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Nonman Commoner | joined 07 September 2005 | 4 posts


The Mystery of the Winged Elephant posted 07 September 2005 in Author Q & AThe Mystery of the Winged Elephant by Nonman, Commoner

Those of who enjoy the appearance of a proper library (that is, one without dust jackets on your hardbacks) I am sure have noticed the curious appearance of a what appears to be a Winged Elephant on the front cover of the Warrior Prophet. I suspect it is on the Prince of Nothing as well but having loaned the book out mere moments after its completion I am unable to verify this.

I racked my memory, hoping to find some sort of link between this symbol and the Three Seas and came up completely empty. Safe for a brief discussion of the mastodons of Nilhamesh I cannot even think of the reference to an elephant like creature much less a winged one. Could anyone shed some light on the subject? view post


The Mystery of the Winged Elephant posted 09 September 2005 in Author Q & AThe Mystery of the Winged Elephant by Nonman, Commoner

Blast, there goes my theory. Well, I could of course pretend that is really an emblem chosen by Bakker himself to further accentuate the nuance of the Three Seas. view post


The Nonmen posted 11 September 2005 in Author Q & AThe Nonmen by Nonman, Commoner

Its safe to say that they are bipedal with at least vaguely human features. They use swords, wear armor and have two arms and two legs. That much we know. As for further details Scott hasn't written in a word in two novels. This isn't out of character, he didn't describe an inch of the Conrinyan 'Knights' that were actively invovled in both books until the latter part of the Warrior Prophet (where he mentioned the masque-like quality of their faceplates) and this was neatly fifteen hundred pages after their first appearence.

Yet while he is downright ephemeral in his descriptions of some things he inundates us with images of the appearence of others.

How many times have we heard about how the light interacts with Kellhus's eyes and blond beard? How many synonyms for scarlet will be used to describe the robes of the spires? view post


three seas militray strenght posted 17 September 2005 in Author Q & Athree seas militray strenght by Nonman, Commoner

I'm fairly certain that less than 30,000 survived the trials of the desert crossing. Mr. Bakker seems to be an avid fan of real-world history as the 100,000 to 20-30,000 troops conversion is about the same as what happened to the Christian armies of the first crusade as they neared the city of Jerusalem.. Generally speaking his 'homage(s)' to real world history aren't quite so in blatant. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> In fact the entire story of the Inrith Crusade is taken whole and completely from real world history.

The Vulgar Crusade = The real life People's Crusade (which shared the same fate)

The Great Names Crusade = The Prince's Crusade (which also was depedent on a great Emperor of a whiddled away Nation (the Byzantine Empire ruled by Alexius I) He also asked the crusaders to sign a document promising the return of all lands.... I could go on.... for more information read up on the Firt Crusade here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Crusade


That said, it is safe to assume that the military strength of the Vulgar and non-Vulgar Crusades are but a small portion of the total military might of the Three Seas area. One must remember that only a small portion of the noble and royal blooded members of each nation heeded the call to Crusade. Allow me to use an example of the Empire of Nansur, the southern most Ketyai nation of the Three Seas.

The prince, nephew to the Emperor, and Exalt-General of the Imperial Armies , Ikurei Conphas appears to be the only 'great name' who departed from the Empire of Nansur to undertake the Inrithi Crusade. Conphas only took three 'columns' of infantry (I'm guessing this is something akin to a Roman legion) which distinguished themselves greatly in several of the early battles of the Crusade.

While these columns can be assumed to represent a significant force it is unlikely that the Eastern and Northern borders of the Empire of Nansure would be left unprotected. It would be the height of stupid to send all of your armies south and allow your northern border to be invaded by an erstwhile ally or worse (and more likely) the Scylvendi barbarians of the Eastern lands to take advantage of the situation and come rampaging across your borders. Not to mention the need to keep troops in the interior portions of the Empire (one mustn't forget the danger of bandits, brigands; rogue nobles and the need to oppress the people.)


I think it’s safe to say that there are still vast military assets throughout the Three Seas area, just as the lion’s share of the military assets of the Crusades remained in Europe. view post


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