Re: some questions on the Crimson Bat

From: Peter Metcalfe <metcalph_at_...>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 00:58:37 +1300

Mikko Rintasaari.

> > [The Bat] devoured the fort of Runegate after putting the army
> > of Salinarg to flight.

>That's true. But it seemed that Salinargs army did not know of the bat.

How do you work this out? The Bat's hardly something that could be kept secret since it was first used in the zero wane. Even the Malkioni know about it.

>So what keeps the bat from being the deciding factor of every war the
>Empire faces?

It's difficult to control.

The Bat does not will it.

Sometimes the Empire desires a victory without having to feed the bat its due.

The resummoning rites to the bat haven't been performed since the Stars are not Right.

Professional rivalry by the Yanafali who like to win clean and honorable victories without the excessive devastation caused by the Bat (and also by the Lunar College of Magic). Not using the Bat is like not playing in God Mode in Doom/Quake/Duke Nukem etc. It's riskier but people respect you for it.

The High Priest of the Bat has more important things to do right now (re-enact the bat's spiritual enlightenment, punish nobles who slighted him, clip his toenails) than to stoop to petty mundane conquests. Should messengers attempt to command the Bat to obey the orders of the Emperor, the Bat will digest the implications of the messenger at length before informing the High Priest of her desires.

There is too much life magic in Rinliddi. It must feed to save the compromise.

The Bat is hired by Buserian astronomers as a vessel to visit the dark planet Artia and won't be back for many years.

--Peter Metcalfe

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