -- they help set up the idea of the cruel inevitability of the events to come.
As mentioned above, Madelyn is the curious type who doesn't necessarily believe in that sort of stuff. To her the danger is all in Carlos' head, therefore she treats it as a mystery and not something to fear. If you are referring to the English translation sitting on the bookshelf, that version poses no danger at all. The Latin and Greek versions pose some danger, but the original is just plain badness. I added a couple of words to the previous interlude post that should help clear up any misconception.An interesting piece. I've been wondering, along with Stuyvesant, about Madelyn's wisdom, but I get the impression she's merely taking her own sweet time waking up to a real danger.
Funny that some parts of the translated Necronomicon can cause madness, but Carlos is barely concerned about that. Only heightens the impression of how dangerous the other one is, eh?
We'll see what side of the coin her cleverness falls on. It's early days yet...Ms. York is undeniably clever, but there is such a thing as being too clever by half.
I plan to do some explaining about that in the next Interlude. To the vast majority the Necronomicon is unknown. To the vast majority that have heard of it, it's evil is only whispered at. To the few who have read it...When you come across an evil book with a name like "Necronomicon" you'd really think you might just let well enough alone. Curiosity and its cat killing
Not surprisingly that's something she may demand at some point.And then Madelyn asked: "Tell me. Tell me everything..."
The French raid is next. All will be explained how it came about. Hopefully. Magna Mundi was a great mod. I spent many hours playing EUIII with it.A raiding expedition to France? These guys got around, didn't they?
Why, of course, I keep my copy between the old Magna Mundi and the Warlock MotA manuals...
True. And actually, I believe the same holds in Norse mythology also.Seelmeister said: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.
Interesting - I learned something today. And it is very fitting for our tale.The Æsir and the humans allied with them can only hope to hold off the forces of primal chaos for one more day, and they know that in the end (the Ragnarök or Reign-Wrack), they will be destroyed by it. The central conceit of Germanic myth, the conceit that gave it its power, was that it is only how you comport yourself in the face of the tragic inevitable that determines your character.
Ah! That's a useful shorthand: it gives me a better frame of reference for her. Of course, it doesn't necessarily change the trajectory of her journey, but it means that the journey will (most likely) be tragic, rather than 'foolishly-blundering-into-things-whilst-looking-for-a-midnight-snack-Scooby-Doo-style'.Madelyn is the Dana Scully of her time. She doesn't believe, but she has her late Uncle's inquisitive nature, for good or bad.
Revan86, you seem to have quoted me but the author of that text was actually Stuyvesant. Two subjects I know precious little about are Norse Mythology and Lovecraft, in fact my Lovecraft knowledge is essentially what I have gleaned from this AAR and the Wikipedia searches it has prompted so far! Nonetheless this is all fascinating stuff.True. And actually, I believe the same holds in Norse mythology also.
The Æsir and the humans allied with them can only hope to hold off the forces of primal chaos for one more day, and they know that in the end (the Ragnarök or Reign-Wrack), they will be destroyed by it. The central conceit of Germanic myth, the conceit that gave it its power, was that it is only how you comport yourself in the face of the tragic inevitable that determines your character.
Time will tell, but yeah, there will be some unpleasantness...Fascinated to see how things will develop, I imagine it will be badly for most of the protagonists...
Yeah, I always thought of iced tea as an American invention until I did some reading. Who knew? Meatlovers pizza and a double banana split? Maybe when I was younger. These days one look at a slice of pizza and I gain 5 pounds. I'm hoping to have the French raid ready this week. It's been kind of hectic.I suppose that if you are going to read the Unspeakable Texts you might as well have a side order of necronomicon, too. Sort of like eating a giant supreme meatlover's pizza followed by a double banana split. In for a penny, in for an artery-collapsing overload of fat and sugar. After a certain point I suppose it doesn't matter if you pile on more.
So the Vikings go a-viking in France, eh? Looking forward to hearing about it.
On the subject of iced tea, look up the history of one of America's first merchant princes, a man who shipped New England ice as far afield as India - he even cut up and sold Walden pond! :O
Thanks for the thumbs up, Revan. I never imagined the interludes would be so popular. The brothers will meet down the road. As for Ivar and his nickname...And thus appears the Necronomicon? The plot thickens!
Loving the story thus far, Lord Durham, and especially the interludes. Though this brotherly rivalry between Halfdan and Ivar does seem likely to take a turn for the interesting in the near future. I trust 'the Boneless' may be more than just a nickname by the end of it...
What? No Scooby-Doo? (Starts rewriting frantically...). I've fleshed out a concurrent plot with Madelyn and Carlos, so yeah, expect a journey .Ah! That's a useful shorthand: it gives me a better frame of reference for her. Of course, it doesn't necessarily change the trajectory of her journey, but it means that the journey will (most likely) be tragic, rather than 'foolishly-blundering-into-things-whilst-looking-for-a-midnight-snack-Scooby-Doo-style'.
That's one of the things I've always loved about writing/researching and reading AARs. The stuff we learn.Revan86, you seem to have quoted me but the author of that text was actually Stuyvesant. Two subjects I know precious little about are Norse Mythology and Lovecraft, in fact my Lovecraft knowledge is essentially what I have gleaned from this AAR and the Wikipedia searches it has prompted so far! Nonetheless this is all fascinating stuff.