I agree. Of course, I think this makes the idea that Vinga caresdeeply about her worshippers sex lives very very suspect indeed.
>Whether it was done by Kallyr's hands or by others, I think it goes
>without saying that the rebellion in Sartar from 1617-1625 was a
>ruthless and vicious affair. Then again, it was fought against a foe
>that used demons and the undead, that eliminated entire tribes and
>clans, and ultimately used something akin to genocide (the
>Fimbulwinter) to destroy an entire culture and people.
The Fimbulwinter is a terrible thing. I think the idea that Kallyrs contribution is to try as hard as she can to make it harder for people for political gain is silly.
> War is a
>dialectic - Kallyr and the Sartarites respond to Lunar atrocities with
>their own bold audacious strikes, which lead to Lunar responses in
>turn, and so on.
The Lunars, however, combined these tactics with mercy when appropriate, aid when appropriate, and appearing reasonable and offering the hand of friendship. I don't think Kallyr would have succeeded if all she had to offer was threats.
Will there be vicious extremists on Kallyrs side? Yes, sure. And she is going to distance herself from their direct actions (whether or not she covertly agrees with them), and repudiate them (with violence if need be) when she has to.
>This isn't making Kallyr out to be a villain, but I think people ought
>to think seriously about the sort of leader she is likely to be. She
>is not a peacemaker, a justicebringer or a demogogue. She is a
>warleader, a ruthless avenger, and a determined liberator of the house
>of Sartar - a bright light during a time of seemingly endless Darkness.
I agree that she is a ruthless and effective warleader who does what she thinks is necessary to win. I happen to think she is smart enough to realise that hearts and minds is part of winning.
I disagree that she doesn't even try to be a peacemaker, a justicebringer or a demagogue, even though she isn't very good at those things. She wants to be a true heir to the house of Sartar, and a true Orlanthi King. She wants to be admired by the best of the clan chiefs, not by the Storm Bulls.
And perhaps more importantly, she wants to be able to move her household and troops around without every clans lands she moves through being full of people who hate her and think Sartar would be better off without her.
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