How does someone get a link to the Orb

Mon Jun 23 09:57:45 PDT 2003

> On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Alexx S Kay wrote:
> > The Brigade was not attempting a military coup, or even obviously engaging
> > in any illegal behavior (IIRC).
> They obstruct Khaavren on Imperial business; and at the end of the novel
> they are in obvious rebellion.  Here's part 2 of my anti-coup theory
> (which may just be my Tortaalik is an idiot theory) - couldn't the Emperor

Tortaalik *is* an idiot, but that's a separate issue :-)

> instead of the Instafry feature use a "delisting" figure and simply remove
> the Orb privileges of anyone in rebellion?

I would suspect that that's covered by the same (perhaps only implicit)
"due process" clause; doing it without clear and obvious cause will
cause bad repercussions for the emperor.

OTOH, it may not even be possible.  We have at least anecdotal evidence of 
the "instafry" spell, but I don't recall ever hearing of a "break link to
the Orb" spell.

Hey, here's a wacky new idea!  If we go with the "grinding slow" model
of the Cycle, perhaps certain actions are known to cause it to incrementally 
advance.  If the emperor is facing a rebellion, taking too heavy a hand 
against it might actually *cause* the Cycle to turn, and ensure his own 

> > But not all coups are military in nature (refer for example to Florida in
> > 2000, or Dallas in 1963).
> Ok, I'll give you Florida, though imho you need to give a time range
> starting in the 90s.  I can't see how 1963 was a coup d'etat though.

Some of the conspiracy theories have Lyndon Johnson "in the loop" for the
assassination, which would definitely make it count as a coup.  It's been 
too long since I read the relevant books to cite details or sources, and 
is also way off-topic.  Let's just leave it as a hypothetical example.


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