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    Re: Literature in the Flanaess - The History Plays of Liam Wilspare (Score: 1)
    by GVDammerung on Mon, May 22, 2006
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    Hi Scott,

    Actually, I agree entirely.  I tried to finesse the issue by having Wilspare's dates overlap 600 CY.  Still, culturally it is early by any direct comparison.  I essentially have "forced" the issue in the Flanaess to get to where I wanted the development to be and where I feel it needs to be.  There are 5 Wilspare articles.  If you read all the Literature in the Flanaess series, to include them, you can see a buildup to Wilspare - a coming of age of literature in the Flanaess.  While it is happening faster than in our world, I see the Flanaess coalescing as a unique entity (ies), not merely the product of the Migrations, in the late 500's and certainly by the early 600's.  The Greyhawk Wars finally broke the last of the great hegemonic Oeridian states, with the Rise and Fall of the Suloise dominated Keolandish Empire having earlier worked the same process in the Sheldomar, and the Fall of the Viceroyalty of Ferrond even earlier breaking up as a purely Migratory entity into the present states of the northwest. Of course, the Rise and Fall of Aerdi and the formation of new successor states is the central theme of the history of the Flanaess, Nyrond and the Urnst states having fallen away after the Viceroyalty.  Keoland is the exception, but only being Suel, and is otherwise a microcosm of the same larger process.

    Throughout the Literature in the Flanaess series I have attempted both to create texts that fall within definable genres but also to have those texts reflect the historical and cultural growth of the Flanaess.  This process is largely complete with the Wilspare articles but a short companion series, Chivalric Literature in the Flanaess, will, I think, round matters out. 

    I hope the Literature in the Flanaess series provides -

    1) Useful books for a game;
    2) A rough literary history, or framework, of the Flanaess; and
    3) A context for the canon history of the Flanaess, particularly in a cultural sense.

    Individual readers can find some of each of these goals, if they wish, in the entries.  Or they can be more carefully confined.  The individual entries are written with enough "wiggle room" to let game masters adjust matters to best suit themselves and their campaign.  I would be most pleased if readers find material not merely to use but to argue about and to spur varying interpretations of how the entries fit with the canon histories, making the entries theirs as much as mine.

    I think it appropriate as the main line of the literature articles then comes to a conclusion to again thank you for your pioneering work in the Dragon, first well describing various Greyhawk literary works.  I am in your debt and my literature articles in debt to your earlier work.  Thank you. :-D

    Please forgive the lateness of my reply but work has been swallowing my life for the last month and a half. 


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