Another trip across the ocean…! Pooka put their linguistic skills to use in order to skim/translate (read: stumble through with a dictionary in one hand and a fervent prayer to the word-gods in the other) the long-lost book Trolle, Träumer, Tiefe Wälder. This German-only supplement was released near the end of 2nd Edition, and describes Germany from a Kithain perspective. (It’s also the original source for the Wichtel and Wolpertinger kiths from C20, although they are rather different here…) The book is basically impossible to find for fewer than several hundred dollars at this point, so this minisode is an attempt to summarize the text and provide some information for the curious. Consider this a bonus listen before we get to—deep breath—the end of the original line…
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Pooka G (any pronoun/they) insists that there are very few problems of the body or soul that can’t be solved with a bowl of Kürbissuppe.
Denn das Schöne ist nichts als des Schrecklichen Anfang, den wir noch grade ertragen, und wir bewundern es so, weil es gelassen verschmäht, uns zu zerstören.
[For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to endure, and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.]
—Rainer Maria Rilke, first Duino Elegy (tr. Stephen Mitchell)