Friday, November 15, 2013

Part II Of The "Real" Sleeping Beauty' A Public Domain Resource For Your Old School Horror Campaign

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Fairy tales are supposed be fun little stories we tell our children at bed time. Nothing could be further from the truth and 'the Disney" corporations of this world aren't stupid. They love to copyright, trademark, and stamp every single piece of the psychic landscape and our children's imagination.
They can't because Fairy and the Fey won't let them. These are wild things of chaos and dream sewn together with the collective human unconsciousness of hundreds of years of legends.
Think this hasn't anything to do with the hobby we love? Think again Mr. 
David Lance "Dave" Arneson & so did Mr. Richard Snider  knew better and so capitalized on those stories for an old school rpg that never made it.  It has however been retrocloned HERE

 Far better then me reviewed that game HERE
In the tale of The Glass Coffin the forces of Fairy are in full effect.  File:Briar Wood Buscot Park.jpg

The tale according to Wiki is a wild one and collected by the brothers Grimm.
The Glass Coffin is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 163.[1] Andrew Lang included it in The Green Fairy Book as The Crystal Coffin.
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According to Wiki : 
A tailor's apprentice became lost in a forest. When night came, he saw a light shining and followed it to a hut. An old man lived there and, after the tailor begged, allowed him to stay for the night. In the morning, the tailor awoke to witness a fight between a great stag and a bull. After the stag won, it bounded up to him and carried him off in its antlers. It set him down before a wall of stone and pushed him against a door in it, which then opened. Inside the door, he was told to stand on a stone, which would bring him good fortune. He did so, and it sank down into a great hall, where the voice directed him to look into a glass chest. The chest contained a beautiful maiden, who asked him to open the chest and free her, and he did so.
The maiden told him her story: She was the daughter of a rich count, and after the death of her parents, she had been raised by her brother. One day, a traveler stayed the night and used magic to get to her in the night, to ask her to marry him. She found the use of magic repellent and rejected his proposal. In revenge the magician then turned her brother into the stag, imprisoned her in the glass chest (coffin), and enchanted all the lands around them.
The tailor and the maiden emerged from the enchanted hall and found that the stag had been transformed back into her brother. The bull he had killed had been the magician. The tailor and the maiden then married.
But this is not the only tale in the Glass Coffin cycle. There is also tale of "The Young Slave" 

Once again wiki : 
Girls competed to jump over a rose bush; at last Cilia, the baron's sister, did so, but she knocked off a rose petal. To pretend she had cleared it entirely, she swallowed the petal and became pregnant. She bore a daughter, named her Lisa, and gave her to fairies to raise. The fairies gave her gifts, but one twisted her ankle and cursed Lisa to die when she was seven, because her mother, combing her hair, forgot the comb in her hair. This happened, and the lamenting mother put her in seven crystal coffins and put them in a room. Her health failed. Before she died, she gave her brother the key to the room and make him promise not to open it.
He obeyed, but he married, and one day while he hunted, his wife opened the door. Jealous of the girl's beauty, she pulled her out by her hair, which knocked out the comb and brought her back to life. The woman beat her and made her a slave, telling her husband that her aunt had sent her a slave and warned her that stern measures were necessary with this perverse slave.
The baron went to the fair and asked everyone for what they wanted. Lisa asked for a doll, a knife, and some pumice-stone, and cursed him not be able to cross a river to return if he did not. He forgot them, but the river swelled, reminding him. Lisa took them to the kitchen and told her story to the doll, and then threatened to sharpen the knife on the stone and kill herself if the doll did not answer. The doll did.
After several days of this, the baron heard this and eavesdropped. When the girl began to whet the knife, he broke into the kitchen and took it from her. Then he put Lisa in the care of a relative, where she regained her health and beauty. The baron brought her to his own home, dismissed his wife back to her relatives, and in due course married off his niece.
Enchanted lands, half fairies, weird magical dolls, curses, and resurrection spells all in one small story?  Sounds like the makings of a Gothic Fairy Tale AD&D campaign to me! File:The Council Chamber Buscot Park.jpg
Fairy Tales are not sexist either there is another variant with an enchanted prince and some very interesting circumstances. This one was told to me by a lovely Greek Ex girl friend back in college.
The Sleeping Prince according to Wiki 

A king had only his daughter, his wife having died, and had to go to war. The princess promised to stay with her nurse while he was gone. One day, an eagle came by and said she would have a dead man for a husband; it came again the next day. She told her nurse, and her nurse told her to tell the eagle to take her to him. The third day, it came, and she asked; it brought her to a palace, where a prince slept like the dead, and a paper said that whoever had pity on him must watch for three months, three weeks, three days, three hours, and three half-hours without sleeping, and then, when he sneezed, she must bless him and identify herself as the one who watched. He and the whole castle would wake, and he would marry the woman.
She watched three months, three weeks, and three days. Then she heard someone offering to hire maids. She hired one for company. The maid persuaded her to sleep, the prince sneezed, and the maid claimed him. She told him to let the princess sleep and when she woke, set to tend the geese. (The fairy tale starts to refer to the prince as the king.)
The king had to go to war. He asked the queen what she wanted, and she asked for a golden crown. He asked the goose-girl, and she asked for the millstone of patience, the hangman's rope, and the butcher's knife, and if he did not bring them, his ship would go neither backward nor forward. He forgot them, and his ship would not move; an old man asked him if he had promised anything, so he bought them. He gave his wife the crown and the other things to the goose-girl. That evening, he went down to her room. She told her story to the things, and asked them what she should do. The butcher's knife said to stab herself; the rope, to hang herself; the millstone, to have patience. She asked the rope again and went to hang herself. The king broke in and saved her. He declared she was his wife and he would hang the other on the rope. She told him only to send her away. They went to her father for his blessing.
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Suicide, enchanted items, weird fairy lands once again and we finally have the makings of some very dangerous and dark tales this time from Greece. 

 Using The Glass Coffin Cycle In Your
Old School Horror Campaigns

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These tales clearly illustrate the most diabolic forces of Fey magic in the hands of human magicians. The lands become enchanted and very dangerous. Objects take on a life of their own. Resurrection spells come into vague and the forces of life and themselves come into play.
These are epic tales where years, centuries, and hidden agendas of power of unseen forces reign over the lives of the humans of these worlds.
Here the social fabric is turned inside out and tailor sons become princes and marry enchanted princesses. Suicide, death, and even undeathly sleep is the norm. This isn't the world of Tolkien or many of the fictional worlds that players may be familiar with at all. These are enchanted realms where the monsters of OD&D and AD&D are equally at home. Time is bent and broken in some cases. Many of these realms are demi planes in their own right and can be used as side adventures or as part of greater cycle. The rule here is on the epic and the magical of fairy and Fey. These tales are part way between dark Arthurian legend and the realms of legend as well as beyond.
Since these tales are in the public domain be sure to bend, change, and even break the mold with them.
 More to come! 

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