|“||All we who write put me in mind of sailors hastily making rafts upon doomed ships. When we break up under the heavy years and go down into eternity with all that is ours our thoughts like small lost rafts float on awhile upon Oblivion's sea. They will not carry much over those tides, our names and a phrase or two and little else.||„|
|~ Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany|
The Dunsanyverse refers to the works of Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, the 18th Baron of Dunsany, who published under the title of Lord Dunsany. His works consist of numerous short stories, novels, plays, and essays, which account to nearly ninety books published within his lifetime, involving a series of artificial mythology. Within his works, an entity called Mana-Yood-Sushai and is sustains all of his creations by his dreaming, which include all of the gods and worlds. His works are known to be a major inspiration to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien, among many others. Works include The Gods of Pegana, Time and the Gods, The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, A Dreamer's Tales, Selections from the Writings of Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder, Fifty-One Tales, Tales of Wonder, Plays of Gods and Men, and Don Rodriguez
Power of the Verse
The Dunsanyverse is a fairly powerful verse, possessing a vast amount of deities that transcend the basic concepts of reality, including time and death. Mana-Yood-Sushai, who exists as the supreme entity to all of his creations and virtually all gods within the main stories, is one of many that reside within existence. Although the definition of a "World" is expressed rather vaguely, characters could range from Planet level to Multiverse level and beyond.
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