Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner setting (yolk-nuh-pah-taw-fa)
Robert Zajonc (zai-unts)
Slavoj Žižek (slah-voi zhee-zhek)
Andrzej Żuławski (ahn-drey zhu-wavv-ski)
1 Portuguese has a much more complicated phonetics than English & so these are especially approximate.
2 Because Giacometti was from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland a kind of second order snobbishness has descended on the pronunciation of his name. Most people who would judge you pronounce it as you would in Italian (jah-coh-mett-ee) but an inner-inner circle insist on correcting even these people with the Swiss-Italian pronunciation listed here.
3 The pronunciation of the -ch as soft instead of hard, unlike every other instance in German, was contrived after the philosopher’s death to avoid a near-homophony with that language’s word for ‘fuck.’
4 The last syllable doesn’t have an English equivalent but rhymes with the French pronunciation of Jean’s.
5 The first letter (qaf/qof/ق) has no equivalent in English or any other Western language and is more glottal than either of the sounds starting these approximations.
After we took care of the poltergeists, Gromm found an arcane-locked door. Never one to let silly things like impassable magic seals to stop him, he tries and fails twice to shoulder through it. Thinking it is a matter of momentum, he takes a fifteen-foot runup to charge through it, unaware that Eryn casts Dispel Magic on the lock right as he hits the door. Meeting no resistance, he flies through and crashes straight into an amber golem. This doesn’t piss it off, but when we start going through the piles of treasure it turns out to be guarding, it does get angry. Gromm promptly decided to challenge it to an arm-wrestling match by ripping off its arm and beating the golem to death with it. Needless to say, Gromm won the arm-wrestle.
What is that great being with the wooden construction over its head?
Oh, that's our dwarf.
That doesn't look like any dwarf I've ever seen; it looks like a magnificent treehouse!
(Gromm has been insisting on carrying the chariot full of loot over his head instead of just pulling it behind him. He gets away with it because has a 25 strength, thanks to the blessings of the same evil gods I lost my teeth to)
Body Horror in the Curse of Strahd: I probably should have seen this coming
Kopesk gave the arcanaloth her tail to “get closer to her god,” which he willfully interpreted as sending her to the afterlife. She came back, no problem. Later, we encountered sarcophagi that gave us all cool abilities, but most came with drawbacks. For instance, Kopesk has blindsight, but her eyes melted out of her face. I have three extra lives, but all my teeth fell out. Francis has a bonus to perception, but now he has a permanently closed eye in the back of his head. Wuvo, Bahshra’s feathered snake, has the ability to use Suggestion on people as a standard action (I think) but now also feels that he should be surrounded by art and will manipulate those around him to that end (as much as a non-sentient flying snake familiar can do that). Varissa has truesight, but also feels that life is meaningless and will not resist death when it comes, which is slightly conflicting with her other flaw: obtain power at all costs. Gromm has strength out the wazoo, but gained the flaw of being a bully, which was kind of redundant because he pretty much already was. Li got giant skeletal wings and can fly now, but he has to eat a pound of either bones or grave dirt every day or he dies. Mephistopheles wasn’t there, Feign abstained, and Father Z got something for his bat familiar, Bartleby, but I don’t remember what it was, or what anyone else got. I was a bit distracted by all the body horror.
On the plus side, accepting the gifts of evil deities meant that we were cool with the lich that guards the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind. He gave it to us on the condition we don’t let Strahd get a hold of it, and invited us to come read books in his library when we have the time.