How does someone get a link to the Orb

Fri Jun 20 11:47:30 PDT 2003

> On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Alexx S Kay wrote:
> > If Adron *was* (however briefly) emperor, that would seem to indicate that
> > the Cycle actually went *backwards* during the Disaster, which is quite
> > unprecedented.  Of course, so was the entire situation leading up to the
> > Disaster, so one could certainly argue the other way.
> I've complained about this before, but now it seems to me that the Orb is
> be a local agent of the Cycle capable of getting out ahead of the boss.

Huh.  That's a good handwave that hadn't previously occured to me.  Thanks!

> So in _Taltos_, looking at what I envision as a big pie chart, do Vlad et
> al. see the Phoenix slice centered vertically?  Or does the Cycle grind
> slowly and exceedingly small, in which case they have some (if nothing
> else extremely economically useful) information - when the Dragons will
> take power.

The "grinding slow" (nice image, btw), seems mythologically "right" to me.
You are correct that that could convey valuable information -- but not
many beings are in a position to access that info :-)  (And it wouldn't
be exact in any case -- the speed is clearly subject to significant 


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