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No-God and the Topoi of Caraskand posted 11 August 2006 in The Warrior ProphetNo-God and the Topoi of Caraskand by Nerdanel, Peralogue

(I'm feeling a little silly posting speculative threads without being able to peek into the TTT forum to see if it's all done before, but anyway...)

We know that topoi are created when there is a great deal of suffering in one place. Mengedda certainly qualifies, but I think Caraskand does too after its bloody sacking. I think certain curious incidents point that way.

I think the No-God is able to speak in topoi through the throats of dying people such as Saubon's groom Kussalt and Kellhus. Watch out for unexplained italics! Kussalt's laughter and his last words about hating Saubon were out of character, and Kellhus has never before demonstrated a power to direct his words to one person so that nobody else hears, as happened with Cnaiür and Achamian when Kellhus hung from the tree. I also think

Various people, including Achamian, have unusual nightmares while in Mengedda. In Caraskand Achamian, instead of dreaming about Seswatha, dreams about Kellhus and Esmenet having sex. This sort of dream happens to be one of the most obvious avenues if something wants to hurt Akka in his dreams.

It is known that anyone who dies in Mengedda has his soul taken by the No-God. I think that's what happens to Saubon. I think Saubon gets killed by the Cishaurim just before he sees and touches his own corpse, but the No-God resurrects him immediately, so that Saubon doesn't notice dying. I think the reason for the No-God's intervention is to make the Inrithi win, and indeed Saubon's lone charge is the thing that decides the battle while his death would have been a grave blow to the Inrithi morale.

I think Kellhus had figured out the possibility for resurrection, which is why he thought Serwë might come back from the dead. It might be, however, that Kellhus gets resurrected by the No-God, which would be right in theme for a messiah figure.

Incidentally, it would seem that the No-God really is evil rather than misunderstood and is a rational actor. I wonder if the No-God is the mysterious Thousandfold Thought. I wonder if Lakuth is the Scylvendi language version of Logos. view post


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