Orlanth had set in motion the problems of the Gods' War by supporting the actions of the Storm Tribe and by slaying Yelm the Emperor. He paid court to Ernalda and made many promises to her, proving his worth and giving her many gifts. Finally he made her his wife and promised to protect her and to protect the earth for always and, in return, Ernalda gave him the Shield of Arran to help him.
When Orlanth set off on the Lightbringers' Quest he was torn by two
desires, to Protect the Earth and to Heal the World and he knew that he
could not do both. As he could no longer protect the earth, he returned
the Shield of Arran to Ernalda to help protect her while he was gone. In
turn, Ernalda gave the Shield to her daughter Babeester Gor who was the
Guardian and the Avenger and who also protected the earth. Babeester Gor
gave Orlanth a copy of the Shield that served to protect him on the Lightbringers'
Quest, so Orlanth did not lose the Earth Shield.
Arran must make a shield using Craft (Shield Making) or a similar skill. He may sacrifice POW to create a Great Parry matrix - 3 POW creates this matrix whether or not he knows the spell and has no chance of failure.
Arran must then give the shield to Ernalda to protect her against Death.
This Station may be Invoked to create a Great Parry matrix. The Invoker must sacrifice 3 POW and lose a Great Parry spell and the matrix will be created without an Enchant roll.
Orlanth may sacrifice for the Great Parry spell and may cast Great Parry Heroically whilst on this Quest. At Higher levels he may gain the ability to Heroically cast Great Parry.
Orlanth must use the Earth Shield in defence of the Earth. Normally this involves one or more attacks on the Ernalda Temple by forces of Darkness or Chaos forces. If Orlanth does not try to protect Ernalda or tries and fails then he loses the ability to use Great Parry and must leave the Shield of Arran subcult if he is a member of the subcult.
This Station may be Invoked to cast the Great Parry spell.
If Orlanth does not give up the Shield then he retains the magical shield with the Great Parry matrix but may not join the Shield of Arran subcult, may not sacrifice for new uses of the spell and only uses the spell on a one-use basis.
In any case, Orlanth retains the geas "Protect Earth Priestesses".
This Station may be Invoked in order to free himself of a duty by giving back the gifts he received when he took on the duty. This may be done without the loss of honour.
1. This is a Magic Weapon Quest.
2. This is a very short and simple Quest. If anyone has any ideas on how to flesh it out a bit then I would appreciate it.