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Inchoroi Origins/Aims posted 17 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtInchoroi Origins/Aims by Mog-Pharau, Peralogue

Zarathustra and Kingmanor,

You both touch on my question. Maybe I really should post this in the Author Q&amp;A forum, though I doubt it will get a straight answer <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

The Consult is said to be attempting to seal off "the world" from the Outside, though I think we can safely substitute "the universe" for "the world," because it doesn't seem to make much sense on the surface of it that Earwa is somehow separate from the rest of the universe vis a vis its connection to the Outside. However, I don't discount the possibility that Bakker will make it make sense eventually.

I remember the water/paper scene. The question is, what is it that makes Men so special when it comes to linking the world to the Outside? Maybe nothing, maybe the Inchoroi have destroyed or nearly destroyed every other intelligent species in the universe. Nonmen sure don't seem very numerous. Then again, maybe this is another Tolkien parallel, with the immortal elves being spiritually distinct from the Men, whose ultimate destiny was unknown.

I don't have a very hard time believing in a critical density of humans necessary to maintain some kind of active link between the world and the Outside, sort of like a spiritual Schwarzchild radius. However, at the end of PoN I am not nearly as convinced of the existence of salvation or damnation as Kellhus (and presumably the Consult) are. Maybe that's the idea.

Thanks for the compliment, Z, by the way. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


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