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A few questions . . . posted 15 January 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

First of all I’d like to congratulate you, Mr. Bakker, on a great fantasy series, published at a time when I was despairing of finding anything worthy of being read anymore.

I just finished consuming TDtCB and TWP in the space of two days and I have to say I’m very impressed with the world you’ve created (very realistic and even ruthless at times, which is a welcome change) and the way the story and the characters have progressed so far.

Since finishing to read the books I’m finding myself full of questions so I hope I’m not being too demanding with the (many) ones that follow, and I really hope you will be able to answer at least a few . . .

Here goes:

1. I’m interested in the demographics of the Ancient North. Just how do they compare with those of the Three Seas, both now and in the period of its greatest glory (at the time of Cenei?), and what were the borders (and sizes) of the ancient Norsirai nations? For ex. was Agongorea a part of Kuniüri or a preexisting kingdom before it was taken by the Consult?

2. Many times you mention that the Ancient North was old, powerful and very civilized, at a time when the Three Seas, and possibly the Satyothi peoples too, were young and still unsophisticated. I wonder just how that is possible, if we reckon that the Four Nations invaded Eärwa at the same time and probably settled their respective corners of it at the same time as well. The colossal monuments of Shigek, and some other mentions of antiquity in the Three Seas would seem to contradict that, and although the Norsirai may have had the advantage of the Nonman Tutelage, two thousand years constitute a long time, and I think the Ketyai could easily have caught up with them easily.

3. In TWP Achamian speaks of the killing of the No-God and in this context tells Kellhus of the Holy War Celmomas had called to battle the Consult. He says Celmomas “summoned” all the lords of Eärwa, and I read that to be the actual summons of a liege lord to his vassals. So I’d like to know if I’m reading too much into this sentence or if the Anasûrimbor really were in a position to order other kings of the ancient world. (An alternative question: just how powerful and important were the Anasûrimbor, and how old was their line, at the time of the Apocalypse?)

4. Concerning the Cunuroi. In TDtCB, Mekeritrig tells Kellhus that when their heart had been cut out they cradled theirs, being companions to the ‘great’ Norsirai kings. All this was in the context of the degradation of the Cunuroi (their curse) so it made me think . . . After all why would a species be given near-eternal life only to be crippled in a different way than mortality, as the Cunuroi seem to be? I got the impression that this was the consequence of the death of one of their kings or this and the result of something the Inchoroi did to them. Is there any truth to this or were they always cursed to only five human lifetimes’ memories?

5. Checking out the maps I happened to notice a city or citadel, in the Osthwai Mountains between Thunyerus and Galeoth, that has a very Cunuroi-sounding name: Col-Aujas. Is this in fact a Nonman city-state and what may its relations be with the Norsirai of the Three Seas, if any? This is especially interesting since I thought that all remaining Cunuroi were in Injor-Niyas and that the presence of the Nonmen so close to the Three Seas could possibly have meant another source of the Gnosis for the local Schools.

6. The Celmomian Prophecy. When Celmomas describes seeing his son taking the sun as his charger and stirring his people to wonder and fury, is he in fact seeing his own dead son, or is it maybe Kellhus (or the son of Kellhus?), and their actions in the books’ present? In other words, is what Kellhus thinks: that just as what comes before determines what comes after, it could also be that what comes after influences what comes before, in any way possible? Is this prophecy a demonstration of this posit?

Here are the questions. I thought it better to lump them all in one post than to bother you with many staggered ones, and I’m thanking you in advance for any answer! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 16 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

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!

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.

2) Think ancient Egypt or Sumer compared to Europe in the 'Dark Ages,' where you literally have 4 000 years difference. There's just so many factors that determine the 'flourishing' of one civilization as opposed to another. The Norsirai, likely because of the Nonman Tutelage, simply enjoyed their 'renaissance' first.

3) He called them for what was called the 'Ordeal,' but out of common interest, not out of authority.

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: -->

5) Cil-Aujas is a dead Nonman city that the Men of the Three Seas know about. Something I have some devlish plans for.

6) If the prophecy is a real prophecy, this would have to be what it means, wouldn't it? view post


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

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;: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


A few questions . . . posted 17 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The original plan was to write The Second Apocalypse (am I weird for loving that title as much as I do?) as a trilogy. Since the first installment, The Prince of Nothing turned into a trilogy in itself, I'm assuming the same thing will happen with the sequels.

Nimil, which is the artifact of millennia of Nonman craft and metalurgy, is actually stronger than Dunyain steel, which in turn is stronger than the best Seleukaran steel in the Three Seas.

Earwa is actually some four or five times the size of Europe. I put that allusory analogue of the Norwegian coast along the top as a sneaky way to guage the land masses involved.

If everything goes to plan, TTT will include a number of appendices, including additional maps and an 'Encyclopaedic Glossary.' It all depends on how much secondary material I can polish up before my deadline.

Your other questions regarding the metaphysics of Earwa and the place of sorcerers in the cosmic scheme of things is something that is also threshed out in TTT. Sorry <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 18 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

If everything goes to plan, TTT will include a number of appendices, including additional maps and an 'Encyclopaedic Glossary.' It all depends on how much secondary material I can polish up before my deadline.


And this will still contain the Cunuroi-Inchoroi battles featuring Cujara Cinmoi, right?

Interesting to see which of WL's questions will be addressed (to some extent) In TTT btw.

Cil-Aujas a matter to be addressed in TTT as well Scott, or in later books? view post


A few questions . . . posted 18 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Cil-Aujas is reserved for The Aspect-Emperor - a very special place...

And yes, the Cu'jara Cinmoi stuff will be in the appendices, if only to demonstrate why it's such a pompous, self-aggrandizing name for an avatar! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 18 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Excellent. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 19 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Thanks again for the quick answers! Also looking forward to the goodies in the appendices to TTT.

I've been wondering about the golden haloes around Kellhus's arms. At first I thought they were merely hallucinations, something he induced in others through some Dunyain technique for the furthering of his mission, instead of real manifestations from the Outside or wherever the Gods are. Now though I think of them as perhaps being both: at first hallucinations (Kellhus trying to manipulate the world-born) and then also the first manifestations of his true position as a prophet, as the story unfolds. Am I right?

Also I don't know if you missed the question earlier or if it's one of those 'read and find out' ones. Anyway I'm interested in knowing whether there are any more Norsirai, Ketyai etc. peoples still living in Eanna, or if the migrations really comprised whole nations. view post


A few questions . . . posted 19 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I'm not sure I understand the question, WL... <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 20 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:dgglhln8
I'm not sure I understand the question, WL... <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->[/quote:dgglhln8]

Just a little clarification, please: did you mean to give that rolleyes emoticon a sarcastic or suggestive meaning? Because its accepted meaning is sarcasm -- though I didn't read any in your answer, so I take it to be suggestive.

I guess this means I'll get the answers in the books at some point. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> I just wish I came up with answerable questions, as it's kinda painful to be on tenterhooks about one's theories all the time! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Also a few questions (and please tell me if I'm bothering you; wouldn't want you to waste time on silly questions as I guess you're busy writing TTT):

1. About the Sranc. In the scene where Kellhus battles the Sranc in the North we get a description of one of the Sranc's face as being beautiful. Now fast forward to where Akka is tortured by the Scarlet Spires, and his flashbacks to Seswatha's torture at the Mantraitor's hands. Again his face is described as inhumanly beautiful.

Now since I know that the Sranc were made by the Inchoroi as a weapon against the Cunuroi, I get the impression that this is an example of perverted Inchoroi sense of humor. I think they manipulated Cunuroi genes and basically preserved Cunuroi faces (beautiful) putting them on misshapen (freakish) bodies, as a way to taunt the Cunuroi. If I'm right I wish I had witnessed their first encounter! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> So is there any truth to this or am I just imagining too much? And why do I think I just might not get an answer to this one either? <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

2. Caste-nobility. Towards the end of TWP Kellhus is accused of being a pretender to the warrior caste. Now since he is the rightful Crown Prince of Kuniuri (regardless of the fact that his nation is 2000 years dead) how can he be a pretender? Even if he misrepresented himself as a prince of Atrithau his nobility should be unquestioned: a similar thing to Saubon's status (a lackland prince but still a prince, though of dubious authority).

So I guess the gist of this one is: are there any differences in the concept of nobility in the Ancient North and the Three Seas? Did caste-nobility as such exist in the Ancient North or was it a much less rigid and closed system with upward mobility?

For that matter can a caste-merchant or -menial move upward to the warrior/nobility caste in the Three Seas? view post


A few questions . . . posted 20 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

No, no, I was using it in the 'oops' sense! I truly didn't understand your question. And it's no bother at all, believe me.

1) I think I should save this one for the striptease...

2) As with all things political, it's the conflux of perception and entrenched interests that matters. Just look at the Inaugural Celebrations in Washington today. Just look at who is celebrating...

The castes are strictly hereditary in the Three Seas. There would have been somewhat more mobility in the Ancient North, but only because in many ways they retained the 'freeman' tribal structure of their ancestors. view post


A few questions . . . posted 20 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1my59qy3
No, no, I was using it in the 'oops' sense! I truly didn't understand your question. And it's no bother at all, believe me.[/quote:1my59qy3]

Good to hear that! Also glad not to be a bother. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Anyway, maybe I should put the question this way: somewhere in TWP people start seeing disks of golden light around Kellhus's hands (the sign of the prophet; the exact way Inri Sejenus is portrayed in temple mosaics etc.) At first I thought these golden disks weren't real, just the result of Kellhus hypnotizing people to reinforce his position as possible prophet. But at the book's end I thought them really there (unless Kellhus has learned how to hypnotize thousands simultaneously!). So which is it: can we consider Kellhus a real prophet by book's end or is he still playing mind games with the Inrithi?

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1my59qy3
1) I think I should save this one for the striptease...[/quote:1my59qy3]

Can't wait... <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1my59qy3
2) As with all things political, it's the conflux of perception and entrenched interests that matters. Just look at the Inaugural Celebrations in Washington today. Just look at who is celebrating...[/quote:1my59qy3]

So I guess it was more a case of them doing what was politically expedient than really believing him not to be a noble...

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:1my59qy3
The castes are strictly hereditary in the Three Seas. There would have been somewhat more mobility in the Ancient North, but only because in many ways they retained the 'freeman' tribal structure of their ancestors.[/quote:1my59qy3]

That is the way I thought the system worked too. But I guess we'll see some changes, at least, in the Three Seas when Kellhus is Aspect-Emperor... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Also reformulating one of my previous questions: you said the Four Nations migrated from Eanna to Earwa, and that a 'Lost Nation' remained behind, on the other side of the Kayarsus.

So I assume at least the Xiuhianni are still living in Eanna. But what about other members of the Four Nations, people who didn't want to migrate to Earwa? Do they still live in Eanna, do they have kingdoms there?

For that matter are there other races of Man, distinct from the five we know about, living anywhere in the world?

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


A few questions . . . posted 21 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The Kellhus question I understood - the Spanish Inquisition would come crashing through the window if I answered that one!

The one I didn't understand (but I think I understand now) was

Also I don't know if you missed the question earlier or if it's one of those 'read and find out' ones. Anyway I'm interested in knowing whether there are any more Norsirai, Ketyai etc. peoples still living in Eanna, or if the migrations really comprised whole nations.


It was the 'whole nations' thing that threw me. I think it would be safe to say that residual populations would have remained for some time, but after 4000 years...

I actually haven't worked out any details for lands surrounding Earwa, and nor do I have any plans to. One of the things that characterizes the ancient relation to the world is ignorance, the sense of occupying a small circle of light in a dark and cavernous room. This may just be bias on my part, but I think Erikson and Martin worry the readerly illusion a bit by 'going global' the way they do. view post


A few questions . . . posted 22 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:qffn9sa7
I actually haven't worked out any details for lands surrounding Earwa, and nor do I have any plans to. One of the things that characterizes the ancient relation to the world is ignorance, the sense of occupying a small circle of light in a dark and cavernous room. This may just be bias on my part, but I think Erikson and Martin worry the readerly illusion a bit by 'going global' the way they do.[/quote:qffn9sa7]

I don't think you are necessarily wrong in not developing any more lands aside from Earwa. I guess it depends much on the story you decided to tell, and not introducing superfluous details of any kind is a plus. Also there's the fact that there is a lot of past history to Earwa, and the land itself is rich enough in so many other ways, that I know readers will be more than satisfied with the books to come and the details you will share with us, even without you 'going global'.

Part of my interest in Eanna is simply born of the fact that it exists on the maps and that it's (probably) the birthplace of Man, so I can't not have some interest in it. For that matter you not telling anything about it is also a real stimulus for the imagination and the 'there be dragons' outlook on the world, that characterized imperfect knowledge of world geography in centuries past.

Now on to some questions:

1. Are there any female Dunyain? I mean girls or women who undergo the Conditioning process alongside the men?

2. Is the Dunyain conditioning process something that has to start at a young age, or can grown men (and women) be trained (at least to some extent)?

3. Can women work sorcery of the kind the schools (both Gnostic and Anagogic) practice?

4. Can you tell us anything on the city of Tryse? Something of its history, how big was it compared to the big cities of the Three Seas today etc.

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


A few questions . . . posted 22 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The only question out of these that doesn't find itself pinned to a important part of the future story has to do with women and sorcery (and even then!). Yes, as many women are born to the 'Few' as men, but due to oppression, they have no formal tradition as such: they're typically burned as witches. Neither the Schools nor the mundane powers tolerate sorcery outside the aegis of the Schools, so wizards suffer much the same fate.

I think I should cut it short there, since it becomes quite significant in AE. view post


A few questions . . . posted 23 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:3m4kdk4e
The only question out of these that doesn't find itself pinned to a important part of the future story has to do with women and sorcery (and even then!). Yes, as many women are born to the 'Few' as men, but due to oppression, they have no formal tradition as such: they're typically burned as witches. Neither the Schools nor the mundane powers tolerate sorcery outside the aegis of the Schools, so wizards suffer much the same fate.

I think I should cut it short there, since it becomes quite significant in AE.[/quote:3m4kdk4e]

I suspected I wouldn't get many answers to these questions... Anyway you confirmed my hypothesis on sorcery and women... so thanks! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

BTW, reading another post on sorcery I see you characterized the power or strength of the Few as involving intellect and experience. So how would you rate Achamian's sorcerous prowess, both compared to other Mandati, as well as Anagogic sorcerers?

I think there's more to him than one would think given his apparent weakness of character, and since he seems fated to be Kellhus's teacher it's something I'd like to have an idea of... view post


A few questions . . . posted 23 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

You'll have to stay tuned for that one! view post


A few questions . . . posted 23 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by lfex, Peralogue

Well, Mr. Bakker, you already answered most questions I wanted to ask - especially those about sorceresses and other continents. Actually, I expected something like that. Usually magic is considered the great equalizer - since women usually aren't as good at fighting as men, but there is no reason why the shouldn't be as good at magic. Steven Erikson said something like this in one of interviews. Nevertheless your magic system with the schools and ruthless suppression of illegitimate wizards seems designed especially with thought of keeping women out of magic. You said that this issue will play a part in the second series - I can't wait for it!

The one question I want to ask are the obvious similarities between Kellhus and Jesus. Did you introduce them just to provoke some people or will they play some role in the latter volumes? I am an agnostic myself, so it doesn't bother me at all, buti t may cost you some readers - especially here in Poland.

BTW, Polish edition od TDTCB should be out this spring. I wonder how it will be received. I am not very optimistic, since the publisher doesn't seem to be doing anything to promote it, but OTOH they still have time. view post


A few questions . . . posted 23 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

One more thing that interests me: does Seswatha's Heart induce the Dreams only in sorcerers or can it affect anyone who touches it?

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


A few questions . . . posted 24 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Another one verging on TTT... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> It's safe to assume that there some very ritualized, very long, Cants involved. view post


A few questions . . . posted 24 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:22iykn0q
Another one verging on TTT... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> It's safe to assume that there some very ritualized, very long, Cants involved.[/quote:22iykn0q]

OK <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> I sure wish TTT were already published...


Some questions:

1. Leafing through the appendices in TDtCB I noticed in the Languages of Men section a mention to a language of the Meorn Empire. Is this a Norsirai empire from the early days of the Ancient North?

Strangely enough, it never occurred to me that in 2000 years many nations could have risen and fallen in the Ancient North before the ones we see on the maps were even born... something similar to the situation in the Three Seas.

2. Can you tell us anything more about the Anasurimbor line, if possible, aside from what we know from the books, something that isn't going to spoil the future storylines?

3. Will the character Aengelas from the end of TWP appear in future books, and what did the Inchoroi mean when he said he could sense the 'old fire' in him?

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


A few questions . . . posted 24 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Aengelas

I love that name. I hope we'll be seeing more of him. view post


A few questions . . . posted 25 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Mithfânion&quot;:918larjm
Aengelas

I love that name. I hope we'll be seeing more of him.[/quote:918larjm]

Agreed, a really cool name. I like all the names in the books... Don't see exactly what the deal is with the people who think them too hard to pronounce or whatever... I guess they're too used to the cliched or monosyllabic ones that glut most Fantasy works. Throw in a few strange accents and you make them go into meltdown... <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 25 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Aengelas is one of my faves too.

1) Yes. Actually most of the norsirai from the so-called 'Middle-North' are descendents of Meornish refugees, who would eventually be responisible for the destruction of the Nonman Mansion of Cil-Aujas.

I actually have a history worked out for the Ancient North, every bit as layered as that for the Three Seas.

2) I going to keep mum on the Anasurimbor for now. I actually have an outline for a stand alone dealing with the First Apocalypse.

3) The 'old fire' would be the blood of his ancestors. As for Aengelas - well things don't look all that good for him at the end of TWP! view post


A few questions . . . posted 25 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:h25b6cn4
1) Yes. Actually most of the Norsirai from the so-called 'Middle-North' are descendents of Meornish refugees, who would eventually be responisible for the destruction of the Nonman Mansion of Cil-Aujas.

I actually have a history worked out for the Ancient North, every bit as layered as that for the Three Seas.[/quote:h25b6cn4]

Interesting... Hope we'll read more of the early history of the Ancient North in future books.

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:h25b6cn4
2) I going to keep mum on the Anasurimbor for now. I actually have an outline for a stand alone dealing with the First Apocalypse.[/quote:h25b6cn4]

OK. Could you just say whether their nobility/royalty dates back to the nation of Kuniuri or if their line stretches back to earlier times?

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3) The 'old fire' would be the blood of his ancestors. As for Aengelas - well things don't look all that good for him at the end of TWP![/quote:h25b6cn4]

Well I know he was in a bit of trouble <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> but I have the feeling he's managed to survive... view post


A few questions . . . posted 26 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

If I remember correctly, House Anasurimbor rises to prominence around five centuries before the First Apocalypse - but I'd have to go digging into the 'pile' to be sure. view post


A few questions . . . posted 26 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

As for Aengelas - well things don't look all that good for him at the end of TWP!

Hmm. Is that a hint towards not expecting too much from him anymore? view post


A few questions . . . posted 28 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:2rb1u9ro
If I remember correctly, House Anasurimbor rises to prominence around five centuries before the First Apocalypse - but I'd have to go digging into the 'pile' to be sure.[/quote:2rb1u9ro]

Thanks for this tidbit!

A question: in one of your answers you mention Quya and Siqu masters. We know who the Quya are, so what are the Siqu?

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


A few questions . . . posted 28 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Good question WL, I'd like to know the difference as well. view post


A few questions . . . posted 29 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The Siqu are the Nonmen advisors to the ancient Norsirai Kings during the Nonman Tutelage...

You sent me digging for this one. I thought I would post this little teaser of what to expect in the apendices to TTT:

&#65279;820 - The Rape of Omindalea. Jiricet, a Nonman
Siqû to the God-King Nincarû-Telesser II
(787-828), rapes Omindalea (808-825), first
daughter of Sanna-Neorjë (772-858) of the
house of Anasûrimbor in 824, and then flees
to Ishterebinth. When Nil’giccas refuses to
return Jiricet to Ûmerau, Nicarû-Telesser II
expels all Nonmen from the Ûmeri Empire.
Omindalea conceives by the union and dies
bearing Anasûrimbor Sanna-Jephera (825-
1032), called ‘Twoheart.’ After a house-slave
conceives by him, Sanna-Jephera is adopted
by Sanna-Neorjë as his heir.
- The cuneiform script and the syllabaries of
the Nonmen are outlawed and replaced with a
consonantal alphabet, c.835. view post


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