Wednesday, 21 September 2016
"'...in the glory of the God, Almighty Roidhun of Merseia, the Race, and all holdings, dominions, and subordinates of the Race.'"
Poul Anderson, A Circus Of Hells IN Anderson, Young Flandry (New York, 2010), pp. 193-365 AT pp. 281-282.
may or may not be a figurehead, depending on circumstances;
is elected by the Hands of the Vachs and heads of state;
is always of the landless Vach Urdiolch, presumably "...in part [as] a check on his powers..." (p. 282);
is regarded by all with awe and pride;
stands for "...the God, the unity, and the hope of a warrior people..." (ibid.);
never comes on-stage in the Technic History;
is represented by the Protector of the Roidhun's Council;
resides in Castle Afon in the ancient Wilwidh capital of Ardaig.
When the Merseians needed to unite their planet, did they decide that, to give the supreme position to a member of any landed Vach would be to empower that Vach too much as against the others and that therefore the only solution was to elevate a member of the one landless Vach? (See here.)
A humorous parallel: Doctor Who was originally aimed at children but came to be watched by teenagers and University students. One country had to be entrusted with data that it could notionally misuse to its own advantage. The Brigadier solemnly intoned, "And, of course, the only country that all other governments would trust not to misuse the information was Great Britain!" University students laughed while school children got a dose of nationalist propaganda. Was the Brigadier's dialogue satire, propaganda or both - deliberately aimed at two different audiences?