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Cthulhu Dark Ages: Knights vs Giant Snails

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#1 Taavi

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 12:36 AM

Intruiging report: from 1290 to 1320, many medieval manuscripts have marginal art of knights (and others) battling giant snails. https://upvoted.com/...edieval-europe/

Metaphor for cowardice? anti-lombard satire? Or shoggoth invasion? Would make great handouts for Dark Ages PCs.


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 03:17 PM

Those damn lombards and their shoggoth legions. If it weren't for the Burgundians and their Lloigor, we'd all be giant penguin fodder by now.


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Posted 12 August 2016 - 01:27 PM

Also, what's with all the rabbits?

 

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"Follow only if ye be men of valour! For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie *strewn* about its lair! So! Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth..."


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#4 JeffErwin

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 06:14 PM

Also, what's with all the rabbits?

 

http://www.thepoke.c...nt-mess-around/

 

"Follow only if ye be men of valour! For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie *strewn* about its lair! So! Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth..."

 

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 07:37 PM

Also, what's with all the rabbits?
 
http://www.thepoke.c...nt-mess-around/

 
Would the Irish púca/pooka/phouka be an influence on this bellicose leporine marginalia? 
 

Intruiging report: from 1290 to 1320, many medieval manuscripts have marginal art of knights (and others) battling giant snails. https://upvoted.com/...edieval-europe/
Metaphor for cowardice? anti-lombard satire? Or shoggoth invasion? Would make great handouts for Dark Ages PCs.

 
In Terry Gilliam's commentary for his lost animation for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, he imagines how bored and resentful younger sons who had been sent off to monasteries while their elder brothers got to be knights may have gotten a sort of revenge by depicting them in battles against ridiculous opponents, especially snails.  Thematically, it's one type of hard-shelled opponent vs. another.
 
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(Monty Python and the Holy Grail, for such a silly film, was extensively historically researched.)



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Posted 12 August 2016 - 09:38 PM

Thanks JeffErwin, I thought it was just some monkish in-joke. Venerable Jorge would not approve.

 

Not sure any such creatures would be fitting subjects for a Cthulhu Dark Ages adventure. Although I do remember an episode of The Blackadder which involved a slow death by snails. As well as the aforementioned Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.


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