So my contributor copies of Between Sand and Sea: Mythic Africaarrived this week in Oz, which was very exciting apart form the fact I haven’t had a chance to properly read through it yet…
It’s always great to see the interior artwork finally, there’s some really great pieces that capture the flavour of the region – as a line author we get to suggest scenes for the artists but we usually don’t see the actual pictures until the final supplement.
(My copies are often delayed compared to most due to my Antipodean residential status).
I only contributed a relatively small amount to this book admittedly compared to the other authors (the Tuareg nomads, some settuten magic concepts, a few hedge wizard and werehyena ideas, the Cyrenaica and Ahaggar areas, the mundane beasts appendix). I’m really proud of this one as I think it indicates just how far I’ve developed as a writer with the generous help of my more experienced co-authors (particularly Timothy) and how far we’ve managed to stretch the once restraining envelope of Mythic Europe…
As follow up to this previous post, I’ve drafted a page detailing expanded rules and story ideas for the mazzeri, the endemic Nightwalker tradition of Corsica.
The page includes a more detailed template of the Corsican hedge tradition as well as some suggested Mystery Virtues for exceptional mazzeru based on the legendary powers of this group.
I’ve almost completed the Mythic Corsica gazetteer article (now about 2000 words or so), which includes many of the concepts and ideas I outlined in my first post. Both articles will appear ultimately in the Mythic Genoa project section of this site.
Now that the house is more sorted following the sale, I’ve begun to dig out some of my research material that’s been unceremoniously shoved into the wardrobes. By example, I’ve dug out this gem of a little book, which has the following blurb:
“…The dream-hunters, or mazzeri, are unknown outside Corsica and probably date from pre-historic times. At night they go hunting or dream they do so – and kill an animal, in whom they recognise a human face. The next day they announce the death, which always takes place within a year. Where the mazzeri are harbingers of death, the signadori are guardians of life – they practise folk medicine, but more importantly,they secure release from the curse of the Evil Eye…”
When I first picked this up it looked just like a resource I could mine for a large amount of interesting material about the local variant of Nightwalkers (mazzeru or in the south, culpadori) and their benign counterparts, the signadori in particular. This was to be expected, but turns out to be a somewhat limited assumption.