Cheating Morokanth and other things

From: Peter Metcalfe (P.Metcalfe@student.canterbury.ac.nz)
Date: Mon 27 May 1996 - 14:26:28 EEST


Dominic McNamara:
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> I suppose Morokanth -might- have cheated, but just look at their
>useless scrabbly claws, they are no good for trickery, so it must have
>been down to their innate charisma.

HOW THE MOROKANTH CHEATED
As related to Inire the Red by a Sable Rider.

When Waha became Khan, people walked the land dazed and stupid. You
can look at the Bison Riders to see how they behaved then.

There was no food to eat, for all the Old Food had been burned by
Oakfed.

But Waha had found a magic which would allow people to eat the New
Food. But it made people Stupid.

Many people were so hungry so that they wanted to be made stupid.
Many more wanted to have the magic put on them for they were so
stupid it wouldn't have made any difference.

Only our ancestors wanted to keep their wits for they saw that
those who would be witless would need protection from the Broos
and the Dark Men.

Waha was going to grant everybody their wish but saw that our
ancestors were too few to protect all the ones who wanted to be
made stupid. He also saw that if the beasts were allowed to
keep their wits, they would be hamstrung by having no hands.
The Fight against Chaos would be tougher and Waha might not win.

So Waha thought long and hard. In the end, he said that he did
not have enough magic to grant everybody's wish. To choose who
would be the lucky ones, he divided the people into tribes and
paired them off against one of Eiritha's beasts. The side that
won the contests would be the protector of the other side.

Waha also said that the side that won would eat the better
food. He said this for he feared that some people might try
to fail the tests, such was their hunger.

Everybody agreed that this was good.

He set our ancestors against the Sable for he knew that if the
Sable were set against any other people, they would win through
sheer cleverness. We won our contest and so became the Sable
Riders.

Waha paired the Haughty Ones against the High Llama. When the
Haughty Ones saw they would be ridden by haughtier beasts than
themselves, they lost their pride and resorted to low tricks to
win. Waha had intended this, for they would have lost otherwise
through their pride.

Likewise Waha paired the pygmies against the Impala for he was
worried that their small brains might cause them to lose against
any other beast.

He tested the Brutes against the Bisons. For good measure, Waha
drugged the bisons with a drink of fermented mushrooms from the
Land of the Dark Men. This was a good thing for the Brutes barely
won. Even then, Waha had to remind them five times that they would
get better food if they won.

The Morokanth came to be paired off. They wanted to keep their
wits and remember the taste of cooked meat. They knew that Waha
did not know them very well. So the Morokanth hung out their
tongues and drooled like a Storm Khan, they staggered when they
walked, they even glazed their eyes to make people think they
suffered from Brain Fever.

Waha was pleased when he saw them for he had not known which beast
to pair the Stupid Ones off with. The sight of the Morokanth
lightened his heart and so he commanded the Stupid Ones to take
the contest against the Morokanth.

When Waha did so, the Morokanth dropped their tricks and defeated
the Stupid Ones. Waha would have helped the Stupid Ones win but
he had used up all his tricks to make sure that the Bison Riders
would. This made Waha very angry for he would have chosen the
Stupid Ones over the Brutes. In the end, Waha upheld the results
of the contest for none of the beasts had been made Stupid yet and
he feared that some might suspect trickery and cause trouble.

That is how the accursed Morokanth cheated and were not made Stupid
like the other beasts.

>Please correct me if i have made some 'howlers,' but if the morokanth
>had lost, might there have been a praxian tribe which rode tapirs? The
>potentials beggar the imagination.
  
Certainly. If you think that's weird, wait until you hear Sandy
speak about the Hippo Tribe.
  
>I presume people trade with morokanths, but who would want to buy a
>zombified herd man? Do they travel up near Dagori Inkarth and flog
>their creepy wares up there?

The Morokanth do a roaring slave-trade in non-bestial humans.

>Do morokanths have their own snuffling, snorting language?

Praxian as far as I know.

>And who do they worship? Storm gods?

Waha and Eiritha plus the usual spirits.

Mike Cule:
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>Well, that's an example of my problem. The God doesn't seem to have a
>nature that he teaches to his worshippers. The worshippers just impose
>whatever image they want on the god.

Not really. The worshippers impose a image to reach *closer* to
their god. The better the description is of the god's nature, the
more potent (or relevant) the cult magics will become. However the
criteria for deciding the quality of the image depends on what the
needs of the cult or society is.

Frex, a culture's image of the Earth Goddess will change significantly
when it changes from a hunter-gathering lifestyle to full agriculture;
that does not mean that the Earth Goddess herself has changed especially
if a related culture which worshipped the same Earth Goddess has not
changed and still worships her via the same rites. All that has changed
is that the farmers are worshipping the Earth Goddess for different
attributes than the Hunter-Gatherers.

The *nature* of the God or Goddess does not change and never will
save for some world-shattering event. I can't worship a Sea God
to learn how to cast Sandstorms. The Image of the God can change
and does.

Loren Miller:
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>To become a hero, you need to transform yourself from an ordinary
>person into a great person with a goal to free society from a tyrant.

Hmm? Most Heroes are tyrants in their relation to society IMHO...

- --Peter Metcalfe

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