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 Post subject: The Historical reality of ... Elves?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:32 am 
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Little blog I wrote on ENworld:

http://www.enworld.org/forum/4609356-post82.html

http://www.enworld.org/forum/4611080-post84.html


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 Post subject: Science in the high Middle Ages
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:57 pm 
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Here is another interesting discussion that came up over there on Medieval Science, I posted a little commentary on Science and magic I thought some people here might find interesting as inspiration for TROS games:

http://www.enworld.org/forum/general-rp ... -ages.html

If you look at some of the science was around at this time, not just in Europe but in places like Persia and the Arab countries, it can get pretty durned interesting. Things like sulfuric and hydrochoric acid, pure alcohol etc. not to mention say, gunpowder, have a lot more implications / applications in game than are usually given credit for.

Even more apropo for DnD, there is a fascinating link between lot of the historical scientists and sorcery. Many of the great thinkers of history were deeply interested in Magic. The famous Persian alchemist Al Gebir, for example, who invented / discovered the Albemic, Sulphuric Acid, Hydrochoric Acid (both of which were extremely important foundations for modern Chemistry) and hte distilation of Alcohol, and Crystalization among other things, also wrote about how to summon a Scorpion to kill your enemies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geber

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Geber's alchemical investigations ostensibly revolved around the ultimate goal of takwin — the artificial creation of life. The Book of Stones includes several recipes for creating creatures such as scorpions, snakes, and even humans in a laboratory environment, which are subject to the control of their creator. What Geber meant by these recipes is today unknown.


This notion of Takwin has all to do with the creation of artificial Life ala the infamous Homonculus (something which was prominent in OEDnD but seems to have fallen by the wayside) and spells like Clone. This was an obsession of real life wizards from history. Another famous example was the famous Golem allegedly created by the maharal of Prague in the 16th Century in a quasi-scientific / magical manner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golem#The_ ... _narrative

The tradition of linking Science and magic went on through the era Niel Stephenson writes about, Sir Isaac Newton was a practicing Wizard for example who engaged in Magical warfare with his rivals.

I also highly reccomend this site

http://www.esotericarchives.com/

Which contains the works of such fascinating figures such as Giodorno Bruno, the author of such enigmaticly named tomes as the Shadow of Ideas considered a major figure in Renaissance philosophy, who was burned at the stake for witchcraft.

Finally I'd also highly reccomend studying some of the late Classical era Scientific Wizards such as Archimedes of Syracuse and Heron of Alexandria

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heron_of_alexandria

They were true technological wizards, who made technologies (like the alleged 'solar laser' which supposedly burned up Roman ships) which could make for great dramatic concepts in DnD whether it was real or not. But it's really the smaller details of all the stuff they created and what they did with it that you could really run with in a DnD game.

Their equivalents in the Renaissance were of course guys like Leonardo DaVinci

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 Post subject: On Helmets
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:43 pm 
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A sort of blog post about Helmets and Great Helms

http://www.enworld.org/forum/general-rp ... ost4646034


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