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Tycho Brahe, probably best known for his drinking and pill binge of 1997 was the author of a great number of fantasy works, of which the most influential may have been The Story That Is Built One Sentence At a Time By Those That Read It.
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Tycho Brahe, probably best known for...

You had me to this point.
posted by resurrexit at 3:28 PM on June 25, 2012 [25 favorites]


What?
posted by gyc at 3:31 PM on June 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


What?

I was going to say WTF DUDE RTFA but in actual fact your WHAT? is totally justified.
posted by elizardbits at 3:33 PM on June 25, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm glad I'm not the only one who is completley confused by this.
posted by Betafae at 3:34 PM on June 25, 2012


What.
posted by azarbayejani at 3:35 PM on June 25, 2012


I have no idea what's going on in any of this. Can someone un-injoke the post?
posted by incessant at 3:35 PM on June 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


I thought Tycho Brae was best known for being an amazing renaissance astronomer with a metal nose.
posted by w0mbat at 3:35 PM on June 25, 2012 [23 favorites]




Don't cross the streams!
posted by TwelveTwo at 3:35 PM on June 25, 2012


This is kind of like weirdly pedestrian fanfic for things of which I am not a fan.
posted by elizardbits at 3:36 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was confused, too. Then I used teh google to discover this.
posted by February28 at 3:36 PM on June 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


There seems to be a NOOB page.
posted by Betafae at 3:37 PM on June 25, 2012


. . . and I am so much more confused.
posted by February28 at 3:37 PM on June 25, 2012


Is this the rabbit hole to an ARG?
posted by incessant at 3:38 PM on June 25, 2012


So it's essentially Penny Arcade Fan Fiction?
posted by Drumhellz at 3:38 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Several years ago Penny Arcade had a comic in which Tycho Brahe (the comic version of Tycho aka Jerry Holkins, half of the Penny Arcade team) was hired to write a fantasy saga. A few other comics elaborated on the world of said saga, as well as the licensing and ownership shenanigans surrounding the doubly-fictional works. As explained on Holkins's Wikipedia page, this resulted in an extremely elaborate fan-created wiki detailing the books in the series, its many spin-offs and associated media, and a great deal of fictional minutiae about Tycho Brahe, the 'author' of the books.
posted by jedicus at 3:41 PM on June 25, 2012 [10 favorites]


Maybe a mod can retitle this "Penny Arcade Fan Fiction" so the post would actually make some sense? Also the astronomy historian in me is still cranky about the fact that this has nothing to do with the real Tycho Brahe, who deserves his own FPP.
posted by incessant at 3:42 PM on June 25, 2012 [8 favorites]


Damn! *I* would have made that last comment, but I was being too diligent about supplying a link. Here it is though.
posted by ubiquity at 3:42 PM on June 25, 2012


So it's essentially Penny Arcade Fan Fiction.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:42 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Which one has the crater on the moon?
posted by Artw at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2012


Additional related comics: one, two, three, four, five.
posted by jedicus at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Penny Arcade Fan Fiction?

Well, sort of. It's more collaborative fiction or world-building in that the original work authors are (or were) pretty involved at the outset. It's sort of a grey area.
posted by muddgirl at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2012


It's an in-depth wiki for a series of books (and the Saturday morning cartoon loosely based on them, and the collectible card game based on the cartoon) that doesn't exist.
posted by straight at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2012


I would much rather have fanfic about Kate Beaton's Tycho Brahe, tbh.
posted by elizardbits at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2012 [14 favorites]


So it's essentially Penny Arcade Fan Fiction?

Meme Libs
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also the astronomy historian in me is still cranky about the fact that this has nothing to do with the real Tycho Brahe, who deserves his own FPP.

It's been done.
posted by jedicus at 3:44 PM on June 25, 2012


This is far too dumb and banal to be funny or worthwhile.
posted by clockzero at 3:46 PM on June 25, 2012 [8 favorites]


Y'know, jedicus, I wanted to write "who deserves another FPP," but then I thought I'd have to provide a link to an earlier one, and my crankiness just made me post instead.
posted by incessant at 3:46 PM on June 25, 2012


Neat to see that ELotH:TES is still there. I was delighted by it when it seemed to spring up overnight out of nothing.

A more enjoyable post, for me, would have had some links to the best stuff that's come out of it over time. Hopefully the pill binge and the exquisite corpse aren't the best stuff.
posted by gurple at 3:48 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


OMG, I wrote part of this (a very small and ridiculous part) 6 or 7 years ago.

It was a slow day at work.
posted by pupdog at 3:49 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga" (abbreviated as ELotH:TES) is a fan-driven parody of the generic fantasy fiction that serves as the backstory of many fantasy game franchises. It was created by Holkins {aka Tycho Brahe} as a single PBWiki page and rapidly grew in size as Penny Arcade fans joined in expanding the parody.

The tales of the Saga itself rotate around several (non-existent) bases: The original 13 'canon' books, the Japanese anime series, the American re-make of the anime, the collectible card game, and even the odd life of the author himself, and such events as his several-year long "pills and booze binge." These are only the major pieces of the story, and other fragments abound. A version of the wiki is available for purchase in the form of a reference guide to the 13 novel cycle.
(from wiki)
posted by msalt at 3:52 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll be the astronomer Tycho Brahe doesn't EVER use the name Jerry Holkins
posted by Cranberry at 3:52 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Most likely because he's dead.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 4:01 PM on June 25, 2012


Still: Moon crater.

When false Tycho gets one of those he can say something, until then he should STFU.
posted by Artw at 4:03 PM on June 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have never heard of this Tycho Brahe. There is only one Tycho Brahe and he had a metal nose.
posted by Decani at 4:09 PM on June 25, 2012 [4 favorites]


Yeah, we should all STFU about George Washington Carver. What did he do? Invent a freaking peanut???? What is that compared to making a whole country with his bare hands?

(AKA, the comment where maybe we all stop and realize that people name themselves or their children after other people. It's cool, we can deal.)
posted by muddgirl at 4:09 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Most likely because he's dead.

But what if he does anyway?
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:09 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's sort of like a Lexicon game that no player is taking with the least bit of seriousness.
posted by kalessin at 4:11 PM on June 25, 2012


I like the weirdness of the ELOH (see also: Dr Raven Darktalon Blood) thing, but this is helluva weak OP.

Shouldn't there at least be a mention of the new ON THE RAINSLICK PRECIPICE OF DARKNESS: 3: DONE BY THE CTHULHU SAVES THE WORLD PEOPLE WITH: LITTLE PIXEL MENS AND LOTS OF WRITING BY: JERRY HOLKINS AKA: TYCHO BRAHE BUT NOT THE ASTRONOMER IT'S JUST A PSEUDONYM PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY I MEAN JUST THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE (this is the actual title, look it up) today?
posted by Sebmojo at 4:18 PM on June 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


>that came out today<
posted by Sebmojo at 4:19 PM on June 25, 2012


I'm just sayin', I'm right
posted by subbes at 4:26 PM on June 25, 2012


How can I not have had my attention drawn to such an staggeringly bad webcomic before?
posted by imperium at 4:55 PM on June 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


How can I not have had my attention drawn to such an staggeringly bad webcomic before?

Another webcomic agreed with you a few years ago, though it was tongue in cheek. :)
posted by Celsius1414 at 5:15 PM on June 25, 2012


>>I'll be the astronomer Tycho Brahe doesn't EVER use the name Jerry Holkins

>Most likely because he's dead.

I've got a chisel and a first class ticket that will prove you wrong.

Unless the airline loses the chisel.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:59 PM on June 25, 2012


Here's a 2005 Wired article that provides better background on the whole Elemenstor Saga wiki thing.
posted by maryr at 8:32 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Far too mainstream and accessible, I’m into some other shit that you wouldn’t get and probably haven’t heard of.
posted by bongo_x at 8:37 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tycho's Moose

"Tycho was said to own one percent of the entire wealth of Denmark at one point in the 1580's. Tycho often held large social gatherings in his castle.. Pierre Gassendi wrote that Tycho also had a tame elk (moose) and that his mentor the Landgrave Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel (Hesse-Cassel) asked whether there was an animal faster than a deer. Tycho replied, writing that there was none, but he could send his tame elk. When Wilhelm replied he would accept one in exchange for a horse, Tycho replied with the sad news that the elk had just died on a visit to entertain a nobleman at Landskrona. Apparently during dinner the elk had drunk a lot of beer, fallen down the stairs, and died."

1580's was all the way live.
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:54 PM on June 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was in the shit before you were even born, son.
posted by maryr at 8:56 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


256, probably best known for his buggery of small rodents and obnoxious mispronunciations of common street names, was the eighth-most significant bit in most pre-16-bit computer games, of which the most influential may have been Centipede, Not the Human One But the One You Shoot at from below.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:38 PM on June 25, 2012


Tycho Brahe's nose is totally metal.
posted by gauche at 6:09 AM on June 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I read Penny Arcade and have even been to PAX, but I'm confused and baffled by this.
posted by Argyle at 6:40 AM on June 26, 2012


It's an in-depth wiki for a series of books (and the Saturday morning cartoon loosely based on them, and the collectible card game based on the cartoon) that doesn't exist.

In that case, I'm going to add inspired-by-this-world finger-painting and interpretive dance to my list of things to not do.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:28 AM on June 26, 2012


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