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+Rowan Cota: +Dymphna C. reminded me that I'm late on this.

I'm not good on selfies, so you'll have to make do with this.
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She Blinded Me With Alchemy
(courtesy of an old post: https://plus.google.com/+GeoffreyMcVey/posts/HyurZ3aUcpV)

A secret transformation,
With sulphur and with mercury.
The gift of animation,
Homunculus for all to see.
Mmm—it's not magic or a science.
(Magic or a science!)
I like to call it alchemy.
Someone managed to capture a picture of one of my typical Saturdays at home. - Geoffrey McVey - Google+
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Is that a steampunk thingy?
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My current favourite song.
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The audio version of my last post, because it really deserves a reading in the character's voice. (Also: I need a better microphone.)
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*Sunning the Peddler's Guide to the Manors of #Rothlingsmark

Hecsenhow: It is sad what happened to this place—not that it was ever blessed with good fortune. Even long ago, they said it was cursed, haunted by the sorcerer so terrible they never name him. But when the war came and the Gulgrimni crossed the mountains, they struck at these little villages over and over until there was nearly nothing left. Now zha malyara e yamash, there is bad luck and nothing else.

The Laumir soldiers who called themselves Crowfeeders took the manor as their own after the war. The lord was dead. His family was dead. The new jarles had too many things to do to notice what was happening there. For months, they ruled the people with fear and blood. Their captain, Geirrod—maddened by war and obsessed by the god he said he found on the battlefield—tried to become a thing of the night, a thing of undying hunger. Even now that he is dead, his shadow looms like kortempiye over the place.

They say the one who rules there now is good. They say he is noble. I cannot say. I would not return there for all the silver in the mountains.
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What is today, assuming that you're either Christian or in a Christian culture?
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Maundy Thursday
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Holy Thursday
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Thank you all. The reason that I asked was because I'd mentioned Maundy Thursday to some people at work and they all gave me stares so blank that I thought I'd been raised by some obscure cult now deceased.

Turns out, it was Anglicans.
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My dear friend, Mike McArtor—game designer, author, and editor—passed away last night. I'm still trying to process it all.

Mike was unfailingly kind, enthusiastic, and supportive. I'll miss him a great deal.
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WAR (written by +Dymphna C.)

One of the reasons why the war between #Rothlingsmark  and the Gulgrimni was so devastating was because it violated many cultural notions of what war is like.

To the Laumir military caste, warfare is a highly ritualized affair.  Armies are led by armored, mounted thanes (who may have their positions either because of their martial prowess or for political reasons) who lead peasant conscripts against other armies.  While conscripts are killed readily in battle, thanes and higher ranking combatants (such as priests or mestari) are almost always taken hostage and ransomed back to their commanders.  Of course, plenty of thanes die in battle as well -- battlefields are dangerous places -- but any thane who surrenders in battle can expect that she will be captured and ransomed rather than executed, and her retinue can expect similar treatment.

The lower-class conscripts and citizens of Rothlingsmark have similar ideas about warfare.  The Rothlings have endured raids from the Gulgrimni for centuries, but they were unprepared for the war.  While a raid can have long-term disastrous effects, they are typically small in scale and conducted with a single objective: to steal as many goods as possible and get away quickly.  

The war was different.

The tactics of the Gulgrimni were brutal.  Crops were burned. Livestock were slaughtered.  Entire households, including the children and the elderly, were killed.  They took no prisoners and sought no parley.  They brought creatures of nightmare to fight alongside them -- trolls, creatures that a southerner might think didn't even exist -- and they fought to the death.  

The devastation cut across all walks of life, but unlike in typical conflicts, the ruling class may have suffered the highest level of casualties.  Many landed knights were killed and their manors utterly destroyed.  (Of course, Lady Gilmund survived the destruction of her manor and the plundering of the surrounding countryside.  Some of her peers are disappointed by this.) Of the jarl's entire household, only one of his housethanes -- Rukkokainen, a Tauthra, and only occasionally reckoned as a proper housethane -- survived.
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Something to add to the "Europe was only white people" files: St. Adrian of Canterbury, a Berber who was twice asked by the pope to become archbishop of Canterbury in the 7th/8th century.
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The First Branch of the Mabinogi, in summary:

Them: "Rhiannon, we think you ate your baby, based on this flimsy evidence."

Rhiannon: "What? Is that... I mean, is that a thing you people do? What kind of culture have I married into? In what possible world do you look at a scene like that and think, 'oh, she must have eaten her baby, like mothers always do?' WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL?"

Them: "Sorry, now you have to act like a horse. It's the law."

Rhiannon: "You're all messed up. You are so messed up."
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I'm just reading Keltia (http://www.cubicle7.co.uk/keltia-coming-soon/) and being bored stupid by it. I was thinking of making my own dark ages Britain game, because surely RPGs need another one of those. 

Now, thanks to +Áine ní Dhonnchadha I have my title: 

Ynys Prydein: The Respectful Lack of Humping
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+Áine ní Dhonnchadha: Even people that I've never met before look at me and decide instantly that they should apologize any time they swear in my presence. I'm not sure what it is, aside from my occasional slip into acting like a Victorian schoolteacher (albeit with fewer canings).
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Apropos of today's discussions about matters related to depression, +Frances Acheson sent this to me. I had to share it.
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