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So since there's a non canon multiverse constantly reestructuring itfself, this list is quite pointles right? yes, but also I would like to submit a potential list theorized by a Wanderer's Library patron on his personal investigation. This is that attempt. I have zero experience in writing so feel free to share your criticism on the tone and style and if you want to help as well on the planned timeline (which I will have fully finished by the next time I try to post it here).

Timeline:

  • The First Occult War: The Mekhane-Yaldabaoth War (1210 to 1150 BCE)
  • 2nd Occult War: Daevite Demise (II Century BC-XII Century AC?)
  • 3rd Occult War: Alexandrian Campaigns (336–323 BC)
  • 4th Occult War: Muslim Conquest campaigns (622–750 AD)
  • 5th Occult War: Napoleonic Era (1789 to 1833 AD)
  • 6th Occult War: Crimean War/Boxers Rebellion (1880-1898 AD)
  • 7th Occult War: World War Two (1935-1945/47 AD)

sorry to hear it didn't connect with you. would you mind elaborating on what parts were opaque to you?

by carolynn ivycarolynn ivy, 25 Sep 2021 05:08
by carolynn ivycarolynn ivy, 25 Sep 2021 05:01

I've read this series twice now. It's good! Highly recommended to anyone looking for a bleak world with splashes of life and stellar prose throughout.

by PedantiquePedantique, 25 Sep 2021 03:07

Hello dear library guests. My name is Fable, and I bring you an adaptation of an old southern tale. What is this story, you ask?

Well in the south there exists a tale of a demon known as Rawhead and Bloody Bones. What you have here is an adaptation of several stories in Rawhead's legacy, alongside some newer elements of my own.

Thank you to MomBunMomBun for critting. This is another experimental, new style for me so I appreciate any and all eyes on it.

by fabledtieflingfabledtiefling, 25 Sep 2021 00:28

I like it; the format's neat too. Hopefully we will see more issues soon.

by TrarTrar, 24 Sep 2021 21:56

I am very excited to see where this leads. The first detail to really grab me was the comment about the ambiguity of the ring, and I was only more hooked from there!

by GaffseyGaffsey, 24 Sep 2021 21:35
TrarTrar 24 Sep 2021 20:48
in discussion Per Page Discussion / Per page discussions » Library Duty

Yeah, these are all valid questions. I remembered this article because it was written a long time before certain aspects of the Library became canonized (or as close to canonized as they get) in the community. Naturally the older article wouldn't necessarily fit in well if it was also meant to portray the Library, and IMO it's at the point where it could use a rewrite, so I changed my previous +1 to a no-vote. Sadly, I think the original author is long gone.

by TrarTrar, 24 Sep 2021 20:48
Re: New Articles 4 by AnActualCrowAnActualCrow, 24 Sep 2021 19:24

Was happy to see the rhythm of the last one return here, and it works well. I agree with Rounder that this one is definitely weaker, but it's still good! Also quick typo:

and the his servants lie incinerated by zealous rage.

by Snapdragon133Snapdragon133, 24 Sep 2021 01:23

Going into this I was definitely expecting a more straightforward prosey adventure in Alagadda but I think I like this a lot more. It's linked more by atmosphere than by substance, and (I've said this so often I worry I come across as sarcastic lol) the melding of fairy-tales with Ren-weird vibes has led to a product (or 6 products, rather) that have continually impressed me. Good job, team!

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 05:09

#21

This was… considerably longer than the rest in the Fabulist series, which isn't a bad thing at all but I do think it could have benefitted from some trimming here and there, snipping extraneous bits that didn't contribute as much. I struggle to point out specific examples in terms of plot threads but there are many paragraphs that are basically the Fabulist (or whoever our narrator is) being florid about…. nothing in particular. It's definitely part of the unique charm - these weird asides they take in otherwise straightforward, if Wonky fairy-folk-tales. I just think you may have gone a little too hard on it.

Aside from that, though, good fun. I think the pacing suffered a little from the length, but like I said it wasn't article-ruining or anything. An enjoyable pivot to an in-between of the more fantastic tone and the more subdued tone of some of its fellow entries. Nice!

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 05:07

fuched up, but i enjoyed it

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 05:00

#20

Not to belabor the point but I am very much enjoying this team's unique fashion of combining old folk and fairy tales with the mystique vibe associated with Alagadda even if you don't really namedrop or expand on our understanding of the place too often. It adds an air of the fantastic and, dare I saw, wondrous to our most mundane, well-known tropes and archetypes. These disconnected vignettes are a very good vehicle for the atmosphere you want to get across, and this one hit just as well as the soldier and the minstrel.

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 04:57

#19

Curiously, I find this slightly weaker than the entry it follows up on, but I struggle to explain exactly why. I think the best way to describe it is…. I think that I liked the first one in a vacuum, as I didn't realize it was a reference to mythology until after - it seems like a very freestanding and impressively full of implication short piece. Expanding on it this quickly hurts a little bit of that magic, I think. Regardless, it'd be unfair of me to vote based on another article, and this is competently written in its own right (though I think the letter portion could use a bit of a touch up, visually).

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 04:54

#18

you can't just make me enjoy Alagadda content, this is illegal

No but I really did like this. This maintains the more storybook vibe from the first entry - which, upon reading the authorposts, is easily explained by the inspirations but it's still impressive. Mimicking styles of writing is harder than people make it out to be, and this nicely blends that fable-story style with the trademark… let's say horror-carnivale of Alagadda., while also providing a genuinely entertaining story in its own right, divorced from the others. Well done.

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 04:50

#17

I like and appreciate the nod to mythology in this - it's short, but it's so densely packed with implication, worldbuilding, hints at a great story, that I find it easy to enjoy in spite of the fact that it barely sticks around long enough for me to take its coat. This is what mega-short-form should be like on WL.

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 04:44

#16

Excellent. I love the almost fable-like tone, I like the florid language, I like the voice that shines through from our dear narrator - I am known for my disinterest in the Alagadda aspects of the universe's lore, but I think this brings out the best of them. Old stories, from a world adjacent to ours, passed between lips like you'd find in an old storybook with the most detailed illustrations. Easy +1.

by RounderhouseRounderhouse, 22 Sep 2021 04:42

I think the thing I enjoy the most about this author is the horror-filled whimsy they bring to their tales. They aren't bothered by the hunt itself, breezing past the fact that they hunt humans as well, but is more concerned about how it's much dirtier than parties. I also really enjoyed the description/imagery of the duel and what they both play. +1

by Snapdragon133Snapdragon133, 21 Sep 2021 18:41

Harry Potter fans are punching the air right now

+1 for that

by Edgar Allen PeaEdgar Allen Pea, 21 Sep 2021 09:37
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