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Maybe a specialized Fighter, like a Paladin or Cavalier type. I think he has powers that we haven't seen in riding and taking care of the dragons. There is no shame in kneeling before me for I will one day be a god.

I'm not sure if I will go straight into Book 2, though. Last edited by Geoffrey on Thu Aug 23, pm, edited 1 time in total. Each of my modules is self-contained. Salvatore, but I can understand why some people would be interested in this type of fantasy.

Crom is your god, Crom and he lives in the earth. Once, giants lived in the Earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered. And the Earth shook.

There is no other volume of fantasy that I have read that makes me want to keep reading and turning pages as much as The Stealer of Souls --even though I know exactly what is going to happen since I have read it a number of times. The book is not my favorite fantasy book of all that would be The Hobbit by J.

The book is not my favorite sword and sorcery story of all that would be Robert E. Howard's Conan tale, "Beyond the Black River". But none of the above keep me feverishly turning the pages.

I don't know what it is about the old Elric stories, but I can't put them down once I start reading them. Re: Elric of Melnibone Post by T. Foster wrote: FWIW that limitation to the first three Hawkmoon books is weird, and probably an error. The first Hawkmoon cycle the "Runestaff" cycle has four books, and the 4th book is not only totally stylistically of a piece with the first three, it also completes the story that would otherwise be left totally unresolved IIRC book three actually ends on a cliffhanger.

There's a second Hawkmoon cycle the "Count Brass" cycle that was written several years later mid 70s vs late 60s , which I haven't read yet that may well be different stylistically and not to Gary's taste.

So it's likely Gary was intending to recommend the first cycle over the second, but forgot that the former is actually four books, not three.

The editions of today are annotated and scholarly. Both approaches are pretentious and offputting. They're all entertaining enough and fairly short reads, but not really "essential" in the way the other books are. And that of course goes even moreso for all of the later-written books from the 80ss.

I dig Elric's mental battle to control Stormbringer. My next character will be nicknamed "The Gazebo", as he will be hated and feared by paladins everywhere.

Never try to talk sense to someone whose favorite character is a kendar. Damn good book. I'll be back to visit Elric again, soon. I think now Yet, I don't remember reading anything about pointed elf-like ears in the book I just read. I've also recently read the new comic adaptation from Titan Books, and it paints a much darker version of Elric.

The story is the same, but the details are twisted and changed. For example, Yyrkoon does flee to Dhoz-Kam with Cymoril, and Elric does chase him--but not before Elric has a bath in the blood of several children. They are shown, bodies floating in the water, their necks sliced open by Doctor Jest. The scene with King Grome shows the elemental wanting his ship back, as happens in the book, but Elric makes no deal with him. Elric gives him the ship and goes on to Dhoz-Kam by foot.

Along the way, Elric and his men stay the night at some local's farm. A young boy asks, "What's a Melnibonean? Elric and his men stay the night. They eat the people's food. Then, in the morn, Elric has his men destroy the entire farm, killing the entire family, putting their heads on pikes.

It seems, in this comic, that Elric is much more "Menibonean" than he was ever portrayed in the novel. Dhoz-Kam is not a dirty city with single story shacks.

Instead, it is this great ruin where, ages ago, Chaos and Law fought a great battle. There is an incredibly tall tower at the center of the city, and instead of it lying on the coast at the intersection of rivers, it is on a mesa top, with huge chasms separating it from the land--with the long bridges that connect the town with the rest of the earth.

Not sure where Elric fits into that series as I think Elric, though connected, is a separate series completely. I think six of the Elric stories fit into it directly, but at least half the series I'm not sure if they fit into it or not my copy of the Eternal Champions I believe has two Volumes of Elric, but I'm thinking I also have at least three or four other volumes of Elric that are not in the Eternal Champions series proper, though they may be included as aftermaths by default.

A guilty pleasure at best. Not satire. Especially coming straight out of Moorcock, who has a very different writing style. The first 50 or so pages might seem like a slog and you'll be tempted to give up, but I'd urge you to stick with it.

Eventually you'll grow accustomed to the style and everything will start to come together and make more sense. One thing to keep in mind is that the things that will seem confusing to you as a reader are also, intentionally, confusing to the characters, who are foot-soldiers in a much larger conflict and only very gradually begin to get a fuller sense of the big picture of what's going on, who the key players are, what they're trying to accomplish and using the Black Company as pawns towards , etc.

And when they do, so will you. So don't get discouraged by the first couple chapters and stick with it. You'll be glad you did.


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Stormbringer was first published by Chaosium in The Elric! It was reprinted a number of times, with changes between each printing including depth of box, colour of map and the move from a single rulebook to three manuals. Stormbringer reveals more about my own fantasy books and characters than I could hare guessed! It does not merely derive from the books — it complements them perfectly. The game is delightful.

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