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The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB CHapter 15
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:24:00 pm »
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Many have condemned thise who joined the Holy War for mercenary reasons, and doubtless, should this humble history find its way into their idle libraries, they will blast me as well.  Admittedly, my reasons for joining the Holy War were mercenary," if by that one means that I joined it in order to procure ends outside of the destruction of the heathen and the reconquest of Shimeh.  But their were a great many mercenaries such as myself, and like myself, they inadvertently furthered the Holy War by killing their share of heathen. The failure of the Holy War had nothing to do with us.
Did I say failure? Perhaps "transformation" would be a better word.
 - DRUSAS ACHAMIAN, COMPENDIUM OF THE FIRST HOLY WAR

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Faith is the truth of passions. Since no passion is more true than another, faith is the truth of nothing.
 - AJENCIS, THE FOURTH ANALYTIC OF MAN

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The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB Chapter 14
« on: July 08, 2018, 12:22:04 pm »
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Some say men continually war against circumstances, but I say they perpetually flee.  What are the works of men if not a momentary respite, a hiding place soon to be discovered by catastrophe?  Life is endless flight before the hunter we call the world.
EKYANNUS VIII, 111 APHORISMS

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The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB Chapter 13
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:52:45 pm »
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Even the hard-hearted avoid the heat of desperate men.  For the bonfires of the weak crack the most stone.

CONRIYAN PROVERB

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So who were the heroes and cravens of the Holy War?  There are already songs enough to answer that question.  Needless to say, the Holy War provided further violent proof of Ajencis' old proverb, "Though all men be equally frail before the world, the differences between them are terrifying.

DRUSAS ACHAMIAN, COMPENDIUM OF THE FIRST HOLY WAR

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The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB Chapter 12
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:37:09 pm »
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I have explained how Maithanet yoked the vast resources of the Thousand Temples to ensure the viabililty of the Holy War.  I have described, in outline the first steps taken by the Emperor to bind the Holy War to his imperial ambitions.  I have attempted to reconstruct the initial reaction of the Cishaurim in Shimeh from their correspondence with the Padirajah in Shimeh.  And I have even mentioned the hated Consult, of whom I can at long last speak without fear of ridicule.  I have spoken, in other words, almost exclusively of powerful faction and their impersonal ends.  What of vengeance?  What of hope?  Against the frame of competing nations and warring faiths, how did these small passions come to rule the Holy War?
- DRUSAS ACHAMIAN, COMPENDIUM OF THE FIRST HOLY WAR

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... though he consorts with man, woman, and child, though he lays with beasts and makes a mockery of his seed, never shall he be as licentious as the philosopher, who lays with all things imaginable.
- INRI SEJENUS, SCHOLARS 36, 21, THE TRACTATE

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The Unholy Consult / [TUC Spoilers] Ishual
« on: July 16, 2017, 07:58:16 pm »
Has anybody read the Glossary entry for Engus?  The mention of a cursed valley in the Demua Mountains, and piles of Sranc bones, seems to suggest that there was something 'wrong' with Ishual, long before the Dunyain got there. 

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The Unholy Consult / [TUC Spoliers] Kellhus' children
« on: July 16, 2017, 07:36:19 pm »
There is a scene in the White Luck Warrior where Inrilatas is talking to Kelmomas, and he says something along the lines of 'we (the kids) have inherited father's faculties in some mangled manner'.  From what we learn about Kellhus' various children over the course of TAE, it seems to me that they each represent various aspects of him.

  • Kayutas - the mundane one.  Physically impressive war-leader/ prince of men. But not as great a leader as Kellhus
    Theliopa - passionless intellect.  But not as intelligent as Kellhus
    Serwa - super-sorceror.  But not a powerful as Kellhus.
    Inrilatas - deranged megalomaniac and deliberate transgressor of taboos.  Inri specifically states he cannot control himself in the way his father can

Which leaves us with Kelmomas
Has two souls which switch (possibly uncontrollably) in and out of his body.  Is a murdering psychopath.  Has a very strong need to be loved to the exclusion of his other siblings.  Cannot be seen by the Gods.
Given what the events of TUC, what does this suggest about Kellhus?

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Introduce Yourself / Hello
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:26:30 pm »
Hi everybody.  I've been a big fan of the Second Apocalypse since TDTCB came out - possibly my all time favourite fantasy series.  Anyway, I decided enough of lurking, get on the forum.

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