A Man's HandA Man's Hand Must Excel At Two Things Over-All:A Man's Hand2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
They Must Show Fiery Passion To His Woman,
Like There Will Not Be A Tomorrow,
And They Must Show His Opposition,
The Meaning Of Swift And Unmerciful Violence.
The Deepest Seaside
Cove Of Love For His Woman.
The Darkest Pit Of Hell,
Through Death, For His Enemy.
Both Delivered Upon, By A Real Man's Hand.
Aren Bestiary: Of The TarasqueAren Bestiary: Of The Tarasque3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"The beast Tlalascua is found in South Erdasia. It is said to be as tall as a man and just as wide, thirty feet long in all. From head to tail it is covered with scaly armor that no spear can pierce, and its rotund body is covered with sharp spikes which are longest on its flanks. Two horns grow out of its head and at the tip of its tail it has two spikes, longer than those on its body, which are curved like the horns of a bull. Its legs are short and wide, and whatever it tramples underfoot is crushed."
-- Deirhestres of Alzarath, The Nature of Beasts
It is remarkable that Deirhestres in the above text uses a word that is evidently lifted straight out of Ataluc, without the attempt to translate it to Madjastian. This could be because he, as most North Erdasians at the time, considered everything pertaining to the Atal people of the south as primitive and unworthy of study, and thus was unable to provide a translation. This is supported by the fact that he used a Madjastian name
Aren Bestiary: Of The Big CatsAren Bestiary: Of The Big Cats1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Deirhestres of Alzarath is the first author to mention big cats in "The Nature of Beasts", which he collectively calls by the word 'daigor' which appears to be a loan from Qwaraanmian in which it means 'tiger'. He also describes specifically the tiger, although the animal did not have an established name in Madjastian: "The daigor is a beast shaped like a cat, but many times larger and very fierce. It can run at a very high speed. It has stripes in its fur like the cat, but never spots like some cats may have." From this description it is very clear that tigers were probably known to the Madjasti a lot better than other big cats, which Deirhestres also describes:
"There are also other kinds of daigor. One of them is called the pard, which has a mottled fur. It is the fastest of all beasts in the land, even faster than the common daigor; it can outrun a flying swallow. Another is the lewon, which has a golden fur and the male has a great mane on its neck. It is the greatest of the hunti
Aren Bestiary Appendix: Oulurse FolkloreAren Bestiary Appendix: Oulurse Folklore1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Due to lack of direct observations from encounters with living or even dead oulurses, Arenian naturalists have had to seek information through less direct means. Mostly this has meant gathering local legends and accounts from supposed eyewitnesses from areas where the oulurse is supposed to still live, in order to build a more complete image of the mysterious beast that still avoids capture. While its existence continues to be a subject of debate, the information available thusfar seems to support the existence of one or more species of oulurse in Erdasia.
According to some tribes living in the Great Middle Erdasian Rainforest or Dardjagul the bear-owl or jugumarutuqua is a very large animal that can be up to 8 feet tall when it stands fully upright. Usually it walks in a horizontal pose with its long arms almost touching the forest floor, and it never uses them to walk. The feathered arms end in three large curved claws that are dull ivory in colour, as is the beak of th
Aren Bestiary: Of The SalamanderAren Bestiary: Of The Salamander1 year ago in Settings More Like This
From ancient times the people of Erdasia were familiar with a small animal they called the stylio. Deirhestres of Alzarath writes about it thus: "The stylio is an animal the size of an ichneumon that walks like a lizard but has dark fur that is brightly spotted. It can be found in the hot barren lands of Erdasia, because its coat of fur does not let heat onto its skin. Therefore it is always cold, and will seek all sources of heat, sometimes sleeping so close to a fire that it should catch fire itself, but the fire does not harm it, for its fur is such that it protects it from burning. From its mouth it expels a milky liquid that is a fatal poison; should any of it touch the human body it will cause hair to fall off and skin to break in a rash. Alicorn cannot be used to neutralise such a poison."
The barren lands Deirhestres mentions are a volcanic region in northeastern Erdasia, known as Gahaggan or "ashlands", where much of the land is covered in volcanic ash, and there are several a
Aren Bestiary: Of Goblins and OrcsAren Bestiary: Of Goblins and Orcs3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Although often separated into two races, goblins and orcs, also known as huorcs or hijashi, belong to the same race, and are so close they can't even be considered subraces. Urusean orcs are considerably more robust, somewhat taller and appear to be more intelligent than their Thalannean and Ordosian relatives, known as goblins, but most differences are negligible and seem to be due to culture, lifestyle and diet. Common to them all is a varying level of animosity towards human races, which they simultaneously fear and consider inferior.
At least on the surface goblin culture reveres raw physical strength above other qualities, although it is rarely those merely strongest in body that end up having most influence in the goblin tribe. Similarily the goblins may dismiss the use of magic as something for the weak and lame, but at the same time fear and revere the powers of their shamans, who tend to be among the most intelligent of goblinkind.
Ever since the appearance of humans in northe
MirrorEver thereMirror2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Sees your flaws
Can’t take it
And at the end of it
Everything’s just the same
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
EverythingLet's laugh at the mother turningEverything5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Let's laugh at the stomach's churning
Let's laugh at the retard learning
Let's laugh at the church burning
Death to those strong of hate
Death to those who fool fate
Death to those who think they're great
Death to those who see too late
No more time left to lose
Doing god's work on the rest
Life or Death, it's time to choose
Kill those who think they're best
Let their bodies fall to the ground
Crashing with a soundless sound
A tragedy they did choose
A meaningless life they did lose
Let's count the money been denied
Let's count the children that have died
Let's count the women that have cried
Let's count the tears that have dried
Suicide for the little one
Suicide for those; it's fun
Suicide for hopes and dreams
Suicide for everything
Fight Fire with Fire?Fight fire with fire? A little thing about the reactions to art theft.Fight Fire with Fire?4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Yeah, art theft is annoying and disrespectful, but I find it horrifying the way people respond to them now, the way people mob at someone without giving them a chance to have a say. Sometimes they just don't understand the rules and a little explanation is in order. But if a group of people is raging at them after they haven't been on to even reply to the original request and find an inbox full of rude hate mail, they become defensive and rude right back and that gets no one anywhere.
We against art theft should not become a lynch mob unless the offender brings out the heavy guns. We should not be the ones to start the fight unless the offender is blatantly disrespectful. DA is a place about respect, and while it may seem as though someone doesn't care about that and post work that isn't theirs take into consideration that they may not understand. How many of us really read the ToU for this site when they signed up?
ElvesWe are the eldest and wisest of allElves10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
In our lifetimes we never notice winter through fall
We only keep going, we never die
We don't seek the future, we look to the sky
Fair and beautiful, we always are
Eyes brighter then the brightest Star.
Skin that shines like the sun
In every father, and in every father's son.
We are the elves, we live on
We live in the sunset, we live in the Dawn.
When we cry the rain pours down
When the trees die, that's when we frown
Sailing on a silver sea,
Moonbeams disperse around me.
To the lands where we never die,
On the wind where seagulls fly...
D and D 4e Samurai Playable lvl 1D and D 4e Samurai Playable lvl 13 years ago in Profiles More Like This
D&D Class: Fighter, Samurai
"You know, if you really want to fight me, I should warn you. You may die in the next few seconds."
Role: Martial Striker. You deal in melee or long ranged attacks when dealing with enemies. You also have abilities that allow you to do heavy damage to your opponents, allowing you to finish them off more quickly and efficiently.
Why this is the class for you: You Enjoy wielding a wide range of weapons while in the midst of melee and can even use powerful unarmed strikes.
Key Abilities: Strength, Dexterity, Charisma.
Samurai are honorable warriors from the exotic lands of Rokugan. The name Samurai usually means along the lines of "Those who are in service". These warriors are usually in service under a powerful emperor who is in control of a good number of islands or perhaps a shogun that is at war with another shogun or some other powerful leader. Their service begins at childhood if they were born in a family with a long history of ancestors being samurai. A
Endless VoyageEndless Voyage4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 1 - Unusual Village Visitor
Some may think I am some kind of stupid monster, not able to think by himself, and that only acts listening to his instincts. It may have a part of truth, who knows? I'm probably dumb, yes, but not as much as people think when they judge me only by seeing me. Of course, I'm a Gargun; I'm an eight foot tall bear-like beast with a barely human stature. I'm mostly made of strong muscles and I have big, deadly claws at the tip of each finger and toe. I can understand that some people just stereotype me as a mindless brute.
Though I'm more educated than a simple beast, and you have the proof by what I'm writing right now. I know how to write, I also know how to read and speak common language. I also speak Goliath, but that probably won't serve me often as I don't hang in the goliath territory often, or even my homeland where other Garguns live.
So basically, people are all giving me strange looks, like I expected. I'm not even angry at them, I'm pretty su
Samurai Strong Style Chapter 01Silence. Lone slowly let the palm of his hand run along the side of his katana; a Wakasashi of fine quality. The side of the blade was smooth as ice, yet the edge was devastatingly sharp.Samurai Strong Style Chapter 012 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Speed. Finally Lone took a half step backwards, swung the Wakasashi upwards above his head, then slashed downwards in a curve-motion.
Accuracy. All the while, Lone kept track of the direction of the blade with his eyes. Even with the high speed, the Samurai was still able to clearly see it, as if his mind was moving far faster than his hands were.
Finally the edge of the blade sliced through the massive wood dummy in front of him. The metallic blade easily broke the wood in half, just like a kitchen knife through butter.
Finale. Lone bowed down, extending his right arm, catching the piece he had cut off the dummy with the flat side of the Wakasashi's blade. Lone took a deep breath and exhaled it again. A Samurai always had to stay fit and trained the least bit of sla
War Horse - a movie reviewNothing in cinema offends me more than a bad war film.War Horse - a movie review3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I could simply caution you against watching it, but it's a bit late for that, and I needed to vent my spleen -- so I decided to get creative with my review...
WAR HORSE -- CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
1. It's 1914, and you're a struggling Boer War veteran and farmer from Devon, England. You need a workhorse to plough your field so you can pay your evil landlord rent. You go to the livestock market. Do you:
a) spend all the money you have in the world on a flashy thoroughbred colt just because your evil landlord wants it
or b) remember that war is on the horizon, and times are going to get even tougher, and what you actually need is a workhorse?
2. Ok, so you picked a). You're an idiot. You've now realised that you're an idiot, and you're in a fit of drunken rage. Do you:
a) shoot the horse
or b) sell it to someone, anyone, to make back at least a little of your lost money?
3. Damn, you picked a), but luck
Last Advent (Poem)Last AdventLast Advent (Poem)1 year ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
"My time to pray has passed
For all good things do not last.
Turning away from the haters of homosexual love
And hoping for their best from heaven above
Locking my door, picking up my staff.
Hearing my friends come down the road with a joyous laugh
We all look at the landscape, bare and gone.
Remembering that legend that came with a cursed song
Of a creature that was long and thick
One that could destroy the world with nothing but a stick
We knew the danger, but we had to get home.
For I do not wish to leave my caring mother alone.
God will guide me, this I know is true.
So with that I bid this land adieu.
To cross this land will be a good start
On how our adventure will leave a great mark!
May our journey begin."
if anyone wishes to see this journey start, go here
enjoy if you wish
Overcome your Writer's BlockOvercome your Writer's Block:Overcome your Writer's Block3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
If you want to deal with writer's block
the plan is simple, tickty-tock
Give in to madness, go insane
search for words in the midst of rain
When you hit the wall on its painted face
with your fingers and knees you'll find a trace
The secret passage that will lead you through
or perhaps you might be eaten by a grue...
Back to the rhymes that I use to explain
If you try to go forward it will be in vain
So try a new direction, upward or down
Left or right maybe Charlie Brown?
There are no limits except in your mind
Now do a google search and what do you find?
A pond of ideas now stagnant and brown
I threw in Jay Sean and he went down down down
But I digress and let me wind back
If you focus on the dot then the screen will turn black
and a screamer pops out, you've had a really good fright
are my metaphors putting up a really good fight?
Let me put it simply, in english plain:
A good writer isn't one who forces his brain
Order and stru
Miss Tansybaum's CarnivalBy all accounts, Miss Tansybaum's Circus of the Moderately Peculiar should not have continued to operate. They were a very small operation as circuses went, they had no rides and their menagerie consisted of a single geriatric lion and a handful of obscure species, such as the Sudanese Crooning Lizards, who were obscure for a reason. Sure, Brendan the Mono-juggler could keep a single ball in the air for hours, but you got tired of watching after the first few minutes.Miss Tansybaum's Carnival5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Lord Maggothaunch's Carnival of the Un-Ordinary should have crushed them out of existence in the first year--indeed, that was among the lord's stated goals--and its failure to do so was a source of intense frustration for him. Did he not have scantily clad women and a genuine, if sullen tiger? Did he not have a genuine freakshow, with real live freaks, including a pair of dubious Siamese twins and a two-headed calf in a jar?
Miss Tansybaum did not have a freakshow (at least not in the conventional sense, although the less
Still a better love story- RomaniaxReaderStill a better love story- RomaniaxReader2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Okay, just incase the pic and title didn't make this clear enough, this story contains some twilight bashing. DON'T LIKE, DON'T READ. GOT IT?!
On to the story!
"Come on, ________!" Your best friend (bff's name) begged for the umpteenth time. "Just give it a chance!"
"No!" You replied, for the umpteenth time.
"But whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?" She whined.
"The premise of the book is just asinine. Vampires are supposed to be feared, not made into the object of several horny teenage girls' - and a few moms'- affections!"
In case it wasn't apparent already, the subject of your current argument (the only argument you two were having lately) was the infamous Twilight series. Your friend wanted nothing more than for you to share in the joy of the series with her, but you were just not interested. It wasn't like you hated it or anything, it just didn't appeal to you.
" You're being so unfair, _______. How can you say you don't like it when you haven't even g
One Like WaterWe speak.One Like Water2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We all live.
We all die.
So tell me again.
make us so different
from each other?