Re: About the Battle of Night and Day
I like Lokamayadon too, but I can't help but think that this sympathetic narrative might have come from Talastar or perhaps from the pen of a Lunarised north Orlanthi writer. :P Does Paulis Longvale write historical novels? Although, the style is somewhat different in any case.
I'm also fond of the contrast between Lokamayadon and Palangio as described there. Lokamayadon, coming from a clannish Orlanthi society, sees fit to empower his men. Palangio comes from a hierarchical society that celebrates individualism as long as it is within the rules and in one's proper place. Rather than make his men fight harder, he just makes himself huge. Somewhat symbolic of Dara Happa as a whole, perhaps.
My intuitive, rapid answer would be that Lokamayadon challenged Orlanth on the Storm God's own turf, seeking to replace him. But he was merely human, if very powerful and enlightened, and exposing himself like that had made him vulnerable to those favoured by and faithful to Orlanth. He aimed high and fell hard.
> 3)What's wrong about Lokamayadon?
> Franky speaking, I began to like the character of Lokamayadon.
> /// Ah, yes. I like him too : level-headed, reasonable yet proud, he tried hard to get the World out of the dead end it was heading to. All the while trying to fend off fanatic windbags.
> He is certainly faithful to his subjects. He is an ambitious man, but ambition is not evil for Orlanthi.
> /// Indeed. You must be Illuminated, as your name implies. That's OK with me. I like being Illuminant.
> He betrayed Orlanth, but it seems that his people began to worship Orlanth after the Dawn, and he might be more faithful to his ancestral worship of his land deities like Hagodereth than the imported god.
> /// Did he really betray orlanth ? Or did the other side did?
> What made him his downfall aside from the ill luck?
> /// The other guys won, and have been desecrating his name ever since.
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