Mythago Wood and Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock
Synopsis 01:10 // Mythago Wood 01:15 (plot dump 02:46) // Lavondyss 08:27 (Blavatsky 08:30) // Themes 20:07 // “British rural fantasy” 20:07 (Robin of Sherwood, Children of the Stones, Century Falls) // The “rural fantasy formula” 22:37 // Landscape 26:09 (Wizardry and Wild Romance, M John Harrison’s “great clomping foot of nerdism”) // Three perspectives on the Mythago 31:10 // RPG 33:33 (liminal fantasy, representing ) // Afterthoughts 38:32 (Pale Assassins, etc.)
Quite a few references here.
For podcasts check out The Grognard Files episodes on Robin of Sherwood, part 1 and part 2, and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias on Heaven and Earth
And from this podcast, check out the episodes for Pale Fire, The Magicians, The Land of Laughs, The King in Yellow part 1 and part 2
About Michael Moorcock’s Wizardry and Wild Romance
An old blog post on Department V including M John Harrison’s Very Afraid essay and link to Warren Ellis’s blog
Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com // bandcamp // free music archive
Samples: “Is that you or are you you?” from Reappear // “Another version of you” from Thoughtless
4 thoughts on “Episode 68: Mythago Wood and Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock”
I think the traits in Pendragon can also represent a character’s change in outlook and relationships. But I like your ideas too.
Although I didn’t specify it particularly strongly, my published setting for Drama System is about characters escaping from books in the British Library and setting up house together in the rather run down Somers Town just up the road.
Fantastic — is that one of the setting pitches? I have several of those but that doesn’t ring a bell
It’s in Blood on the Snow. I still haven’t played it however. Even if I have played the game about twenty times now.