Re: Re: Alakorings and Heortlings

From: KYER, JEFFREY <jeff.kyer_at_...>
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 10:24:21 -0500

Mark Galeotti wrote:
> Just a couple of extra thoughts on what distinguishes Alakorings from
> Heortlings (I'm not getting into the Yelmalio/Elmali issue!)

Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! My Hooks are Flailing Widly! Danger!  

> 1. In part to reflect the desire to reduce the power of the priests
> and, I would suggest, in part because of the larger size of their
> clan/tribe units, Alakoring rings tend to be larger: 13 is quite
> usual for an inner ring, more is possible.

I suspect they are not as large at the 'tribes' in Hendriki land but those have broken down in functionality long ago.  

> 2. The worship of Orlanth himself is oficially proscribed in Tarsh,
> with most of his functions transferred to his subcults, such as
> trusty Barntar. So where does the kingship function fit? My own view,
> unofficial, unsourced and not especially thought-through, is that a
> cult of Alakoring Rex woud be sponsored and backed by the Tarshite
> royalty to perform this function. Not as a subcult of Orlanth,
> though, but as ancestral hero-saviour of his people.

It'd be interesting to work out the ramifications and tranfer of power & responsiblity, especially religious. Under the Lunar Yoke, most of the specifcally Orlanth functions would have moved to the more specialized cults such as Barntar and the like. The 85% rule might not apply here.  

> As I say, this latter is only a thought-in-progress, and comments are
> welcome.
> Mark
> Mark Galeotti

Besides, if your an Alakoring, no one bats an eye when you say 'Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?"


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