ursula-leguin

Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you’re weak where you thought yourself strong. You’ll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself - as I know you already have - in dark places, alone, and afraid.
—  Ursula Leguin
No, I do not wish you success. I don’t even want to talk about it. I want to talk about failure. Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you’re weak where you thought yourself strong. You’ll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself-as I know you already have-in dark places, alone, and afraid.
What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign.

I hope you live without the need to dominate, and without the need to be dominated. I hope you are never victims, but I hope you have no power over other people. And when you fail, and are defeated, and in pain, and in the dark, then I hope you will remember that darkness is your country. Why did we look up for blessing-instead of around, or down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon. Not from above, but from below. Not in the light that blinds, but in the dark that nourished, where human beings grown human souls.
—  Ursula K. LeGuin addressing the 1983 graduating class of Mills College in Oakland, California
Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words.
—  Ursula K. Le Guin, on accepting the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards.
From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.
—  Ursula K. LeGuin A Wizard of Earthsea

Books That Inspired The New Dungeons & Dragons

By David M. Ewalt

The biggest influence on Mearls’ work is probably Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea series. “Aside from the literary strengths of her work, she captures the rise of a legendary figure from humble beginnings to the heights of power in a way that I really love,” he says.

Rodney Thompson, another designer on the fifth edition of D&D, says much of his work on the game was influenced by author Poul Anderson, and that you can see it best in the paladin and warlock player character classes. “We really looked back to the paladin’s roots, which you can trace back to Three Hearts and Three Lions specifically, but there’s also a lot of influence from The Broken Sword there too, specifically in the Oath of the Ancients,” he says. “In the warlock, several of the invocations (such as the Witch Sight invocation) are drawn straight from the darker magic shown in The Broken Sword.”

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