Orlanthi honor

Carlson, Pam (carlsonp@wdni.com)
Thu, 27 Jun 1996 11:39:00 -0700

Peter Maranci wondered about Orlanthi attitudes toward killing Lunars.

There is no clear answer, because the Orlanthi have a complex legal
code, and because their RW gm's and players have very different
interpretations of that code.

Some Orlanthi law points to keep in mind:

1.  Laws don't apply to outlaws, foreigners, animals,  etc.  Lunars
would likely fall into that category, at least in Sartar.
2.  Even if you decide that Lunars are included under the law, murder is
not a crime unless it's not announced.   (But "secret murder" is a
capital offense.)  So, you could argue that your PC's can go about doing
whatever they like to Lunar teenagers, as long as they tell somebody
about it.
3. Orlanthi public opinion also counts, though somewhat less than law. 
PC's who run around ambushing forces smaller and weaker than themselves
may be within the law, but the story makes a damn poor boast.

>In other words, to what extent is honor important to Orlanthi?

Honor is extraordinarily important to the Orlanthi.  But their
definition of it is, like any culture's, somewhat narrow.

The PC's might well run across other Orlanthi who don't share their
blind, anti-Lunar zeal.  Frex, you could have an old women mysteriously
address one of them as "Hrothmir Child-Killer", or have an alynx look at
him and run away.  (Glorantha is a magical world and you're the GM - you
don't have to justify sqat!)

"I'm not an Orlanthi, but I play one in several campigns."


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