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A few questions . . . posted 01 March 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":1t9owyoa
As for the numbers of Nonmen, it's not something I've really thought about... hmm. Definitely less than the human population, though they did exercise absolute authority over all of Earwa. The history of the Nonmen definitely something I intend on putting some work into as the series progresses.[/quote:1t9owyoa]

I thought you had the history of the Cunuroi as well developed as that of the later human civilizations . . .

I also think your answers in Annabel's thread on the Scylvendi and life after death very interesting (and significant <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> ). I've been thinking about it for some time, especially on the issue of the Outside, and its inhabitants, and the tidbits you shared with us are very welcome. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1t9owyoa
[. . .] Given this overarching indeterminacy, there's three basic options: Oblivion, Damnation, or Redemption. The idea is that without the interest of the various 'agencies' (as the Nonmen call them) inhabiting the Outside, one simply falls into oblivion - dies. Certain acts attract the interest of certain agencies. One can, and most Inrithi do, plead to redeemed ancestors to intercede on their behalf, but most give themselves over to some God. Doing so, however, puts their souls entirely into play, and the more sketchy one's life is, the more liable one is to be 'poached' by the demonic, and to live out eternity in everlasting torment.[/quote:1t9owyoa]

I'd like to know what, exactly, these "agencies" you mention are . . . It's clear that they refer both to "good" and "evil" creatures and I expect they must include the god/s of Men and also assorted demons, but what are they exactly, supernatural beings (real divinities who had a hand in the shaping of the world of Earwa) or simply various races of creatures who happen to live in another dimension and who can, on occasion, access the physical world (the case of the demon conjured by Iyokus)?

Also the matter of souls. Is reincarnation viable for the inhabitants of Earwa? Do souls simply vanish if not 'redeemed' or is there some "repository" from which they can later be reborn into the world?

And what of these 'redeemed' ancestors/souls? If they live in the Outside, can they cross the barrier and come back into the world as themselves or through some vessel? (This is particularly interesting because it could bear on Seswatha's Heart).

Actually what is the status of Seswatha? In some scenes, especially in TWP during Achamian's torture, it seems Seswatha is actually taking a hand, controlling Achamian, showing himself to be more than a set of memories. I think he could be still alive somewhere in the Outside and using the Heart as a sort of link which enables him to influence events in the world. Anything in this idea of mine?

Also a question on sorcery. What is it that determines who is a member of the Few, is it genetic or linked to the soul in some way? This is interesting because from what you said of the Quya they are a caste, so one would expect that anyone born into this caste could work sorcery, so it implies a genetic basis, but still . . . Also are the Siqu a branch of the Quya or an unrelated caste?


Oh, BTW, how is TTT coming along? <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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