<< << If you can name a heroic tax collector in heroic fiction or myth than
read than I am. >>
Hmm, OK you are better read than I am. I didn't claim it would be difficult.
<< OK, so he wasn't heroic at *being* a tax collector,>>
Aha! this is my point.
<< but then the farmer
types you mentioned from Icelandic sagas and Westerns aren't remembered for their heroic farming, but for what they did once they stopped farming (generally against their wishes). >>
The point being that Dara Happan peasants (Pelorian peasants, more exactly) don't stop being peasants until they are dead. Orlanthi peasants, OTOH, often stop being peasants and become Heroes, fighting Dara Happan Soldiers.
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