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The Emergence

Moorcock's Chaos symbol
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In Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series, the Symbol of Chaos is composed of eight arrows in a radial pattern (in contrast, the symbol of Law is a single upright arrow). It is also called the Arms of Chaos, the Arrows of Chaos, the Chaos Star, the Symbol of Eight, Chaostar, and other such names. Moorcock conceived this symbol while writing the first Elric of Melniboné story in the early 1960s. It was thereafter adopted into popculture mainstreams, emerging in such places as roleplaying games and modern occult traditions.

Quoting Moorcock;

"I drew it at my kitchen table while thinking up suitable symbols for Law (a single arrow) and Chaos (eight arrows representing all possible choices). Games Workshop couldn't exist without the things they've ripped off from me and Tolkien. If they'd made more of the material, I wouldn't mind. But they've dumbed it down, too. Sometimes I get weary of this crap. Other times, people remind me, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. A more sincere form of flattery than that, of course, is when they ask you first. As I've often said -- they can say it's flattery, but that's the flattery of the guy you catch in your apartment when you come home at night and he's just heading for the fire escape with your new TV. 'Great taste in TVs, man,' he says....[2]


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