hyrieus wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:56 pm
The Baldander is based on a character in Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun
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The Wolfe character is a person named "Baldanders" , who other than the name isn't much like the monster.
Another forum I'm on is doing a read-through of the CC and just reached the Baldandar. Someone else pointed out that Wolfe took the name from a doppelganger-like creature in early Germanic literature: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldanders
It was also featured in Jorge Luis Borges' book, The Book of Imaginary Beings, which was the source of the peryton from the AD&D Monster Manual.
The person's important, because Borges made it up, although he claimed it was from ancient medieval manuscripts like most of the other creatures in the book. So anything using the peryton must have gotten it from Borges. The Book of the New Sun includes both a peryton and a character named "Baldanders" , sowe know what Wolfe was reading...
ISTR that some other D&D staples have differences from their common mythological versions which mirror Borges' versions of them, suggesting they came from the Book of Imaginary Beings even though they're familiar from myth as well, but I forget the details.