How does someone get a link to the Orb

Fri Jun 20 10:36:28 PDT 2003

On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 09:20:10AM -0700, Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU> wrote:
> > I strongly suspect that the Orb will go to whichever person of
> > the correct house manages a coup, unless the Emperor personally
> > resigns in an orderly transition.
> > Of course, if you have the support of your House, your chances of
> > a successful coup are much higher, thus the whole Heir business.
> I don't understand how anyone can actually launch a successful coup
> against an Emperor able to use the Orb, which I believe gives one the
> ability to fry anyone linked to it.  

See Adron's hissy-cow.

> Perhaps the link is the result of a
> simple spell, leaving a psychic marker that the Orb recognizes.  This
> would explain how backwater Tecklas are linked - and possibly how Heirs
> are recognized.  

I expect the basic link works like this -- someone performs a 
spell on new citizens at some point.  It may even have some kind 
of "this is the designated Heir of House x" marker included.  But 
I don't think that's how the Orb would actually choose.  
Otherwise, *we would see successful coups*.  Instead, like the 
mandate of heaven, the Orb chooses based on whoever succeeds in 
taking the throne -- so long as they have a member of the right 

In an orderly transition, of course, this will coincide perfectly 
with the chosen Heir of the house.  Only in unusual situations 
would things be otherwise.

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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