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Subject: Etymology of 'orb' rss

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Here's something other RftG fans may find quite interesting. My dictionary lists a figurative meaning of orb as range of influence or action which is consonant with players deriving powers from exploring it (and supposedly the dormant potency of the Alien artifact itself). Musing on this I think I recall hearing the fig. expression not within his orb in the ancient past.






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Yeah, lots of words have archaic meanings that seem to have nothing in common with the most common usage in modern english. Orb was originally used to refer to a shape. Not necessarily a sphere, but round things. This is where the word orbit comes from. It originally also applied to flat circles. It was sometimes also in a "sphere of influence" sort of way.

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/orb
^here Def 7 is the one being used.
 
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I thought the meaning that is used here is number 1. As in a lot of solar systems enclosed in a huge metal (?) orb. As far as I know this comes up in some science-fiction literature. And we probably need to explore the planets inside this orb.
 
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Well, I suppose that's also a possibility.
 
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I pretty much see a scifi Palantir in my head when I imagine this expansion.
 
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Orb of music, Orb of destruction, Orbital, the Orb is all around us. whistle
 
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