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« on: 26 December 2010, 15:57:04 »

What do you get these members for Christmas?

What do you get Bard Judith for Christmas
When she already has a lute??
What do you get the Master Bard of Bardavos
When she don't need her own horn to toot?
For she already has a room at the Compendium,
And she's friends with the dwarfs for life,
So what do you get Bard Judith for Christmas
when she already has a lute?

What do you get Azhira for Christmas
When she already has the mists?
What do you get the shamaness of the north
Where she rules with two iron fists
For she wouldn't like little cute bunnies
Unless they breathe fire and eat meat
So what do you get Azhira for Christmas
When she already has the mists?

What do you get Alysse for Christmas
When she already has a gent?
What do you get a proud barbarian
Who always lives in a tent?
For she has no need for a house
Or a stable for her horse,
So what do you get Alysse for Christmas
When she already has a gent?

What do you get Sage Federkiel for Christmas
When he already has a dream?
What do you get the Webmaster of Caelereth
Who has a multi talented team?
For he already knows all about Santharia
And Magic and History too
So what do you get Sage Federkiel for Christmas
When he already has a dream?

What do you get Lady Ta'lia for Christmas
When she already has an Aj named Swing?
What do you get a lady of the Shendar
One so skilled in the art of surviving?
For she is skilled in the art of swordplay
And she knows how to read the stars
So what do you get Lady Ta'lia for Christmas
When she already has an Aj named Swing?

We'll give them lots of brand new entries
For the compendium
We'll wrap 'em up with uris to help the authors
And we'll get entries finished in Twenty Eleven
And that's what you get those members for Christmas,
When they already have a lute/the mists/a gent/a dream/an Aj named Swing.
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« Reply #1 on: 26 December 2010, 16:05:55 »

This is based (rather loosely) on the Star Wars Christmas song called "What do you get a Wookie for Christmas (when he already owns a comb). A link to the lyrics is here, and a link to the song being sung is here.

The droids computed in a later song that the perfect gift for the Wookie was perhaps a brush, as they gave him a comb last year.

Anyway, not sure how good it is ... or how suitable ... and please, if any of you have an issue with me doing this (or if you have a better suggestion on something you already have), let me know ... it is meant in a light hearted way ... but am happy to change as needed.

I actually believe that the Wookie version was based on a traditional Christmas song, but not sure what it was :D

Merry Christmas

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« Reply #2 on: 26 December 2010, 18:25:44 »

In the second to last stanza on Talia, the flow definitely gets disrupted (I've marked the trouble area in red):

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What do you get Lady Ta'lia for Christmas
When she already has an Aj named Swing?
What do you get a lady of the Shendar
Who knows how to hunt to stop starving?
For she is skilled in the art of swordplay
And she knows how to read the stars
So what do you get Lady Ta'lia for Christmas
When she already has an Aj named Swing?

For one, I can tell that you weren't so confident in that phrase, because it sounds kind of jilted and really like you were struggling to find something to say there.

Some suggestions for that phrase:

What do you get a lady of the Shendar
One so skilled in the art of surviving?


What do you get a lady of the Shendar
When she's carved through the desert like a hiveling?


What do you get a lady of the Shendar
Who's gifted to us the Origin of Rahazdath?
(that's a little reference to one of her Shendar entries, and predicating it upon what she's given us does a good job of tying in the theme of wondering what it is we could get her)
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« Reply #3 on: 26 December 2010, 20:42:35 »

Thanks for that Alexandre ... yes, I was definitely struggling with that particular stanza and line.

All three of those suggestions look good to me, I particularly like the first and third ones you've provided. Particularly the first one as it rhymes with Swing.

I might wait to see which of them is preferred by Ta'lia.
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« Reply #4 on: 07 February 2011, 18:02:55 »

Any thoughts on this? Particularly Ta'lia?
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« Reply #5 on: 07 February 2011, 18:30:38 »

Oh Dek, I missed that at Christmas time - well, I was away from home and busy - as always in the 'holidays'.

If you want to take one of Aleaxadre's proposal, I think the nicest would be that one:

What do you get a lady of the Shendar
One so skilled in the art of surviving?

It rhymes nicely with Swing.

You choose very well to take my aj for that stanza btw! And thanks for it!  hug
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« Reply #6 on: 07 February 2011, 19:09:53 »

I've taken that stanza for the poem. I'm glad you appreciated me using your Aj, Ta'lia, I referred to your CD as well as to your person's entry on this side for your verse ... well since Decipher and ... Coren(?) weren't around to do the Christmas song, I thought that the tradition had to continue ... and I managed to keep Sordoc busy by giving him his very own Paxen to keep company. Any other thoughts? especially now that people seem to be back from holidays etc. :D

If not, could it be picked up in the next site update, just in with those other Christmas ones, perhaps?
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« Reply #7 on: 07 February 2011, 22:37:43 »

I love MY verse.  Even with the deliberate bad grammar.  Actually, even more with the deliberate bad grammar!  It's somehow so perfectly ironic....

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« Reply #8 on: 21 February 2011, 08:01:05 »

So is there anything that I need to do to this to get this one uploaded?

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« Reply #9 on: 23 February 2011, 05:55:15 »

Yep, I'll put it up next update, under the "Seasonal Tidings" in the "Odes to the Team" I'd say. It's a bit after Christmas, but we shouldn't forget about this one!  thumbup
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« Reply #10 on: 23 February 2011, 09:35:29 »

Thanks Arti.
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