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posts by Noctis Candidate | joined 04 Mar 2006 | 13


posted 04 Mar 2006, 01:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSchools of the 3 seas by Noctis, Candidate

Hmmm, interesting. I agree that If AE is going to take place that far in the future, there could well be other children, too. By other women, even. Although I think Esmenet will be less willing to share her position than Serwe was... For my part I would very much like to see Esmi's unborn child be a girl, and have the real firstborn of the Great One be a daughter. Esmenet was/is such a well-written female that I would really like to see another! view post


posted 04 Mar 2006, 01:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCharacters in Aspect-Emperor by Noctis, Candidate

Maybe the next book will surprise (probably it will!), but the triumvirate of Kellhus, Achamian, and Cnaiur are almost a necessary part of the story at this point; Akka and Cnaiur seem to me to be two aspects or voices of Kellhus, in a way, two sides of his personality almost. Certainly two of the biggest influences on him.. Plus, it doesn't seem to me like either Akka or Cnaiur's stories really got closure, more questions than answers left at the end of TTT for both of them. So even if the next book is about the next generation, I'd bet we see these three in the background at least. I agree about Maithanet, too, the glimpses we got of him were really intriguing. view post


posted 04 Mar 2006, 03:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Meeting between Kellhus & Moenghus? by Noctis, Candidate

I agree that Kellhus was intending to follow the "shortest path" in removing Moenghus from the game, but I also got the feeling, in reading the meeting between Moenghus and Kellhus, that there were a couple of other considerations at work: 1. Kellhus convinced Moenghus that he (Kellhus) was insane, and at that point, Moenghus was going to try to remove him from the field (as defective Dunyain or whatever); so it was kill or be killed. 2. Kellhus also saw what would happen if Moenghus killed him and tried to do the job himself...basically, chaos, strife, and eventually, Apocalypse. And, since the death of Serwe, Kellhus does have an opinion on that; he's bought into Akka's theory that he's supposed to save the world, and backed away from the completely emotionless Dunyain way at least enough to want to stop the Apocalypse. Maybe that means that Kellhus hasn't so much "transcended" the Dunyain (although Kellhus definitely thinks he has) as become just a teency bit more human, more emotional, and therefore actually less uber. I dunno, just a thought. view post


posted 04 Mar 2006, 16:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by Noctis, Candidate

Plus, Kellhus at the end combines several roles, one of them being Aspect- Emperor, which is a lot easier to do politically if the Emperor (and his dynasty) is dead. It is a shame to lose the Ikurei, though, they were a fascinating family. I wonder if Grandma survived? view post


posted 04 Mar 2006, 17:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions that haunt me after just reading TTT. by Noctis, Candidate

Not to resurrect a dead thread, but I just finished TTT and the thing about the Inchoroi and the little boy really grabbed my attention. I agree that there wasn't any sort of secret exchanged, this was just the candy that the synthese used to lure the kid closer. The synthese can possess people right? So maybe this is foreshadowing, that the freaky bird is planning to hide from Kellhus in this way, or use the boy to get close to Kellhus' court (in 20 years the boy would be just a little older than Moenghus and the unborn)... Not really clear on how the possession works, though, Kellhus seemed to be able to see right through it, but maybe that's just because he knew Esmi so well. view post


posted 05 Mar 2006, 16:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Noctis, Candidate

I don't recall his name, but I like the guy who plays Nero Wolfe for Akka. He's got the impressive girth, and the acting ability to be ridiculous sometimes, and poignant, and also capable of towering fury. Kellhus would be by far the hardest one to cast. He needs to be golden, and to be able to act "leonine" as well as look it. That's a tough one. view post


posted 05 Mar 2006, 16:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by Noctis, Candidate

Wow, that's not at all what I got; Xerius seemed to think that she looked more beautiful than usual on the night of the assassination. This made me think she'd been temporarily replaced and he was semi-unconsciously noticing. Could have been the wine though I suppose.... Guess I need to go back and read the earlier bits with her again. view post


posted 05 Mar 2006, 17:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Meeting between Kellhus & Moenghus? by Noctis, Candidate

yes, maybe "convince" was the wrong word to use; I don't think that Kellhus was actively trying to get Moenghus to think he was insane. That was the impression that Moenghus got, though (possibilities collapsing and all) and at that point I think Kellhus realized that Moenghus would try to eliminate him. view post


posted 06 Mar 2006, 19:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by Noctis, Candidate

Anor, loved the Nero reference... Nero's mother and grandmother were both named Agrippina, btw. view post


posted 06 Mar 2006, 23:03 in Author Q & AAkka and the Ciphrang - TTT spoilers by Noctis, Candidate

The utteral/inutteral thing is very well described in the excellent Encyclopedic Glossary of TTT under "sorcery." It is also noted in that entry (p. 490) that "...there are as many metaphysical interpretations of this structure as there are sorcerous schools..." view post


posted 07 Mar 2006, 02:03 in Author Q & AAkka and the Ciphrang - TTT spoilers by Noctis, Candidate

The blinding is indeed inherent to the Psukhe, along with the passion angle, it also has to do with "seeing" on another level; according to the Glossary again "Given Fane's claim that the true powers of the Solitary God cannot be exercised so long as one sees the profane world, Cishaurim initiates voluntarily blind themselves..." ("Cishaurim" entry, p. 428) This really reminds me of the early Greek philosophers, who were exploring notions of appearance vs. reality; if I remember correctly, Heraclitus even had a notion of the soul (psukhe) becoming water after death, or something like that, which sounds very Cishaurim-ish (cishaurim-y?). :) Concerning blindness and true seeing and all that, the Cishaurim don't have the "mark" so they can't be "seen" by practitioners of the other Anagogic schools. I wonder if this is because they blind themselves (by blinding themselves they blind their enemies to them...interesting idea) or whether it has to do with the notion that what they do isn't exactly "sorcery," but something cruder? view post


posted 07 Mar 2006, 17:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by Noctis, Candidate

Yep, and Agrippina the Younger probably had a hand in bumping off her husband & uncle Claudius, in order to install Nero as emperor. After a few years, Nero had her assassinated as well. Gotta love the Julio-Claudians. view post


posted 11 Mar 2006, 16:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWater by Noctis, Candidate

There's a connection between the soul (psukhe) and water in ancient Greek philosophers before Plato, intriguing since the Cishaurim are the psukhe school... There are similar ancient theories about the soul being made of fire, as well (for example, Heraclitus thought the soul was made of fire until it died, then it became water). Correct me on this if I'm off base, but don't the Scarlet Spires seem to use mostly fire-based magic (dragon heads and so on)? Their natural opposite would then be the water-based magic of the Cishaurim. Makes me wonder if we are going to see the other Classical elements (earth and air) as the bases of other Anagogic schools. view post


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