To answer the question I know is coming: no, Ravar never thought about just going through the front door. Come now, what kind of Ayenroki would he be if he didn't find the hard way?!
On to other news, I totally re-arranged my basement room last night. I built myself a wood floor last year SPECIFICALLY as an "art area," and it took me all that time between then and now to actually move everything over. You guys have no idea how many spider carcasses I vacuumed up, I tell you. *shudders*
From where I sit, I have in view a signed poster from the webcomic Tourniquet (now defunct! Anyone know what happened to Rukis?), two swords within drawing distance, some awwwwesome Bose speakers, a picture of myself, my sister Dien and my friend Sarah B dressed up as killer pirates (from before Pirates of the Caribbean made pirates commonplace), and calendar pictures of awesome storms. I also have paper cuttings from Fushan province, where my mother and I hand-picked them. Oh! And of course, my ever-inspiration, the Wheel of Time series. I nearly cried the night before last remembering that Jim Rigney/Robert Jordan is dead. Of all the people in this world I wanted to meet...well...he was actually the only one I wanted to meet at all. I don't have many heroes. My brain tells me that the one I did have is dead; my heart reminds me that he lives on in his stories! *sigh*
Yes, I'm re-reading the series yet again. Reading as a writer through the beginning of Eye of the World, I couldn't believe it took RJ over 100 pages to get to the adventure. Then, I smacked myself in the face, because rules are meant to be broken when what you've written WORKS. And his beginning does work. Damn did it draw me in the first time I read it. People may bash RJ's books because they're long, but never have I read in fantasy of a world so incredibly rich and detailed, where characters are people--not clones of Tolkien's characters.
Okay, I promise I'm done ranting here. The other day I was watching a western called "Red Sun," and hot damn! It was like WATCHING Talon and Ravar! I couldn't believe it! Except Ravar was a little short as Toshiro Mifune, but Mifune would make a great Ayenroki. I became a fan of anything Mifune starred in when watching Shogun, the adaptation of Clavell's book as a 6-tape (yes, VIDEO TAPE) mini-series.
iie! iie! I am not a barbarian! Iie, Toranaga-sama! Would that mean Buntaro or Yabu is Mersnai? If Buntaro were...then Talon and Mersnai would like Mariko....
Man, nobody knows the hell what I'm talking about. Vote please, for a funny pic of Ravar. *goes to sit in kez-cave*