Re: Re: Summons of Evil _at_ WW Poll

From: Roderick and Ellen Robertson <rjremr_at_...>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 09:54:57 -0700

> > But if not how about Beneva Chan? As a way to kill Kallyr?
> > You know, 'I lost everything because of her! I have nothing to live
> > for...' and puts the things in motion. That would be a good story
> > I think.
> I can quite see Benava (and Leika) putting their hatred of Kallyr ahead
> of the need to defend the city. At the moment, that is - things will
> change later, at least for Leika. But deliberately summoning the Bat to
> get her? Even if that was possible, that's going a bit far as a first
> step!

I don't think it is even remotely possible. The only people able to control the direction of the bat (In an official sort of way) are the Emperor and the Head Bat Priest. To that you can add the Narrator. The SoE is just a general invitation to "Chaos" to "come give us your best shot". How and why a particular Chaos threat comes in answer is something I don't think we should *ever* have rules for, other than "Something bad shows up" (otherwise known as the Rule of Narrative Imperative). It could be Billy the crippled, mind-addled broo, it could be the Mother of Monsters. It could even be successive waves of chaos. "Whew, we just barely defeated those Scorpion men and broos, at least we don't have to worry about OH GODS WHAT'S THAT?!?!?"

>That's certainly true and I think it's been in the region of Sartar
>since Runegate (which was when?). I don't think it goes back to the
>Moon between appearances, I think it wanders around pretty much at
>random until someone finds either a use for it or an excuse to send
>it somewhere else.

Runegate was Blatted in 1602. The Bat went directly from there to Boldhome (a week or two later, as armies needed time to attack Wilmskirk and/or march to its aid, then march to Boldhome). At Boldhome the bat is destroyed (not just defeated) by the dragon. That gives the Cult of the Bat 19 years to Reassemble/Resummon it. I don't think it was anywhere near Sartar until it gets sent to Whitewall.

It's wanderings aren't "Random" - at least, it's not allowed into the heartland of the empire, so there are some restrictions on where it *can* be. No, I think the bat is directed to various trouble spots, or hags out on the fringes of the empire until a direction is given it. It may *look* random to the casual observer, but it ain't.

C'est par mon ordre et pour le bien de l'Etat que le porteur du pr�sent a fait ce qu'il a fait.
- Richelieu

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