savage jungle


As for the Iron Bull himself, he now enjoys food, drink, and all of life’s earthly pleasures more than he had expected. Telling himself it is for his role as a Tal-Vashoth, he has let most of his self-imposed restrictions slip. Still, the notion of becoming fully Tal-Vashoth brings back immediate memories of those savage monsters in the jungles of Seheron and the children they had killed. 

He insists upon referring to himself as Qunari, a distinction that few in Orlais understand enough to make a point of, and he reports to the Ben-Hassrath with perfect devotion. The letters he sends are his lifeline, the single remaining point of discipline holding back the savagery he hunted for more than a decade until the day he saw it in himself.

—The World of Thedas Vol. 2


Jungle stories magazine

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Edgar Rice Burroughs contributions to pulp fiction. From the Sci-fi romance of the Barsoom series to to the Hollow Earth fantasies of Pellucidar to arguably his most famous creation, Tarzan of the Apes.

And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery the pulps pounded Tarzan flatter than the paper they were printed on. Morgo the mighty, Jam of the jungle, Matalaa, Ka-Zar, Sheena & the most prolific of homages, Ki-Gor, The White Jungle Lord.

Ki-Gor made his debut in 1939, satiating the readership’s desire for lost cities, savage jungle hordes & a commanding blonde protagonist and his eminently kidnapable wife. The tales didn’t shy away shock either, countless covers feature women at the spearpoint of a menacing cannibal or moments away from being ripped to pieces by a menagerie of African beasts. Story titles like Slave of the Jackal Priestess or The Apes Screamed “Kill!” Tell you more or less exactly what you’re going to get.

Fiction House would ultimately publish more than twice the number of stories featuring Ki-Gor, then Edgar Rice Burroughs did of Tarzan, 59 in all, over the course of fifteen years.

Jungle Stories, Fall, 1948.

Cover (most likely) by George Gross.

You have to realize that up until about 1959, Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. And by the colonial powers of Europe having complete control over Africa, they projected Africa always in a negative light - jungles, savages, cannibals, nothing civilized.
—  Malcolm X

Don’t push me too far-
I yield only like rubber to give you your space
Retaining my own resilient shape
Tough-hide learned; perhaps not all unearned
My hands are controlled in their motion
Soft by will,
not by natural state of being
Sometimes those who have no choice but to be strong
Will conceal it in gentle mild tempering
But the blade is no less for its scabbard,
and edge is not always dulled by the sheath
Do not mistake the protection afforded to others
As license for imposition
or meekness as sign of the weak-
Sometimes softest fur covers the sharpest claws
And muzzles hide monsters’ dread teeth
So walk soft in respect of appearance,
Don’t be fool enough to just believe
That the small are always defenseless
Or the wounded without warrior’s strength;
The mute is not without muscled means
Nor the silly or stillness of another
sure sign of lacking sense or ability-

The brightest, boldest flora and fauna in savage jungles
Are not attractive only to be seen…

—  Toxicity is not measured by scales of visible deformity,
nor beauty a measure of benefit, mildness or safety…