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Lukas Kain
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USA
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Posted - 29 Oct 2016 :  08:02:37  Show Profile Send Lukas Kain a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I definitely appreciate that you always give me more than specifically what I'm asking for. Considering that he's as old as he is, I'm sure he's seen some interesting things and learned secrets few others in the nation know. I've always been curious about this fella, thanks George.
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Evrat
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France
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Posted - 14 Dec 2016 :  12:08:44  Show Profile Send Evrat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Georges

I am confuse on your new creation "The Lalya Maurshanta" on some dates :

"The catalyst for the formation of the Lalya
Maurshanta lies in the -75 DR death of Thatoryl
Elian, the betrothed of the elf maid Lorelei Alavara
at the hands of Andar Obarskyr. "

I though the first Obarsky came in this lands around 5 DR ?

and I found on the WIki :


5 DR

"Circa: Thatoryl Elian, an elven hunter, is murdered by Andar Obarskyr in the Wolf Woods. Thatoryl is the first elf in the region ever murdered by human hands and his betrothed, Lorelei Alavara, persuades Iliphar Nelnueve, Lord of Scepters, to help her take revenge against human settlers. Despite earning Iliphar's respect and alliance when he and Andar's brother Ondeth first meet, around 1000 humans are killed by elven hands over the next century before the elves grow tired of Lorelei's warmongering and banish her to the Stonelands.[citation needed]"


Which one is the good one ? :)
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 16 Dec 2016 :  10:29:11  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Wiki is wrong and doesn't follow the history set out in "Cormyr: A Novel" (Chapter 4) which gives a -75 DR date for the death of Thatoryl Elian.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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KanzenAU
Senior Scribe

Australia
760 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2016 :  04:57:57  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi George,

Is your Jergal article still available anywhere? The Realms Secretariat site seems to be undergoing a slow rehaul and I can't find the write-up. If I recall correctly, you linked Jergal with the pyramids of Ascore, and I was hoping to incorporate that information into the Ascore entry for my "Cyclopaedia of the North" that will accompany my latest map.

Thanks as always!

Regional maps for Waterdeep, Triboar, Ardeep Forest, and Cormyr on DM's Guild, plus a campaign sized map for the North
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 22 Dec 2016 :  00:02:00  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KanzenAU

Hi George,

Is your Jergal article still available anywhere? The Realms Secretariat site seems to be undergoing a slow rehaul and I can't find the write-up. If I recall correctly, you linked Jergal with the pyramids of Ascore, and I was hoping to incorporate that information into the Ascore entry for my "Cyclopaedia of the North" that will accompany my latest map.

Thanks as always!



The site was working the other day but may be being revamped at the moment. PM me your e-mail and I'll send you a copy.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Lukas Kain
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USA
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  05:10:21  Show Profile Send Lukas Kain a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey George, I hope the holidays treated you and yours well.
I've been reading about the sinking of Nadyra's Glory and I was curious of a couple things. Firstly and most importantly, it was written that Aliiya's bridal ship was absolutely laden with her dowry of Impilturan treasures and intended to hug the coast from Hlammach to at least Lyrabar and then sail to Suzail. It obviously didn't make it, but that's a fairly long voyage and I've never read any mention of an honor guard or any other sort of fleet traveling along with her. I don't know much about the fluctuating might of the pirates of the Sea of Fallen Stars, but it seems to me that if Nadyra's Glory did set sail on her own it would be a very tempting target for everyone from pirates to other nations. If she did have a honor guard, why didn't they report the approximate location of the wreck, or did they go down as well? I know why and how the ship went down, but I guess I'm just curious to see if there's more to the story.
Also, it was mentioned that the ship had, besides the gold and gems, large amounts of jewelry and magic items. Were there any storied pieces of either you could tell us about besides the Coronation Crowns and the Greatsword? I enjoy the flavor text and histories of these items and events, and you have a way of tying them to regions making them fuller and more realistic.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  10:59:47  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Lukas

Nadyra's Glory did indeed have an escort of two fighting ships - Halanter's Pride and Beldred's Triumph - but after a short docking stay in Lyrabar, members of the crew of each ship were struck down with plague (the work of Soneillon's agents) and they could not leave with the princess' ship. She was on a tight schedule to get to Suzail for her wedding (and coronation) and the decision was made to let Nadyra's Glory travel on alone for a time before new crews were hurriedly raised for the escorts. Nadyra's Glory was expected to dock at Tsurlagol for a few nights and so it was expected that the escorts would catch up with her with little difficulty after the new crews were aboard. As we know, it didn't quite turn out that way.

As for other treasures on the boat, Eric Boyd did a wonderful job of detailing the crowns and the Greatsword of Impiltur in "Champions of Ruin". I've never turned my mind to what else was on the ship as Impiltur has lost so much regalia over the centuries, it's hard to keep track. Why, you would think that one day someone might actually do a write-up of those various items, now scattered to the winds ...

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Asharak
Learned Scribe

France
187 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2017 :  20:39:07  Show Profile  Visit Asharak's Homepage Send Asharak a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Georges,

From "The Lalya Maurshanta" p. 4 :

"This proclamation had the effect of assuaging some of the more fearful residents of the Lythtlorn, and Iliphar’s sanction of an attack on a brazen human settlement nestled within the forest in the Year of Distant Thunder (6 DR) went further to comforting the increasingly concerned elves."

From the Roll of Years :
6 DR is Year of the Firestars & the Year of Distant Thunder is 16 DR.

So, what is right ?

"Soyez réalistes : demandez l'impossible"

Sorry for my English... it's not my native tongue.

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Asharak
Learned Scribe

France
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Posted - 07 Jan 2017 :  20:56:48  Show Profile  Visit Asharak's Homepage Send Asharak a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is it Andar Ondeth's uncle ?

"Soyez réalistes : demandez l'impossible"

Sorry for my English... it's not my native tongue.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 08 Jan 2017 :  18:36:08  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Asharak

Hi Georges,

From "The Lalya Maurshanta" p. 4 :

"This proclamation had the effect of assuaging some of the more fearful residents of the Lythtlorn, and Iliphar’s sanction of an attack on a brazen human settlement nestled within the forest in the Year of Distant Thunder (6 DR) went further to comforting the increasingly concerned elves."

From the Roll of Years :
6 DR is Year of the Firestars & the Year of Distant Thunder is 16 DR.

So, what is right ?



It's a number typo. It should be 16. Thanks for picking up the mistake!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 08 Jan 2017 :  23:02:38  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Asharak

Is it Andar Ondeth's uncle ?



Brother actually. But much, much older. Andar and Ondeth's dad was a randy old goat back in Impiltur.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Marco Volo
Learned Scribe

France
188 Posts

Posted - 09 Jan 2017 :  13:13:17  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello,

I'm sure I'm not the only one to ask this to you : have you ever think of publishing your own "Impiltur" book ? This land isn't so much describe in actual Realms print, and you have plenty of content/lore of your own.

Maybe the dmsguild could be interesting ?

The content of an old accessory + one aventure of two aside (like Sea of Fallen Stars + Wyrmskull Throne) would interest a LOT of people here and everywhere :)
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sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
8053 Posts

Posted - 10 Jan 2017 :  00:28:43  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by Asharak

Is it Andar Ondeth's uncle ?



Brother actually. But much, much older. Andar and Ondeth's dad was a randy old goat back in Impiltur.

-- George Krashos



That was before he got polymorphed

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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KanzenAU
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Australia
760 Posts

Posted - 10 Jan 2017 :  01:38:32  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi George,

I recently purchased your "Talona's Touch" article on poisons on the DM's Guild, as one of my players has recently become a 5e assassin and wants to get into poisoning. I want to keep my Realms as Realms-canon as I can, so I was very pleased to see a loremaster has an article on such a topic! And a really nice and useful article, I might add.

In any case, I was wondering: where did you get your inspiration for the poisons?

I'm aware some are new and some are old, so I'm not asking you to go through them one-by-one - but if you could point me in the general direction of anything you took inspiration from, that would be great! My player is quite excited about getting into poisoning, so I figure I better brush up as much as I can.

Thanks, as always, for your time.

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 10 Jan 2017 :  13:42:25  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Marco Volo

Hello,

I'm sure I'm not the only one to ask this to you : have you ever think of publishing your own "Impiltur" book ? This land isn't so much describe in actual Realms print, and you have plenty of content/lore of your own.

Maybe the dmsguild could be interesting ?

The content of an old accessory + one aventure of two aside (like Sea of Fallen Stars + Wyrmskull Throne) would interest a LOT of people here and everywhere :)



Oh yes, I've thought about it. Lots. And one day it might happen as I add things incrementally and slowly to the mix. There are a few issues however. Firstly, I have a fairly time-demanding job and a family (3 kids!) so I don't have a ton of time to devote to the project. Secondly, if I did do it, I would want to do it "right" and so it would be a fairly large project all up. Also, I'm not that prolific as a writer in terms of just churning stuff out. I wish I was like Ed but I'm not even close and so everything I do end up writing is a real labour. Lastly, the FR setting has pretty much passed me by with the Spellplague and the Sundering. My Impiltur thoughts stop in 1373 DR because the product in my head revolves around a new king on Impiltur's throne and the fallout and campaign possibilities that stem from that event. I'm not sure many people want to set a campaign in that time. Certainly all of the campaign talk here at the 'Keep makes it clear that people are gaming in a much later Realms time period. So I'm not sure there would be much game utility for people in the Impiltur product I might end up writing and I've never written an adventure in my life so a "Wyrmskull Throne" addition is very, very unlikely.

We'll see what happens in time but I won't lie to you - if you see it before another 5 years have passed, I'd be mighty surprised at myself.

Thanks for taking an interest.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 10 Jan 2017 :  13:58:05  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KanzenAU

Hi George,

I recently purchased your "Talona's Touch" article on poisons on the DM's Guild, as one of my players has recently become a 5e assassin and wants to get into poisoning. I want to keep my Realms as Realms-canon as I can, so I was very pleased to see a loremaster has an article on such a topic! And a really nice and useful article, I might add.

In any case, I was wondering: where did you get your inspiration for the poisons?

I'm aware some are new and some are old, so I'm not asking you to go through them one-by-one - but if you could point me in the general direction of anything you took inspiration from, that would be great! My player is quite excited about getting into poisoning, so I figure I better brush up as much as I can.

Thanks, as always, for your time.



Thanks very much for looking at "Talona's Touch" and thinking it worthy of spending your hard-earned $ on. It's certainly been my most popular release at the DMs Guild.

I've got pretty much all of the poison references in FR canon listed in my notebooks. Just like the dragons, the sages, the books, songs, plays, food, drink, etc. etc. I'm a compulsive FR list maker. Write-ups of Ed's long-mentioned FR poisons in 5E format wasn't too difficult and I wanted to add my own unique ones for some flavour and to pad out the types (Ed and the published sources are great for Injury and Ingested poisons, not so good for Contact and Inhaled).

I did read up generally on poisons in the RW and just made stuff up in terms of ingredients and effects. I tried to introduce new and interesting game effects for my poisons - my favourites that I came up with were Inthal and Razash - and tried to add a bit of interesting lore where possible. I liked how it all turned out: it would have made a great Dragon magazine article back in the day!

You'll be pleased to know that a follow-up article - Talona's Kiss - is in the works with 20 more poisons of which 8 are my creations - and likely to be uploaded in the next month. There are more published poison out there too, so Talona's Caress will likely make an appearance towards the end of the year. I reckon that will be that - 60 unique FR poisons is plenty for any campaign.

I do plan on doing more than a few DMs Guild articles this year. Likely another Swords of Impiltur release, an article focusing on different gem magic, and some priest spells - Bane and Tempus look like worthy candidates. That's in addition to the other FR stuff I do for my own fun! Let's see how much I actually get done.

Thanks again for taking an interest and your feedback.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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KanzenAU
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Australia
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Posted - 10 Jan 2017 :  14:31:08  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very exciting! I look forward to your next release then!

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Asharak
Learned Scribe

France
187 Posts

Posted - 10 Jan 2017 :  20:03:54  Show Profile  Visit Asharak's Homepage Send Asharak a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for these quick answers.

"Soyez réalistes : demandez l'impossible"

Sorry for my English... it's not my native tongue.
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Lukas Kain
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USA
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Posted - 12 Jan 2017 :  07:55:27  Show Profile Send Lukas Kain a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you for that incredibly prompt answer, George. It was something I had thought about for awhile, but I didn't think I'd read all the sources it was mentioned in and I wanted to be better informed before asking.
As for the whole 'Impiltur book' discussion, I'd purchase it the moment it was published, and I know I can't be alone in that sentiment. I don't think including any sort of module would be necessary; on the contrary I'd personally prefer just a sort of vague outline of possible events the way you'd imagine them. I don't know, but the possibilities are exciting.
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Marco Volo
Learned Scribe

France
188 Posts

Posted - 13 Jan 2017 :  07:57:31  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks a lot George, your work is always appreciated.
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15711 Posts

Posted - 01 Feb 2017 :  19:23:03  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey George, I was trying to find some information about something, which lead me to Ed's threads. On the up side I've had hours of entertaining (re)reading, but on the downside I've gotten no work done (unless you count meticulously copying all the locales given in his responses into me geography notes 'work'). And I still haven't come across the thing I am searching for (CK really needs a more page-specific search-engine).

A thing I came across was this entry from pg.19 of 2009:
quote:
Glorundoun is that rarest of things; a shrewd schemer, a truly foresighted orc who plans years ahead, spreading rumors and founding alliances and sending the orcs he commands (a rogue band of outcasts and misfits from many tribes, including “misshapen” orcs visibly different from the norm [such as having three left arms but only one right arm, or long, prehensile tails], plus a few humans, half-orcs, and others - - who at his firm and sometimes violent insistence are treated as “full orcs” by the rest) on missions to accomplish specific tasks that will shape the opinions, deeds, and settlement locations of others.
Active in the Vast, Impiltur, and the Moonsea North, and moving about often, Glorundoun has been behind much of the “orc dangers” that imperil human mining and travel away from the Inner Sea shores; he wants to keep humans from settling, taming, and then spreading over all of the region (so as to prevent all “monsters” [such as himself] ever being crowded right out of non-frozen areas where they can forage).
Glorundoun has no interest in ruling any orc tribe or disputing with tribes, but expects other orcs to cooperate with him once they know what he’s busy doing; if they don’t, he customarily ignores chieftans and warband leaders and speaks directly to the orcs being led by them. If any orc defies him or hampers his schemes, he won’t hesitate to destroy them - - but won’t engage in open confrontation he’ll likely lose, calmly withdrawing to strike at them later.
Glorundoun enjoys eating, drinking, and sex (with partners of all races), but will never let pursuit of such enjoyments lull him into being exposed to the attacks of foes, or distracted from what’s afoot right now.
Glorundoun uses the non-orc members of his band in deceptions, so as to deal with humans and others without them (initially, at least) realizing they’re “treating with orcs,” and seizes and caches items such as weapons and tools, coins and gems, and other useful goods whenever he can, for use later. Over years of successful exploits, he’s established dozens of hidden caches that each hold enough wealth to purchase buildings in many human-dominated cities outright, as well as scores of smaller caches (if buying a building, ship, or caravan will help a scheme succeed, he’ll boldly do so).
Glorundoun himself is gigantic, standing 14 feet tall at his shoulders (which are fully six feet across), and having a flattened, “toad-like” hairless head twice as large as most orcs. His left front tusk is broken off and yellowed with decay, and several wide white scars wander across his features.

Question: Have you ever included this guy in any of your Impiltur history or musings?

Weird part is, that was a response to one of my own partial requests, which I seem to have overlooked (I wasn't a 'regular' here back then).

Anyhow... 14 feet tall?!

And he likes to have sex with women of many different races?

Okay, humans and 'maybe' elves (I'm sure plenty of them are kinky enough). Giant-kin are a given, and obviously orcs and other goblinoids... (goblins? Kobolds?!) I'm sure dwarves are out of the question (females are both rare, and the hatred for orcs is too strong, even if you could find a non-conservative dwarven woman).

But, ummmm.... halflings? gnomes?
I really, REALLY hope not...

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 01 Feb 2017 19:26:34
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Wrigley
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Posted - 01 Feb 2017 :  19:59:58  Show Profile  Visit Wrigley's Homepage Send Wrigley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sounds more like an ogre to me...or some half-giant maybe
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Gary Dallison
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Posted - 01 Feb 2017 :  20:13:14  Show Profile Send Gary Dallison a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Giant half breeds with multiple arms are not unknown in the moonsea region.

Large orcs are probably a remnant of the noble blood of vastar which occupied the vast and the moonsea. There was a recent ed article about the orcs of vastar and the black dragons iyrauroths involvement.

Just my thoughts of course.

As for breeding with other humanoids, i doubt they were willing and from the sounds of it they probably didnt survive, and i doubt the orc cared either way

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Markustay
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USA
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Posted - 02 Feb 2017 :  03:12:07  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, and that part could get 'icky' if we dwell on it too much (and I AM picturing children/descendants running around somewhere - attack of the 50' gnome, anyone?)

But this MONSTER could brow-beat a Hill Giant no problem. Ogres are tiny compared to him. He's broader than most humans are tall!

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5506 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2017 :  03:55:45  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have noted his presence in the region I like to dabble in, but didn't put him in the timeline - he would definitely make an appearance in an "Impiltur" sourcebook though.

I like the idea of there being better, stronger strains of orcs, and would point at dragon breeding programmes as the basis for such a state of affairs. As an aside, in MY Realms, hobgoblins were developed by dragon breeding programmes related to goblins and then went their own way when they turned against their masters (a throwaway Ed reference in one of his novels to hobgoblins gaining strength and abilities by eating dragon eggs backs this up IMO).

As for the "icky" part, maybe he's not well proportioned!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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