> > He is more than the god presented in Storm Tribe but he
> > cannot replace Orlanth.
>Again, aside from your Lego blocks, what basis do you have for this
Runes are the building blocks of Glorantha. They are the symbols, archetypes, embodiments, and actual matter or energy of the mundane world. [...] The powers of the Great Runes are universally acknowledged. The deities who command those runes are the Greater Gods. Those deities cannot be changed without altering the very fabric of the Cosmos. RQ3 Book 5 p12.
Since the great deities cannot be changed, it follows that they cannot be replaced. Of course, if this is felt to be outdated because, it's _shock_ *horror!* RQ3, then there is:
The High Runes are usually claimed as the ultimate reality of all glorantha. They are the building blocks of glorantha; all beings or things that have reached a certain level of psychic development are runic beings in and of themselves. For example, all men are the living representatives of the man rune. HW:RiG p110
The same basic idea of the Runes as the building blocks of glorantha is there. Thus I make no apologies for relying on basic gloranthan cosmology to infer statements about Great Gods.
Some practical examples:
> > Furthermore the Sylilans are not Odaylings, they also worship the
> > Iron Ram and a number of other gods.
>I believe I'm not asserting that "the Sylilans are Odaylings", but
>rather, "some Sylilans at some historical epoch have been Odaylings",
>in the cultural god sense.
It should have read the Sylilans are not "just" Odaylings.
> > Orlanth worship in the Lunar Empire? I doubt it very much. I
> > don't think the Lunars are stupid enough to allow the worship
> > of Orlanth-as-Odayla within the Empire and I do know from the
> > example of shared cults, that gloranthans have a pretty good
> > idea of who they are worshipping.
>It's clear, surely, that I did not say "Orlanth-as-Odayla".
You did say "part-identified" with Orlanth himself in an attempt to suggest that Odayla could be a Great God by way of the Sylilans worshipping him as a mask for the FoHD otherwise known as Orlanth, thereby disputing my contention that Odayla cannot be a great god. Hence I feel "Orlanth-as - -Odayla" is an apt summation of your position. If you actually had a different model in mind, then it behoves you to explain it clearly.
>He's a different god, whom one might regard as stemming from
>a similar/"the same" transcendent power.
Since when does Odayla have storm powers (the transcendent power in question)? Merely because he is Orlanth's son does not mean that he stems from the same power. Otherwise Umath would be a fire god by your reckoning.
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