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Swayal Sisterhood posted 04 April 2009 in The Judging EyeSwayal Sisterhood by Truth Shines, Candidate

So here are the facts we know about this new School:

1. It's made up entirely of of female Few;
2. They used to be burned if discovered, but after Kellhus' rise, they are formed into a new School;
3. It's headed by the Princess-Imperial Serwa (I guess recycling is not just good for the Earth <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ), the second daughter of Kellhus and Esmi;
4. They seem to practice Anagogic sorcery.

Now if you put these together, there are at least two problems here. First, since Kellhus became Aspect-Emperor only 20 years ago, the Swayal Compact could not have been more than 20 years old. We know that Schools only admit young children because only they can learn a new language with fluency, and it takes a LONG time to learn sorcery (in fact in TTT Aurang thought this meant Kellhus wouldn't learn the Gnosis fast enough to make a difference, until Cnaiur told him Kellhus learned Scylvendi in 4 days). From what we can see in the Mandate, the Scarlet Spires, and the Saik, all Sorcerers of Rank (i.e. the Big Cheese) are all at least middle aged, if not old men. In less than 20 years of training (you can't train an infant), this is more than enough for Serwa, what with her Dunyain blood and all. But for other young women of the Compact? Are they little more than a collection of Initiates? Other than Serwa, how many Sorcerers of Rank can they boast?

Second: why would they use Anagogis instead of Gnosis? It certainly would be in Kellhus' interest to have as powerful a School as possible in his desperate war against the Consult. Even if we assume the Mandate are all a bunch of old sexist pigs (alas a very likely scenario) and refuses to teach the girls the Gnosis, why won't Kellhus teach it to Serwa, and have Serwa teach it to others?

p.s.: if you think about it, all the Sisters would be in their late teens or early twenties. So it's not so much the &quot;Swayal (whatever that means) School&quot; as the &quot;Swayal Sorority.&quot; Some pledge drive jokes, please. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

p.p.s.: this whole story of the Second Apocalypse is understandably pretty dark. To lighten the mood, I suggest Mr. Bakker write a torrid lesbian affair between Serwa and one of her students. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> And hey please note that I'm not being entirely facetious, I do have some textual evidence! According to Esmi, Serwa is capable of love, and from Akka we know male homosexuality is pretty rampant in the Mandate -- well, I guess what could you expect when your School has a name like that? <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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