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Slaanesh, the Dark Father

Říjen 20, 2012
Slaanesh, the Dark Father of Undergods

Slaanesh, the Dark Father of Undergods

The druchii of Cynath Arhain see Slaanesh as the consort of Ereth Khial and father of all other cytharai. For them He is a god of pleasure and the most mighty of all elven gods including Asuryan himself. Andurial is seen as the avatar of Slaanesh and thus his position as the Witch Lord of the Viper Realm is unquestionable.

Caras believe that Four Gods of Chaos are simply the four strongest gods in existence and that Slaanesh is of elven origin, while the other three were born from primitive minds of lesser races. Born from seduction of Asuryan by Morai Heg, Slaanesh is also called the Dark Prince and is destined to overthrow His despotic bigoted father and thus set all Elves free from his prudish oppression, but He cannot do so until He first defeats the other three chaos gods.

No druchii of Cynath Arhain can worship any undergod without praising the Dark Father at the same time, for any specific excess dedicated to other cytharai feeds Slaanesh as well. Thus all caras are actually Slaaneshi worshippers, even as almost all of them give themselves primarily to one of lesser cytharai.

While relationships between the Dark Prince and His mother, wife and children are very complex and sometimes almost hostile, there is a strong bond among the cytharai born from their mutual hatred for cadai and three chaos gods. Off all His children the Dark Father favors most his daughter Atharti, the goddess of love, just as he openly despises his demented son Khaine, the god of murder.

Thus it is no surprise that the Temple of Atharti is the most powerful cult among the druchii of Cynath Arhain and that the worship of Khaine is one of the few offences punishable by death. It is also the main reason of eternal hatred between Andurial and Hag Queen Hellebron, who seeks to destroy the all caras for many centuries now.

These druchii also believe that all daemonettes were once elven mortals and that all forest spirits used to be slaaneshi daemons. While such ideas look absurd to many outsiders, caras seem to be sure in their beliefs. It is also noteworthy that most sorcerous aspects of this druchii society are seen as doings of other cytharai like the presence of daemons serving Atharti. In battle these druchii call upon various cytharai, but it is ultimately Slaanesh who is most praised on battlefield. This is because most caras warriors engage in battles willingly mainly in order to feel pleasures, which can only be experienced in war, outside of their wickedly peaceful realm.

It might seem that society composed of such extreme hedonists would dislike battle, yet opposite is the truth. Caras are among the most warlike Elves, cause despite their hatred for Khaine they too are cursed by the drawing of the Widowmaker and thus great bloodlust sings in their veins. Strange and peculiar Witch Lord Andurial strictly forbids any acts of violence among his people, and thus most of these druchii beg to join his armies in order to experience pleasure from causing pain.

To many outsiders Slaanesh thus might seem more like a god of pain and war, for His name is mainly restricted to battlefield just as we Asur also call upon Khaine only in times of war. To me He appears as a god of vengeance here in Cynath Arhain, for all his praising during battle is seen as avenging all hedonists from both past and future, whose desires were not fulfilled because of blind misguided enemies.

As it was foretold by the Queen Mother Morathi, the whole Viper Realm now exists only because of favor of Slaanesh. It is only through His blessing that the Witch Lord and Princess Adigha reign supreme in their realm, should He release the caras from the Velvet Pact, they shall be united no more, the authority of their rulers would no longer be unquestioned and the rebellions will be sure to come. Worse yet, all Viper Coasts and the whole Viper Underworld are infested with hordes of His Daemons just as Viper Woods are filled with herds of Slaangors. Without the Velvet Pact these masses shall fall upon their former elven masters in a heartbeat.

When I first saw how openly Slaanesh is praised in Cynath Arhain, I instantly wondered how these druchii…these caras… can be so blind to their inevitable doom from the hands of their unholy deity. Not only do they consort with daemons and slaangors in insane manner, wear pink and blue velvet dedicated to him all the time and make themselves more and more dependent on His will with every passing century, they also refuse to see their God as anything else than utterly loving and benevolent deity.

When I mentioned my shock to Adigha, she simply laughed and reminded me that caras have lived without experiencing His punishment or betrayal for so long, that such worries would be unfounded. Obviously Adigha and Andurial think…or at least hope…that blind faith of caras shall be enough to reshape nature of this otherwise selfish uncaring god. Yet I suspect she and her father have doubts about favor of their patron. I am also certain that there is one great secret that Adigha is keeping both from me and her people, yet what could that be even I don’t dare to guess…

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Hra o trůny, Game of Thrones – referát

Listopad 16, 2011

Hra o trůny a knihy na ní navazující patří mezi takzvanou high fantasy, protože se po vzoru Tolkiena vyhýbá snovému rámci děje (či alternativního světa ve skříni) a přebytku líbivých bojových scén. Na rozdíl od většiny high fantasy děj se nesnaží prezentovat pohádkový obraz boje mezi absolutním zlem a dobrem (opět typický pro katolíka Tolkiena), ale dává přednost rafinované zápletce plné zájmových střetů nejrůznějších morálně neutrálních frakcí a jedinců. Každá postava má své vlastní slabosti, sklony k altruismu i egoismu a vlastní morální kodex.

Sourozenecká láska v zájmu čisté krve

Sourozenecká láska v zájmu čisté krve

Ve hře o trůny se také nesetkáte s přehnaně vlivnými nadpřirozenými jevy, takže zápletka nenaráží na nelogické chování postav či přehršel deus ex machina. Nadpřirozené postavy jsou vzácné a nejsou omnipotentní, takže kouzla tvoří spíše estetické a romantické než epické prvky příběhů. Hrstku nadpřirozených dějů se snaží stejně jako vše ostatní zmanipulovat proradní jednotlivci, kteří však milují stejně jako čestnější hrdinové křivdí. Příběh je natolik komplexní, umírněný a realistický, že se čtenář okamžitě vžije do všech postav a propadne iluzi že se jedná o živé bytosti s bijícím srdcem a duší plápolající ve větru přicházející Zimy, děsivého jevu periodicky zachvacujícího země Westeros.

Zdaleka nejkvalitnějším aspektem děl George R.R. Martina je nepředvidatelnost děje. Ty nejoblíbenější a nejklíčovější postavy umírají v tu nejvíce nečekanou chvíli, jednoznačně nasměrované dějové linie se nečekaně protnou nebo přetnou jako v opravdovém životě. Když umře postava, máte pocit, že umřel váš bratranec či spolužačka. Když je zničeno město, litujete obyvatel i ztraceného umění a obchodu. Přesvědčivost autora dává prožitku čtenáře nový rozměr.

Teplí princové intrikují :-D

Teplí princové intrikují 😀

Autor se nebojí začlenit do díla i kontroverzní motivy charakteristické pro jakoukoli lidskou společnost včetně středověké. Konzervativně založení jedinci mají obvykle naivní představy o absenci sexuality v historických etapách, ke kterým vzhlíží jako ke zlatéme věku, nelze se proto divit, že naturalismus díla některé lidi pobuřuje. Od incestní lásky rodů Lannisterů a Targaryenů po homosexuální romance prince Renlyho a Červené Zmije (Oberyn Martell), od náboženské propagandy až po krkvavé činy ve jménu dobra, Píseň ledu a ohně ukazuje jako zrcadlo nelichotivý obraz příběhů v našem reálném světě.

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the Symphony of Flame and Shadow ( yaoi , Slash : Kael / Illidan )

Srpen 21, 2008
young Illidan, the Sorceror, the Betrayer, the Demon Hunter

young Illidan, the Sorceror, the Betrayer, the Demon Hunter

Illidan was screaming in desperation and fear. He had faced the worst demons and dragons in the last few months, but the idea of being kept underground for eternity was unbearable. Ages without moon-light, stars and Tyrande…oh Tyrande…even now she was silent, her cold silver eyes mercilessly watching his cage as she held the hand of this treacherous twin-brother. Illidan roared in fury as Maiev, Califax and all other Wardens transported him to the very entrance of the underworld…

Young Kale, the Sun Prince, the Wizard Adept, an Archmage of Dalaran

Young Kale, the Sun Prince, the Wizard Adept, an Archmage of Dalaran

Kael was trying to stop himself from crying as he stood beside tall window in the Violet Spire. Down below were dozens and dozens of his people ready to leave Eastern Kingdoms aboard human ships with Jaina Proudmoore…Jaina…not long ago even mere mention of her name would cause his heart to fall to pieces…Elves were extremely sensual and emotional beings, falling in love passionately and often…but all he could think about now were the few possible survivors in his kingdom…recently half-dead elven messenger arrived with apocalyptic news. The Quel´Thalas has fallen. The Sunwell was destroyed, his royal father killed, his people butchered as cattle…by the very man who stole Jaina from him…

Even after ten thousand years his brother treated his as a satyr…this time he had made even greater sacrifice…he consumed the Skull of Guldan…Illidan chose to bear a burden no one else would…and yet instead of martyr he was considered as a betrayer again…even eredar demon-lords admitted he saved Azeroth from them…and instead of gratitude he received hatred…Tyrande looked at him as if he was some kind of rotting worm…the disgust and hatred deformed her perfect features the moment she saw his new form…he was cursed, malformed, mutilated and crippled only to be wronged once more…but they will all pay for their hypocrisy and cruelty soon enough…

Illidan and Kael´thas

Illidan and Kael´thas

Submissive uke Kael

imprisoned Kael

Kael was waiting with his loyal brethren for certain death within the magical cells of Dalaran. They all betrayed him. Neither Modera nor Jaina tried save him or his people…Without shame they watched as that racist Garithos gathered his Highborn comrades as dogs and sentenced to death…they even posted Kassan and his enforcers to help with executions…Kael was really desperate when suddenly his ally of old emerged…Vashj told him of the demon he once encountered…Illidan…she told him about his arcane knowledge, vast power and Highborne origin…could he be their messiah?…maybe…he has already called upon the darkest sorceries of Burning Legion in order to save his people, he would call upon this kaldorei demon just the same…

Forbidden Lovers in Outland

Forbidden Lovers in Outland

His escape for Outland was in vain…he was finally captured by his eternal nemesis: the Warden Maiev. He was held in the very cage he knew from his first prison…Suddenly a number of fair crimson-dressed elves ambushed his captors with the assistance of naga…Lady Vashj shattered his cage and as he stood up to greet her, he noticed a very young male elf beside her…It was the very same golden-haired prince who helped his brother to catch him in Dalaran…He looked strong and vulnerable at the same time as his arcane heritage, youth and title marked him both as aprince as well as a slave. The prince tried to look stoic and confident, yet Illidan clearly saw in his eyes the loneliness and need which he first witnessed in his brothers eyes so long ago as they first approached their mentor, demigod Cenarius. This youth, prince Kael, tried to look as a leader to his desperate people, yet he was nothing but a child by elven standards, fragile boy seeking guidance from an experienced man…

Kael leaves his master Illidan

Kael leaves his master Illidan

Even after years in Outland Kael still had nightmares about Scourge and slaughtering of Sun-blessed as did most of his brethren. It was during these nightmares when his master would hold him in his huge arms, wrap him in his leathery wings and sate his hunger for magic by the most lascivious means. For the first time in their long lives would they forget about the kaldorei priestess and the human sorceress who broke their hearts so many times. In Outland they became gods and even greatest demons saw them as a threat. But their happiness would not last forever. Dark cold wraiths of Azeroth as well as burning eredars of Argus would destroy the harmony and bond between these outcasts and soon will they find their doom…yet it was Voren´thal the Seer as well as Prophet Velen who foretold, that the Son of Flames and Father of Shadows would meet again in the Twisting Nether and share both pain and pleasure for eons to come…