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    Re: Sheldomar region Xvarts (Score: 1)
    by chatdemon ( on Tue, September 24, 2002
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    Raxivort is an extremely petty and jealous god, and having once been mortal himself (I'll be writing him up in the next week or two) he has come to believe that the races that dabble heavily in arcane magic, Humans and Elves most notably, become faithless heathens with no loyalty to their gods. When he created xvarts, he wanted to ensure that they would always remain lowly pawns in his plans for Oerth, so he made them unable to channel the energies required to employ arcane magic. This extends to an inablity to use even arcane magic items. The Rat Lord's will is that the only way a Xvart may weild magic is through faithful worship and servitude to him, and his companion/servant, the beast lord Sneer.

    Also, Raxivort's ascension to divinity involved the death of an older god, Skavis, the former patron of rodents and Slitheren (ratmen). Raxi believed that although the Slitheren gradually accepted him as their new divine patron, that changing the order of their society would cause revolt. Slitheren are a caste-born race of creatures, with only a select few born with the ability to be sorcerors (and wizards of course, but this is rare in their primitive and illiterate society). The sorcerors tend to hold positions of influence and power in their tribes, and Raxi knew that giving his children that ability too would make the Slitheren unwilling to accept the Xvarts as peers.

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