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Cishuarim posted 28 Jan 2006, 22:01 by Cause, Candidate

I justed wanted to ask how long have the cishuarim been around for? As long as the fanim or more recently? Second why where the scarlet spires so important for the holy war. Could the shriah not have gotten the imperial saik or paid the muysanai. Finally why did you decide to go with phalanx style armies for the empire, rather than the maniple formations of the roman legion Also please while I await eagerly my copy of a thousand fold though I have not read it yet so please evryone keep out spoilers view post

posted 29 Jan 2006, 00:01 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Your question on the Cishaurim can be answered from TTT's encyclopedic glossary. So since that is semi-spoilerish I won't answer it for you. :) The Scarlet Spires were important for several reasons: 1)They are the most powerful School in the Three Sea's 2)The Imperial Saik are part of the Nansur Empire, and ultimately beholden to the Emperor. The Temples didn't want to give any more power to the Empire than they had to. The Myusanai may be a "major school" but they are probably one of the weakest. Given that they are also mercenaries it makes their loyalties somewhat suspect. 3)By contracting the Scarlet Spires you also ensure that the full might of High Ainon is on your side 100%, that helps too As for the third, only Scott can answer that :) view post

posted 07 Feb 2006, 20:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

As for the last question (thank you EE, for answering the first two!), I went with the phalanx primarily because it was more generic. It's a delicate balancing act, trying to decide what hisotrical associations to draw on, how specifically, what to bend and twist, and so on. The problem is that the more complicated the world is, the more you tend to rely on preexisting analogues, simply because it would be impossible for any reader to 'get' the world otherwise. You need to draw on preexisting associations, while trying to keep them at arms length. Going with generic as opposed to specific analogues helps. view post


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