May 12, 2011
Page 7 Book 5: The War Diaries
No need to be so blue.
So I’ve gushed quite a fair bit about Michael Arcanon, the revolutionary leader that sundered the once-great Empire in the quest for freedom and equality that founded Arcania, but of course he is just one in a large list of fascinating historical figures in Avbaroy’s past. This one is perhaps the Dwarven answer to Arcanon: King Oswald “The Great” Stenberg IV.
The dwarves are a really fascinating race, one I’m happy to admit I’m very entertained by. They’re a people who dig themselves up out of the Underdark into the rocks of the surface and then, purely by their own choice, stayed inside those caves they dug out with their own hands rather than seek softer ground beyond them. A people so resolutely hard-working and so long-lived that they really don’t resemble anything we have on Earth today, they are perhaps fit only for the medieval tales of knights and nobles from which they usually spring nowadays.
Another aspect of today’s page is King Oswald’s ghost, more specifically it’s colour. Previous ghosts were green, with the Der’o Fasciid at the end of Book 4, but King Oswald is blue. There is a reason for this, as always, which is drawn from what exactly is tethering the ghost in question to the material realm.
In the case of most ghosts, they appear white because the Incarnum of their souls is bleached by working hard to personally keep them together.
In the case of the Der’o Fasciid, they appear green because their souls have been subsumed by the native environment, leaving them green because they don’t quite exist any more as their original selves, but as nature spirits.
And finally, in the case of King Oswald, they appear blue because they are artificially tethered by additional magic, allowing their souls to express their true colouration because they aren’t working much at all to keep themselves together.
That’s it for today, I’ll see you all once again Monday with Oswald’s purpose, of which he had many, for the Guarding Soldier statue. Have a fun weekend!