ChildOfEru Posted February 6, 2022 Report Share Posted February 6, 2022 (edited) Andrew Montgomery describes lunar Illumination (blog entry: "How to Stop Worrying and Love the Red Moon") as mastering Chaos as opposed to being corrupted by it. In my musings about Illumination I was wondering what this meant for those who have already been corrupted by Chaos. Is there a path back for those corrupted by Chaos through Lunar illumination? By path back I don’t mean removing the Chaos taint but understanding how to not be ruled by instincts which are driven the Chaos taint. This set of musings started with how Orlanthi initiation rites can sometimes leave the initiate permanently scarred, sometimes to the extent that there is no path back to normal society for them. Does Illumination provide a path back for them? From a Lunar POV Illumination does provide exactly that path. It mirrors the path that Red Goddess took. The Red Goddess is defeated by Wakboth, is Illuminated, and then she defeats Wakboth. For an initiate who has failed their initiation, who will not be allowed back into society: the lunar way provides a way back. The following paragraphs have spoilers from ‘Six Seasons in Sartar’ (by Andrew Montgomery) and ‘The Coming Storm’ (by Ian Cooper and Jeff Richard). Spoiler It is clear from a couple of different publications that initiation ceremonies sometimes go sideways. Sometimes the initiate can be tainted by chaos or sometimes they can go insane. In ‘The Coming Storm’ initiates who are from the Red Crow clan can come back from their initiation ceremony as an ogre (tainted by chaos). In ‘Six Seasons in Sartar’ Darestan comes back damaged and perhaps permanently insane. A path back for those poor unfortunate souls is provided by illumination. Their path matches that of the Red goddess. Defeated (tainted) by Chaos, Illuminated, and then defeating (understanding) that chaos. Having defeated the Chaos, they are no longer ruled by it. Given the events between Dorestan and Esrala in ‘Six Seaons in Sartar’ I plan on having Erinina ( Rune Lady of Babeester Gor) demanding that Dorestan be turned over to her. Those familiar with Babeester Gor know Dorestan’s fate there. The ‘Red Lady’ will make an early appearance to offer a return to sanity for Dorestan ( the fact that this will be through illumination might be left unsaid depending on her reading of the people involved). Dorestan’s parents will want a path forward for their son. The characters having grown up with Darestan will be the deciding vote. Edited February 6, 2022 by ChildOfEru 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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