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Supersword Commoner | joined 26 November 2008 | 5 posts


Any up coming Novels with entirety Of THe Apocalypse? posted 30 August 2009 in Author Q & AAny up coming Novels with entirety Of THe Apocalypse? by Supersword, Commoner

I believe that the Ark travelled much the same way as one would assume a ship would. Not necessarily a space ship, but certainly it "travelled the wastes" so to speak. Bakker describes its descent in much the same way as imagery is detailed in Revelations (I find quite a bit of similarity between the Prince of Nothing and Christianity, among other things). The Ark, "vast and golden, toppled from the void, scorching the horizon, throwing up a ring of mountains with the violence of its descent." (Bakker 427) Much of what the Inchoroi and the Consult do seems steeped in Chaos, so toppling makes sense. "Scorching the horizon" does not speak of "controlled landing", and the "ring of mountains" is quite obviously the crater it made upon impact. Considering the meshing of sorcerery and science in this world of his, Bakker will likely explain rather satisfactorily about how the Ark came to be. Seems likely to be in the last book of the Ordeal via Consult or via Seswatha's dreams.

Also, to satisfy my own desire to discuss similarities, I do not see the Heron Spear as a 'gun'. In a world of magic, a gun would seem hardly necessary (though the mental image of Sarl with an MG42 and Lord Kosoter with a .45 Revolver fighting Sranc is rather amusing). No, my brain perked at the similarities between the Heron Spear and the Spear of Destiny, for lack of a better name. Something like the Holy Grail or the Spear that killed Christ. Also, this may just be idle mental wanderings, but the similarities between Kellhus and Jesus are somewhat uncanny. The white robes, the beard and the sloping halo are what did it for me. Stereotypical imagery, I know, but uncanny nonetheless.

A last point on the impending backstory. Bakker has been rather good at giving enough information so we don't remain confused (after the first few chapters of "The Darkness That Comes Before", of course) but not enough so we say "Well, that's that, next series!" I'm confident that he'll provide enough closure on the backstory of the First Apocalypse. Besides, these books are not written with the intention of simple, linear plot. I've gotten more thought out of these books than most others I've read. It's certainly less annoying than some of Plato's writings on Socrates!

Bakker, R. Scott. "The Aspect-Emperor Book One: The Judging Eye." Toronto, Canada: Pengiun Canada, 2009. view post


Why are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? posted 30 August 2009 in Author Q & AWhy are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? by Supersword, Commoner

I'm sure it's pretty obvious by now, but Nau-Cayuti isn't Celmomas II's son. He's Seswatha's. That makes Kellhus Seswatha's ancestor with Celmomas' name. Hurrah for well placed infidelity! view post


Incariol, what does it mean? posted 02 September 2009 in The Judging EyeIncariol, what does it mean? by Supersword, Commoner

Just a couple of potential refining points. But before that, I'm impressed that this is what has been come up with thus far. Very impressive.

First off, in figuring out the syllables between Nonman words, so far as I can tell is that the only difference between Nonman speech patterns and Human speech patterns would be caused by the fused teeth of the former. Otherwise, they still speak via sound vibrations, which leads me to believe that their syllables would constitute much the same length and shape as Humans'. Therefore, it is my belief that the original thought on in-ca-riol or inc-a-riol present more accurate samples.

Secondly, as per Achamian, it is quite possible that Seswatha came into contact with Incariol, but it wasn't part of his memories that the Mandate see every night. Instead, I believe that Achamian is just getting through the surface of the 'secondary' dreams of Seswatha's memories. I believe it is possible that Achamian will find evidence of Incariol somewhere in these 'new' dreams. After all, Achamian is now the chief historian of the First Apocalypse, for all intents and purposes. view post


The eye in the Pick's heart *spoilers* posted 02 September 2009 in The Judging EyeThe eye in the Pick's heart *spoilers* by Supersword, Commoner

I will agree with the distinctions between Reality and the OUtside, Objectivity and Subjectivity being blurred. Achamian saw that the Pick was in love with the previous owner of the hand he still held, and by deduction decided that the heart is where the man's deviance would manifest. He didn't necessarily know it would be an eye, but it's logical to assume that when the distinctions between symbol and reality are dimmed, the distinction between the organ and the ideal would be dimmed as well. So, "see into my heart" or "you are in my heart forever" turns into something somewhat more...dire. view post


Something odd about Gin'yursis posted 02 September 2009 in The Judging EyeSomething odd about Gin'yursis by Supersword, Commoner

Possessed vocal chords? Not quite. Possessed inactive minds, however, yes. Both forms were unconscious, and therefore easy to obtain use of, if the king was a Quya as well. Even if he was not, he was a ghost, so... view post


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