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    Cool work up dragon-fire enough

    Here a sentence I think I understand but I beg your assistance in order to be sure.

    I keep in this world made up of castles, wizards,dragons and knights.

    Our heros are surrounded by a ring of bowmen throwing fire-arrows while troops are entering the fortress. The sentence:

    They are standing in a ring all around us, trying to work up dragon-fire enough in their bellies to charge us.

    Well, there is not clear reference to dragons, but it is said they work up dragon-fire, so I infer they are using dragons to get fire enough in order to burn out the fortress through fire-arrows. Do you read the same, or am I wrong?

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    Re: work up dragon-fire enough

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Here a sentence I think I understand but I beg your assistance in order to be sure.

    I keep in this world made up of castles, wizards,dragons and knights.

    Our heros are surrounded by a ring of bowmen throwing fire-arrows while troops are entering the fortress. The sentence:

    They are standing in a ring all around us, trying to work up dragon-fire enough in their bellies to charge us.

    Well, there is not clear reference to dragons, but it is said they work up dragon-fire, so I infer they are using dragons to get fire enough in order to burn out the fortress through fire-arrows. Do you read the same, or am I wrong?

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    Hi

    Your idea is a good one, and definitely possible.

    An alternative explanation might be that "dragon-fire" actually means "courage" or "bravery" (both of which are uncountable nouns). There are a couple of reasons why I think this might be a good explanation.

    First, "work up the courage (to do something)" is a relatively strong collocation or chunk of language. (Though we would not say "work up the bravery".) And second, for some reason English speakers tend to think of courage as being found either in the heart or in the stomach. So, the reference to "bellies" makes me feel this is related to courage.

    As to why the writer uses the phrase "dragon-fire" as opposed to "courage" or even just "fire", this is a fantasy story, it seems, and dragons are common in fantasy stories, so perhaps it sounded like a nice phrase to him or her.

    I hope this helps.

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    Cool Re: work up dragon-fire enough

    Quite a sentence! Thank You very much. Very helpful.

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    Re: work up dragon-fire enough

    Incidentally, the verb for lanzar an arrow is 'shoot' or 'fire'. You don't throw an arrow, except maybe in desperation if your bow breaks!

    And, while this game may have invented something called a 'fire-arrow', the sort of incendiary projectile that really was used at one time was called 'a flaming/burning arrow' [either F or B].

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Incidentally, the verb for lanzar an arrow is 'shoot' or 'fire'. You don't throw an arrow, except maybe in desperation if your bow breaks!

    And, while this game may have invented something called a 'fire-arrow', the sort of incendiary projectile that really was used at one time was called 'a flaming/burning arrow' [either F or B].

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    It is just written like that ? Thank You for your useful corrections.
    Last edited by Bushwhacker; 05-Dec-2009 at 10:57.

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    Re: work up dragon-fire enough

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    It is just written like that ? Thank You for your useful corrections.
    You're welcome - the software developers may have invented the device, or just chosen the wrong word.

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