Orlanthi Sorcery

From: Peter Metcalfe (metcalph@voyager.co.nz)
Date: Fri 22 May 1998 - 07:37:44 EEST


Simon Hibbs:

>I suppose it's possible
>there is some kind of Arkati secret society such as the trolls have in
>Halikiv, though they seem confined to Ralios where we have Stygians
>anyway. There is no evidence for them in Dragon Pass in the sources
>AFAIK.

There is the Cult of Black Arkat in Heortland (cf Troll Gods Arkat
Cult Writeup). Although Greg has made it clear in 'Proceedings in
Malkionism' that he intended the cult's spells act more like divine
spells than RQ3 sorcery (ie akin to the Godunya magic in GoG).

Joerg Baumgartner:

>Such as making the presence of Seshnegi knights (e.g. Sir Narib's
>Pithdaros contingent of black-skinned knights, in Argrath's Free Army)
>and their wizards impossible?

When did Sir Narib become a Pithdaran? Mularik Ironeye isn't
AFAIK and the only 'Pithdaran' that Argrath has contact with
Hunralki from Jolar.

>Apple Lane has Third Eye Blue iron-smith sorcerers (herding goats)
>as established and accepted specialist residents.

I'm not so sure that the Third Eye Blue are sorcerers. Apple
Lane does not treat them as such and They are recorded as being
enemies of sorcerers in the Elmexdros Roll text (FS p89).

>I might accept another source of sorcery if you can give me a plausible
>origin, but I don't know of any.

Sorcerers of Orathorn in Pent are the only published non-westerners
who are described as sorcerers. One might say the Monster Men that

live betwixt the Shan Shan and the Wastelands are sorcerers but I
prefer this to mean they use Bad Magic. There are bound to be other
indigenous sorcery cultures in Glorantha IMO but their sorcery is not
likely to be as flexible or sophisticated as the Malkioni.

- --Peter Metcalfe

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