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Metaphysics and such posted 14 December 2004 in Author Q & AMetaphysics and such by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I'm also a fan of the appendix idea, and since this is my first post on this board let me say Mr.Bakker that I thoroughly enjoy your work and love to see a fellow Canadian doing so well in the field.

I've always been a huge fan of metaphysics, and authors who actually explain how their sorcery and religious systems and such work have always been at the top of my list. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 01 February 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I completely agree, I wish we could make the bets of both worlds, but we need a major technological revolution, mainly in energy I think, to go completely green to go where I want to go. Blending technology into more traditional life styles. I doubt my utopia will be here anytime soon. view post


A few questions . . . posted 01 February 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Entropic_existence, Moderator

My question seems really dumb, and I don't know why I don't have this completely straight in my head yet, despite my careful reading and the fact that I am on my second time through the two books out...anyway here's my question Scott

The Nonmen tutored the ancient Norsirai and then, as you said, had their ups and downs in relation with them up until the Apocalypse. Did the Nonmen side with the Ancient North and the other human races during the Apocalypse given that they fought against the Inchoroi previously?

And the deranged nonman we see in TDTCB was allied with Sranc, whom I assumed the two were ancient foes. Just another example of how everything is sort of shades of grey in your world (like reality) or was I missing something?

Also will we see/learn more of the Nonmen and Trinkets and such in upcoming novels? view post


A few questions . . . posted 01 February 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I guess that is what I figured, which is what I like about this series Scott, shades of grey. I don't like cookie cutter books <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Earwa Related babble... posted 03 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Personally I like all the characters, even the inherently unlikable Consult characters. I don't pull for them by any means but I still like them AS characters. As for the more main characters...I love them. I love the fact that they are human, or in the case of Kellhus...so remarkably different yet still human. I like the fact that they have flaws, shortcomings, and are ambigous in some regards.

There is something about this series that just seems smarter to me. That and it seems darker, more real than other fantasy series. Scott I'd love for you to come to my university and do a reading for one of the weekly readings that happens here lol. The look that would be on the faces of all those english lit. majors.... view post


Earwa Related babble... posted 04 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Except for us reflective cerebral types!

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Earwa Related babble... posted 06 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Entropic_existence, Moderator

2000 years might not be much on the evolutionary time scale I agree, but 2000 years of a sustained eugenics experiment in order to breed for physical and mental rigor within a sustained population. I think the results would be pretty impressive. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Earwa Related babble... posted 06 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I agree Fael (My major is Molecular Biology so I love this stuff too), being trained from birth to suppress emotion would also play a large role. You wouldn't even necessarily have to have much of a genetic effect for that.

The physique and intellect would definitly happen, you can probably start seeing some effects of that within a few generations if you were meticulous enough, plus upbringing negates non-genetic causes. And yea the leaf is good Scott <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Earwa Related babble... posted 08 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Yea, probably. Although I am frequently amazed both at how fragile, malleable, and resilient the human psyche can be in various situations. Plus being raised from birth in that sort of environment makes you wonder what would be possible.

And thanks for the compliments on the name, I think it speaks both to my scientific geekdom and my outlook on society heh. BTW everyone should go see Hotel Rwanda for a fabulous view of humans at their worst. view post


Earwa Related babble... posted 08 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Entropic_existence, Moderator

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


Appendices posted 21 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAppendices by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I also believe alot of the references you are refering to Maltaran are references to what will be in the appendices to TTT, which I believe is going to be far more extensive than those in the first two books. At least if we keep working on Scott to put more in that is <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 14 March 2005 in Author Q &amp; AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I happen to be an Implementor on a WoT based MUD, and I do my best every day to get more people in the US to pick up your work. I;ve got quite a few interested now, so hopefully it will spread. The power of the Internet is a wonderful thing. I know I happened to just pick up TDTCB spur of the moment because it looked cool (those book covers are damn sexy!) and I must say, and I think I've said it before, it is the absolute most worthwhile book purchase I have made in my life as a reader. view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 15 March 2005 in Author Q &amp; AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Yea, in my case I'm the co-implementor, mainly in charge of Roleplay related issues. Actually several things I put into the game for people to incorporate into characters via roleplay where inspired by your works. view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 21 March 2005 in Author Q &amp; AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I loosely modeled a class after the Dunyain, although obviously not as powerful and they actually seek to manipulate people on purpose. Nor have they been isolated and bred for 3000 years....

Thats the main idea that I loved and thought I could incorporate into my game, as well as the Chorae. There was already precedent in the series for items to exist that could block the settings form of magic, and we had an idea on how to make them. Then I began reading your series and incorporated some of the idea of the Chorae in them. I'd do more but being as it is already set in a well establishe setting I am limited, personally I;d love to construct a MUD based totally on Earwa! view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 21 March 2005 in Author Q &amp; AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Yea, I'm eagerly awaiting those appendices. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Time for that very annoying question that many of us have posted 21 March 2005 in Author Q &amp; ATime for that very annoying question that many of us have by Entropic_existence, Moderator

*cackles* excellent, I can't wait! view post


Will the Fanim finally get a break? posted 11 April 2005 in Author Q &amp; AWill the Fanim finally get a break? by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Welcome to the board Fanim, good question. I can't wait to see how TTT plays out and how things look to get set up for Aspect-Emperor. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 13 April 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Haven't we already seen one nonman physically described? Well two I guess but in TDTCB I thought that to Kelhus he looked much like a human except bigger and with the strange armor and all that. Can;t remember the details though.

And Scott I always want to see more of the flesh of this masterpeice revealed! I'm a self-styled "setting whore," I want to understand the world and the setting as much as I understand my own. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 19 April 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Have you seen some true Masters of some martial arts in action? The snapping of the blade and dropkicking off the horse are definitly possible IRL if you have reached that level, maybe even the snatching of the arrow. Above all remember this is fantasy...take things with a certain grain of salt and amplify the feats possible in the real world.

As for finding water in the desert he appeared to do some form of water divination. Definitly possible to do I think. And not trying to steal your thunder in any way Scott, just throwing in my two cents. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


About Nonmen posted 16 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAbout Nonmen by Entropic_existence, Moderator

It's just another example of how everything is shades of grey. Like humans, nonmen aren't constrained to one setting on the morality scale like we so often see with non-human races in other fantasy novels. Nonmen are free to choose, and so some are "good" some are "bad." I'm sure we will find out more in TTT and it's appendices. view post


A note on other races posted 17 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA note on other races by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I hope so, I for one would love to crawl into a Cunuroi skull and root around for a bit to see how they tick so to speak. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Signs of PoN Addiction posted 03 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; ASigns of PoN Addiction by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I love it, and I'd definitly give up good sleep for the Gnosis! view post


Chorae issues posted 09 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AChorae issues by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I tried lookong for the post it was in but Scott has discussed some of the metaphysical aspects of chorae. There was a school of Nonmen sorcerors who "discovered" and studied a school of sorcery called the Aporos, which had it's grounding in negative semantics. I believe it was deemed too risky or vulgar or some such and outlawed, these nonmen sorcerors found haven for their studies with the Inchoroi. Chorae are made based on Aporotic cants which is why they nullify gnostic and anagogic sorcery. If someone else can find the thread were Scott actually talked about it can you link it? It explains it far better than I can. view post


Chorae issues posted 09 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AChorae issues by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I knew White Lord would come to my rescue with a far better explanation of it than I could, thanks WL! view post


Chorae issues posted 13 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AChorae issues by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Every time I get another glimpse into the metaphysics to be revealed in TTT I just get hungrier and hungrier for it Scott <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> TTT and Erickson's the Bonehunters are my two most anticipated novels of all time (since I got caught up in the Malazan series) view post


Chorae issues posted 14 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AChorae issues by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Thanks, I like shamelessly plugging my favourite things. Firefly....TPoN, etc. All about creating the Buzz! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


The importance of being Kellhus posted 14 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThe importance of being Kellhus by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I'm one of those people who has fallen under Kellhus' spell. For some reason, no matter what manipulations he pulls I still like the guy. Maybe it is just the fact that he is on such a higher level of intellect than the mundane people around him. I mean Akka and Xinemus aren't slouches in the mental arena but he makes them seem like children in comparison. I think for me having a primary protagonist that is just so damn smart is a draw in and of itself. view post


The importance of being Kellhus posted 14 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThe importance of being Kellhus by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Thats ok White Lord, most intelligent people tend to fall in to someones catagory of not being in proper mental health. I mean if you look at the FBI's profile for a kid who might decide to go on a school shooting rampage anyone who is fairly intelligent and a little bit "different" tends to meet it. Kelhus, in my opinion, isn't really a sociopath. He doesn't have a disorder...he is the product of 3000 years of breeding and philosophical study that places the Dunyain above other men.

Besides, my tastes can be warped enough at times that I worry about my mental health so I guess maybe I'll see ya in the psych ward WL! view post


Favourite Sorcerous School? posted 16 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AFavourite Sorcerous School? by Entropic_existence, Moderator

It was definitly a toss up for me, because all of the Schools have something special about them that I like. However my two front runners would of course be the Mandate and the Cishaurim. The Cishaurim for being so...exotic and otherworldly and the Mandate for the Gnosis and the truth that only they can fully comprehend. (if it can even be said that the Mandate truly comprehends the truth of things. After all they are, at the moment, completely in the dark about certain matters, even our dear beloved Akka.) The Mandate won out for me because of their mission and the Gnosis. I know I personally would give up on getting a good nights sleep ever again to know the mysteries that they know. As for the other schools, they sort of seem like chumps in comparison, and there is just something about the Scarlet Spires that makes me want to kill them all. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Psukhe vs The Gnosis posted 16 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; APsukhe vs The Gnosis by Entropic_existence, Moderator

How does the Psukhe compare the the Gnosis in terms of power? It is obvious that the Gnosis far surpasses the power of the Anagogic sorceries, does this hold true against the Psukhe as well? view post


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