Dari Alliance

From: Peter Metcalfe (metcalph@voyager.co.nz)
Date: Fri 13 Feb 1998 - 06:52:26 EET


Joerg Baumgartner:

JB>>>And lo - the Dari people were quick to join forces with Arkat when he
>>>had overrun Tanisor.

Me>>No they didn't. Only Maklamann, who was prominent in the Dari Alliance,
>>[snipped quote showing that he defied his cult]

>>From the defiance of the cult, it seems to me that Maklamann was
>>on his own when he fought for Arkat. A more impartial description
>>may be traitor...
>
>Maklamann was king of the Korioni. His defiance of the cult may well have
>been a defiance against the priests, who were the real power among late 1st
>Age Orlanthi, be they Heortlings, Dorastans, or Enerali.

You are imposing Orlanthi cultural artifacts on the Dari who were
not Orlanthi but Galalinae at the time. Firstly the Humakti do not
have a tradition of Priests and Lords. Secondly the 'cult defiance'
is written from the viewpoint of third age Humakti when Humakt is
a cult and not a social order. The correct analogy, methinks, would
have been defiance of an assembly of chiefs rather than priestly
command.

>Maklamann defied his priesthood, and with the aid of Arkat took over the
>rule from the priests. He began the tradition of powerful, yet civilised
>kings able to command the priesthood which Alakoring brought to Peloria and
>Maniria in the late 2nd Age.

I think Alakoring started the Cult of Orlanth Rex against the excesses
of the EWF and I don't think he knew much about Maklamann or cared. He
was East Ralian and they hate hate *hate* Arkat the last time I heard.

Me>>Likewise the Dorastor Book says that when Arkat invaded the Dari
>>Alliance, they called from help from Dorastor who sent them Derinogus
>>Pistol and some troops to help.

>To me, this looks like the priests of the Dari called for help, whereas
>Maklamann and his army supported Arkat.

There is no mention of Maklamann having an army. He cut himself off
from his cult/society and he is not Syranthir Forefront.

- --Peter Metcalfe

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