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The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoilers] Shauriatas
« on: August 01, 2017, 10:23:50 pm »
Tbh I'm not buying it. Too much of a "gotcha", too much colored string and dots being connected behind the scenes for a pretty lukewarm "twist": that it was Shae all along.

Bakker's tendency to do big surprise reveals and to present fairly opaque but punchy metaphors leads to a tendency for members of this board to shoot off down strange paths based some of the more unusual passages.  This forum is thick with pet theories.

every now and then someone seems to be right though. It certainly surprised me when Cnair showed up alive!

The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoiler] Heron Spear?
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:48:47 pm »
idk if its been mentioned already, but the way the sun lance and heron spear are described make them seem like laser rifles or something similar.

The Unholy Consult / Re: Ramblings of a Broken Soul
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:01:06 am »
I really like Achamian? He's my favorite character. I hope he has an important role to play in the next series.

Only thing I can add is I don't think it was planned that Moe ended up with the Scylvendi, at least not by Kelhus. Serwe left him die, believing him broken. Serwe and Kayutas seem very human.

General Earwa / Re: The No-God and the 144k souls. [spoilers inbound]
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:32:12 am »
I think part of the problem is that, like many, MANY things in this series, the situation with the 144,000 souls is being presented to us in a "backwards" (or otherwise obfuscated) way.

For example, perhaps it's less that the No-God requires there only to be 144,000 souls on Earwa in order to achieve the Apocalypse -- rather, that is simply how many people will be left once the Apocalypse occurs. The Consult may not even know how many must die, but only that the end-result will be that number. Which would make (some) sense of their "burn it all" methodology. I'm sure there's a mathematical term for this sort of thing but I am a mathematical moron to the highest (lowest?) degree, so...

On the other hand, the number of 144,000 may not be important at all to actually achieving the Apocalypse, so much as it is the number of souls required to repopulate the New World -- once the No-God, or New God, has achieved dominion over the existing one. So, for the Consult it's equally an important number to be reached as it is a signal to stop being genocidal lunatics.

Yes, like a tipping point, just kill until there are only 144k souls left, then it kind of unfolds as it should. In that scenario it would pay to be as far from Golgotterath as possible. I wonder what the rest of Eänna is thinking about the Great Ordeal, the must have heard of it.

The only thing ever said about 144,000 souls in the books is by the Wracu Akka faces off with. That is the number the population has to be reduced to to shut Eärwa off from the Outside. The No-God's is the Consults tool to do this quicker. Once the No-God rises there are no more births. So, many have speculated as to why the No-God even went to war in the first place. They could have waited until people died off and with no more babies being born it wouldn't have taking very long.
not being able to give birth will unite humanity like nothing else. In 5-10 years a new ordeal could be raised with anyone with the mark being trained in sorcery, with humanity's blessing. The consult has to fight anyways.

Or maybe the no god has to war, maybe its part of its code. The no god doesn't seem to have a soul; perhaps it has no choice, no free will either.

The Unholy Consult / TUC spoilers - totally confused by the demons...
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:30:42 am »
that enter the ark. What is their purpose? How are they defeated? Why are they there? Can someone explain?

The Unholy Consult / Re: The effects of Chorae
« on: July 28, 2017, 11:31:36 pm »
I suspect it might have to do with contact time. Serwe was moving when she was hit, perhaps the chorae was only in contact for fractions of a second. With kelhus, the chorae was held to his leg, maybe for over a second.

Other possibility, is some effect of Serwe's magical sword limits the effectiveness of chorae.

I think we've seen burns or scarring from close proximity to a chorae before, I could be wrong, been a while since I've read the series.

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