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A few questions . . . posted 18 February 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":5gizymes
Like I say, I want Zeum to be a mystery, to be a 'pregnant unknown' similar to 'Cathay' for the Persians or the Romans. As for the population, don't forget that this number includes Nilnamesh, which is very densely populated.[/quote:5gizymes]

I see . . . <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> Actually one of my next questions would have concerned Nilnamesh. From a few things you mentioned in TWP I had concluded this was a Satyothi and not a Ketyai nation.

So I guess I'd like to know if Nilnamesh was ever a part of the Ceneian Empire or, alternately, connected in any way to Zeum.

My idea of Cenei is as the equivalent of Rome for the Three Seas: an empire ruling all the lands of the region.

If this is so then I'd guess the Nilnameshi could have been under Ceneian rule.

Can you confirm this?

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:5gizymes
The story of the Womb-Plague will actually be in the appendices to TTT. Suffice to say it was a consequence of the Cuno-Inchoroi wars.[/quote:5gizymes]

Well as soon as I read about it I was reminded of the "every womb a grave . . . for eleven years" bit from Achamian's tale of the Old Wars. The involvement of the Inchoroi in this Womb-Plague seemed inevitable.

I guess if it's a permanent thing many things can be explained, even the rape of Omindalea. After all, I'd guess it must be pretty frustrating not to be able to perpetuate one's line <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Guess I'll get the answer in the appendices . . .

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:5gizymes
I'm actually finding it difficult trying to decide what information can be 'safely' released, and what to jealously hold onto. I want the whole cycle of books to be a long, gradual revelation of the world of Earwa, and even though I feel I've come so far with finishing PoN (well, almost finishing!), there just seems to be so much more story![/quote:5gizymes]

It seems I'll have to improve my technique in trying to wheedle out information from you <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

I have my pet theories and I guess it's no surprise to you how even many seemingly insignificant details can be useful in confirming them . . .

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:5gizymes
Also there's the fact that I quite often rework things in the course of incorporating details into the narrative proper. Just so you know, WL, much of what I say isn't final until it actually finds itself in print.

Evil, I know... <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->[/quote:5gizymes]

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Just one closing question: Do trees have any special significance for the Nonmen?

I remember a few scenes from the books that have descriptions of 'great' trees (in the case of the dead Nonman city in the North a dead oak tree), in contexts that are linked to the Cunuroi.

Not to mention the great tree in Kellhus's vision whilst hanging from yet another great tree <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Now from reading fantasy in general and some folk tales I know certain races are said to live as long as their trees live, i.e. many thousands of years.

Am I on to something or . . . ?

Thanks! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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