Duck Overview

Send comments and/or criticism to Simon E. Phipp
Created On 1 October 1997
Last Updated On 1 October 1997
Copyright (c) Simon E. Phipp 1997

A while ago I was involved in a discussion on the Gloranthan Digest concerning the Ducks of Dragon Pass, their culture, origins and how they lived in the Upland Marsh. I proposed certain views which were either supported, opposed or ignored as is proper in a discussion forum.

Ingo Tschinke of the Chaos Society then contacted me and asked if I would be interested in putting together some articles based on my ideas on Ducks etc. for an upcoming edition of Tradetalk magazine. Unfortunately, work pressures meant that I could put no time into this and it was lost in the pile of stuff I had to do.

However, now I have some more time and will be able to put these ideas down. I will also send them onto Ingo in case he wants to publish them. As he wanted the articles in a particular format, I will stick to that format even for the Web Site.

Basically, the articles represent a series of reports, collected from various sources, relating to the Ducks of Dragon Pass, their origins, survival tactics, way of life etc. They follow my (possibly) heretical idea that Delecti saved the Ducks by creating the Upland Marsh and that he still has a duty to protect and keep them from harm. Thus, his Undead guards keep down the Chaos and keep Duck Hunters away from the Marsh. Unfortunately, the Ducks do not like the Undead and fight against them, which really annoys Delecti.

Anyway, that's the gist of my proposal. People can agree or disagree, to me the proposal hangs together, is internally consistent and could well be true. It also fits my idea that most of the "Bad" people in Glorantha are not bad at all, from a neutral, independant point of view, but are merely misunderstood. This will annoy some people who do not like the idea of lots of "misunderstood" races, but that has never stopped me before.

If you could let me know what you think, I would appreciate it.