Monday, April 18, 2011

Geas, verisimilitude, and adventure reasons.

Wow, Three Hearts and Three Lions really delivers in chapter 17 - The Geas spell? although like much of D&D this has origin in mythology, Gaelic is this ones origin, which makes a lot of sense taking the whole of the novel. Real neat to see it used outside of D&D

‘I could not learn your identity, Sir Holger. A geas has been laid on every being which might have told me.' 
Verisimilitude, another strange word that I learned from D&D, never seen it outside of D&D, but here it is. It is often spoken of when talking about setting design. Here is some information for those who want it.

‘Advertising,’ Martinus admitted. ‘Corroborative detail intended to lend artistic verisimilitude.’
Adventure Reasons, this fellow makes a good point and then lays out a few different things that Holger could be doing up north, this could be re-tooled as a statement of rumors for an adventure area.

'If you wish to preserve the secret of your goal, leave not quite so much room for speculation. Tongues will wag more when no firm facts bind them. Thus, some folk will guess you intend a knightly exploit like slaying one of the trolls which infest yonder uplands, often—as I’ve heard—stealing humans to eat; though the local people with whom I’ve chatted maintain such trolls are unkillable. Then again, other folk will insist that Sir Rupert went to beard the king of the heathen. But the peasant mind being what ‘tis, most will believe you seek a treasure of gold buried somewhere there.'

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