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Concerning the Few posted 10 June 2005 in Author Q & AConcerning the Few by Esmi, Candidate

During a reread of TDTCB I found myself wondering about the Few and some technical questions.

1. If a person is one of the few and has children then what are the odds of their children being one of the few?

2. If a person was one of the few but didn't even know it and knew no sorcery would they die from touching a chorae? (I can't help but picture a nobleman letting his baby son play with a chorae only to have him incinerated <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> )

3. How many chorae are in existence and more importantly who has many of them?

4. When a sorcorer is described as "seeing" the Mark of sorcery what does it look like to them?

5. What precisely are wards and what can they do?

Any feedback on these would be helpful. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Concerning the Few posted 10 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AConcerning the Few by White Lord, Subdidact

Quote: &quot;Esmi&quot;:thoto286
1. If a person is one of the few and has children then what are the odds of their children being one of the few?[/quote:thoto286]

Sorcery has a genetic basis. Inheritance from parent to offspring is much higher among Nonmen than among Men. Since the Nonmen sorcerers are a caste, and they have no religious proscriptions against sorcery, I suspect this higher yield is connected with some judicious application of selective breeding.

Quote: &quot;Esmi&quot;:thoto286
2. If a person was one of the few but didn't even know it and knew no sorcery would they die from touching a chorae? (I can't help but picture a nobleman letting his baby son play with a chorae only to have him incinerated <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> )[/quote:thoto286]

No. You have to speak a sorcerous Cant, and gain the Mark of sorcery. Only then can Chorae harm you. There are some incantations and cyphers you can speak and still be immune to Chorae, but they are almost useless.

Quote: &quot;Esmi&quot;:thoto286
3. How many chorae are in existence and more importantly who has many of them?[/quote:thoto286]

Chorae number in the tens of thousands, and I guess the Consult has the most.

Quote: &quot;Esmi&quot;:thoto286
4. When a sorcorer is described as "seeing" the Mark of sorcery what does it look like to them?[/quote:thoto286]

This hasn't been shown in any detail yet. view post


Concerning the Few posted 13 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AConcerning the Few by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Good questions, Esmi, and some great answers as well, WL! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Just to add a little bit: I think in TDTCB you do get a lyrical description of what Achamian experienced as a child when he first glimpsed the onta. Otherwise, describing what a sorcerer 'sees,' both when looking at the world as is and when looking at the world as remade, is difficult, since the 'seeing' at stake isn't really visual, but moral and conceptual. TTT touches on these issues at several points. view post


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