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Books- That only I give a crap about.


The previously posted discussion about the chivalric code of paladins had me thinking about ways in which certain characters and classes are supposed to act, or sort of the literary figures they were derived from. So I propose me “Suggested reading list”. If I were a professor for a nwn class the following books I would have as “suggestions” to players. This is just my opinion. Feel free to disagree, agree, or add to my list. I'm not going to mention certain classes, so please fill in the gaps.

DM: "Epic of Gilgamesh"
Being one of the oldest stories known to man, I kinda think its a great example of archetypal legends. Compacted into the little story is like every phase of a heros quest. Id also suggest Joseph Campbell's A Hero With a Thousand Faces. Its sort of about how cultures around the world have similar hero tales, and its relationship to human psychology, and stuff. Its really wordy though, and I can only stand small passages at a time.

Fighter or Barbarian: Beowulf, (Seamus Heaney translation).
I do not think this one needs a lot of explanation. But its sort of the grandfather of all those "warrior slays big monsters" tales.

 
Rangers, Druids, and Barbarians: "Tain Bo Cuailnge". ( Thomas Kinsella translation).
This is sort of the Irish equivalent of the Illiad and the Arthurian Legends all in one. The main protagonist is sort of the perfect barbarian. Hes big, prone to fits of epic rage, he kicks butt, but hes not the most clever hero ever conceived. The story also contains the quintessential druid Cathbad, who's everything from a warrior to a shapeshifter and soothsayer. I dont quite know why I think its a good book for a ranger, but it just sort of feels right. Theres a lot of nature lore, animals, and fairy folk involved with the tale.


Paladins and Clerics: " The Song of Roland" and " The Poem of the Cid".
Its really only a coincidence both of these stories are set in Spain, but I think they contain what I consider to be great examples of each class. "The Song of Roland" contains what I would consider sort of the "ideal" paladin and knight. Ever noble, ever loyal, upholding his honor before practicality. The book also contains Archebishop Turpin, the ferocious mace weilding priest, who I believe embodies the idea of the " battle cleric" nicely.

The Poem of the Cid I think is the more "practical paladin". Ruy Diaz, while a man of unquestionable, piety,loyalty, mercy, honor, and bravery, is not against "bending" certain rules in the course of achieving a greater good. Hes also "El Cid of the flowing beard" so he wins bad ass points for that.

Anyways thats my two cents for now. Feel free to heckle my choices or add your own.

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Re: Books- That only I give a crap about.


Epic Bard.


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