<< From: David Cake <dave_at_difference.com.au> On different 'versions' of zzaburism:
<< It changes plenty about how you would write a heroquest for such a character, not to mention potentially changing the motivations for such a character.
Basically, is this character interested in spiritual advancement, or just in controlling others.>>
I am not sure I follow this, surely they are both interested in 'spiritual' advancement (even if the world 'spiritual' has other connotations in Glorantha) but it is their methods of advancing that are different.
<<(FWIW - I think, in at least this respect, that Peter and I are both right, both types exist and the terminology is confusing).>>
I have to agree with this statement. Surely no one would issue a census of all those who claim to be zzaburi and compile the reults so that we would know that 45% of zzaburi are mad scientists, 15% are kabbah-analogy bashers and the rest are don't knows. I think sorcerors are rarer, and more secretive, than that.
>I don't understand the need to distinguish sorcery from mad
I think this may be one of those barriers that is hard to cross - I can't imagine why you would want to make sorcerers into scientists.>>
I'm with the mad scientists on this one. I have read enough Fafhred and Gray Mouser stories to have encountered crazy guys in labs brewing up spells, I have even got a Clarke Ashton Smith book called 'Tales of Science and Sorcery' . Most S&S sorcerers are, IMO, more mad scientist than weird mystics. I guess this preference might be down to personal taste, but I would also classify Godlearners as Mad Scientists : "Mad! I who have discovered the secret of creating Deities and you call me mad!!"
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