Part 40: Orlanth and Aroka: Part II
Treasure it is! I'm sure the geegaws of the gods will be more powerful than an entire tula of warriors gaining in power.
Before we begin: Know well that the histories tell us what ORLANTH did. If we follow his footsteps, we can draw from his strenth, but this is NOT a simple retelling. Ortossi has been sent physically to this strange time (and is also in costume in our clan ring) and this is his story. If he tries to do something Orlanth is better at, he may fail. If he sticks to his strengths, he may succeed. Follow the gods when you can, but they are guides, not shackles.
Which makes everything much harder, of course.
The Ernalda priestess says the words that Ernalda once said to Orlanth. "Only one person is doing this, but I have refrained from telling you, dear husband, because I know that you honor kinship so much." Ortossi speaks the words of Orlanth, and bids her to continue. "At your command, oh husband, I will instigate kinstrife. It is your nephew who is the cause of our woe. Your sister's son is drying my yields and starving the world. His name is Daga, and he is the son of Molanni, your niece."
"I have fought with my brothers already, and most of my nephews as well. For you, sweet wife, I will go and speak to him, and then I will threaten him, and then I will curse him, and then I will drive him off or kill him."
"I have fought with my brothers already, and most of my nephews as well. For you, sweet wife, I will go and speak to him, and then I will threaten him, and then I will curse him, and then I will drive him off or imprison him."
"Once, there was no Chaos in the world, and no death in the world. Kinstrife was bad, but not as bad as it is now. Maybe the fight with Daga is what allowed Chaos and death to come in the first place. I must find another way."
The ring can not help us now, but the legends can.