Vendref and Grazers

From: Peter Metcalfe (metcalph@voyager.co.nz)
Date: Sat 02 May 1998 - 07:24:39 EEST


Joerg Baumgartner:

Me>>>>Lastly the Grazers are not stupid. They've lorded it over the
>>>>Oasis Folk in their time not so long ago

JB>>>about 70 years ago, i.e. in hardly any living memory.

Me>> But virtually contemporary in mythic terms. Even the Sartarites
>> feel the need to avenge a horse theft that took place 200 years ago.

>But the Grazers had mythically severed themselves from their former
>history.

No they haven't. This is your supposition, not supported by
anything published to date. In particular, Arim the Pauper
had relations among the Grazers.

>>>Not that the Pure
>>>Horse people had been dominant during the last centuries in Prax...

>> Still doesn't preclude them from knowing the value of helots.

>Only from having them, and from knowing how to treat them.

A mere 70 years!

>>>>and have tales about when they were Princes in Pavis.

>>>Not exactly. Joraz Kyrem split off from the Pure Horse tribe.

>> I doubt this. I think that he combined the leadership of the
>> Pure Horse Tribe, the Zebra Riders and the City of Pavis in
>> his hands.

>Then what's the point in creating the zebras if he kept the horses?

So he could partake in the rites of the Paps?

>> Furthermore no dissension with Joraz is noted when the
>> Zebras were created so I doubt that it was such a big deal.
>> After all the purity of the Pure Horse People is still intact.

>The cross-breeding left the purity undamaged? A strange concept.

The purity of the horses who were not cross-bred with zebras.
Note that to create the cavalry Zebra, one needs a horse as
cavalry zebras themselves are sterile. Ergo the Zebra tribe
needs horses and the only supply of horses in Prax at the time
is the Pure Horse People.

>>>Because these slaves dig up the very best pastures to do so.

>> Who said they are digging up the best pastures? The Vendref
>> farm where the Grazers tell them to.

>In that case it's a wonder they harvest anything. What do horse riders
>know about where to farm?

There is plenty of space in the Grazelands for the Horse People
to take the best pastures for themselves and the Vendref to
farm the second best material. They occupy a river valley and
have a lower population than hilly Sartar of the same size.

- --Peter Metcalfe

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