[Glorantha]Secret Origins of the Anatids

From: Carl Fink <carlf_at_fink.to>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 15:48:36 -0400

I haven't posted to this list in years, but I've just had a profound Gloranthan insight while thinking about something else entirely.

I know the origin of the intelligent Ducks.

My memory of them is that they're belligerent, nonflying birds, prone to joining Storm religions but despised and hated by local Storm tribes despite that, in some ways even worse than the wolf people.

Now, relate that to the real-world fact that ducks, or rather drakes, are among the very few birds to have a penis. (Most birds have a simple cloaca.) Why? Because they are are also the only birds that reproduce largely by rape. The drakes hold down the much-smaller ducks and force copulation on them.

Conclusion: the ancestor of the intelligent ducks was produced when Ragnaglar attacked some poor Bird Ancestor. They're related to the Storm tribes and have Storm affinities, but neither they nor the human Storm worshippers likes to talk about why, and although they aren't chaos-tainted, their association with the Bringer of Chaos makes those humans fear and dislike them.

Carl Fink             carl_at_fink.to        
Jabootu's Minister of Proofreading

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