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A few questions . . . posted 15 January 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

First of all I’d like to congratulate you, Mr. Bakker, on a great fantasy series, published at a time when I was despairing of finding anything worthy of being read anymore.

I just finished consuming TDtCB and TWP in the space of two days and I have to say I’m very impressed with the world you’ve created (very realistic and even ruthless at times, which is a welcome change) and the way the story and the characters have progressed so far.

Since finishing to read the books I’m finding myself full of questions so I hope I’m not being too demanding with the (many) ones that follow, and I really hope you will be able to answer at least a few . . .

Here goes:

1. I’m interested in the demographics of the Ancient North. Just how do they compare with those of the Three Seas, both now and in the period of its greatest glory (at the time of Cenei?), and what were the borders (and sizes) of the ancient Norsirai nations? For ex. was Agongorea a part of Kuniüri or a preexisting kingdom before it was taken by the Consult?

2. Many times you mention that the Ancient North was old, powerful and very civilized, at a time when the Three Seas, and possibly the Satyothi peoples too, were young and still unsophisticated. I wonder just how that is possible, if we reckon that the Four Nations invaded Eärwa at the same time and probably settled their respective corners of it at the same time as well. The colossal monuments of Shigek, and some other mentions of antiquity in the Three Seas would seem to contradict that, and although the Norsirai may have had the advantage of the Nonman Tutelage, two thousand years constitute a long time, and I think the Ketyai could easily have caught up with them easily.

3. In TWP Achamian speaks of the killing of the No-God and in this context tells Kellhus of the Holy War Celmomas had called to battle the Consult. He says Celmomas “summoned” all the lords of Eärwa, and I read that to be the actual summons of a liege lord to his vassals. So I’d like to know if I’m reading too much into this sentence or if the Anasûrimbor really were in a position to order other kings of the ancient world. (An alternative question: just how powerful and important were the Anasûrimbor, and how old was their line, at the time of the Apocalypse?)

4. Concerning the Cunuroi. In TDtCB, Mekeritrig tells Kellhus that when their heart had been cut out they cradled theirs, being companions to the ‘great’ Norsirai kings. All this was in the context of the degradation of the Cunuroi (their curse) so it made me think . . . After all why would a species be given near-eternal life only to be crippled in a different way than mortality, as the Cunuroi seem to be? I got the impression that this was the consequence of the death of one of their kings or this and the result of something the Inchoroi did to them. Is there any truth to this or were they always cursed to only five human lifetimes’ memories?

5. Checking out the maps I happened to notice a city or citadel, in the Osthwai Mountains between Thunyerus and Galeoth, that has a very Cunuroi-sounding name: Col-Aujas. Is this in fact a Nonman city-state and what may its relations be with the Norsirai of the Three Seas, if any? This is especially interesting since I thought that all remaining Cunuroi were in Injor-Niyas and that the presence of the Nonmen so close to the Three Seas could possibly have meant another source of the Gnosis for the local Schools.

6. The Celmomian Prophecy. When Celmomas describes seeing his son taking the sun as his charger and stirring his people to wonder and fury, is he in fact seeing his own dead son, or is it maybe Kellhus (or the son of Kellhus?), and their actions in the books’ present? In other words, is what Kellhus thinks: that just as what comes before determines what comes after, it could also be that what comes after influences what comes before, in any way possible? Is this prophecy a demonstration of this posit?

Here are the questions. I thought it better to lump them all in one post than to bother you with many staggered ones, and I’m thanking you in advance for any answer! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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