domingo, 19 de mayo de 2019

La Vista del desde el Borde: ALPHA BLUE RPG


ALPHA BLUE RPG

Un vistazo rápido a un publicación futura

Recientemente un extraño alienígena se dirigió a mí con un una extraña petición, reseñar un juegp de rol aun sin publicar... en castellano, en inglés ya ha visto la luz, me refiero a ALPHA BLUE de Venger A. Satanis.

Antes de nada, decir que no he recibido remuneración pecuniaria ni en especie para escribrir esta reseña, solo una amable peticion y un pdf plano del texto traducido una vez aceptado el compromiso idnicado siemrpe que sería una opinión libre. Esto es mi opinión libre y sincera.

EL LIBRO (físico)
El libro original en inglés (lengua de herejes, o lengua adecuada para hablar con caballos, decía Carlos I) tiene una extensión de  114 páginas y tapa blanda, ilustraciones en blanco y negro / escala de grises, vendiéndose por unos 14$ el libro en fisico en tapa blanda y 10$ en pdf en los portales de venta habituales.

La versión en castellano SIN MAQUETAR y sin ilustraciones ocupa 93 paginas (los expertos dicen que la traducción del hereje a la lengua de Dxxs o castellano ingrementa la extensiñon entre un 10 y un 25%). Es de esperar que el precio sea similar, es decir, alrededor de los 14€ (pagas licencia y pagas traducción), lo que por unas 120 paginas que serán al final, está bien.

EL LIBRO (contenido)

ADVERTENCIA
CONTENIDO ADULTO

Este libro e recuerda a la Guía del arbitro de cyberpunk 2020, un conjunto de herramientas para más-molar una ambientación más que un juego en sí mismo, aunque contiene un sistema muy ligerito y fácil de comprender, afín a los gustos de la chavalada actual, yo soy más de cosas con más armazón, si bien el que tiene es sólido.

La creación de pjs en el sistema incluido es extremadamente sencialla, auqneu eso no signifca que de como resulado personajes simples. Solo hay que escoger "raza" (humano, alien o mutante) y lo demás se va tirando en unas tablas que me recuerdan muy gratamente a las tablas de Vida Pasada de Cyberpunk 2020:

Humano: tira o elige 2 ocupaciones y un rasgo especial (psionico, zedi, afortunado o noble).
Alien: tira o elige 1 ocupación y tirar en las tablas de rasgos alienígenas.
Mutante: tira o elige 1 ocupación y 3 mutaciones (y tiene la posibilidad de tener más bajo las condiciones ambientales adecuadas.

El sistema usa dados de 6 caras (1, 2 o 3 según la dificultad) y poco más se puede decir sin destriparlo entero de arriba a abajo. Y si el sistema no te convence, tienes una sencilla guía de adaptación para 5 sistemas de juego distintos, y en todo caso lo puedes usar como herramienta de trasfondo y como guía de ambientación, que por el precio al que va a salir vs el contenido ya sólo por la ambientación y esas tablas por extensión y número de opciones vale la pena.

La sección de las tablas, o como escuché llamar a esa sección a un jugador de Rolemaster en los 90s, "la carpintería" (... hoy le llamarían la Tienda Sueca o algo así..) es el esqueleto, la estructura de todo el libro, e incluye multiples referencias frikis de los años 80s y 90s, lo cual está muy bien, y demuestra que los juegos nuevos descansan sobre los hombros de los clásicos.

Además de las ilustraciones orignales se incluirán nuevas en portada, contraportada y algunas en el interior de afamados artistas patrios.

EXTRAS
El mapa de la estación, que viene incluido y que ahora muuucho tiempo al DJ y mucho más al DJ carente de capacidades artísticas.

El PDF, el libro trae además un pdf a COLOR, para que los más tecnofílicos y coleccionistas puedan diponer de las partidas en su pantalla de presentación de datos manteniendo el valioso original a salvo en su cámara acorazada junto a su Aquelarre aun no firmado por Ricard Ibañez  y su Oráculo JDR de JOC.

LA EDITORIAL QUE LO VA A TRAER
En castellano nos llegara de la mano de Rolecat, una nueva editorial que ya ha lanzado mecenazgos para IMSERSO TO THE LIMIT, juego de vejetes de vaciones que he podido leer y está muy bien (ya entregado), HIGH SPACE, ciencia ficción espacial con un motor de Savage World (se entrega a final de año), LA ISLA DE VYRR, un sandbox para el juego de los calabozos y los lagartos voladores versión 5.0, creado por azote de mecenazgos del rol en castellano Urloc San (se entrega a final de año).

Pero esto no va a ser un mecenazgo, sino una preventa, fruto de la unión del Gnolam y de Rolecat (mea culpa, yo fui quien los presentó, en cierto modo), lo que garatiza una rápida distribución del juego a los compradores.

LO MALO
Y ahora es cuando digo lo que no me gusta o mejor dicho lo que le falta de acuerdo con mi opinión:

-Un ejemplo de creación de personaje.
-La descripción de un bar o local sórdido, como una clínica ilegal o antro de drogas (hay herramientas para crearlo, eso sí).
-Una aventura de ejemplo.

LA CONCLUSIÓN
Compradlo cuando salga, si sois fans de la ciencia ficción lo usaréis, como juego o como material de apoyo, y si no, lo usaréis como material de apoyo para juegos no de ciencia ficción.

OTRAS RESEÑAS

miércoles, 8 de mayo de 2019

Hovercraft KGA-3T Kanga


Battletech Technical Readout - Hovercraft KGA-3T Kanga

http://cfw.sarna.net/wiki/images/1/1b/3050U_Kanga.jpg?timestamp=20100619204224

Esta es una actualización del Kanga, reutilizando partes sobrantes de la actualización de otros vehñiculos, como reactores de fusión (que fueron substituidos por reactores XL), y láseres.

Type: Kanga
Technology Base: Inner Sphere
Tonnage: 50

Equipment                     Mass
Internal Structure:           5 tons
Engine: 165 Fusion       10 tons

Cruise MP: 8
Running MP: 12
Jumping MP: 6

Heat Sinks: 15               5  tons
Control Equipment:     2.5 tons

Lift Equipment:            5 tons

Power Amplifier: 0

Turret: 0

Armor Factor: 56             3.5 tons

Armor Value
Front 20
R/L Side 12/12
Rear 12

Weapons and Ammo       Location         Tonnage
ER Large Laser                    Front                   5
Medium Laser                      Front                   1

LRM 10                                Front                   5
Ammo (LRM) 12                 Body                   1
SRM 4 Streak                       Front                   2
Ammo (SRM) 25                 Body                   1
Machine Gun                        Front                 0.5
Ammo (MG) 100                  Body                 0.5
Jump Jets                              Body                    3

sábado, 9 de marzo de 2019

Hyperion, Book III


Hyperion, Book III

By J. Keats

Thus in alternate uproar and sad peace,
Amazed were those Titans utterly.
O leave them, Muse! O leave them to their woes;
For thou art weak to sing such tumults dire:
A solitary sorrow best befits                                                   5
Thy lips, and antheming a lonely grief.
Leave them, O Muse! for thou anon wilt find
Many a fallen old Divinity
Wandering in vain about bewildered shores.
Meantime touch piously the Delphic harp,                          10
And not a wind of heaven but will breathe
In aid soft warble from the Dorian flute;
For lo! ’tis for the Father of all verse.
Flush every thing that hath a vermeil hue,
Let the rose glow intense and warm the air,                        15
And let the clouds of even and of morn
Float in voluptuous fleeces o’er the hills;
Let the red wine within the goblet boil,
Cold as a bubbling well; let faint-lipp’d shells,
On sands, or in great deeps, vermilion turn                         20
Through all their labyrinths; and let the maid
Blush keenly, as with some warm kiss surpris’d.
Chief isle of the embowered Cyclades,
Rejoice, O Delos, with thine olives green,
And poplars, and lawn-shading palms, and beech,             25
In which the Zephyr breathes the loudest song,
And hazels thick, dark-stemm’d beneath the shade:
Apollo is once more the golden theme!
Where was he, when the Giant of the Sun
Stood bright, amid the sorrow of his peers?                         30
Together had he left his mother fair
And his twin-sister sleeping in their bower,
And in the morning twilight wandered forth
Beside the osiers of a rivulet,
Full ankle-deep in lilies of the vale.                                       35
The nightingale had ceas’d, and a few stars
Were lingering in the heavens, while the thrush
Began calm-throated. Throughout all the isle
There was no covert, no retired cave
Unhaunted by the murmurous noise of waves,                   40
Though scarcely heard in many a green recess.
He listen’d, and he wept, and his bright tears
Went trickling down the golden bow he held.
Thus with half-shut suffused eyes he stood,
While from beneath some cumbrous boughs hard by        45
With solemn step an awful Goddess came,
And there was purport in her looks for him,
Which he with eager guess began to read
Perplex’d, the while melodiously he said:
“How cam’st thou over the unfooted sea?                           50
“Or hath that antique mien and robed form
“Mov’d in these vales invisible till now?
“Sure I have heard those vestments sweeping o’er
“The fallen leaves, when I have sat alone
“In cool mid-forest. Surely I have traced                               55
“The rustle of those ample skirts about
“These grassy solitudes, and seen the flowers
“Lift up their heads, as still the whisper pass’d.
“Goddess! I have beheld those eyes before,
“And their eternal calm, and all that face,                              60
“Or I have dream’d.”—“Yes,” said the supreme shape,
“Thou hast dream’d of me; and awaking up
“Didst find a lyre all golden by thy side,
“Whose strings touch’d by thy fingers, all the vast
“Unwearied ear of the whole universe                                   65
“Listen’d in pain and pleasure at the birth
“Of such new tuneful wonder. Is’t not strange
“That thou shouldst weep, so gifted? Tell me, youth,
“What sorrow thou canst feel; for I am sad
“When thou dost shed a tear: explain thy griefs                    70
“To one who in this lonely isle hath been
“The watcher of thy sleep and hours of life,
“From the young day when first thy infant hand
“Pluck’d witless the weak flowers, till thine arm
“Could bend that bow heroic to all times.                              75
“Show thy heart’s secret to an ancient Power
“Who hath forsaken old and sacred thrones
“For prophecies of thee, and for the sake
“Of loveliness new born.”—Apollo then,
With sudden scrutiny and gloomless eyes,                           80
Thus answer’d, while his white melodious throat
Throbb’d with the syllables.—“Mnemosyne!
“Thy name is on my tongue, I know not how;
“Why should I tell thee what thou so well seest?
“Why should I strive to show what from thy lips                   85
“Would come no mystery? For me, dark, dark,
“And painful vile oblivion seals my eyes:
“I strive to search wherefore I am so sad,
“Until a melancholy numbs my limbs;
“And then upon the grass I sit, and moan,                            90
“Like one who once had wings.—O why should I
“Feel curs’d and thwarted, when the liegeless air
“Yields to my step aspirant? why should I
“Spurn the green turf as hateful to my feet?
“Goddess benign, point forth some unknown thing:            95
“Are there not other regions than this isle?
“What are the stars? There is the sun, the sun!
“And the most patient brilliance of the moon!
“And stars by thousands! Point me out the way
“To any one particular beauteous star,                                100
“And I will flit into it with my lyre,
“And make its silvery splendour pant with bliss.
“I have heard the cloudy thunder: Where is power?
“Whose hand, whose essence, what divinity
“Makes this alarum in the elements,                                   105
“While I here idle listen on the shores
“In fearless yet in aching ignorance?
“O tell me, lonely Goddess, by thy harp,
“That waileth every morn and eventide,
“Tell me why thus I rave, about these groves!                     110
“Mute thou remainest—Mute! yet I can read
“A wondrous lesson in thy silent face:
“Knowledge enormous makes a God of me.
“Names, deeds, gray legends, dire events, rebellions,
“Majesties, sovran voices, agonies,                                     115
“Creations and destroyings, all at once
“Pour into the wide hollows of my brain,
“And deify me, as if some blithe wine
“Or bright elixir peerless I had drunk,
“And so become immortal.”—Thus the God,                      120
While his enkindled eyes, with level glance
Beneath his white soft temples, stedfast kept
Trembling with light upon Mnemosyne.
Soon wild commotions shook him, and made flush
All the immortal fairness of his limbs;                                 125
Most like the struggle at the gate of death;
Or liker still to one who should take leave
Of pale immortal death, and with a pang
As hot as death’s is chill, with fierce convulse
Die into life: so young Apollo anguish’d;                             130
His very hair, his golden tresses famed
Kept undulation round his eager neck.
During the pain Mnemosyne upheld
Her arms as one who prophesied.—At length
Apollo shriek’d;—and lo! from all his limbs                         135
Celestial

THE END.

sábado, 2 de marzo de 2019

Hyperion, Book II


Hyperion, Book II

By J. Keats

Just at the self-same beat of Time’s wide wings
Hyperion slid into the rustled air,
And Saturn gain’d with Thea that sad place
Where Cybele and the bruised Titans mourn’d.
It was a den where no insulting light                                                5
Could glimmer on their tears; where their own groans
They felt, but heard not, for the solid roar
Of thunderous waterfalls and torrents hoarse,
Pouring a constant bulk, uncertain where.
Crag jutting forth to crag, and rocks that seem’d                           10
Ever as if just rising from a sleep,
Forehead to forehead held their monstrous horns;
And thus in thousand hugest phantasies
Made a fit roofing to this nest of woe.
Instead of thrones, hard flint they sat upon,                                   15
Couches of rugged stone, and slaty ridge
Stubborn’d with iron. All were not assembled:
Some chain’d in torture, and some wandering.
Coeus, and Gyges, and Briareüs,
Typhon, and Dolor, and Porphyrion,                                              20
With many more, the brawniest in assault,
Were pent in regions of laborious breath;
Dungeon’d in opaque element, to keep
Their clenched teeth still clench’d, and all their limbs
Lock’d up like veins of metal, crampt and screw’d;                      25
Without a motion, save of their big hearts
Heaving in pain, and horribly convuls’d
With sanguine feverous boiling gurge of pulse.
Mnemosyne was straying in the world;
Far from her moon had Phoebe wandered;                                 30
And many else were free to roam abroad,
But for the main, here found they covert drear.
Scarce images of life, one here, one there,
Lay vast and edgeways; like a dismal cirque
Of Druid stones, upon a forlorn moor,                                          35
When the chill rain begins at shut of eve,
In dull November, and their chancel vault,
The Heaven itself, is blinded throughout night.
Each one kept shroud, nor to his neighbour gave
Or word, or look, or action of despair.                                           40
Creus was one; his ponderous iron mace
Lay by him, and a shatter’d rib of rock
Told of his rage, ere he thus sank and pined.
Iapetus another; in his grasp,
A serpent’s plashy neck; its barbed tongue                                 45
Squeez’d from the gorge, and all its uncurl’d length
Dead; and because the creature could not spit
Its poison in the eyes of conquering Jove.
Next Cottus: prone he lay, chin uppermost,
As though in pain; for still upon the flint                                      50
He ground severe his skull, with open mouth
And eyes at horrid working. Nearest him
Asia, born of most enormous Caf,
Who cost her mother Tellus keener pangs,
Though feminine, than any of her sons:                                      55
More thought than woe was in her dusky face,
For she was prophesying of her glory;
And in her wide imagination stood
Palm-shaded temples, and high rival fanes,
By Oxus or in Ganges’ sacred isles.                                             60
Even as Hope upon her anchor leans,
So leant she, not so fair, upon a tusk
Shed from the broadest of her elephants.
Above her, on a crag’s uneasy shelve,
Upon his elbow rais’d, all prostrate else,                                      65
Shadow’d Enceladus; once tame and mild
As grazing ox unworried in the meads;
Now tiger-passion’d, lion-thoughted, wroth,
He meditated, plotted, and even now
Was hurling mountains in that second war,                                70
Not long delay’d, that scar’d the younger Gods
To hide themselves in forms of beast and bird.
Nor far hence Atlas; and beside him prone
Phorcus, the sire of Gorgons. Neighbour’d close
Oceanus, and Tethys, in whose lap                                             75
Sobb’d Clymene among her tangled hair.
In midst of all lay Themis, at the feet
Of Ops the queen all clouded round from sight;
No shape distinguishable, more than when
Thick night confounds the pine-tops with the clouds:               80
And many else whose names may not be told.
For when the Muse’s wings are air-ward spread,
Who shall delay her flight? And she must chaunt
Of Saturn, and his guide, who now had climb’d
With damp and slippery footing from a depth                            85
More horrid still. Above a sombre cliff
Their heads appear’d, and up their stature grew
Till on the level height their steps found ease:
Then Thea spread abroad her trembling arms
Upon the precincts of this nest of pain,                                      90
And sidelong fix’d her eye on Saturn’s face:
There saw she direst strife; the supreme God
At war with all the frailty of grief,
Of rage, of fear, anxiety, revenge,
Remorse, spleen, hope, but most of all despair.                        95
Against these plagues he strove in vain; for Fate
Had pour’d a mortal oil upon his head,
A disanointing poison: so that Thea,
Affrighted, kept her still, and let him pass
First onwards in, among the fallen tribe.                                    100

As with us mortal men, the laden heart
Is persecuted more, and fever’d more,
When it is nighing to the mournful house
Where other hearts are sick of the same bruise;
So Saturn, as he walk’d into the midst,                                     105
Felt faint, and would have sunk among the rest,
But that he met Enceladus’s eye,
Whose mightiness, and awe of him, at once
Came like an inspiration; and he shouted,
“Titans, behold your God!” at which some groan’d;                  110
Some started on their feet; some also shouted;
Some wept, some wail’d, all bow’d with reverence;
And Ops, uplifting her black folded veil,
Show’d her pale cheeks, and all her forehead wan,
Her eye-brows thin and jet, and hollow eyes.                           115
There is a roaring in the bleak-grown pines
When Winter lifts his voice; there is a noise
Among immortals when a God gives sign,
With hushing finger, how he means to load
His tongue with the full weight of utterless thought,              120
With thunder, and with music, and with pomp:
Such noise is like the roar of bleak-grown pines;
Which, when it ceases in this mountain’d world,
No other sound succeeds; but ceasing here,
Among these fallen, Saturn’s voice therefrom                         125
Grew up like organ, that begins anew
Its strain, when other harmonies, stopt short,
Leave the dinn’d air vibrating silverly.
Thus grew it up—“Not in my own sad breast,
“Which is its own great judge and searcher out,                      130
“Can I find reason why ye should be thus:
“Not in the legends of the first of days,
“Studied from that old spirit-leaved book
“Which starry Uranus with finger bright
“Sav’d from the shores of darkness, when the waves             135
“Low-ebb’d still hid it up in shallow gloom;—
“And the which book ye know I ever kept
“For my firm-based footstool:—Ah, infirm!
“Not there, nor in sign, symbol, or portent
“Of element, earth, water, air, and fire,—                                 140
“At war, at peace, or inter-quarreling
“One against one, or two, or three, or all
“Each several one against the other three,
“As fire with air loud warring when rain-floods
“Drown both, and press them both against earth’s face,         145
“Where, finding sulphur, a quadruple wrath
“Unhinges the poor world;—not in that strife,
“Wherefrom I take strange lore, and read it deep,
“Can I find reason why ye should be thus:
“No, no-where can unriddle, though I search,                         150
“And pore on Nature’s universal scroll
“Even to swooning, why ye, Divinities,
“The first-born of all shap’d and palpable Gods,
“Should cower beneath what, in comparison,
“Is untremendous might. Yet ye are here,                                155
“O’erwhelm’d, and spurn’d, and batter’d, ye are here!
“O Titans, shall I say ‘Arise!’—Ye groan:
“Shall I say ‘Crouch!’—Ye groan. What can I then?
“O Heaven wide! O unseen parent dear!
“What can I? Tell me, all ye brethren Gods,                              160
“How we can war, how engine our great wrath!
“O speak your counsel now, for Saturn’s ear
“Is all a-hunger’d. Thou, Oceanus,
“Ponderest high and deep; and in thy face
“I see, astonied, that severe content                                        165
“Which comes of thought and musing: give us help!”

So ended Saturn; and the God of the Sea,
Sophist and sage, from no Athenian grove,
But cogitation in his watery shades,
Arose, with locks not oozy, and began,                                    170
In murmurs, which his first-endeavouring tongue
Caught infant-like from the far-foamed sands.
“O ye, whom wrath consumes! who, passion-stung,
“Writhe at defeat, and nurse your agonies!
“Shut up your senses, stifle up your ears,                                175
“My voice is not a bellows unto ire.
“Yet listen, ye who will, whilst I bring proof
“How ye, perforce, must be content to stoop:
“And in the proof much comfort will I give,
“If ye will take that comfort in its truth.                                     180
“We fall by course of Nature’s law, not force
“Of thunder, or of Jove. Great Saturn, thou
“Hast sifted well the atom-universe;
“But for this reason, that thou art the King,
“And only blind from sheer supremacy,                                    185
“One avenue was shaded from thine eyes,
“Through which I wandered to eternal truth.
“And first, as thou wast not the first of powers,
“So art thou not the last; it cannot be:
“Thou art not the beginning nor the end.                                 190
“From chaos and parental darkness came
“Light, the first fruits of that intestine broil,
“That sullen ferment, which for wondrous ends
“Was ripening in itself. The ripe hour came,
“And with it light, and light, engendering                                 195
“Upon its own producer, forthwith touch’d
“The whole enormous matter into life.
“Upon that very hour, our parentage,
“The Heavens and the Earth, were manifest:
“Then thou first-born, and we the giant-race,                         200
“Found ourselves ruling new and beauteous realms.
“Now comes the pain of truth, to whom ’tis pain;
“O folly! for to bear all naked truths,
“And to envisage circumstance, all calm,
“That is the top of sovereignty. Mark well!                                205
“As Heaven and Earth are fairer, fairer far
“Than Chaos and blank Darkness, though once chiefs;
“And as we show beyond that Heaven and Earth
“In form and shape compact and beautiful,
“In will, in action free, companionship,                                      210
“And thousand other signs of purer life;
“So on our heels a fresh perfection treads,
“A power more strong in beauty, born of us
“And fated to excel us, as we pass
“In glory that old Darkness: nor are we                                      215
“Thereby more conquer’d, than by us the rule
“Of shapeless Chaos. Say, doth the dull soil
“Quarrel with the proud forests it hath fed,
“And feedeth still, more comely than itself?
“Can it deny the chiefdom of green groves?                            220
“Or shall the tree be envious of the dove
“Because it cooeth, and hath snowy wings
“To wander wherewithal and find its joys?
“We are such forest-trees, and our fair boughs
“Have bred forth, not pale solitary doves,                                 225
“But eagles golden-feather’d, who do tower
“Above us in their beauty, and must reign
“In right thereof; for ’tis the eternal law
“That first in beauty should be first in might:
“Yea, by that law, another race may drive                                230
“Our conquerors to mourn as we do now.
“Have ye beheld the young God of the Seas,
“My dispossessor? Have ye seen his face?
“Have ye beheld his chariot, foam’d along
“By noble winged creatures he hath made?                             235
“I saw him on the calmed waters scud,
“With such a glow of beauty in his eyes,
“That it enforc’d me to bid sad farewell
“To all my empire: farewell sad I took,
“And hither came, to see how dolorous fate                              240
“Had wrought upon ye; and how I might best
“Give consolation in this woe extreme.
“Receive the truth, and let it be your balm.”

Whether through poz’d conviction, or disdain,
They guarded silence, when Oceanus                                       245
Left murmuring, what deepest thought can tell?
But so it was, none answer’d for a space,
Save one whom none regarded, Clymene;
And yet she answer’d not, only complain’d,
With hectic lips, and eyes up-looking mild,                                250
Thus wording timidly among the fierce:
“O Father, I am here the simplest voice,
“And all my knowledge is that joy is gone,
“And this thing woe crept in among our hearts,
“There to remain for ever, as I fear:                                              255
“I would not bode of evil, if I thought
“So weak a creature could turn off the help
“Which by just right should come of mighty Gods;
“Yet let me tell my sorrow, let me tell
“Of what I heard, and how it made me weep,                             260
“And know that we had parted from all hope.
“I stood upon a shore, a pleasant shore,
“Where a sweet clime was breathed from a land
“Of fragrance, quietness, and trees, and flowers.
“Full of calm joy it was, as I of grief;                                             265
“Too full of joy and soft delicious warmth;
“So that I felt a movement in my heart
“To chide, and to reproach that solitude
“With songs of misery, music of our woes;
“And sat me down, and took a mouthed shell                             270
“And murmur’d into it, and made melody—
“O melody no more! for while I sang,
“And with poor skill let pass into the breeze
“The dull shell’s echo, from a bowery strand
“Just opposite, an island of the sea,                                            275
“There came enchantment with the shifting wind,
“That did both drown and keep alive my ears.
“I threw my shell away upon the sand,
“And a wave fill’d it, as my sense was fill’d
“With that new blissful golden melody.                                       280
“A living death was in each gush of sounds,
“Each family of rapturous hurried notes,
“That fell, one after one, yet all at once,
“Like pearl beads dropping sudden from their string:
“And then another, then another strain,                                     285
“Each like a dove leaving its olive perch,
“With music wing’d instead of silent plumes,
“To hover round my head, and make me sick
“Of joy and grief at once. Grief overcame,
“And I was stopping up my frantic ears,                                     290
“When, past all hindrance of my trembling hands,
“A voice came sweeter, sweeter than all tune,
“And still it cried, ‘Apollo! young Apollo!
“‘The morning-bright Apollo! young Apollo!’
“I fled, it follow’d me, and cried ‘Apollo!’                                       295
“O Father, and O Brethren, had ye felt
“Those pains of mine; O Saturn, hadst thou felt,
“Ye would not call this too indulged tongue
“Presumptuous, in thus venturing to be heard.”

So far her voice flow’d on, like timorous brook                            300
That, lingering along a pebbled coast,
Doth fear to meet the sea: but sea it met,
And shudder’d; for the overwhelming voice
Of huge Enceladus swallow’d it in wrath:
The ponderous syllables, like sullen waves                                  305
In the half-glutted hollows of reef-rocks,
Came booming thus, while still upon his arm
He lean’d; not rising, from supreme contempt.
“Or shall we listen to the over-wise,
“Or to the over-foolish giant, Gods?                                              310
“Not thunderbolt on thunderbolt, till all
“That rebel Jove’s whole armoury were spent,
“Not world on world upon these shoulders piled,
“Could agonize me more than baby-words
“In midst of this dethronement horrible.                                        315
“Speak! roar! shout! yell! ye sleepy Titans all.
“Do ye forget the blows, the buffets vile?
“Are ye not smitten by a youngling arm?
“Dost thou forget, sham Monarch of the Waves,
“Thy scalding in the seas? What, have I rous’d                             320
“Your spleens with so few simple words as these?
“O joy! for now I see ye are not lost:
“O joy! for now I see a thousand eyes
“Wide glaring for revenge!”—As this he said,
He lifted up his stature vast, and stood,                                       325
Still without intermission speaking thus:
“Now ye are flames, I’ll tell you how to burn,
“And purge the ether of our enemies;
“How to feed fierce the crooked stings of fire,
“And singe away the swollen clouds of Jove,                                330
“Stifling that puny essence in its tent.
“O let him feel the evil he hath done;
“For though I scorn Oceanus’s lore,
“Much pain have I for more than loss of realms:
“The days of peace and slumberous calm are fled;                       335
“Those days, all innocent of scathing war,
“When all the fair Existences of heaven
“Came open-eyed to guess what we would speak:—
“That was before our brows were taught to frown,
“Before our lips knew else but solemn sounds;                            340
“That was before we knew the winged thing,
“Victory, might be lost, or might be won.
“And be ye mindful that Hyperion,
“Our brightest brother, still is undisgraced—
“Hyperion, lo! his radiance is here!”                                                345

All eyes were on Enceladus’s face,
And they beheld, while still Hyperion’s name
Flew from his lips up to the vaulted rocks,
A pallid gleam across his features stern:
Not savage, for he saw full many a God                                        350
Wroth as himself. He look’d upon them all,
And in each face he saw a gleam of light,
But splendider in Saturn’s, whose hoar locks
Shone like the bubbling foam about a keel
When the prow sweeps into a midnight cove.                               355
In pale and silver silence they remain’d,
Till suddenly a splendour, like the morn,
Pervaded all the beetling gloomy steeps,
All the sad spaces of oblivion,
And every gulf, and every chasm old,                                             360
And every height, and every sullen depth,
Voiceless, or hoarse with loud tormented streams:
And all the everlasting cataracts,
And all the headlong torrents far and near,
Mantled before in darkness and huge shade,                                365
Now saw the light and made it terrible.
It was Hyperion:—a granite peak
His bright feet touch’d, and there he stay’d to view
The misery his brilliance had betray’d
To the most hateful seeing of itself.                                                370
Golden his hair of short Numidian curl,
Regal his shape majestic, a vast shade
In midst of his own brightness, like the bulk
Of Memnon’s image at the set of sun
To one who travels from the dusking East:                                     375
Sighs, too, as mournful as that Memnon’s harp
He utter’d, while his hands contemplative
He press’d together, and in silence stood.
Despondence seiz’d again the fallen Gods
At sight of the dejected King of Day,                                               380
And many hid their faces from the light:
But fierce Enceladus sent forth his eyes
Among the brotherhood; and, at their glare,
Uprose Iapetus, and Creus too,
And Phorcus, sea-born, and together strode                                   385
To where he towered on his eminence.
There those four shouted forth old Saturn’s name;
Hyperion from the peak loud answered, “Saturn!
Saturn sat near the Mother of the Gods,
In whose face was no joy, though all the Gods                               390
Gave from their hollow throats the name of “Saturn!”