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Author Q&A / Re: Unholy Consultation - *SUPER SPOILERIFIC*
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:16:44 pm »
One of the other Dunyain at the end is mentioned as having no scars. I consider that ominous since even Koringhus, no slouch, had been badly cut up by the end of the purging of the Thousand Thousand Halls.  Are we seeing a Dunyain more capable then Koringhus and Kellhus?

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Author Q&A / Re: Unholy Consultation - *SUPER SPOILERIFIC*
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:14:03 pm »
Does Kellhus meet Koringhus in the Outside?  How about Inri Sejenus?

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Author Q&A / Re: Unholy Consultation - *SUPER SPOILERIFIC*
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:55:20 pm »
Meat can be hard on the digestion, I know. I have a little salad I can offer, for those suffering more extreme bowel cramps.

Some attachments FYI







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Author Q&A / Re: Unholy Consultation - *SUPER SPOILERIFIC*
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:01:07 pm »
Meat can be hard on the digestion, I know. I have a little salad I can offer, for those suffering more extreme bowel cramps.

Was Maithanet damned?

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The Great Ordeal / Re: (TGO Spoilers) Son of the Survivor
« on: November 14, 2016, 01:56:48 am »
He may have more natural ability than Kellhus himself, except he is untrained. If it was not for the Celmommian vision in TGO I would have speculated that he was the Anasurimbor that would come at the end of all things.

Perhaps he will be the one to show us the Metapsukhe.  How much water can the Boy's back bear?

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Literature / Re: Proposed reread - Wheel of Time books 1 - 3
« on: November 14, 2016, 12:38:25 am »
Good to see some interest here. 

Regarding tropes and cliches: you have to remember that Jordan literally reignited the entire "epic fantasy" revival that we now take for granted as the norm in the field, he will inevitably seem tired and worn out in some sense to anyone who is a product of his legacy.

Also, I suggested the first three novels only because I vaguely recall the series dropping off sharply in quality after the end of The Dragon Reborn. We will probably be getting the cream of the series with those books.

So - how fast? Two chapters a week or what?

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Atrocity Tales / Re: The inverse fire.
« on: November 13, 2016, 11:31:00 pm »
Sharmat may mean that Bakker borrowed the word but not the concept behind it.

That being said, "Inverse" means opposite, and the fire that shows you damnation and Hell seems opposite to the benevolent creating power of Iluvatar.

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Literature / Proposed reread - Wheel of Time books 1 - 3
« on: November 10, 2016, 05:19:42 pm »
Anyone up for passing the time until the publication of TUC by reareading The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, and The Dragon Reborn?

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The Great Ordeal / Re: What is "Phusis"?
« on: November 10, 2016, 05:16:57 pm »
Quintus' post is correct; that noun is just Bakker's way of saying that the skin spy is a product of the Tekne and thus physically superior to the Boy (c.f. Kellhus having a hard time wrestling Sarcellus in TWP). Read it as "materiality" and it comes through clearly.


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Author Q&A / [TGO SPOILERS] Bakker's self-insertion
« on: November 10, 2016, 04:56:45 pm »
RSB,

Like, I suspect, the majority of your readers I had until recently considered Achamian the closest thing to a self-insert character in the meta-series. Recently it occurred to me that this was wrong. While pondering your cryptic comments about losing your faith in your mid/late adolescence, I couldn't help but think of poor butt-ravaged Proyas having his faith ruined.  I have to ask - is Proyas really the closest thing to a self-insert in this series? Or are he and Akka a doublet for your younger and older selves?

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General Earwa / Re: TSA related art and stuff. (VI)
« on: October 09, 2016, 12:19:16 am »
Good show. Don't take it to hard, no one beats Famasurimbor Brohus.

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General Earwa / Re: TSA related art and stuff. (VI)
« on: October 08, 2016, 03:25:54 am »
Spiral Horizon has done some fine work, but this must stand as the supreme piece of TSA fanart:




Incidentally Bakker seems popular at 4chan's /lit/.  Not that you should go to 4chan.

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The Great Ordeal / Re: [TGO Spoilers] Whale Mothers
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:33:16 pm »
I really hate the whale-mothers. Felt like beating a dead horse and stretched my suspension of disbelief too far. When I first read the previews I held out some hope that maybe Dunyain women just ended up that way once impregnated and it was some kind of weird second-puberty, but nah, seems like they're born incubators and lack Dunyain emotional stunting and conditioning for yet another example of "Hey don't women have it bad?"

I found it disagreeable from a taste standpoint as well, but it is also flawed in that it is self-defeating and ultimately less interesting than the alternative.  Consider the following: the Dunyain turned their women into axolotl tanks because they wanted total control over their bloodline for eugenics and found lobotomized baby machines the shortest path to that goal.  But this is a form of self-harm - children don't stop needing maternal care at birth, they typically require many years of it before they reach maturity, and "Whale-mothers" can't give that.  This means that the Dunyain's chosen path was actually destructive and subversive of their goals - they needed a way to establish control of women without removing them from the natural reproductive cycle so drastically.  There was a way to do this.  You will recall that Kellhus more or less effortlessly seduced Esmenet and Serwe. I see no reason that comparatively more permanent seductions could not have been carried out under controlled conditions - and Ishual is conditioned ground.  This means that a more productive strategy would have been finding a way to perform on each Dunyain woman something akin to the sexual imprinting seen in the Honored Matres of the later Dune books - an experience so addictive that it essentially collapses the difference between intercourse in general and sex with a specific person into one event, making it impossible to conceive of having more than one mate.  This would produce the control factor.  Combined with women's natural propensity to care for their children and the general fanaticism of the Dunyain, and it would be easy to breed a sub-species of women who are totally specialized to "voluntary" breeding to the exclusion of all else: they have their children by the man they are imprinted to , and all else is unimaginable to them.  Other details could be handled in a miscellaneous manner, e.g. having those turned menopausal poison themselves as the Dunyain who received the dreams from Moenghus did.  This could even be promoted as a highly rational act, even "desirable" in a sense, since their ability to perform their function, motherhood, had come to an end; a controlled culture could have been created that would take it for granted that they would do this, a further reinforcement factor.  Or perhaps shortened lifespan could have been designed in somehow.  All of this would have gotten the eugenic job done while also providing lots of creepy feels to the audience. 

And it would have made Requires Only Hate that much madder.

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The White-Luck Warrior / Re: Dunyain Weakness
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:02:09 pm »
I think Kellhus's explanation is probably wrong - the Cish blind themselves so as to concentrate on what should be, not what is.

That's the contradiction regular sorcery runs into - that they want to change what is, but they want to change it in order to suit other things which just are.

Insightful, +1.

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Author Q&A / Re: Inchoroi women?
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:00:43 pm »
Penises crop up in evolutionary history a lot but at the same time it's weird they would exterminate an entire sex. Plus I could easily see them adding whatever organs they needed to be sexually compatible with natives. So I'm guessing they started out with a different arrangement of sexes. Don't need traditional hominid peg in slot to have ejaculation and orgasm, necessarily.

Perhaps, but bear in mind that:

1.) "Peg in slot" is not merely hominid - whales do this, as do at least some insects, it is a fairly widespread feature

2.) Wiping out an entire sex is less weird than you might think in the Earwaverse, consider the Whale-mothers, who are essentially lobotomized baby machines and alive only because the Dunyain lacked the Tekne and could not produce full cloning to eliminate women entirely.  It is entirely likely that the Inchoroi did not make tools of wombs as the Dunyain did only because they had to tools to replace wombs altogether.

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