Friday, 27 April 2018
Reflections On The War On Diomedes
Van Rijn calls his flagship the Rijstaffel and I expect that he will eat several of them when he has escaped from Diomedes where he and his colleagues are slowly starving.
When van Rijn comments that, in certain circumstances, most of the Diomedean young will die:
"'They are replaceable,' said Trolwen, with a degree of casualness that showed he was, after all, not just a man winged and tailed."
-Poul Anderson, The Man Who Counts IN Anderson, The Van Rijn Method (Riverdale, NY, 2009), pp. 337-515 AT IX, p. 401.
Thus, the text itself comments on the inappropriateness of the publisher's title, War Of The Wing Men.
Wace is not fanged, winged or caudate but is heavier than Diomedeans.
Fighting without flying is as disgusting to Diomedeans as fighting with teeth alone would be to a human being. The Lannachska have been introduced to the idea whereas the Drak'honai run from it like rats.