QueenQuest

From: David Hall (100116.2616@compuserve.com)
Date: Tue 20 Feb 1996 - 22:01:06 EET


Hokay, I'll recap on my views. Moirades is seeking to become King of Dragon Pass
in order to eclipse the reputation and greatness of King Tarkalor, and to assert
his own dynasty's claims over Tarsh and Sartar.

So, he starts off following in his father's footsteps and tries to marry the
Feathered *Horse* Queen.

The first FHQ, "Mother of Lands" refuses and stays faithful to her deceased
lover Tarkalor.

The next FHQ, "Splendid Among the Proud" also refuses him for reasons unknown.

Moirades is by now incredibly frustrated and so he sets his scholars on the
problem. There are two options for what happened next; the first I like but will
discard:

1) The scholars mistake his requirements and think he is only after a
*horsey-looking* woman with feathers.Thus he is persuaded to marry the obscure
Feathered Queen of the Kerofini - with her noted equine features and snorting
laugh.

2) The scholars unearth the basis of the ritual Sartar originally used (and
changed - such was his power) to become king of Dragon Pass - that of Arim the
Pauper. Arim meets a centaur, a grazer, makes peace with a Dragon (or
dragonewt), and then marries the Earth in order to gain sovereignty over the
land.

Moirades does this ritual and ends up marrying the Queen of the Wind Children of
Kero Fin - The Feathered Queen of the Kerofini (was Sorana Tor also a Wind
Child?). However, the ritual doesn't work, because no one in DP believes it any
more - instead they believe in the power of the rite used by Sartar and Tarkalor
(in which the FHQ is the Earth representative and the Dragon is the Inhuman
King).

So, finally Moirades is so desperate to become King of Dragon Pass that, when a
new FHQ is chosen, he beggars his kingdom and pays a ludicrous price to marry
her and fulfil his lifetime ambition.

Then in 1610 Moirades dies and is replaced by his son Pharandros.

Note: Unfortunately, Pharandros was not such a powerful or strong character as
his father (or, more likely, was an able man saddled with an impossible
exchequer and Fazzur's ego) and as a result gained a bad, and even black,
reputation. Therefore, in the subsequent histories of the period editors and
writers often supposed that any good/clever actions attributed to the *King of
Tarsh* must have been by Moirades and not by Pharandros - and changed the
manuscript to fit this.

IMHO this fits into the sources and, more importantly, is a fine MGF solution!

All Hail the Crimson Light of Inspiration!

David Hall

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