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The White-Luck Warrior / Women are very important to this series
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:34:54 pm »
Some else that occurred to me after re-reading TJE and WLW: women are going to play a very important role in the AA series.

I can predict what that role is.  But we know that RSB is a deliberate, intentional writer who doesn't hesitate to trim the fat if it doesn't server a specific purpose, for example, the "deleted scenes" in Atrithau where Khellus recruits his first followers.   So all of the material involving female characters(Esme, Mimara, Serwa, Psatma), mother-child relationships, pregnancy and birth (Mimara, Yatwer, Womb Plague) *must* be building toward something big. 

I just can't imagine RSB doing it just because -- he's too good for that.  And it might just explain why he's seemingly amused by the accusations of misogyny.

The White-Luck Warrior / Yatwer and the Greal Ordeal
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:30:58 pm »
Something that struck me after a recent re-read of WLW: it doesn't make a lot of sense for Yatwer to work against the Great Ordeal through Sorweel.  If anything, it seemed like she wants to prevent No-God from returning.  These two lines from her POV seem to refer to the stillborn epidemic during the FA:

So many.  So many children born...
So many taken.

The whole point (ostensibly) for the Great Ordeal is to stop the World being shut from the Outside and the cycle of birth ending. 

It seems that either:

1. Khellus' motivation is something other than what he's stated.  Which wouldn't exactly be shocking becuase, well, he's that kind of dude.  But it's one of the only pieces of evidence I can find in the books that actually points to his having an ulterior motive.

2. Sorweel is wrong about Yatwer's motivation.  RSB clearly has a fondness for unreliable narrators (Akka in PON) and it wouldn't be a shock if Yatwer is after something less straightforward than killing the Aspect-Emperor.  It could be as simple as his being a "sleeper" as has been stated in other threads: Khellus successfully prevents the No-God from returning and then Yatwer gives Sorweel the go-ahead to salt Khellus. 

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