How does someone get a link to the Orb

Mon Jun 23 10:26:57 PDT 2003

On Mon, 23 Jun 2003, Alexx S Kay wrote:

> > On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Alexx S Kay wrote:

> 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.

I think we would have heard it discussed in _FHYA_ if it was possible -
unless it is a state secret unused by Tortaalik because he's an idiot.
Maybe there are no successful coups against Athyras...

> 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.

I don't claim any precedent for delinking - it just seemed obviously easy.
Perhaps we'll learn much more about linkage soon, and have more ground to
stand on while handwaving, but the use of black Phoenix stone to make one
psychically invisible doesn't seem to impede one's sorcery (does it?  I
never really understood Vlad's use of both types, and his defense against
witchcraft locator spells), so I suspect my earlier "psychic tracer"
theory is wrong.  Also note that if the user could shield himself from the
Orb (and deactivate his link) then presumably Adron would have done so.