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The Doomed Ordeal? posted 31 March 2009 in The Judging EyeThe Doomed Ordeal? by Truth Shines, Candidate

Way back when at the end of TTT when it became clear that Kellhus would lead an attack on Golgotterath, I thought about the route he might take. Try as I might I couldn't picture a realistic overland route. So I thought he would need to conquer Zuem, build a mighty fleet to hug the coast and sail up north to get at the Consult. This looks much longer, but transportation over water is always easier than land in the olden days, especially considering the nature of the overland route (no roads, more Sranc than you can shake a stick at).

Now that I have read TJE, I'm disappointed to find out Bakker has Kellhus take the land route anyway, despite the strong telepathic suggestions I sent him. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> Just judging by the numbers provided in the book, this already looks likes the greatest collective suicide in the history of the world. TJE says from the start of the march to Golgotterath is 2000 miles. It also says at least at the beginning when the host is trying to preserve its supply line it's marching at the slow rate of 10-15 miles a day. Assuming all goes well and later on it picks up speed after it ditches its supply line, how fast can it get? 20 miles a day? 25 miles? This is the upper limit of a Roman legion's speed. Genghis Khan's army, made up purely of horsemen who each has multiple spare horses, could march no more than 40-45 miles a day. And we have to consider that this is not just a march, but a fighting advance since surely they will begin to fight Sranc sooner rather than later. So what is the realistic average speed of the Great Ordeal over its entire length? Let's be wildly optimistic and say 20 miles a day (this is assuming they march much faster later on to make up for the slower start). That's 100 days right there, or more than 3 months. This will put them at the end of summer.

Assuming they couldn't conquer Golgotterath overnight, they would need to besiege it (I'm not sure how they can do it since they are doing the besieging in a wilderness, they would very soon run out of the little foraging opportunity there is around them). For how long? In the &quot;Encyclopedic Glossary&quot; at the end of TTT, under the entry of &quot;Apocalypse,&quot; we read the following about the first Great Ordeal: &quot;For six years the Ordeal attempted to starve the Consult into submission, to no avail. Every assault proved disastrous.&quot; Even if the new Great Ordeal succeeds in just six months where the first Ordeal failed after six years, this will ensure the doom of all those who participated, since by then it will be winter. And those who are still alive would have to march 2000 miles BACK.

Well, whatever else happens, pretty soon men would have to start hunting Sranc for food. <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> view post


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