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Stump the Author---And WIN!
« on: April 14, 2010, 02:41:02 pm »
Okay, while we're all having fun reading Elfhunter (hopefully we're having fun), let's test your abilities at Stumping the Author!
If you ask me a question related to matters Alterran that I cannot answer, you will win either a. a hard copy of the book or b. a t-shirt. Your choice!

We had a thread like this on the Amazon page. It was started by a reader, and it was a lot of fun...somebody finally DID stump me, too!

Try it...you might just flummox me!  :)
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 02:05:23 am »
    I do think you will be able to answer this, but we will see. Well... I just wonder. Elves are supposed to live forever right? How long does it take for them to grow up? Do they stop growing at some point? Does it exist old looking elves? I mean like elves looking like they are a hundred human years old..?
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010, 08:09:35 am »
    Winter:

    Good questions, which I can answer. Elves take about fifty years to reach 'maturity' (reproductively speaking). Once they achieve their full growth at about age twenty-thirty,they look like youthful adults unless/until they are stressed by grief or trial. Hence, Gaelen looks young, but in her eyes you can 'read' her age in her eyes. Same with Galador.  Ri-Elathan (Rain) bore a heavy burden of responsibility, and as such he looked 'mature'--no grey hair, but there were lines in his face. He was VERY old, even for an Elf, when he met his terrible fate.

    Interestingly, Rain did not meet his 'life-mate' until the end. Poor Gaelen will never have children now.  :'(

    The one Elf in the story who actually appeared to be AGED was kept in captivity by Lord Wrothgar for centuries...he was understandably stressed!
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #3 on: April 16, 2010, 10:56:19 am »
    Hmmmm, I'll have to noodle on this one.  Could be interesting.

    I'll start with an easy one I've not seen in any of the three books so far, but something you likely have already thought of:
      - How long "is" an elf pregnant when they do have children?  They whole immortal thing comes into play and there's no obvious reason for it to have to be 9 months, right?

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    « Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010, 11:52:17 am »

    And to go along with Brew's questions....

    I believe we know that elf/human off-spring are possible, and, also elf/olca, but what about elf-dwarf?  or human/dwarf?

    And to further that -- which attributes would be followed in such off-spring.

    Gorgon seems to possess mostly the elf attributes -- would it be dependant upon birth mother? 
    Since Gorgon was born to an Elf mother is that why he had the preponderance of elf attributes?  Would it have been different were he born to a different birth mother?

    Would that mean if Galador and his initial beloved had produced off-spring they would be "more" human whereas if Orogond and Gaelen reproduced the off-spring would be "more" elf?

    Hmmm, can you imagine a more formidable foe than a cross between Orogond's sensitivity, sense of right and fierce protectiveness crossed with Gaelen's overwhelming confidence and sense of indestructibility?   

    Of course you could also end up with a mass of jello -- Orogond's reasoned thought processes countered by Gaelen's rash actions.....

    And to ramble further -- if Rain had chosen a dwarf lifemate could they have produced 7 foot tall dwarves?

    And to have some fun would we have dwelfs or dwumans, humarfs, helfs or humelfs, or maybe elfmans??? ;D ;D ;D


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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010, 04:34:51 pm »
    Oh, Tip! That was definitely a cheerer-upper! My response will have to wait until I can type a little better, though.

    One brief bit of enlightenment: Gorgon favors his Elven side because he is actually the product of an artificial blending of an existing embryo (Amandir/Brinneal's child) with Olcan DNA. In order for the offspring to be carried to term, the majority of the DNA had to be Elven. Gorgon's minions had learned this from earlier attempts. (ugh!)

    More later when I am not quite so far into the realm of 'happy drugs'!
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #6 on: April 17, 2010, 05:31:56 am »
    Okay...more on the fascinating world of 'Sex and Childbearing'.
    Elf/Olca is impossible without a great deal of dark sorcery aka 'science'.
    Elf/human offspring are possible, but only out of human females. They cannot be sired by humans.
    The birth mother connection is that Elves reproduce very rarely (logical in an immortal species) and this is entirely controlled by the females. (Their gestation is approximately the same as humans, though--a trade-off between their rapid cell growth and the need for additional development. They are a lot more 'aware' when they are born).

    A She-elf will bear children only of the one with whom she is destined to bear them. Gaelen and Rain 'recognized' one another at/near the very end of his life, regrettably (for him). They might, of course, enjoy the (ahem) pleasant company of anyone, but once they recognize their life-mate they are bonded for eternity. Part of Gaelen will always turn to Rain, and Orogond knows it, but he doesn't care. She loves him to the limit of her ability and that is enough for him.

    Elven males can (and do) freely sire children of human females--there are no biological constraints. However, it is unlikely that they will do so because of behavioral/cultural/social mores. It IS considered unseemly. Those mores came out of the realization that loving a human results in endless heartache upon separation (ask Galador). And the Elves cannot deny their (fairly pervasive) snobbery, either! Some Elves, like Galador and Gaelen, truly appreciate and admire humans. They are not in the majority. Wood-elves don't disparage humans to the degree that High-elves do, but Wood-elves tend to be suspicious of everybody.

    As far as Dwarves are concerned, talk about social constraints!! Their 'reproductive biology' is revealed in the next book, and I will speak no more of it for the moment. Biologically, they are (relatively) compatible with (male) Elves and with humans, but there might be mechanical difficulties due to size differences. Offspring are unheard of (at least in the West), but if they appeared, they would be sterile.
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #7 on: April 17, 2010, 06:31:31 am »
    Tip: I can't shake the vision of 'Dwarves playing basketball' now.
    Thanks a lot!

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    « Reply #8 on: April 17, 2010, 10:13:30 am »
    You're having WAY too much fun for someone just out of surgery!  ;D

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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #9 on: April 17, 2010, 12:42:28 pm »
    Llewellys in the Sky-y...with Dromadin,
    Llewellys in the Sky-y...with Dromadin,
    Llewellys in the Sky-y...with Drom-a-din...
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    « Reply #10 on: April 17, 2010, 01:07:10 pm »
    Uh.....just what chemicals have you been ingesting for your pain?

    Just askin......

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    « Reply #11 on: April 17, 2010, 03:08:25 pm »
    You been hittin' the honey, Archer? 
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #12 on: April 17, 2010, 08:45:11 pm »
    I have brought back spoils from the realm of KO-DEEN.

    Ahhhhhh....feel better!
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #13 on: April 18, 2010, 02:23:28 pm »
    Now I have a few questions for you..

    -How many books do you think the series will consist of?
    -Who is your favorite character?
    -Who would you have to play Orogond?

    And the thing I wonder most :

    -Does the story to some degree show some of your childhood dreams? And have you used some of your experience and qualities in some character?

    If I ever stump you I will have to use that on a book for the library here, might as well just buy the map  when I can afford it ;) Probably just happening at most one time. I haven't met another person so committed to her/his work as you. Which is a great thing! Makes it so much more fun for us and perfect for a bookclub!!
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #14 on: April 18, 2010, 04:03:51 pm »
    Here are some answers:
    The Elfhunter trilogy is complete at 3 books.
    The new Alterran series, Undiscovered Realms, will be as long as it takes to tell the story. I don't know yet how many books will be required--that depends on several factors. I anticipate at least 3-4 books, because these are shorter and the scope of the story is broader. There are other writing projects planned for Alterra, including a set of short stories ('Tales of the Skulking Raven').
    I might actually write a spin-off novel or two featuring some of the second-tier characters. A lot of readers are curious.

    My favorite character in the Elfhunter trilogy is Gorgon. Gaelen is my favorite protagonist, followed closely by Fima.

    As far as who would play Orogond, well...to be honest, it's probably an actor we've never heard of yet. By the time they get around to making this movie, everybody we have in mind will be too old!  ;) A few ideas from 'today's pool'--Johnny Depp, Stuart Townsend, Daniel Day Lewis.

    Yes, I have enriched the story with a LOT of my experiences. There are two characters who share a lot of my personality traits, but I won't say which ones. I tend to express my own world view through these two characters. You can see the influence of my experience as a field biologist, as a life-long horsewoman and endurance rider, and as an archer and maker of longbows. Several of the characters are based on people I know. Again...to protect the innocent, I'll keep that to myself!  :)
    Most of the horses are based on horses i have owned or currently own.

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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #15 on: April 19, 2010, 02:17:10 am »
    Wow! How did I miss that??? I thought that Outcaste was the fourth book. An original trilogy, I think that is cool!! Kind of like In Her Name and The Lord of The Rings.

    I hope you take this the right way: Reading your work is like having Tolkien reborn. By that I DON'T mean that you plagiate him or don't have your own style. What I DO mean is that you are a truly GIFTED writer, and you have made a world to experience in the same way that Tolkien did. And reading your book(s) make me feel like discovering The Lord of the Rings for the first time. After finished the first book I will write you a review on amazon.


    That is so cool! I would love to have a signed map  ;D Say thank you to her!!!

    I was wondering something else.. If I could find the money to buy the next books for my sister, do you sell them yourselves? I would really like to have them signed as well..How much does the books cost (if you do sell them)? Just so that I know. To bad her birthday is in november :/ I don't know if she can wait till then. She has just started Elfhunter, but she has a lot she must read for school. She is attending a writing course on her school, and she has to read lots of Norwegian classics (and Shakespeare).

    Back to topic. I think Johnny Depp could work although I prefer Bloom for Orogond. I just see him as somewhat younger than Depp. Maybe because he is human and I want he and Gaelen to have many happy years together :D

    I wish they would make movies out of them soon  :D It would be such a great movie! But maybe a few more years for the books to establish would do it good :) There are still lots of people that needs to experience them. I seriously want these books to reach Norwegian libraries, even if they will be in english. Do you think your books will be translated to other languages at some point?

    I love your influence as a horsewoman. And I love Eros!!

    Now... Do I have another question for you?

    How do you keep the whole world balanced and together? I mean Alterra.. You know all parts have to fit, and it just seems like you have the whole picture in your mind as you write. 
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    « Reply #16 on: April 19, 2010, 06:15:13 am »
    Ooh...replying to this is gonna keep me busy.
    I'll start by saying that the fourth book is really the first book. In other words, it's et in the same world and (some) of the same characters are present, but it's the beginning of an entirely new tale. It begins 20 years after the ending of Ravenshade. The trilogy is the Tales of Alterra, the World that Is. This one is the Tales of Alterra: Undiscovered Realms.
    I didn't want to interfere with the 'closure' we get at the ending of RS.
    See? You didn't miss anything after all.  :D

    Well...see, I can cast Orli as an Elf, but in my opinion he's too 'pretty' to play Orogond. Too willowy--not manly enough. We need a manly-man for the role. Orogond is young, yes, but he's weathered a bit. Orli reminds me of Erroll Flynn (whom I love)--but he's just a little too 'slick' for Thaylon. I would sooner see Orli as Galador or Llewellys. He'd do a great Llew. (I love Llewellys--he's sort of adorable. The story of how he came to be friends with Gaelen is an interesting one.) You needn't worry--if Orogond manages to die of old age, it won't be for about a hundred years yet.  ;)

    Your heartfelt compliment has left me speechless. I appreciate your faith in my ability, and I think I understand what you mean. Tolkien was the most influential architect of the genre, and I will hear no argument to the contrary. I freely admit to making little tiny tracks of my own within his enormous footsteps. Tolkien took me on the journey with him. If your comparison is based on having transported you on a journey with me, then I can accept it with thanks. All I can say is...just you wait! :)

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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #17 on: April 19, 2010, 07:04:33 am »

    Tolkien was the most influential architect of the genre, and I will hear no argument to the contrary.

    You won't get any, I agree...


    About Orlando Bloom. Now I can totally see what you mean. Could we maybe settle on Depp as Orogond and Bloom as Llewellys? I didn't know which one I would put on him, but when you mentioned it I can totally see Bloom in the role! ;)

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    « Reply #18 on: April 19, 2010, 09:50:55 am »
    I would suggest perhaps Matt Damon for Orogond.

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    « Reply #19 on: April 19, 2010, 12:25:32 pm »
    Okay, Winter...so you can get Fire-heart shipped to you in Norway for under twenty bucks? Really? That's great!!
    Now I know how to get the books to you. (It cost me that much to ship one copy of Elfhunter to Norway...I'm trying to avoid that again!)
    So...I now have an evil plan. (Muahahahaha!)

    As far as your last question, I believe the way to keep a story/world coherent is to develop good characters and then let them drive the story. They will tie up each and every detail somehow. I know that some authors work from outlines...I actually make notes but don't use an outline. The characters have freedom to change the course of the story that way.

    Geoff:  I hadn't thought of Matt Damon. He's certainly a fine actor and would do the role credit! Good idea.
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    « Reply #20 on: April 19, 2010, 01:36:26 pm »
    This might be me just missing something, but "I'm" stumped:

     - Why did Koto go back to drag Gorgon to meet up with Queen Tansy?  He normally does things for a purpose, right?
     - And along the same lines, when Koto comes back for him 6 days had gone by with Gorgon only having water enough for 2 days...does that mean the Company was entertaining Queen Tansy for 6 days?

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    « Reply #21 on: April 19, 2010, 02:37:24 pm »
    Yes...they had been captive for six days. It took a while to get Tansy 'on board' with the nightly dreams and befriending the raven. Tansy is VERY intelligent, actually. She might have been suspicious otherwise. Kotos promised Tansy that Orrion would come to her if she let the Company go. If he hadn't, she might have changed her mind and gone after them. As it was, she was in no condition to chase them. As to the 'rest of the story'...you'll find out in book three of the next series!

    (I'm sure Galador was quite relieved to have Kotos take over...) ;)
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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #22 on: April 19, 2010, 06:26:47 pm »
    Fairly difficult to do this without spoilers, isn't it?  Thanx for answering the question AND for covering it up.  :)

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    « Reply #23 on: April 19, 2010, 06:50:58 pm »
    I feel a little like the guy who puts those black rectangles over the 'naughty bits' in the racy magazines.

    censored censored censored censored!  ;)

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    Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
    « Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010, 02:22:50 am »
    No no! I can get it with shipping for $29. Still not halfbad! But you do know that if you sell the books yourself and I bought from you, I would pay the shipping of course!! But as it is right now I don't have money for it yet. You are in America right? It said Poland I think also on the package I got from you, so I wondered.
    Now what is your evil plan? ;)

    If I can just manage to stump you for that map ;) :P

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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #25 on: April 20, 2010, 05:26:06 am »
      Winter: Okay, that makes more sense. STILL better than I can do.  :)
      Evil plans are best discussed in private, so I'll send you a pm.

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      « Reply #26 on: April 20, 2010, 05:35:36 am »
      Winter: Okay, that makes more sense. STILL better than I can do.  :)
      Evil plans are best discussed in private, so I'll send you a pm.

      (muahahahahaaaa!)

      Awww C'Mon Archer -- I wanted to hear how you explain to someone in Norway that Poland is actually in Indiana!!   ;D ;D ;D
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      « Reply #27 on: April 20, 2010, 06:25:15 am »
      Oh, yeah! I forgot!
      Our post office is in Poland, Indiana.  :)
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      « Reply #28 on: April 20, 2010, 06:58:48 am »
      That makes absolutely NO sense to me!! Poland, Indiana, America....?!!! :o
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      « Reply #29 on: April 20, 2010, 07:16:45 am »
      That makes absolutely NO sense to me!! Poland, Indiana, America....?!!! :o

      Wait till you find out that Cairo is in Illinois in America  :o and the London Bridge is in Lake Havasu City in Arizona in America!! ???

      Its a strange world out there!!
      OR
      a strange country over here???

      Poland is the name of the small town in the US State of Indiana near where Archer lives, Cairo is a town down in southern Illinois at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The London Bridge in Lake Havasu City is based upon the famous London Bridge -- seems some guy bought the original masonry from the 1830's London Bridge from the City of London and had it moved to Arizona and built his bridge.

      Did you know there's even an Oslo in Minnesota (population about 320), and one in Florida???


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      « Reply #30 on: April 20, 2010, 02:42:39 pm »
      WHAT?????!!!! :o :o :o :o I didn't know... Strange world indeed!
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      « Reply #31 on: April 21, 2010, 12:24:05 pm »
      What kind of magic can Lady Arialde do?
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      « Reply #32 on: April 21, 2010, 12:37:04 pm »
      Arialde is a water-spirit, and as such she has some control over weather and waters. She can cast thought over great distances, especially to others of her kind. She has premonitions and sometimes becomes aware of things as they happen--either through the Stone of Leir or by her own inner vision. She is more 'mystical' than 'magical'.

      I would not want to make her angry, either!

      Shandor is a spirit of air; Kotos of fire; Duinar of earth. As you'll soon learn, they each have their own abilities. 
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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #33 on: April 21, 2010, 12:53:48 pm »
      You know, you should truly get the title UNSTUMPABLE!!! You haven't written this world, you have LIVED it!! It's awesome!!
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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #34 on: April 29, 2010, 07:33:21 am »
      You can probably answer this, but I have my own guess, upon which I will elaborate. Wrothgar wants to get "back into power" but power over what? Was he a king, an emperor, a god? Who deposed him?

      My guess would add H.P. Lovecraft to your list of influences, whether or not you have ever read him. I would postulate that Wrothgar is an elder god who was in power over all of Alterra, before it was called Alterra. He was in charge of the whole planet before Aontar came along and decided that it would be a much nicer planet with elves and dwarves and humans on it. Aontar banished Wrothgar to one little corner of the world, not being able to completely destroy him.

      I am probably completely wrong, but it makes sense to me.

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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #35 on: April 29, 2010, 08:16:22 am »
      Robin:

      (I started reading Xanth. What fun!)

      Actually, you're not too far wrong. What Wrothgar REALLY is (as far as  his classification in 'Peterson's Field Guide to Evil Beings and Nemeses of the World') is not known by anyone except perhaps for Aontar. It is believed that Light (Aontar) and Darkness have always existed together--you know, the old 'no Light w/o Darkness' thing--but in fact the great Dark Power (of which Wrothgar is only a part) coalesced a part of itself in the person of Wrothgar. Aontar did the same thing with the Asari (they really are offshoots of the powers of Light).  Because Evil is selfish, it manifested in only one location (we might have had battles between lesser 'evils' until only one prevailed, but there's only one now in the West). A few of the Asari were persuaded to join the Dark forces, with the result that they were completely under the sway of Wrothgar. The Light Asari are still allowed their free will--love never interferes with choice.

      This same sort of phenomenon probably goes on all over the universe, but Alterrans are mostly unaware of it. Interestingly, their astronomers (particularly in the East and South) are beginning to speculate upon the existence of other worlds.
      Wrothgar desires what darkness always does--to smother the Light. He (it) would see the abolition of enlightenment and free will because, where there is will, there is choice. Who would not choose love if given the opportunity? Conscience, empathy...these are the forces that Wrothgar loathes. He is interested in controlling and not having any argument from anyone.

      Aontar sent the Asari to combat ignorance and mindless obedience. They are the bearers of enlightenment--educators who teach their 'children' about the benefits of things like self-sacrifice, empathy, and the recognition of what is really important to the well-being of the spirit. Their teachings make it possible (and likely) that the right choice will be made on the Eternal Shore.

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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #36 on: April 29, 2010, 08:23:26 am »
      Another addendum to Robin's question:

      Wrothgar is NOT the only manifestation of Evil in Alterra--he's just the 'baddest bad-guy in the West'.

      There are things going on elsewhere that nobody of our acquantance knows about (except maybe for Shandor, who seems to know a lot more than he lets on).   ::)
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      « Reply #37 on: April 29, 2010, 06:55:52 pm »
      So if Gorgon were to see the Light, so to speak, and join the Company...who would be the recognized leader of the Company?

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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #38 on: April 29, 2010, 06:57:39 pm »
      I have another, but it might be a spoiler since it happens around the end of Ravenshade, so I'll post it in the other thread.

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      « Reply #39 on: April 29, 2010, 07:36:55 pm »
      Well...I doubt very much that anyone else in the Company would allow Gorgon to actually join them. He doesn't work and play well with others. Even if he 'saw the light' and renounced his evil ways, Nelwyn, for one, would never trust him. Without Nelwyn on board, there's no Galador on board. Gaelen, of course, loathes Gorgon to her very core anyway. He'd have to do some AWFULLY convincing 'mea culpas' to ever be allowed to join them. I doubt Fima or Orogond are capable of forgiving him, either. They might make a real effort, but they'd never trust him.

      IF allowed to join, whether he was in charge of a given adventure would depend on its nature. If, for example, the plot was to infiltrate Tur Dorcha (a rather foolhardy idea), Gorgon is the only one who knows the inner workings, and he would be a natural 'first chair'.
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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #40 on: April 30, 2010, 08:46:57 am »
      You know I have thought a lot about this thread.
      I have read everything you have written (that I can find).
      And I KNOW that I will not be able to find a little item that you have forgotten about to stump you with.

      So I am not going to try to stump the author with ElfHunter items.
      I guess I could ask a question about the general nature of the universe and hope you don't know the answer.
      Hmmmm.  Not likely - I am too lazy to be able to figure out something that you would not know.
      And I am content to have found out the things about Alterra that you haver written about.
      But I HAVE been enjoying the questions that the other posters have come up with - and your creative answers.

      I will go immerse myself in the Book Klub now that I have more time and see what trouble I can stir up there.

      Just sayin.....

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      « Reply #41 on: April 30, 2010, 09:20:22 am »
      Oh, YES, Geoff! Stir things up!

      We LOVE it.
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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #42 on: April 30, 2010, 12:29:00 pm »
      I have another Ravenshade stumper (not that any have panned out yet!)...posting over in the spoiler thread so's not to spoil anyone else's read.

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      « Reply #43 on: April 30, 2010, 12:32:31 pm »
      Ooh...I can hardly wait!
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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #44 on: April 30, 2010, 01:59:14 pm »
      You know I have thought a lot about this thread.
      I have read everything you have written (that I can find).
      And I KNOW that I will not be able to find a little item that you have forgotten about to stump you with.

      So I am not going to try to stump the author with ElfHunter items.
      I guess I could ask a question about the general nature of the universe and hope you don't know the answer.
      Hmmmm.  Not likely - I am too lazy to be able to figure out something that you would not know.
      And I am content to have found out the things about Alterra that you haver written about.
      But I HAVE been enjoying the questions that the other posters have come up with - and your creative answers.

      I will go immerse myself in the Book Klub now that I have more time and see what trouble I can stir up there.

      Just sayin.....

      I'm not one to write if I don't have anything to add, but I'm really enjoying this thread, and I had to LOL at Mr. Just (Geoff).
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      « Reply #45 on: April 30, 2010, 02:56:43 pm »
      No more rhymes, now, I MEAN it!

      (Frojazz, I'm sorry...I just had to do that.)
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      « Reply #46 on: April 30, 2010, 03:43:09 pm »
      You made my day, archer!
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      « Reply #47 on: April 30, 2010, 05:26:21 pm »
      And everyone else's day, always :D
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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #48 on: May 01, 2010, 09:38:34 am »
      What if Gaelen got superpowers? And could fly and shoot power bolts out of her eyes? Wouldn't that be cool?

      Sorry, I'm just being silly.

      I'm off to start counting people for the federal government. If an enumerator comes to your door, please be nice, it's a hard job.

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      Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
      « Reply #49 on: May 01, 2010, 09:56:05 am »
      Robin,
      BE CAREFUL out there!

      (If Gaelen had superpowers, I fear Galador would be forced to kill her.)

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        Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
        « Reply #50 on: May 01, 2010, 06:54:08 pm »
        This is somewhat of a rhetorical question since I know you've thought of it and likely have the answer, but I'd still like to know...why do elves go one place when they die and men go another?  Why could they not go to the same place to be joined forever after death, even if the deaths were very long apart?

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        « Reply #51 on: May 01, 2010, 07:30:29 pm »
        Well...I don't know if that counts as a stumper or not. Elysia was set up by Aontar as the Realm of eternal reward for the Elves. Other races have a different fate. The fate of men is revealed at the ending of Ravenshade.

        Why did Aontar choose to keep the Elves separate? No one knows except Aontar. It is the belief of some Alterran theologians that all the races will be reunited at the End of Days. The Elves believe that the fate of men is better than their own, and is the reward for suffering the indignities and pain of a mortal life.

        Unfortunately, the 'why' of any theology (including earthly ones) must remain a mystery.
         :)

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        « Reply #52 on: May 01, 2010, 09:03:13 pm »
        Unfortunately, the 'why' of any theology (including earthly ones) must remain a mystery.
         :)

        (Hey, guys...should we count this one as having 'stumped the author'? What do you think?)
         

        I'd say he stumped the author ;D
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        « Reply #53 on: May 03, 2010, 01:07:22 pm »
        Ok, I'm thinking questions only Aontar can answer are potentially not fair game, she here's another:

        What did Gorgon do to stay conscious, must less alive, after Gaelen dealt him her first real damage that "left" him impaired?  Wouldn't a wound like that have made anyone else at least pass out from blood loss, if not die? 

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        Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
        « Reply #54 on: May 03, 2010, 01:46:50 pm »
        Gorgon is tough. REALLY tough. His grip is strong enough to staunch the flow of blood by gripping his wrist with his other hand. He applies a tourniquet on page 471.  ;)

        I suspect his Elven nature helped him a little, too. He definitely has adrenaline to keep him moving. Yes...Gaelen really settled his hash, THAT's for sure!

        And, the ultimate answer: If he had died, that would have been the end of the story! No Fire-heart? No Ravenshade? What a horrible thought!
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        « Reply #55 on: May 03, 2010, 01:49:24 pm »
        I knew I shouldn't try to ask these without the book in front of me to ensure they had a "mote" of a chance!  You're unstumpable, but I'm diligent.  I'll keep digging.

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        « Reply #56 on: May 03, 2010, 01:49:42 pm »
        And, O Breweroo, you have already won a shirt just for asking so many cool questions. Makes me happy!  :D
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        « Reply #57 on: May 03, 2010, 06:04:47 pm »
        Ok, let me see if I can come up with one from my memory...I don't know when it happened but all three books have run together in my mind and I can no longer clearly say what happened in each the farther I go back.  Gettin' old!   ::)

        I'm sticking with "Gorgon's abilities for $100"...so, if I remember right, there have been many occasions where Gorgon "goes deep" and seems to kind of hibernate, usually after Gaelen opens up a can of whoop-a$$ on him. ;)  Is that what is really going on with him?  He doesn't seem to need any food or drink for a long time.  If that's the case, then my question has really been answered, but if not, why does it really bother Kotos when he leaves Gorgon for 6 days but only left him 2 days of water?  I wouldn't have thought it was a big deal to leave him without water for a long time since he does it frequently, right?

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        « Reply #58 on: May 03, 2010, 07:11:49 pm »
        One would think so, except that Gorgon is in a desert when Kotos leaves him. It's very dry (as deserts are wont to be) and hot--not his favorite climate at all. When he holes up, it's usually under a mountain where the temperature doesn't change much and the humidity is generally high--keeps him from using too much water. When Gorgon 'goes deep', he almost goes into a state of dormancy (the Elves actually do this for a while in Outcaste...which none of you have read). When he does that, his body slows way down and he needs almost nothing to sustain him.
         :)
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        « Reply #59 on: May 03, 2010, 08:05:53 pm »
        :)
        (And, that was in Ravenshade!)

        LOL...you crack me up, Archer.  :D  And thanx for keeping my memory on track.  

        Ok, in the famous words of Jim Carrey in Mask, "Somebody help me!".

        <EDIT> Funny...I woke up this morning and remembered, Jim Carrey doesn't say, "Somebody help me!".  He says, "Somebody stop me!".  I'm such a dufus!  ;D
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        « Reply #60 on: May 04, 2010, 10:24:48 am »
        (giggle! Snicker! Snort!) :D
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        Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
        « Reply #61 on: May 10, 2010, 01:00:47 pm »
        This one won't likely stump you, but will definitely fill in a gap for me given my current endeavor:

        Why are there drawings across the trilogy of everyone "but" Gorgon?  (We do get to see his eyes, but that's it)


        P.S.  Who's the picture of in chapter 23 of Elfhunter?
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        « Reply #62 on: May 10, 2010, 01:27:09 pm »

        P.S.  Who's the picture of in chapter 23 of Elfhunter?

        Nice catch Brew -- I just scurried off to go and find the picture -- also wondering who that be -- my guess would be Kharsh but.....
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        Re: Stump the Author---And WIN!
        « Reply #63 on: May 10, 2010, 01:33:50 pm »
        The picture in chapter 23 is Kharsh.

        There are drawings of many of the characters...only a few actually appear in the books right now. They are: Gaelen (who seems to be everywhere), Fima, Nelwyn, Galador, Azori, El-morah, and some of the horses. We see a picture of Rain, and several of Shandor. There's one of Duinar (and a character you haven't met yet) in you-know-what.

        Why them and not Gorgon? Because Gorgon is unique. The mental picture you have of Galador isn't likely to be very far afield from my drawing of him, but the villain, who is a unique creature (to say the least) might vary widely between readers. I don't want to mess with your vision.

        I have Paintings of Shandor and Kotos and Dardis here at home. Also several of Gorgon.
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        « Reply #64 on: May 10, 2010, 01:43:00 pm »
        Hmmm, it will be interesting to see how far apart my drawing of Gorgon comes to yours.  ;)   I'm guessing it will be VERY different.

        Kharsh, huh?  He's an ugly chap, isn't he?

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        « Reply #65 on: May 10, 2010, 01:57:04 pm »
        Olcas are ugly. You're about to find out why.

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        « Reply #66 on: May 10, 2010, 02:02:27 pm »
        I know.

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        « Reply #67 on: May 10, 2010, 02:07:32 pm »
        Yes, Geoff! You are special.

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        « Reply #68 on: May 11, 2010, 06:12:35 am »
        Ok, here's an easy one since you're "off-site" today...how does time work in Alterra?  How many hours are in a day and how many days in a year?  It seems they have the same seasons we have, but are they spread out across the same months?

        I'll dig deeper in a bit...

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        « Reply #69 on: May 11, 2010, 08:17:54 am »
        From everything I remember of Alterra, Men, Elves, and Dwarves all wear clothing even when they have armor on.  Beautiful tunics, trousers, boots and jerkins are described in detail when they are acquired and worn.  And when they put on armor, I assume they put it on over these clothes (although maybe not so much the finery they sometimes wear to dinners).

        My question is, what does Gorgon wear under his armor?  (Minds out of the gutter!  ;))  He's described as having leathery skin that the armor goes over and as having black armor (most of the time), but I don't remember reading anything about his wearing regular clothing except when Orrion comes into play and then he doesn't like it because it's too confining for battle.

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        « Reply #70 on: May 12, 2010, 03:31:43 am »
        Okay, Brew: Since I am now back at a keyboard (for a little while) I can answer you.  :)

        First, the name 'Alterra' stands for 'Alternate Earth' (terra=earth). It's the same size, with a single sun at the same distance, etc.
        Hence the climate is exactly the same. Days are of the same length, the orbit is the same size...it's like earth in every respect that matters.

        NOW, as to the 'What's underneath that Scotsman's kilt' question, Gorgon wears only a leather undergarment in the form of breeches. These extend to mid-calf. They lace up the sides and have a surplice front (crosses over and ties at the waist. It's easy to (ahem) retrieve certain plumbing, much in the manner of a man's briefs, but is unlikely to expose anything accidentally (not that Gorgon would care much...though he does harbor a rather innocent modesty with respect to you-know-what). His armor has a great deal of accumulated filth (mostly sloughed skin and oil) beneath it--it doesn't chafe him any more. He wears no clothing underneath it. Winter is not a good time to hunt Elves for sport anyway--they can see and hear too well with the leaves down. Gorgon tends to curl up under the mountain (where the temp is always consistent) during the cold months.
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        « Reply #71 on: May 12, 2010, 05:02:53 am »
        Thanx for the details, Archer!  Now to see what I can do regarding a drawing of our favorite villian.  I'm interested in seeing what emerges from the page myself!  ;D

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        « Reply #72 on: May 12, 2010, 03:33:40 pm »
        A question from my sister.

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        « Reply #73 on: May 12, 2010, 03:37:49 pm »
        Question from my sister:

        When elves and human die, they are supposed to be truly happy and enter a place of rest right? But if two from seperate races fall in love, will they be truly happy? Why aren't they in the same place. Especialøy she says since they have to come from the same origin. At least she Think so because they are so similar. Is that so?
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        « Reply #74 on: May 12, 2010, 03:45:16 pm »
        Winter, that's why they are not supposed to fall in love. Such relationships are not only discouraged, but are frowned upon. It is also true that a She-elf will not bear children of men. Elves are actually fairly different from humans. As she continues to read and get to know the characters better, she (and you) will know more.

        Aontar designed the afterlife according to His plan. While we may question the wisdom of it, we must realize that our human perceptions might not be able to comprehend it fully. Some things must be taken on faith. In fact, men don't really know WHAT happens to them after death (I do, though...). They only know that the Elves are taken to a realm of their own. For 99.999% of them, that's just fine!  ;)
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          « Reply #75 on: May 12, 2010, 03:54:38 pm »
          She says what about friendships?
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          « Reply #76 on: May 12, 2010, 04:08:46 pm »
          Ah, yes, I know what she means. There have been some legendary man/Elf friendships, especially between rulers (Rain was very fond of  Alduinar, the ruler of Tuathas). Orogond and Galador know that they will be separated after death. It is the Elves' hope that all races are reunited upon the 'ending of the world'. Whether this will happen remains to be seen, of course. The only ones who DON'T care are the Dwarves, lord love 'em!

          The Elves price for their immortality keeps them in Elysia. The reward of Men for enduring their difficult lives is to be taken into the Light of Aontar after death. The Elves are already manifestations of that Light.

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          « Reply #77 on: May 12, 2010, 06:10:29 pm »
          It is also true that a She-elf will not bear children of men.

          Hmmmm, I could see this being a win-win in certain situations.  ;D

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          « Reply #78 on: May 13, 2010, 04:03:47 am »
          Hmmmm, I could see this being a win-win in certain situations.  ;D

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          « Reply #79 on: May 13, 2010, 04:25:09 am »
          That makes perfectly sense!
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          « Reply #80 on: May 13, 2010, 04:45:04 am »
          Well, good morning!
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