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a really really reely long time ago someone asked if there was any precedent for maur's bloodstone - there is something vaguely similar to it in wolfram von eschenbach's _Parzival_(percival) where they try(unsuccessfully of course) to heal the fisher king with something called "trachonte"(drakontion, or dragon-wort, in greek), which, when a dragon is slain, springs from the blood and is dry and cold as an antidote for wounds that are moist and hot...robin's probably read Parzival, and it has been noted before that her works recall other arthurian legends, but, again, i don't know if she was consciously evoking this image from Parzival...

From: cameron lynn
Thursday, November 06, 1997 at 17:14:57 (EST)