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1 hour ago, Joerg said:

Belintar's origin remains a mystery. He swam ashore almost 400 years after the Closing. Speculations abound. From Prince of Sartar we know that he was blue-skinned upon his arrival, and according to the Guide he was bronze-skinned as the ruler of Kethaela. Given that he died a couple of times during his ascension, and at one time was eaten, yet kept returning in the same body, changes of hue are a minor effect.

I always wondered whether that "bronze" was a similar thing to the way that Homer called the blue sky "bronze". Though Homer does also refer to other things as "bronze", even when applying a colour doesn't make sense (unless Homer had synesthesia?).

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9 hours ago, Steve said:

Homer had synesthesia

As we like to say around our house when the Homeric palette comes up, the poet is also generally depicted as blind so "his" color choices may be on the expressionistic side of the rainbow. Where Belintar is concerned he may have started out as "sky" bronze or patina from his time in the water and then burnished up bright once dried and cleaned up.

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1 hour ago, scott-martin said:

Where Belintar is concerned he may have started out as "sky" bronze or patina from his time in the water and then burnished up bright once dried and cleaned up.

The thing is when Belintar is mortally wounded (as per the Prince of Sartar webzine), he reverts to his blue colour rather than a bronze one.

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14 hours ago, Joerg said:

The knowledgy collected from this did not extend to the God Learner magics to alter the hero planes through their application of sorcery or other forbidden secrets. While there is no knowledte hidden from the Knowing God, not everything is researchable in his mundane libraries.

So we think.  Personally, I think the Hero Wars will prove otherwise; and the libraries will either start to take sides and reveal hidden knowledge, or others will ransack some of the temples to gain such lore.

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