MOB Posted November 4, 2022 Report Share Posted November 4, 2022 Watching 'The Rings of Power' and Galadriel jumping off the boat just before it went through the magic portal to Valinor made me think of something I wrote about the Red Moon long ago. Apart from the Egi, I think there are many other positions of essentially "revered impotence" on the Red Moon for nobles, priests, and other worthy citizens of the Lunar Empire. For mystics, those in genuine honourable retirement, those who have suffered greatly for the cause, elderly “Model Citizens” (yeah, Soviet analogy), and other such types, it is a signal honour to be elevated with a one-way ticket to the Red Moon, there to spend the rest of your no doubt magically extended existence working on rarified pursuits in a state of satiated crimson radiance. But for those still in the prime of life, it’s oblivion as far as their temporal careers go (the "getting kicked upstairs" House of Lords analogy is exact: see Yes Minister, ep 5). Even worse - as with TRoP's Galadriel - it's an honour that is very difficult to decently refuse. But perhaps "approbation, elevation, and castration"* is better than the old Dara Happan method of having your eyes poked out and shoved in a tower, which is one other time-honoured alternative way to dispose of rivals. *I do mean metaphorically 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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