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Going into re-runs

I finished "Twilight Watch", the last of the "Watch" trilogy by Sergei Lukyanenko. They were all equally good, largely because there are three inter-related novellas in each volume.

Before "Watchmen" they ran a trailer for "Half-Blood Prince" which gave me a hankering to re-read the Harry Potter series. I haven't read "Philosopher's Stone" since 2004 or so, so I trotted the books out of the storage unit. electorprince gave me the first five books in hardcover for Christmas of 2007 since I already had the last two in hardcover and wanted a matching set.

Still working on the Warhammer 40K novel "Flight of the Eisenstein" because it's my bus book and I've been riding home with americanstd often since he needs me to do things at his office. I also got hung up on the warp-produced zombies. They're icky enough that they actually managed to infiltrate my dreams, which was unpleasant. When I'm done with that I have a stack of half-read issues of "Archaeology". When I discovered that I kept forgetting to read them, I decided it was time to let the subscription lapse.

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electorprince
Mar. 3rd, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, Nurgle's not a nice god.
kishiriadgr
Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Nurgle....?

NURGLE?

What the fuck kind of name is that? That's like finding out the demon lord is named Quincy.

I'm going to get a cuddly little Scottish Fold kitten and name it Nurgle. Then it can ride around in one of those Miyazaki-esque Titans with Totoro as co-pilot.
electorprince
Mar. 3rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)

Nurgle (also called Nurg'leth) is the Chaos god of despair, personified by stagnation, entropy, disease and decay. He is the adversary of Tzeentch, whose dogma runs contrary to his.

Nurgle is depicted as a large hulking figure covered in oozing sores and vivid marks of decay. His numerous Daemons all embody the same diseased aesthetic, from the powerful Great Unclean Ones to the gibbering hordes of tiny daemons known as Nurglings. Nurgle's rune, a stylised depiction of a fly that resembles three circles adjacent to one another, bears a strong resemblance to the international biological hazard symbol. It is Nurgle who creates and lets loose the decay and disease that plagues mortals. Nurgle's sacred number is 7.

In Warhammer Fantasy Nurgle's Champions are little more than bloated men whose armour can barely contain their swelling stomachs, which are full of corpse gases. This makes them very difficult to kill, an opposing general or soldier would have to literally chop him into pieces before he gives up on life. Their chosen weapon is the Death Scythe, but some tend to use rotten halberds, rusted morning-stars or flails. Some even have been blessed with one of Nurgle's Plagueswords, weapons forged within Nurgle's own forge and coated in the juices of one of Nurgle's weeping sores.

In Warhammer 40,000, Nurgle is revered especially by the Death Guard legion of Chaos Space Marines. Originally devoted servants of the Emperor, they fell to the worship of Chaos following a cataclysmic plague that threatened their very survival. In desperation, they turned to Nurgle for succour, and became his most devoted servants, the Plague Marines. A favoured weapon of Nurgle is the 'Plaguesword', that causes anything it touches to rot and decay.

Despite being the god of despair, Nurgle is described as protective and almost benevolent to his followers, earning him the nickname "Grandfather Nurgle".
electorprince
Mar. 3rd, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Also, in angelic lore, the Angel of Sickness (later a Fallen one) was named Nergal, which is homonymous.
kishiriadgr
Mar. 3rd, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Still think it's a great name for a cat. Frida Kahlo apparently had a little dog named Xolotl, after the Lord of Darkness.

That Nurgle can be benevolent isn't unusual. Kali-Ma is the sweetest of all deities once you truly understand Her.
electorprince
Mar. 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I could see it as a cat's name. Not as harsh as Tzeentch, certainly, though I think Slaanesh is a more catty fit.

I have an associate who named his cat Cthulu. Go figure.
zeonchar
Mar. 3rd, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Archaeology and Discovery are my two favorite magazines.
crocotiger
Mar. 3rd, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
Did you like Valery Zolotukhin in Part One? (Old vampire working as butcher in the marketplace.)
kishiriadgr
Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
He has a much larger role in the movie, and yes.
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