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Thread: Writing a book inspired by TDP and fan missions

  1. #1
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    Registered: Mar 2017

    Writing a book inspired by TDP and fan missions

    Greetings, taffers. I am writing a book of poetry inspired mainly by Thief: The Dark Project and fan missions. The book is titled "Secluded Realms" and it will consist of approximately 100+ poems. My primary intention behind this volume is to evoke dark, grim, medieval, and sinister atmosphere characteristic of The Dark Project OMs (not so much The Metal Age). You can expect many spiral staircases, dark cobblestone streets, dimly lit mansions, remote tombs, haunted churches, and disused mine shafts. The book is also meant to be a homage to a large number of fan creations. I derive my inspiration from the levels made by early era authors (1999-2002) such as Purah, Sperry, kfgecko, Sharga, Gonchong, Banshee, or xarax, but also later DromEDers like BBB (RIP), skacky, StinkyKitty, Melan, DirkBogan, and Schlock.

    That being the case, "Secluded Realms" can be enjoyed by the readers who are not familiar with Thief at all. Please note that in order to avoid any possible copyright issues, the poems in the published version will reference original Thief themes only indirectly (so e.g. no Hammerites or the Builder).

    The book will be published early in 2023.

    Some samples (work in progress, some words and titles may change):

    The Twilight

    The Haunted Cathedral

    Alcazar-ish Mine

    Saint Allan's Eve

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    Registered: Jan 2011
    Location: Wild and Wooly West of Ireland
    There once was a young thief named Garrett,
    If it wasn't nailed down then he'd have it,
    Costly goods he would fence,
    for a few measly cents,
    Thus his rental arrears became habit.

  3. #3
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    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    Captain Davidson knows the ways of a ship
    Woke up out of bed and felt sick
    smoked a pinch of red spice from a dish
    everything was calm and relaxed even the fish

  4. #4
    ZylonBane
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: ZylonBane
    Quote Originally Posted by Purgator View Post
    There once was a young thief named Garrett,
    If it wasn't nailed down then he'd have it,
    Now I really want to know how you pronounce "Garrett".

  5. #5
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    Registered: Jan 2011
    Location: Wild and Wooly West of Ireland
    Quote Originally Posted by ZylonBane View Post
    Now I really want to know how you pronounce "Garrett".
    To be sure, with a soft oirish brogue dat would charm the birds out of the trees!
    Looking forward to your book release Aemanyl!

  6. #6
    Member
    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    Dewdrop a pagan doll from the greens
    Early he rose from a dream
    Waking in the hands of a man named garrett
    Defensive was the way of his walk
    Reclusive i felt of the loss of lily
    Oasis in the distance of time
    Protective of this companion of mine

  7. #7
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    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    Vines grow through the maw up high
    Interstellar stars glide through the glade canopy sky
    Kingdoms rise and fall through out the day
    Traveling deep into the mountain pass
    Opening a mysterious keeper glyph
    Reveling something from the book of shadows
    Icebergs create walls of shear heights
    Another day walking in the woods at night

  8. #8
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    Registered: Mar 2017
    Thank you, Purgator. Downwinder, great imagery in your poems. Perhaps you could work a bit on better rhymes and syllable count, however.

  9. #9
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    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    it was my very first attempt,i knew it was very rookie,but thank you

  10. #10
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2017
    I'd like to share a new poem inspired by Garrett's apartment in Deadly Shadows, Gamall, and Shalebridge Cradle.


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    Very cool. Somehow they remind me of the Romantic poets. And Clark Ashton Smith! I really like the Alcazar-ish Mine.

  12. #12
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    Registered: Mar 2017
    Quote Originally Posted by Severian_Silk View Post
    Very cool. Somehow they remind me of the Romantic poets. And Clark Ashton Smith! I really like the Alcazar-ish Mine.
    Thank you very much! I have not read Clark Ashton Smith yet, but I derive inspiration from the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

  13. #13
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    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Point Nemo
    Someone on this forum a few years ago wrote a Thief related TV or movie script. I remember getting a copy to read but I lost it with a hard drive crash. Can't remember who it was that wrote it but the concept was interesting ... At least as far as I was able to read. Thief related stories are always fun to read.

  14. #14
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2017
    A new poem inspired by Melan's "Rose Garden":

    Wilted Roses

    The bone-chilling wind rushes through the night
    As it picks up unspoken lies and cries
    Carrying them high to the frost-cold skies
    To be torn apart by the air’s raw might

    Spectral hosts of icy autumnal gale
    Rattle mercilessly the alehouse sign
    A warm shelter where weather is benign
    And glum ruminations cease to assail

    Restless like a nocturnal beast of prey
    The wind snakes around dark, unpaved alleys
    Finding its path like creeks in strait valleys
    Dousing candles where the pious monks pray

    Swarming up the rooftops and looming spires
    It sheds off brown leaves from almost bare trees
    In a remote garden where lovers squeeze
    And braziers blaze with Sibylline fires

    Playing hide and seek in a tall hedge maze
    The stiff wind turns into a balmy breeze
    As the swains in a fiery embrace freeze
    Cloaked by love’s forgetfulness like a haze

    In an eerie silence that soon follows
    A lonesome nightjar sings ominously
    While the wind chimes ring mysteriously
    And strange croaks come from the unknown hollows

    In the first days of winter’s dreadful reign
    Only the faint scent of wilted roses
    Can recall those delightful reposes
    That heralded long months of the heart’s pain
    Last edited by Aemanyl; 11th Sep 2022 at 20:38.

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    Registered: Apr 2007
    Location: US, New York State
    I already love this thread. Aemanyl, you're a poetic wizard. Can't wait for it to be finished.
    Downwinder, you're a fun dude taking a crack at it, but I'll add to the stories for fun also.

    Quote Originally Posted by downwinder View Post
    Dewdrop a pagan doll from the greens
    Early he rose from a dream
    Waking in the hands of a man named garrett
    Defensive was the way of his walk
    Reclusive i felt of the loss of lily
    Oasis in the distance of time
    Protective of this companion of mine
    Mad at the builders false worshippers
    Eager Dewdrop became a maw wine sipper
    Changing its own face to something sinister
    Hurried Garrett away, for agains he hearsies infested Maws
    And upon the weak attackers, ones by ones they falls
    Never to come back, the Pagans stoodsies talls
    Instilling fear as a scarecrow for the rest of its days
    Sad Lilly could never get away from the fray
    Taking the builders "people" one by one forever to pay

    Quote Originally Posted by downwinder View Post
    Vines grow through the maw up high
    Interstellar stars glide through the glade canopy sky
    Kingdoms rise and fall through out the day
    Traveling deep into the mountain pass
    Opening a mysterious keeper glyph
    Reveling something from the book of shadows
    Icebergs create walls of shear heights
    Another day walking in the woods at night
    Claiming the Infested Maws as his own
    Originating from a greedy tone
    No mere mortal shall dare defy
    So shall it be it their eye
    Tainted wine had some ill effects
    And Viktoria? What'd you expect
    None shall pass the centaur steed
    Tricksters need more power to feed
    Infesting the world with all his rituals in place
    Never shall he return to grace
    Ending in a bang from Garrett's switching haste
    Last edited by Phantom0914; 23rd Sep 2022 at 10:11. Reason: I'd never spell Garret wrong. Only Taffers and the vileous weeds spell so...

  16. #16
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Lost in the BSP...
    Quote Originally Posted by downwinder View Post
    Vines grow through the maw up high
    Interstellar stars glide through the glade canopy sky
    Kingdoms rise and fall through out the day
    Traveling deep into the mountain pass
    Opening a mysterious keeper glyph
    Reveling something from the book of shadows
    Icebergs create walls of shear heights
    Another day walking in the woods at night
    Both were good, but this was my favorite of the two. Nice imagery, and not all 'poetry' has to rhyme.

  17. #17
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    Registered: Mar 2017
    Here is a new poem inspired mainly by "Shadow of Doubt" and "Whistling of the Gears" fan missions for Thief 1.

    The Night-crawler

    It is beyond a shadow of a doubt
    That the wheels of progress shall never stop
    Though men of science have not yet found out
    Why from holy statues tears of blood drop

    The electric lights are the new magic
    That brightens the dark alleys of the mind
    Some say the end of this will be tragic
    This is the truth to which the world seems blind

    Crawling through the night like a rooftop cat
    A hooded rogue always lives on the edge
    For he trims the city’s excessive fat
    Whenever he walks the law’s narrow ledge

    His silent feet prowl the wards of the rich
    Leaving trail of mud on their fine silk rugs
    As a muffled chant of dolorous pitch
    Coming from those who wear nothing but rags

    And when the dead of night bechills the streets
    In pitch-black lanes conspiracies are born
    Like a phantom the larcenist retreats
    Back into the musty ratholes forlorn

  18. #18
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    Registered: May 2008
    Location: Southern,California
    amazing work all i am impressed

  19. #19
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2017
    The following shorter poem has been inspired by many prison-themed missions I have played throughout the years. I dedicate it to Downwinder.

    Damnation

    Dumped deep into the dungeons of durance
    Outlaws are confined in tenebrous cells
    Waiting for the gallows without surance
    Not living but rotting in these dank wells

    Wishing for the death’s scythe to ease their pain
    Inmates wretched and sad cough and retch up blood
    Nipped by cold and green mold they moan in vain
    Deprived of light and sleep they become mad

    Even if they could flee this putrid hell
    Rumours speak of lightless underground caves
    Endlessly winding due to some foul spell
    Where unknown horrors lurk in vaulted graves

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