Summons of Evil

From: Simon Phipp <soltakss_at_...>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 13:57:22 +0100 (BST)

Jeff Richard:

> The summons of evil is not a "telepathic compulsion". It is a type of
> involuntary heroquest challenge.

On the LBQ, Orlanth *chose* to perform the LBQ and free Yelm, but Yelm had also *summoned* his slayer to appear before him and submit to his justice. Both are equally true.

So, the Lunars could have chosen to send in the bat and Palangio could have chosen to attack Heortland, or whatever it was called then, AND the Orlanthi could have used the Summons of Evil to summon them, possibly unintentionally.

The problem with this is when you ask "but, what if the Orlanthi hadn't performed the Summons of Evil, would the Bat/Palangio have come then?". The answer is, of course, they did do it and the nasty thing came, so the question is irrelevent.

By the way, I think the Summons of Evil can be used in two distict ways. The first is to generally send out a challenge for whatever Evil is around to attack. The second way is to name the Evil that is to be summoned. The first is more ritually correct as it purges all the evil affecting the clan/tribe/world. The second is more useful to HeroQuestors as they can call specific enemies in to be defeated in specific ways, using the tricks and powers that the HeroQuestors have been saving up and preparing. The first way is, of course, normally a lot more dangerous.


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