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A few questions . . . posted 17 January 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":1n5v63kv
Two days! I'm glad you enjoyed the books, White Lord. I can tell by your questions that you're a classic 'world junkie' - a man after my own heart![/quote:1n5v63kv]

Yes, I guess I am a world junkie and I have to say once again that I'm really impressed with the depth of this one, which is one of the reasons why I have so many questions... I really hope you'll publish a guide to Eärwa someday; it would make for some interesting complementary reading to the series. BTW, just how many books will there be in each of the follow-up series, 2 or 3? I've been seeing here that it's to be 2...

As far as I'm concerned you can write six more books easy, there's no reason to disdain long series if the writing's good and the story interesting, and I have no reason to believe otherwise. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1n5v63kv
1) In terms of population, I see the two as being comparable, though the Three Seas necessarily has some cultural (such as a deeper history) and technological advantages (such as iron). The primary difference between the civilizations (with the exception that one is dead) lay in the maritime and commercial dimensions of the Three Seas.[/quote:1n5v63kv]

The issue of iron makes me wonder about the Nonman nimil. Just what exactly is nimil, and why didn't the Nonmen share it with their Norsirai allies? The scene between Mekeritrig and Kellhus comes to mind, and the way nimil and steel seem to be more or less equal...

Also, something I forgot in my first post..., just how big is Eärwa? I always imagine Eärwa to be the size of Europe in relation to Eänna being the size of Asia, both of them making up something close to the Eurasian landmass size-wise. Is this accurate? What is Eärwa's size compared to a real-world continent?


Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1n5v63kv
4) You're starting to mow some TTT grass with this one, I'm afraid! Sorry, WL... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> [/quote:1n5v63kv]

Very interesting! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> I guess this non-answer points somewhere in the direction I was going... <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Can't wait for TTT!

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1n5v63kv
5) Cil-Aujas is a dead Nonman city that the Men of the Three Seas know about. Something I have some dev[i]lish plans for. [/quote:1n5v63kv]

Also very interesting. Is it to be in TTT or one of the follow-up series?

And to close just one more question.

About sorcerers. One of the excerpts at the beginning of a chapter argues that since the gods are the architects of the world and had a purpose for everything, then why are sorcerers always called cheaters? And who made the rules of sorcery? What is their place in the grand scheme of things?

I happen to believe that they have a purpose although some of the metaphysics they use may be thought offensive to the world. I have some idea that Moënghus is developing some form of sorcery that doesn't damage the creation of the gods, one also that may resist the Aporos, that being the reason the Consult is so eager to annihilate the Cishaurim.

About the Aporos. Are Aporetic cants only good for unravelling the cants of other sorceries or can they be used offensively, like those of the Gnosis or Anagogis?

Why are sorcerers called Unclean in the Tusk?

I believe that they were called that because the migrating nations were in fact fleeing from wars in Eänna that were heavy on sorcery, so anything to do with sorcery would automatically be anathema to them. Am I right in this?

Also are there any Norsirai, Ketyai etc. still left in Eänna or was the migration of the Four Nations similar to the barbaric invasions on our own world where literally whole peoples were on the move?

Thanks again for your reply above, and hope I'm not pestering you with my questions. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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