December 15, 2011
Page 70 Book 5: The War Diaries
I think the guy fighting Emeraldas was expecting more lightning bolts and weird phrases. Too bad for him.
This is perhaps one of the distinctions between the Der’o Fasciid and the monarch-ghosts. The Fasciid are bound to the island, which keeps their spirits stable and infuses them with its natural energy, making them a lot more imposing than they were in life, at the expense of making them a lot less free in the application of their abilities (That is to say, “the island” decides how best to invest them).
But the monarch-ghosts are, with the exception of being glowing incorporeal entities, pretty much exactly as powerful as they were in life, because barring a little bit of magic to bind their spirits to the statues the only thing keeping them around is their own will.
So when Edwin suggests that they “kick it old school”, this is what he means, this is the kind of formidable battle capabilities the Dwarven monarchy has had for centuries in each and every member. Magnus was a monk who won his kingship by right of combat, Sweyn was a battle-hardened commander, and Emeraldas was an open magic-user in a time when most of the battlefield was still mundane axes and swords.
Sweyn may be my favourite here. When I was making his template, I struggled to think of a suitable weapon to give him, before remembering that much of his reign was spent dealing with terrors from within the Iron Tombs. Under those conditions, he’d be unlikely to specialise in a weapon to the point of being portrayed with it in his statue.
As we can see here, he specialised more often in using his opponent’s capabilities against them in a very no-nonsense fighting style. Not as elegant or fluid as Magnus’ monastic martial style, but when you can Sparta-kick someone right down a corridor, “elegance” is perhaps not all that big a priority.