Re: Shadows Dance and the GIant Land adjacent

From: jorganos <joe_at_gDWpgc-9eew4FXEydOLiOxwNbiJMJdSEdZlBOeHGR6EeuPrK8nVxTwtCn49NwyZsqswbvRYQ>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 04:07:48 -0000

David Cake:

>> There is a myth about the eleven big giants of Giant Land having rebelled against the gods and being turned into mountains - probably a Dara Happan myth, in a similar line to their "summoning of the Beast Army" for Argentium Thri'ile.

> Why would the Dara Happans have a myth about Giantland?

They have a special term for giants (hecolanti), and I think it is fair to assume that they would have an idea about their homelands.

>>> Personally I'd associate most giants with the man rune, sort of the first giant attempts by the gods to make things in their image, but more mortal and less godlike.

Except that the eldest elder giants "predate" even many gods of the Celestial Court in the Monomyth.

>> I'm not quite prepared to make elder giants transcendent beings like True Dragons, but surely they are defiant entities, unbound by whatever laws of nature might dictate. Another trait of the Disorder Rune.

> That is a serious stretch. By that logic, Dragons and mystics would be associated with the Disorder rune.

No... dragons and mystics transcend such restrictions. Giants defy them.

> Personally, I find it hard to imagine anything LESS disorderly (or defiant of nature, for that matter) than sitting down immobile for centuries, and becoming part of the geography.

The ability of getting up again, changing that nice stable range of mountain into an enormous, probably ravenous and destructive entity makes up for that, doesn't it?

> Though constructing elaborate clockworks that perfectly demonstrate the predictable and orderly nature of the world is also a very very not-Disorderly activity, and the Elder Giants apparently to that too.

I don't think that all the gifts on the cradles are giant-made. Especially that clockwork toy looks like something made in Greatway. Other gifts may be handed down since the Golden Age when other neighbors from Genert's Garden produced such wonders.

(While I do propose some shape-changing ability of the giants, I don't think that they are able to change into someone small enough to produce delicate mechanical toys. That would be against their defining trait - giant.)            

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