ElHefe Posted August 2, 2014 Share Posted August 2, 2014 (edited) Currently, there are two prevailing views as to why the Tenno revolted against the Orokin ... Revenge or Justice (for discussions of both see Teqnologyque's great thread "Let's Talk Lore") The Revenge Conjecture is derived from Ember's Codex where children were sent into the Void by the Orokin and a modicum of extrapolative psychology or "that's how I would feel if I was treated that way." The main counterargument to this idea is the so-called Stockholm Syndrome of victim assimilation of captor identity. The Justice Doctrine is based upon the (inferred) existence of a Tenno Credo - to maintain "balance" - which originates from comments made by The Lotus during the introduction and with various in game missions. BUT ... Just how tyrannical were the Orokin? How "bad" were they really? Were they INTRINSICALLY warlike? What would have been so "out of balance" for the Orokin to remain in power after the Old War? So, here are some - NOT complete - observations (Lore fact mixed with deduction): 1. Orokin civilization flourished for an extended period of time (at least on a human scale) BASED upon their height of technological achievement (and assuming that they think and work on a human time scale ...) 2. Orokin society had a (rigid?!) hierarchical structure - including a ruling elite, a rank stratified military and with that would have had a complex system of laws and regulations as well as morality (again see Ember's Codex) 3. The Orokin rulers countermanded their OWN laws (again Ember's Codex) when they became desperate - BUT, as history shows even "peaceful" nations become harsh, even cruel under the pressure to survive during times of war 4. The Orokin and the Tenno fought a common enemy - the Sentients. There is nothing to indicate that had the Sentients won, they would have distinguished Orokin from Tenno. YET, even war-weary, the Tenno immediately embark on civil war - this would be historically unprecedented. Consider the bitter conflict that ensued after the assassination of Julius Caesar or the atrocities which occurred during the Peloponnesian War(s). Hardly "balance" restored there ... As ever, I look forward to your thoughts and critiques ... Edited August 2, 2014 by ElHefe Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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