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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:22 pm

ibid. wrote:The door of the Underbelly fell in. Standing in the light were more snow-trolls. The spellbinders groaned and rattled their empty glasses. The newcomers joined the fun. But it was a lost cause – the superior bulk of the stalactrolls, the superior shortness of the vamans, the sheer malevolence of Spikes and the sheer surprise of Steel-Bunz were now working together, and the newcomers were welcomed with stunning blows, sharp stabs and vicious nibbles.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:‘Who are you, O noble one?’ asked Gaam, ‘My friend the centauress has walked these lands many times, but she has never seen one as mighty as you.’

‘Then heed my words, dwarf,’--the Kol-dwellers all flinched and looked at Gaam, but he was unmoved--‘and tell thy woman-horse I am Sir Cyr, Guardian of the Bridge.’

‘Sir what?’ asked Gaam.

‘Sir Cyr.’

‘Never mind. (...)’
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:‘Why do dragons lust for gold?’

‘Dragons do not lust for gold. They hoard gold because they are often lazy, and do not like to go out in search for food. Rumours about their hoards ensure a steady stream of questing heroes, in other words, a staple diet. The dragon lust for gold should be called the dragon lust for gold-lusting food,’ said Asvin.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:Of course, some adjustments had to be made [to heroic quests]. For example, when a giant sea serpent had been spotted idling in the ocean, no doubt scouting for a pleasant coastline to ravage, they had known it would attack a maiden tied to a rock. The only problem had been getting a maiden to volunteer to be tied to a rock. No one in Bolvudis particularly wanted to end up inside a sea serpent’s stomach. Asvin had been very surprised, until Gaam had explained that it was not always the case that a hero’s mere presence would cast all damsels in the area into perilous predicaments he could rescue them from. Most of the rescues in the legends were, Gaam said, either fictitious or pre-arranged, and hardly ever sheer coincidence or fate. In the end a grumbling Maya had let herself be tied to a rock while Asvin, sword in hand, prowled the beach.

The fact that the serpent’s arrival had created a huge wave that had swept Gaam and Asvin far away and Maya had had to burn off her ropes and kill the monster on her own was, they all agreed, best kept secret.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Thu Oct 21, 2021 4:20 pm

Ibid. wrote:‘Just ask me anything you can think of,’ said Gaam kindly.

The Sphinx leaned forward. ‘What have I got in my pockets?’ she asked, an insane glare in her eyes.

‘That’s not a riddle, that’s a question!’ said Gaam indignantly.

‘Well, you said she could ask you anything,’ said Erkila smoothly. ‘So you have to answer her. But I admit it’s a little strange. Where did you get this riddle?’ she asked the Sphinx.

‘I don’t remember. Possibly from someone I ate,’ murmured the Sphinx. ‘Well, mortal?’

‘Are you sure you want me to answer your riddle?’ asked Gaam.

‘Of course.’

‘And you will let me go if I answer correctly?’

The Sphinx shot a look at Erkila, watching them calmly. ‘Yes,’ she said.

‘Very well. When I saw you first, I noticed that like all Sphinxes, you are half woman and half lioness. Also, like all Sphinxes, you do not wear clothes. Since you do not wear clothes, you have no pockets. Therefore, you cannot possibly have anything in your pockets.’ He bowed. ‘A somewhat impulsive question, if I may say so.’

‘There’s no need to gloat,’ grumbled the Sphinx. She padded off, leaving Gaam with Erkila.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Tue Oct 26, 2021 4:59 pm

Spot the influence:

In The Manticore's Secret, Samit Basu wrote:As Thog and the fishmongers began their dance of demand and supply, a crippled beggar dragged himself painfully on hands and knees through the mud, scales and thin streams of blood on Four-Ps Alley. People around him looked at him in surprise as he struggled towards Thog; beggars were rare in the touristy parts of Kol thanks to the vigilance of the city guards. They looked away quickly, though – the sight of the beggar’s twisted, mangled right leg dragging through the mud was not pretty.

‘King,’ wheezed the beggar at Thog, who jumped in alarm. ‘King?’

‘Please go away,’ said Thog.

The beggar laughed, pausing to cough horribly. He spat, ignoring the streams of invective flowing from the fishmongers, and dragged himself towards Thog again.

‘King?’ He flailed his arms wildly, trying to grab Thog’s leg, and fell face first in the fish-scales on the street.

‘Look, my good man, I’m not a king, and I have no idea how you would know in any case,’ said Thog, annoyed. ‘Now be about your business.’

‘Buz’ness blurry beggin’!’ the beggar slurred, lunging towards Thog and gripping his hand.

‘Hands off!’ Thog leaped back. Someone called out for guards.

Then a huge collective gasp flew through Piscine Alley.

The beggar stood up. His leg straightened. He prodded it tentatively, and looked at Thog again, amazement all over his face.

‘You cured me!’ he cried.

‘I did nothing of the sort.’

‘He cured me!’ cried the beggar, and everyone in the alley heard. There was a sudden buzz of whispers. ‘I can walk, the king cured me! It’s a bloody miracle!’

‘This is some kind of trick,’ said Thog loudly, as passers-by stopped.

‘The hands of a king are the hands of a healer!’ cried the beggar, hopping around on his right leg in delight. Evidently Thog had healed his grammar as well.

And other people shouted in answer. First, there was curious ring of people. Two seconds later, there was a crowd.

The crowd parted, creating a space around Thog so everyone could gawk at him better. He felt a rush of panic, looking into their wonder-struck faces; something was wrong, they were all looking at him as if they knew him. Normally, nothing male and not bleeding ever held a Kol crowd’s attention for more than ten seconds. But this crowd was swaying gently like some sort of obscure religious congregation whose rituals involved holding fish; its members looked like people on the verge of breaking into a huge choreographed dance on the lines of those Bolvudis spectaculars one of Thog’s fellow heroes had told him about. They were smiling, their eyes were shining and filled with admiration and love.

‘The king has returned!’ yelled a female voice somewhere in the crowd, and quite a few Kolis took up the call.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:A black-clad figure crept through a narrow passage in the labyrinth under the Civilian’s palace. This in itself was nothing remarkable; there were usually people in the passages in the labyrinth, they were usually clad, usually clad in black, and usually creeping. And the passages were usually narrow.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Sat Nov 06, 2021 6:47 pm

In The Unwaba Revelations, Samit Basu wrote:It was afternoon when movement on the ground caught the attention of the eagle-eyed guardians of Ekyavan, These guardians were, in fact, eagles, majestic Avrantic eagles (Rigallig aligals), ever-vigilant watchers with great mad eyes, sterling celestial-weapon reviewing skills and fashionable habits (such as never turning up before the last quarter of any major battle).
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:A violet glow spread in the east. On Kirin’s arm, the Gauntlet of Tatsu bled an angry scarlet fire. The dragon on their left snorted impatiently.

It is time, said Kirin.

What is time? asked his dragon, confused.

It, snapped Kirin. Move.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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Ibid. wrote:But the Horsemen were not particularly pleased when they reached a narrow bridge they intended to cross, and saw a spectacularly ugly pashan standing in the middle of it, looking at them without displaying any sign of panic. (...)

Tzimem snorted impatiently and spurred his horse forward. ‘End this,’ he growled. ‘We must be on our way.’

‘Stop me if you’ve heard this before,’ said Spikes, ‘but None Shall Pass.’
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:58 pm

ibid. wrote:Most people believe that gods exist. Many do not; this does not trouble the gods, who know that if gods, in turn, were to not believe that people exist, people would actually cease to exist. Mortal belief does make gods stronger; it inflates their egos, which is always good for the metabolism.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:01 pm

ibid. wrote:Gods are beings of quicksilver, of dreams and half-thoughts and portents; their servants, usually talented local artisans, are the ones who actually push the elements around, and millennia of working for gods have not yet succeeded in eradicating their regrettable tendencies towards literalness. When Zivran the Creator had asked Sambo, his nagual, to create birds, a set of beings with wings, that would live in the sky, Sambo had, after much research on flight dynamics, aerial vectors and hollow bones (all of which he’d had to invent first in order to study better) produced the safat, a triumph of semi-divine engineering, a born master of the air. Unfortunately, Zivran had said nothing about this bird ever needing to touch the ground, so the safat had no legs and was doomed to fly all through its life; a similar mistake had left sharks incapable of sleep and permanently bad-tempered.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:‘(...) This was about twelve years ago, when I was just starting out in the business. There was this fearsome old pirate called Greenbeard. Killed hundreds of people, sank ships, robbed, plundered, pillaged, was generally unpleasant. You know the type.’

‘Why was his beard green?’

‘It wasn’t. But the other colours were taken. (...)’
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:00 pm

ibid. wrote:‘Of course, all we’ve done so far is outwit the servant. I wonder what we’ll do when the master gets here.’

‘If you’re thinking what I’m thinking,’ said Maya, ‘you have absolutely no idea.’
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:02 pm

ibid. wrote:He is gruff and reticent in the beginning, but on closer acquaintance one might discover that he is also uncouth, violent and unhygienic.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:03 pm

ibid. wrote:King Zibeb said our victory marked the dawn of a New Age for Obiyalis. He also said this when he entered the portal, when he married the human Maya and when he captured the akashraths. No doubt he will say it again when the Dark Tower falls.
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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

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ibid. wrote:Sensing an escape attempt, and roundly delighted at this turn of events, I raced out of the privy, to see the queen perched in a most undignified manner on a windowsill at the far end of the corridor. Our eyes met, and she threw me an enraged, hurt, bewildered look I found most thrilling. She was probably trying to come up with some sort of foolish plan to injure me, but I stopped her with a wink and a finger to the lips, and pointed out a nearby door that would give her access to the stables. She was charmingly confused by this, and I took the opportunity to inform her that the price for my assistance would be a little queenly affection. She responded with fiery passion. In the form of a large and inconvenient  ball of fire that narrowly missed me, and an air-based explosive spell that did not.

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Re: Цитатите, които ни промиха

Postby Кал » Wed Nov 10, 2021 7:27 pm

ibid. wrote:(...) in front of a division of archers and a war-band of danavs, wielding a massive two-handed claymore, stood Laird MacGaffen, a hero from the highlands of North Ventelot. His face was painted blue and he looked very depressed; leading asurs into battle was never easy. On a recent training exercise, he’d given his asurs a rousing speech about freedom and pride, but they hadn’t understood a word, because of his thick accent, and when he’d raised his kilt in a show of bare-buttocked defiance towards an imaginary enemy, the asurs had gotten the message entirely wrong. Laird MacGaffen had not been able to walk straight since then, and he had a lot of anger to work off.
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