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James P. Mallory ([personal profile] merlinscribe) wrote2016-01-26 07:24 pm
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Today's Continuity Question

Is it Mosirinde's Covenant or Arilcarion's Art of War that forbids Lightborn from taking the field as combatants in the wars of the Hundred Houses?

Mosirinde's Covenant

(Anonymous) 2016-01-27 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
"She had already shattered Mosirinde's Covenant and brought the light born into battle. She rejected Alicarion's wisdom to fight without decency and without honor, forcing them to do the same."

Continuity question Jan 26

(Anonymous) 2016-02-01 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I believe that it is Arilcarion's Art of War that prevents the lightborn from being combatants. Mosirinde's Covenant dealt more with power and the forbidden sources thereof. It was she who forbade the use of blood magic and of draining the land and proscribed the drawing of power from the Flower Forests.

Mosirinde's Covenant

(Anonymous) 2016-02-11 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
I'm pretty sure Viel explicitly states that the promise for the Lightborn not to take the field of battle is separate from the covenant. At least that is what I understood from her discussion with Thoromarth in Chapter 10. Here are some selected bits from that conversation: "But you know that the Lightborn do not use their arts in war... The Covenant is not the same thing as that promise... The Covenant is our pledge that we will never draw so much power from the land that it sickens and dies... So we wrap ourselves in custom and let the lightless think it is a vow."

Re: Mosirinde's Covenant

(Anonymous) 2016-02-11 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
So in conclusion I think the answer is that neither Mosirinde's Covenant nor Arilcarion's Art of War that prevents the Lightborn from taking the field of battle but rather a combination of fear, misunderstanding and custom that do so.

(Anonymous) 2016-04-03 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
I do not believe either of them forbade the Lightborn in battle, I think the only mention of it is in the "Song of Amrethion.." In which it mentions the Lightborn taking up arms in battle, I sadly forget the exact text.