In general, jokester-trickster Gods on Roundworld all conform to the same sort of pattern (Loki, Peyotl,Raven (to the West Indians), Coyote, Anansi, et c). They pull often seemingly cruel or vicious practical jokes, but the jokes are practical in that there is always a lesson to be learnt from them. (ie, for the survivors to learn from them...) There is a suspicion that as on Discworld, one God is moonlighting in several different costumes, in order to garner more belief and therefore more game points and status at Roundworld's equivalent of Dunmanifestin (Comic author Tom Holt, who covers similar ground to Pterry, wrote a book on the basis that old gods who nobody seriously believes in any more reside in a very specialised old people's home, somewhere on the English south coast, where you expect to see retirement homes for the genteel. Douglas Adams used a similar conceit as a plot device inThe Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul)
I am wondering if the kangaroo-god who is the Fourecks version of the Trickster is wise to Rincewind's attempt to circumvent his oath, as towards the Hub and in Lancre he would, naturally, manifest as Hoki - they are in fact one and the same god...
Also, it occurs to me that when temporarily relocated to Roundworld in The Colour of Magic and manifesting aboard an airliner, "Rincewand" is the name he adopts, in his Roundworld identity as nuclear physicist? So Hoki/Kangaroo has got his solemn oath whether he likes it or not...--AgProv 12:17, 27 April 2007 (CEST)
AgProv, it's actually Rjinswand, not Rincewand, but it is interesting that 'wind' becomes 'wand' in both cases. I actually think Hoki is Pan based on how he's described in Equal Rites. Kellyterryjones 01:35, 4 August 2007 (CEST)