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What if Kellhus was one of us? posted 10 February 2008 in General DiscusssionWhat if Kellhus was one of us? by Israfel, Peralogue

That's a lot of optimism, and I've gotta say, it reads to me like you've deliberately thrown that in to get a heated argument going <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

&quot;I think that the only reason that Khellus (and his father) were able to control people was because peoples convictions weren't that strong&quot; - I think you'll find that in TTT Kellhus manages to control people whose convictions are incredibly strong. In fact, he seems to use them even easier because that strength of conviction gives him an especially powerful level in their psyche. Also, modern understandings of human rights doesn't prevent a lot of dodgy morality play going on, and even now people can be subtly manipulated through use of flattery, contrariness, etc if you know how they'd react - and Dunyain do.

Kellhus doesn't always just read people, state his knowlede of inside their head and then say a new belief that they then follow, he uses their beliefs and fears etc and then subtly guides them around to a useful way of thinking. He finds arguments that will have the most impact and then sets them up in ways that you'll find convincing. People are open books to Kellhus, but that doesn't mean he just reads them - he has methods of manipulation that draw out people's doubts, and plays on their thoughts and feelings until their ways of thinking have been subtly misdirected. I think 20th Century people would be just as vulnerable as any other. view post


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