So side with the improbable and the impossible and make it real. No Arthurian legends to be had here, but instead, and as my favorite fantasy author, Clark Ashton Smith, intoned:
Tell me many tales, O benign maleficent daemon, but tell me none that I have ever heard or have even dreamt of otherwise than obscurely or infrequently. Nay, tell me not of anything that lies within the bourne of time or the limits of space; for I am a little weary of all recorded years and chartered lands.
Tell me many tales, but let them be of things that are past the lore of legend and of which there are no myths in our world or any world adjoining. . . . Tell me tales of inconceivable fear and unimaginable love, in orbs whereto our sun is a nameless star or unto which its rays have never reached.
To the Daemon, A prose Poem by Clark Ashton Smith
And to punctuate that, a quote from one of the Greats who continued in that tradition of exploring the unknown, and this time through games:
There should be no natural laws which are certain. Space could be passable because it is filled with breathable air. On the other hand the stars could be tiny lights only a few hundred miles away. Some area of land could be gates into other worlds, dimensions, times, or whatever. Mars is given in these rules, but some other fantastic world or setting could be equally as possible. This function is up to the referee, and what he wishes to do with it is necessarily limited by his other campaign work. However, this factor can be gradually added, so that no sudden burden will be placed upon the referee.
Gary Gygax' quote from OD&D, Volume 3, page 24
For there are many worlds left that we have not explored...
Are you game? If so, follow along. And in between consider the many imaginings I will be bringing to you, this among them:
Though I set these words to vellum with a certainty of intent, just as the moons above offer themselves to the astronomer to be counted, as well as to be counted on, I do so with a darkened soul. I fill my space in time with the visions that accompany me now, and moreover when they depart from me to linger about the shadows of my camp, there to inform me of what memories cannot and should not do. These singe me like a fire not so close or far, yet tempt me to burn them none-the-less, burn them from my very eyes!
For I, the lucky-one, am the last one. And even as the mind guides my tongue to refute what I’ve seen, it sometimes allows the hand to move as a gesture to it all. But I still cannot inscribe that name, as the silence congeals about me then, just as the shadows do at those times. Beware! it says to me. And so said, I must again deny the images of courage and blood stamped out by the silent terror it knows I’ve seen within that crypt.
There are now more than moons that alight my path; there are more than shadows that conceal my thoughts; and there are more than voices now that I must heed, so near to the boughs of my home, to my womb in the Gnarled Woods… The Seven Cryptic Books of Hsan--RJKuntz
The Jade SceptreReplyDelete
Who stole the kings sceptre of Jade?
Will be off with your head the axeman forbade.
Only the gibbous moon watching from above could see
the shade dressed in black hiding in a tall tree
Into the courtyard when darkness fell
Across the garden beyond the well
Through a careless window left unlocked
On an oaken door three times a knock
A secret hand sign then entrance gained
soon the king's treasure faned!
Hah! I'm no writer as is obvious to all! But I'm all in!
AH CIMMERIAN, you the old Cimmerian with the young heart.ReplyDelete
You tread the way of stars and words intermixed, and for that should be delighted.
Let us not forget that the swords we wield flame anew and forever; it is only the well timed thrust that counts for all of our measures, and yours have always been true.
I'm so glad to see this blog!ReplyDelete
-I'll have more to add as it comes to me. :D
Do you mind if I had this to the blogroll on my (shitty) blog?ReplyDelete
@ TS: Certes!ReplyDelete
@JC: Add away....
To All--Thanks for joining. More to follow in between my writing!
What an awesome first post.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to reading more.
@ Jonathan Miller:ReplyDelete
What a very nice compliment, Jonathan! Thanks so much for the appreciative nod.
With more such as these one could alight the fires of a distant planet, though hopefully not one containing too much methane. ;)
More to come, for sure.
I am late to the party yet again. Fortunately, there may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.ReplyDelete
Such is the way of Zen.ReplyDelete
Gandalf said: "A wizard is never late."...
Welcome again, Geffyl!
Chicken or the egg dilemma. Imagination unlocks creativity and creativity unlocks imagination. When the interlocked unlocks, expansion forebodes.ReplyDelete