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Why didn't Elric try to change Melibone as he was the emperor?

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  • Peacefulpie
    Peacefulpie
    Nomad of the Time Streams
    Peacefulpie
    Nomad of the Time Streams
    • Sep 2020
    • 42

    Why didn't Elric try to change Melibone as he was the emperor?

    Elric was the Emperor of Melnibone so you would think he had a lot of power and influence. Why didn't he use it to change the things he didn't like about Melnibone? He seems apathetic.
  • Rothgo
    Rothgo
    Champion of the Unbalanced
    Rothgo
    Champion of the Unbalanced
    • Aug 2006
    • 6680

    #2
    My feeling was as you suggest: he didn't care. In fact, pretty much only Yrkoon cared about the place of Melnibone in the world. Though petty vengeance soon are him up too.

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    • Pietro_Mercurios
      Pietro_Mercurios
      Only Slightly Unbalanced
      Pietro_Mercurios
      Only Slightly Unbalanced
      • Oct 2004
      • 5823

      #3
      Elric as Emperor of such an ancient, powerful & decadent culture as that of Melnibone, was trapped just as much by its ancient traditions & rituals as his subjects. Elric reminds me of Titus Groan trapped by the many endless rituals of Gormenghast. Also, Amenhotep IV, aka Akhenaten, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh who tried to overturn ancient Egypt's polytheistic culture & replace it with Atenism, a more monotheistic religion centred on the worship of the god, Aten. Amenhotep's name was erased and his various images were defaced & obliterated for his heresy.

      Even 'absolute,' power has it's limits & like Titus Groan, Elric flees the suffocating ritualistic culture of his ancient kingdom, when the lovely Cymoril, his beloved & the only person that really ties him to his responsibilities, is lost to him.

      That's my take.
      Pietro_Mercurios
      Only Slightly Unbalanced
      Last edited by Pietro_Mercurios; 12-26-2021, 03:54 PM. Reason: fine tuning

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      • Peacefulpie
        Peacefulpie
        Nomad of the Time Streams
        Peacefulpie
        Nomad of the Time Streams
        • Sep 2020
        • 42

        #4
        the ancient Egyptian pharaoh who tried to overturn ancient Egypt's polytheistic culture & replace it with [/B]Atenism, a more monotheistic religion centred on the worship of the god, Aten. Amenhotep's name was erased and his various images were defaced & obliterated for his heresy.
        That's my take.
        [/QUOTE]

        That's very interesting. wow.

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        • EverKing
          EverKing
          Eternal Companion
          EverKing
          Eternal Companion
          • Jan 2004
          • 959

          #5
          Originally posted by Peacefulpie View Post
          That's very interesting. wow.
          He was also the father of Tutankhamen (originally named Tutankhaten from what we can tell; he changed his name when he became pharaoh as a way to distance himself from his father's Aten cult and return to the traditional religion).

          Anyway, yes, the traditions of Melinobone restricted Elric's ability to affect real change. When he first took the Ruby Throne he had designs on modernizing and opening Melnibonean society but the debauchery and hedonism were too deeply entrenched into their cultural identity and he became disillusioned with them. Ultimately, this led the events of "The Dreaming City" and the destruction of Imrryr.
          "In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro"
          --Thomas a Kempis

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