Everything Forge => Forge Progress - Melting Pot => Topic started by: cuchulainn on July 30, 2014, 03:16:17 PM

Title: Inspiration for the Loom?
Post by: cuchulainn on July 30, 2014, 03:16:17 PM
I've stumbled lately with some stories that remind me a lot about Loom. So much that im forced to believe that the creators took some inspiration on them when this game was created.

The first one is the Tales from earthsea: an old school saga of books that pre-dates Loom for some years, and narrates the story of a young magician from his childhood to his adulthood, carrying his wand across a world made of islands, each one with a different theme. The magic of that setting is made through learning names. Whenever you learn the name of a thing (a person, a material, a mountain) you can bend it, command it, etc. Its a little similar to the loom drafts, but names represent concepts (a twister), as opposite to drafts that represent a change in itself (the twisters' spinning). On the third book, the mage must defeat an evil entity that's trying to conquer the world of the living by expanding over it the kingdom of death through a breach (i couldnt help picturing it as Chaos)

The second one is the KALEVALA, a compilation of finnish myths. The connection with loom has been officially admitted as much as i know; the book speaks about the shore of wonder: the land of birds, that encircles the world of men and gives shelter to the birds in winter. There is a swan at a lake that guards the door to Tuonela, the land of the dead.
The second link is the magic casters on the book, that use singt incantations known as Runes made of four verses each.

I encourage the reading of both of them to anyone that enjoys fantasy (though Kalevala is a little complicated for its wording) and i think that can be good inspirations to the game to add new scenarios and things while being on the same Loom-mood.

Title: Re: Inspiration for the Loom?
Post by: abisso on March 02, 2015, 12:47:07 PM
All your posts are so interesting cuchulainn that I'm really ashamed I've overlooked all of them for so long.

I'm definitely going to read both the books, and I'm especially thrilled by Kalevala, as I never heard of it despite my huge interest in religions and myths. I hope I can find a copy in Italian, as there would be really no point in reading an English translation from Finnish.

On the other hand, I'll look for an English copy of the Earthsea books.