Part 18: Orlanthi Outsider Rites
Psycho Lawnmower posted:
On that note, does Orlanthi law have precedent for those who, say, make themselves respectable to a community and become honorary kin or a part of the society through hard work, dedication to the laws and traditions and overall good works?
Some versions of that rite, like the Guest rite, change almost nothing. The Guests are simply connected to the clan spirits and will be protected as Orlanthi, but that protection is 100% connected to the pleasure of their sponsor. If they fuck up too bad, the sponsor can withdraw their support and the local spirits will NOT take kindly to the intrusion. On the other hand, Guests are not expected to worship like Orlanthi and are generally left to their own devices, so long as they don't commit blasphemy or desecration. All in all Orlanthi are pretty chill on the guest front. Pull your weight, don't get in anyone's way, and you can expect three squares and a warm bed the same as anyone else. Guests even get invited to clan feasts. Orlanthi know how to party, so that's a plus, too.
Other versions of the rite will adopt the initiate as Orlanthi family, with all the rights and privileges that entails. The sponsor is only on the hook to make sure the new person behaves for a year or two, basically to make sure there's a downside to sponsoring a lying, murdering outlaw. It also means that you're expected to assimilate completely with the clan. You are not bringing your gods into citizenship in a clan, you ARE worshiping Orlanth, Elmal, or whoever else, depending on the runes you were born under. This is why 'alien adoption' is so rare - the gods are all very real, and if you are a 30 year old man you've spent those 30 years building a relationship with a patron deity that you most likely feel very comfortable and chill with. If you live any sort of professional or action life, that god has probably lent you powers to save your ass more than once. Simply dropping that to pick up a new pantheon of strange gods is an extremely tall order.