Zebra folk

From: Peter Metcalfe (metcalph@bigfoot.com)
Date: Tue 24 Aug 1999 - 05:44:19 EEST


Nick Brooke:

Me>> IMO the only way [the Pol Joni] can [identify Uralda with Eiritha]
>> is to crossbred some of their beasts with Praxian beasts. That's
>> what the Pure Horse Tribe did when they entered Prax - breeding
>> their horses with native zebras.

>No, that's what the ancestors of the Zebra Tribe did to make their mounts
>wholly acceptable to the Praxians. There were already lots of horse-riders
>in Prax, who didn't crossbreed their mounts and who were driven out at
>Alavan Argary. (P&BR p.61 refers to Joraz Kyrem's mercenaries, not to the
>Pure Horse People who arrived at Necklace Horse in the 620s).

When Pavis was in Dragon Pass, he met Joraz Kyrem "Khan of the Pure
Horse People, who was anxious to re-establish his family in Prax"
(P&BR p56) and the Horses used in the breeding were "mares and
stallions with shining golden eyes" (P&BR p61). The Pure Horse
People had apparently fled Prax after Paragua trashed Robcradle.

So to label Joraz's folk mercenaries and to deny that they were pure
horse people is a bit much.

- --Peter Metcalfe

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