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    why an ear?

    Post by EarthScraper on Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:49 pm

    Not sure if this question has appeared before but....why does the BotDM take ears? why not something like an eye? an eyeless corpse is scarier then an ear-less one. Gywndolin got something against ears?
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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by BeeSeaEss on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:07 pm

    Well when you think about it, In the bible peter cut off an ear for the sake of Jesus, and Gwyndolin is supposed to be the Almighty God of Sin or something like that. Shrug So maybe that ->might<- have something to do with this
    (just referring to the bible, I do not want to start a flame war)
    And cutting out and eye is a little too harsh, makes you seem like a psycho murderer, cutting an ear is not fatal but can really handicap you.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by EarthScraper on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:12 pm

    don't you kill the guilty though? plus, I've abandoned so many convents, my bounty is probably in the millions, so im sure taking eyes out is the nicest thing to do for angering a bunch of gods


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by BeeSeaEss on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:20 pm

    EarthScraper wrote:don't you kill the guilty though? plus, I've abandoned so many convents, my bounty is probably in the millions, so im sure taking eyes out is the nicest thing to do for angering a bunch of gods
    ah right, forgot, you DO kill them. But then my only guess is the biblical reference and relation to Gwyndolin.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Dibsville on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:25 pm

    Gravelord's already had eyes, so they went with ears. Taking the ears of the Guilty was a long-held tradition in the 'before times'.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by LunarFog on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:30 pm

    I always assumed it was a reference to the punishments people would perform in medieval times.

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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Dibsville on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:33 pm

    LunarFog wrote:I always assumed it was a reference to the punishments people would perform in medieval times.
    That's what it is.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by EarthScraper on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:51 pm

    ohhh, didn't know that. makes sense, since darks souls has a medieval theme to it, thanks!


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Animaaal on Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:27 pm

    Gwyndolin is a fan of Van Gogh?
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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by KrazykevS10 on Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:14 pm

    Animaaal wrote:Gwyndolin is a fan of Van Gogh?

    lol!


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Demon Slayer on Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:09 am

    Bee i think youre Reading too much Bible silly

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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by GrinTwist on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:25 am

    I don't know if this has already been mentioned but it could be because an ear of reprisal is a symbol that the guilty have payed for a sin they have committed.

    The ear may have come from the person that was found in the book of the guilty and once they had been killed the SoV would remove their ear as a symbol that they made them pay for their sin.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Sir Mandred on Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:45 am

    There is a chinese myth that states that pointing at the moon cuts your ears.

    If there's anything that From most likely have taken the idea from, its likely that story.
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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Shkar on Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:39 pm

    What would you rather they cut off?


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by EarthScraper on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:48 pm

    Shkar wrote:What would you rather they cut off?

    aww screw the ears, just take their face, that would really terrify the gankers and the deserters not to **** with the BotDM
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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Dieselzilla on Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:34 pm

    It's kinda funny, I just read the description about souvenir of reprisal yesterday and learned the terrible truth that you were actually collecting undead ears.

    I mean why can it be fingers? Cutting off fingers sounds to be a more intimidating than cutting off ears in my opinion.

    But I guess cutting off an ear is more appropriate in sending off a message than cutting off a finger would be.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by ClassicBlaze on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:56 pm

    Shkar wrote:What would you rather they cut off?

    Poor male sinners....


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Serious_Much on Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:04 pm



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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by TheLittleKing on Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:28 pm

    It seems to be a running theme with the law for both good and bad guys to cut off body parts.

    In Fallout 3 you can get one of two perks where you either cut off bad guys finger, or good guys ear as proof you killed them.

    If someone cut your nose off I'd guess that killer was neutral. winking
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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Tolvo on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:26 pm

    Another idea to consider is that temptation and sinning is depicted in old artwork as whispering in the ear. It is a classic idea of a shadowy figure or spirit whispering into the ear of another to tempt them to commit sinful acts.
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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by morte on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:31 pm

    It was very common in medieval times to chop off somebody's ear as a means of punishing them for crimes. Thus, the use it as the covenant item for the BotDM.


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    Re: why an ear?

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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Myztyrio on Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:16 pm

    Relating to the "ear" idea, here is a poem entitled "The Colonel" by Carolyn Forche.

    The Colonel



    What you have heard is true. I was in his house.
    His wife carried a tray of coffee and sugar. His
    daughter filed her nails, his son went out for the
    night. There were daily papers, pet dogs, a pistol
    on the cushion beside him. The moon swung bare on
    its black cord over the house. On the television
    was a cop show. It was in English. Broken bottles
    were embedded in the walls around the house to
    scoop the kneecaps from a man's legs or cut his
    hands to lace. On the windows there were gratings
    like those in liquor stores. We had dinner, rack of
    lamb, good wine, a gold bell was on the table for
    calling the maid. The maid brought green mangoes,
    salt, a type of bread. I was asked how I enjoyed
    the country. There was a brief commercial in
    Spanish. His wife took everything away. There was
    some talk of how difficult it had become to govern.
    The parrot said hello on the terrace. The colonel
    told it to shut up, and pushed himself from the
    table. My friend said to me with his eyes: say
    nothing. The colonel returned with a sack used to
    bring groceries home. He spilled many human ears on
    the table. They were like dried peach halves. There
    is no other way to say this. He took one of them in
    his hands, shook it in our faces, dropped it into a
    water glass. It came alive there. I am tired of
    fooling around he said. As for the rights of anyone,
    tell your people they can go f--- themselves. He
    swept the ears to the floor with his arm and held
    the last of his wine in the air. Something for your
    poetry, no? he said. Some of the ears on the floor
    caught this scrap of his voice. Some of the ears on
    the floor were pressed to the ground.

    ---

    Maybe, the sinners had heard too much. Or they were trying to hear something that they shouldn't be. The old phrase "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil," comes to mind.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by swordiris on Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:31 am

    Don't they at least get their ear back at the bonfire?

    That would be funny if there was just a bunch of earless people.


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    Re: why an ear?

    Post by Serious_Much on Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:36 am

    swordiris wrote:Don't they at least get their ear back at the bonfire?

    That would be funny if there was just a bunch of earless people.

    That would be funny, I'd love to walk around with a guy and people can'tb quite put their finger on what was wrong with my toon silly


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