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4/16/2021 6:24 am  #1

The Lamia's Heart Inspiration Question

I'm trying to figure out what story or stories are the inspiration for elements in the Lamia's Heart

I know that Rats In the walls was inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft's story of the same name, and it looks like The Brazen Bull drew some inspiration for the Simon Whitechapel story of the same name or from the historical brazen bull.

The Simon Whitechapel story was a Clark Ashton Smith tribute story and is available online on the Eldritch Dark website, which is a Clark Ashton website.  Link bellow is for the story.


Note: If you look in the Tribute Short Stories section of the Eldritch Dark you can find Simon's other stories, like the Return of the Cryomancer

Link to Wikipedia for the historic brazen bull.


So what was the story or stories was used for inspiration for the Lamia's Heart?


4/16/2021 11:53 am  #2

Re: The Lamia's Heart Inspiration Question

The pretty straightforward go-an-get-em thief story (which I’m about to use, slightly reskinned, in a Conan 2d20 game) doesn’t mind me of any immediate precedents, but the sought-after Lamia’s Heart does suggest to me the equally admirable Star of Khorala, though the Lamia’s Heart, as written, doesn’t possess any bewitching powers.


“Our own age is not one which can afford to call its ancestors savage.” 
― Poul AndersonThe Broken Sword

4/16/2021 1:24 pm  #3

Re: The Lamia's Heart Inspiration Question

No particular source inspiration for this one. Just a fun little thiefly adventure, though with some possible implications of getting caught up in the political machinations of the city, because the job is for an upstart guild in defiance of the officially recognized guild. Enjoy! 

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