I thought it might amuse some of you to learn more about the inspirations for and references in the game. Most Swedes might recognize the text that introduces both the history section of the GM Guide and the Free League website Forbidden Lands section. The text is actually a paraphrase of a beautiful and well know poem by Swedish poet Dan Andersson: ”The Beggar from Luossa”. I'd describe it as a Christan / Buddist musing on the transient beauty of life and how everything we have is temporary.
My good friend and fantasy writer colleague Ola Wikander, made an english translation of the entire poem:
http://ola-wikander.blogspot.com/2008/0 ... glish.html
It's been turned into a very beautiful song as well, that you can listen to here.
In English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsSDFAa3rEU
In Swedish by the man who made the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjEpPBEtRV0