A Disciple has much less "free will" than an RQ Rune-level. His powers come from emulating the god as closely as possible. In Heroquests, you *don't* get to choose what you do, you just see if you succeed at the exact same stations as your god did - if he lost, you'd better lose too. A disciple's wish is to join his god (kind of like the "Great God Secrets" taking a hero out of play).
Heroes, on the other hand, usually want to exercise free will and learn new stuff. They want to break the mold, not follow it exactly.
While you *can* be a hero who is a disciple, usually people are not.
Again, this will be explianed in better detail in Storm tribe, questions (and answers) now can muddy the waters.
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