Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mythical Metals

Today, we’re going to look at three metals from the world of fantasy and legend. And since Wednesday is Video Game Day here in VoVatia, I’ll be sure to mention their relevance to the game world. Adamant – Although the … Continue reading

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There Are Crows, Crows, Crows Everywhere

Considering that a scarecrow has been one of the main characters in the series from the beginning, it’s not too surprising we’d see some crows in the Oz books. The first to be mentioned are a few who were scared … Continue reading

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Allah Back

Yes, I’m turning to Chick Tracts again. This month, the highlighted tracts are Is Allah Like You? and The Little Sneak. The former is an Islam-bashing tract, and these are always hilariously offensive. For one thing, Chick is incapable of … Continue reading

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Lonesome Duck Tales

One interesting character that I don’t think I’ve covered yet is the Lonesome Duck, who shows up in The Magic of Oz. This waterfowl is described as having plumage in many different colors. Baum wrote, “The feathers were of many … Continue reading

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Take Me to the Pilate

I forgot to mention on Friday that it was the feast day of a saint unique to the Coptic Church, Pontius Pilate. Yes, the guy who executed Jesus, which really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at first glance. … Continue reading

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Tammuz Talk

Since summer has officially begun, the deity to whom we turn today is one closely associated with the summer, the Babylonian Tammuz. The god was originally known as Dumuzi in Sumeria, but is much better known by his Semitic name, … Continue reading

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A Rabbit and a Gentleman

Uncle Wiggily’s Adventures and Uncle Wiggily’s Travels, by Howard Roger Garis – One of the first games I can recall playing as a kid was the Uncle Wiggily Game, which I previously addressed way back in this post. At the … Continue reading

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Pixels

It seems like, when creating a fantasy universe, the default currency tends to be the generic “gold pieces.” Of course, gold pieces have been pretty standard currency in our world all the way back to at least the seventh century … Continue reading

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Underground Cuisine

So what do Nomes eat? Combining all of the references in the Oz books, it seems that they eat a combination of minerals and what we would consider to be more usual fare. Here are the foods that I can … Continue reading

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Don’t Egg Me On

It’s established in Ozma of Oz, the very first Oz book in which the Nomes appear, that these immortals can be harmed by eggs. This point remains consistent, but what exactly the eggs DO doesn’t really. In Ozma, the Nome … Continue reading

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