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What is this magic orb/stone? Is it the Orb of Aldur? And what is that?

Sorry to ask this question, but it has just been a while since I last read the series, and I kinda want a refresher in order to best understand.

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Yes, the stone that the God Aldur is holding at the beginning of Belgarath the Sorceror is the object that would eventually become the Orb of Aldur. At that point he's basically talking to it.

The Orb itself is a magical item that grants its wielder essentially unlimited power. However, it only allows itself to be wielded by those of a specific line, or those who are completely innocent. Gods are powerful enough to eventually force it to serve them, but Aldur didn't because that's essentially slavery.

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