Nouvelle-Kathyk, le Trône brisé

Les voyages de Deryn Naythas

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[Vulkarus (Vodane)]

Sphère de cristal : Sphère Vodane

Type de monde : Planétoïde rocheux

Taille : C (diamètre de 848km)

Rotation : Aucune

Révolution : Aucune

Lunes : Aucune

Population : 108 563 vodanes

Trame magique : Vacuu renforcée, magie divine dominante

L’ancienne métropole cristalline de Vulkarus s’effondra partiellement après la mort de l’Empereur Vulkaran, mais les prières des fidèles mobilisèrent l’attention du Roi-cristal, qui stoppa la destruction de la glorieuse cité. Depuis lors, le planétoïde a été rebaptisé Nouvelle-Kathyk et attire les fidèles des divinités vodanes libérées de leur geôle. La cité souterraine est désormais un lieu bourdonnant de vie, tandis que les grandes avenues cristallines ne sont plus que ruines, arpentées par les dangereuses araignées-cristal qui en étaient autrefois les gardiennes.

Contrairement à Vulkarus, Nouvelle-Kathyk est une métropole indépendante, et dont les nombreuses galeries souterraines sont agrandies pour permettre le développement de cultures. Les anciens autels dissimulés au…

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Book Review: Ashes of Victory by David Weber

Ashes of Victory (Honor Harrington, #9)Ashes of Victory by David Weber
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another installment in the Honor Harrington series of books. Which, in general, I like. This one — not so much.

This book suffers from severe filler problems. As in, way too damn much of it. I understand that Weber was trying to write himself out of a hole when he wrote this one, since the plotline was differing vastly from what he’d envisioned and he needed to catch up. Okay, sensible. As a writer I get that. And the details in it are important to understand what happens in the rest of the series, because the game completely changes from this point. Again, fair enough. However, in my opinion, most of this could have been accomplished in two short stories; one of which could focus on the characters introduced to explain the new technological developments, and one of which could focus on the Queen of Manticore for the sake of the important political changes. If he really wanted, he could have done another heartwarming soliloquy of a short story about Honor at Saganami. The rest of it was, in a nutshell, boring. I managed to drag my sad butt through it by using it as toilet reading, right up to the last quarter of it; which actually was quite good.

If you want to know what’s going on but you don’t want to drag your brain through this, let me save you the trouble. (view spoiler) There you go. Now you don’t need to subject yourself to the boredom.

It gets a two star rating because, as I said, the last quarter is excellent, and because Honor Harrington is awesome; and, as much as I hate to admit it, because I really admire the author’s desire to be realistic instead of Hollywood about the details (such as Honor’s convalescence and the natural progression of politics and warfare.) Still, I wish he’d read more Patrick O’Brian than C.S. Forester; where he might have learned how to navigate that sort of thing without sucking the life out of it.

And yes, I’m going to keep reading the series, which is still worth it overall.

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Silverblade’s Sharp Stabby Things

Silverblade The Enchanter is a wizard from the world of Erynavar, but now lives on the Rock of Bral, the famous asteroid city in the Tears of Selune, orbiting Toril, the Forgotten Realms.
His background and style of wizardy has resulted in him using and also enchanting knives and daggers a LOT. His sobriquet comes from the fact he is so experienced in the enchantment of magical objects.
(In 4th ed he uses daggers as an implement and he has the Arcane Trickster path, which lets him do “nasty stabby things”, though mostly he’s about using his magic in non-lethal ways)

This article details two of his favourite and most used weapons and tools.
Though I write it thinking of 4th ed it’s easily changed to other editions of our favourite game.
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SILVERBLADE’S SKEIN DHU
Knife (1d3 base damage)
Materials: dwarven steel, brass, rosewood, silver
+3
Owner’s Safeguard (it can never harm its true owner, even if stabbed into him by someone else)
Bane vs wood and paper

Most people think a Skein dhu is a specific design of knife, where as in Silver’s homeland, it is the designation for HOW it is used and applies to any style of knife.
A Skein Dhu, to an Alban, is the knife they use in their workaday tasks.
His is a locknife anout four inches long with a three and a half inch clip point blade of “dwarven steel” (which is stainless steel and thus resists corrosion very well).
The handle has brass fittings with rosewood hanldles which are inlaid on each side with a unicorn’s head, which is a holy and national symbol to his people.

Made by his father, who was a sword and knifesmith in their home town, as a cherished gift and useful tool, he’s had this knife since he was a boy. It was the first he used in combat, and the first he enchanted, and has upgraded it since then.

He put the rather obscure “Owner’s Safeguard” enchantment on it to prevent it cutting him when he’s whittling, cutting rope or whatever use he may have it. Also it’s saved his life when an enraged kidnapper stabbed him with it, leaving Silver’ dead as he thought….

The bane vs wood and paper came about by habitual use and other factors, becoming an enchantment all its own! Turned in very handy when he was attacked by a raggomoffyn.

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UNICORN’S TEAR
Dagger
Materials: adamantine, ocean opal, silver
+4
Counts as both silver and adamantine
Holy
Demon bane
Keen

This deadly weapon is a form of side opening flick knife, working by gravity and a flick of the wrist. Seven inch handle, six inch blade, smooth design with no guard (but see after)

The grip sides are made from “ocean opal”, a form of opal from his homeworld, it is very clear and translucent compared to normal opals, but the same flashes of crystal fire can be seen as it is moved around, and has a slight blue colour to the almost transparent,translucent material, hence the name as it resembles the clearest ocean.
Four slight horizontal grooves about an inch wide run down the opal handle to help with a good grip, and opal ocean isn’t like most gemstones, offering a surface that doesn’t feel too smooth and gives good traction.

Though there is no guard normally, note all the metalwork except decoration is adamantine, a bas relief unicorns head is on top of the adamantine each side of the handle where it meets the blade, whixh is also the swivel point.
When the weapon is extended the enhancements cause the adamantine to temporarily fuse into one solid piece, removing a weakness of the design.
Also a hilt grows out, the unicorn’s head forming out into a larger altered form of silver overlaid adamantine, with the unicorn’s muzzle curving down to protect the fingers, the ears and main curve forward to provide a blade trap, and the horn lengthens to link up with the blade.

The blade is not the usual stiletto design of such weapons, instead it has an angled chiselled edge like a tanto but with a straight layout, not curved. The bottom three inches have scallop like spiked serrations, Good for cutting leather, rope etc.
Silver celtic knotwork is engraved and inlaid into it, a style of art common and very much part of his homeland’s tradition, as is the unicorn.

The weapon’s “holy” ability come from.the fact he used a unicorn’s tear to give it the ability to punish evil creatures. Silverblade defeated a necromancer who’d been killing unicorn foals in foul rituals, and later when he enchanted the blade, he asked for their tears to help fight such horrors and they eagerly and sorrowfully did so.

Silverblade has a particular loathing of the undead and also and most especially, demons, hence the “holy” and demon bane enchantments.

Keen ability of course, makes it a more deadly weapon. He didn’t actually put this enchantment in the weapon himself, it has “grown” it through useage and time, perhaps because of the strange creatures and magic it has touched, as well as being adamantine.

Because of the design, inlay and enchantments, it counts as both adamantine and silver.
Hostile golems and wizards protected by “Stoneskin” spells can of course be serious problems, thus adamantine, plus the fact it makes such incredibly deadly sharp blades by its own innate nature. Silver tends to work well on evil creatures.

To cap it all, he wears the Unicorn’s Tear in an enchanted sheath on his right arm.
The sheath acts akin to a Bag of Holding, and is very thin, seemingly too thin to hold the blade but it can thanks to the extra dimensional ability. On top of this, this spells of camouflage and Non-Detection woven into it, meaning it’s almost impossible for anyone to find the sheath and dagger within, making it a handy hideout weapon if captured.


By Silverblade the Enchanter