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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

Dilvish notes
Upon reading the two volumes of the Dilvish stories by Zelazny the background is a bit sparse but there is actually a surpri, as a race of sing amount there
Let's start with Monsters
Although never seen, dragons are mentioned, and in such a manner as to make it seem likely they exist as real threats.
Undead certainly do, with both zombies and vampires playing key roles in stories. Wraiths are also mentioned and the Doomed Legions of Shoredan may not be classical undead, but are not exactly living either.
Dilvish meets a werewolf, so were creatures exist
Elementals
A very large fire elemental is encountered but from the discussion around it the four standard types appear to exist
Cockatrices are rare but mentioned.
Races
Both Elves and Half Elves are obviously in this universe.

Salamanders as a race of magical armor smiths are noted by Lance as having made his armor

There
Demons and Devils
Both of these types of interplanar being exist. They can be summoned

Spells
Magic users are the center of this setting. Jelerek is the prime driver for Dilvish and the major plot lines. There is a society of magic users. Magic is not an uncommon phenomenon, as it is even used to treat mange in horses.
Both Offensive and defensive magics exist
In addition there are a number

Magic Items
These are magical rings, armor, swords, blasting rods, staves and other items. It doesn't appear that they are particularly uncommon.

Gods
The Changing Land is a Cthulhu mythos story. The Castle Timeless has an Old One living in it. He is grabbed up by Elder Gods. The Hounds of Tindalos make an appearance.
There are a number of other Gods, including a Goddess of harvests and two opposing Minor Gods. There is also a God that appears to look over flocks and mountain folks.
The priestess of the Goddess appears to have some spell casting ability
A God King previously lived, probably a thousand or more years before. He was tremendously powerful and capable of building a fortress that would never decay, and cursing a huge army into marching forever through some sort of endless wasteland

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Apr 2019 4:55 p.m. PST

Hmmm. I loved Zelazny's work, but I think I skipped these novels…

goragrad02 Apr 2019 6:13 p.m. PST

Good solid reads.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Apr 2019 4:05 p.m. PST

The first book, Dilvish the Damned is a number of excellent short stories that span a couple of decades of Zelazny's career. There are a number of absolutely fabulous stories here. The Bells of Shordan is a favorite. The Changing Land is a full novel and is also well worth reading. They may not be as well known as the Amber series but they are well-crafted stories.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Apr 2019 2:35 p.m. PST

I've decided on two of Jelerek's other strongholds. One will be an island of some sort but the other will be a cursed city https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhangarh. While he was alive Jelerek held the curse in check. The inhabitants lived to protect him, as he was all that stood between them and a horrible death at the hands of the awful curse. Once he died the curse became active. The city is now an empty wasteland. The curse stalks across the world finding those who called the city home but were not there when Jelerek fell

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