Monday, February 15, 2010

BobG pointed out a Will Rogers saying hadn't heard,

and I like it:
"There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators."
-Will Rogers


DJMooreTX said...

There's a fantasy novel, Diane Duane's The Door Into Fire, one of the better examples of magic-as-technology I've run across. (The protagonist has a familiar whose name is the living image of a solar prominence, translated as "Sunspark". Sunspark enjoys acting as the forge-fire in the magician's many attempts to do the impossible: make a magical sword.)

Anyway, it features a kingdom in which the king, as a necessary ritual which protects the land from malevolent forces, must annually forge a new crown (a rough circlet will do) in the village square, without any guards. It is permitted to kill the king during this process, although as I recall you have do it with no more than a blade (not a spell or a projectile), and if the king is popular, you will have to evade the crowd afterwards.

Firehand said...

I'll have to check out her stuff, thanks for the pointer

DJMooreTX said...

Um, fair warning: Like a bad movie preview, I've pretty much used up all the smithing stuff.

The magic is good, though.