Re: Broyan has enemies...

From: Charles Corrigan <charles_at_...>
Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 05:16:47 -0000

My take on the Broyan/Queens/Esrolia situation is:

1 - Broyan has little or _NO_ interest in Esrolia 2 - The Esrolian populace are not particularly unhappy with the regime of the Queens - there is instability but that is true everywhere due to the looming Hero Wars
3 - The Queens' mythology about themselves and why they are in charge, which includes many secrets unknown even to the average Devotee of Esrola or Ernalda, means that they are afraid that any man that can been seen as an heir of Kovdig (Kodig ?) or Vingkot is a threat to their continued rule of Esrolia.

So what's the big deal for the Queens about Broyan's symbols of Herodom?

After Kovdig died with unclear suggession, his heirs fought over the symbols of authority, the Sword and Helm of Vingkot. Nearly all of the leading men were wiped out, leading to the Hidden Kings period, where the heirs of Vingkot were using (animistic?) powers of shapeshifting to stay hidden.

In Esrola, the majority of the "nobles" were women, and they decided to take power and set up a matriarchy based on the premise that men could not to be trusted with power because they could not resolve who their leader was, i.e. who was the undisputed possessor of the Sword and Helm.

I am sure that there were many other varying opinions, like "men can not be trusted to not make a mess" etc. but I suspect that what the Queens sold to the general population as the reason and what they believed of themselves as the real reason were two different things. This is why, even though Broyan does not appear to be interested (at the point we are at in Whitewall), the Queens absolutely _must_ try to destroy this symbol that undermines their _mythical_ power.


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