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  • I think @Michael_S_Miller plans to take us through all the books eventually. I remember Tehanu quite fondly, but without detail, and have no memory of the others, though I’m sure I read at least one book after Tehanu.
  • (Quote) Oh, yes, absolutely. I'm a big proponent of immersive roleplaying (by this I mean the ability to think and act like your character - most terms immersive' or 'simulationist' have become too muddied to use effectively these days) and have see…
  • With this question I find myself at a bit of a disadvantage. I've already read another book since finishing this one, so although I remember remarking on some setting elements, I can not longer remember what struck me. Perhaps some more comments wil…
  • Certainly in a campaign-type setting, the quest for why magic is declining seems a useful plot device. One could use it as both the object of the quest (find out why magic is disappearing and how to bring it back) and as a time counter (the PCs noti…
  • Magic seemed somewhat akin to religion in the story, rather than a science. For much of the book is was made out that it seemed people stopped believing in magic, and so it was ending - kind of an echo of the decline of catholicism in the English-sp…
  • Ged has grown older - how old exactly isn't clear. I think it;s mentioned someone that he's only been archmage for five years, which suggests to me that he's not all that old, and still has plenty of room to grow. In this books, as in all the others…
    in 2. Ged Comment by Apocryphal December 9
  • I found Arren archetypical. He's clearly a boy who will grow into a king. He isn't even given a name in the first chapter, I don't think - just called 'a boy'. He's destined for something - to be a king at the very least, if he doesn't turn from tha…
  • Erebus and Abaia are two of the leviathans often mentioned in the series. I'm thinking one is applying pressure on Nessus and the other on Ascia. Why, or what kind of pressure - who knows. I kind of picture them as tectonic plates moving against one…
  • The Autarch is many people, in the same was that Severian is also Thecla. How many people? Is collecting people a pre-requisite to being the Autarch? Will Severian become the autarch only because the autarch absorbs him and he becomes dominant? Thi…
  • This 'soft dystopia' idea will be interesting to discuss. As anthologist John Joseph Adams describes it, a dystopia will seem like a utopia to some, but not to others, and society as a whole often doesn't realize what it has given up. (Image) Fro…
  • @NeilNjae Would you mind posting an introductory thread in the 'Nominations' category that I can pin in the announcements section?
  • I suppose not too late to change your December pick, assuming someone hasn't rushed out and bought Brave New World already.
  • Also, the the flying wheels not make you think of Ezekiel? I thought it was pretty cool how they were described. (Image)
  • Chaotic indeed - I like chaotic descriptions of battle - it matches what I see in the better war movies. No wonder soldiers get PTSD. On the matter of the flying girls, I'll repost the rather excellent cover picture for this book that I dug up and …
  • (Quote) Interesting! I shall have to check this one out. I'm feeling tempted to re-read some Moorcock, too. But on the other hand... need to reduce that pile of unread books!
  • TTRPBC NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 5 November 23 2019, Havnor Great Port, Havnor November is upon us. I don't know what it's like where you live, but we've already had our first two weeks of snow up here, so it feels like we're into that stage of fall where…
  • (Quote) Clear as mud! :-) I did like the idea of the house with different floors located in different eras. Sounds perfect for a Call of Cthulhu scenario set-up! Maybe the basement is in the future - look out the basement window to see a wasteland.…
  • What was the purpose of the Hermit interlude, in the end. It's got to be a journey, rather than a quest. He fails to bring back the hermit, and in the end the person who sent him on the mission is dead or gone, and nobody cares that he went, or even…
  • @WildCard was one of our earliest new joiners when we moved to G+, but he went by a different name there. For a time I thought you and @Michael_S_Miller were related because of the amazing insights you could both bring to the table.
  • @WildCard See this comment for notifications. It's easier on a PC than a phone, but should be reachable from either. https://www.ttrpbc.com/discussion/comment/2037/#Comment_2037
  • (Quote) Yes. Here's the etymology: New Latin, from Greek mērykasthai to ruminate + New Latin -hippus (horse)
  • LEXICON (Quote) Merychip: We've had this before, maybe in the first book. Merychippus is an extinct proto-horse. (Quote) Theologoumenon: Wikipedia and various dictionaries rather unhelpfully say that "A theologoumenon is a theological stateme…
  • LEXICON (Quote) Armigette: We've possibly had 'Armiger' in the lexicon before - it is a person entitled to bear a coat of arms. An Armigette is a female armiger. Exultant: I think we've had this one in the lexicon before, too. In English, the word…
  • Yes, sorry to hear about your partner. You mentioned once before she's undergoing scheduled treatments - hopefully that's the case here. I didn't make many notes on these chapters, apart from the quip by one character that marriage is a form of sla…
  • (Quote) Wow, that's awesome! Pretty catchy tune in there. @WildCard you need to take up playing drums.
  • I’m an ent which means I’ll tell you my choice after we’ve read all three books.
  • Each of the three stories so far seems to convey a life lesson: Loyal: Perseverance is rewarded Melito: Spirit trumps all Hallvard: The truth will out, maybe?
  • We had a software update and I’ve tested the notifications with someone posting a new thread in a category I bookmarked, with someone commenting on a thread I started, and someone commenting on a thread I bookmarked but haven’t posted yet. I receive…
  • Having a twin sister would be interesting. I thought Thecla was older, so I’d guess not her. Agia is an interesting speculation. To fit the theory, her name must be Severa. Severa and Severian seem like playful names for Siamese twins separated at b…
  • I really didn't know what it would be like when I picked it. I knew it was 'inspired' by the Wizard of Oz, than that Sarah could be seen as an alien while wearing the right goggles. I knew it was late 1800s Pacific NW, and expected it to be well wri…