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Cynical Cat Auditor | joined 05 July 2005 | 98 posts


Kellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion posted 05 July 2005 in The Warrior ProphetKellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion by Cynical Cat, Auditor

He is the triumph of nuture over nature and that is why he is cracking. The enviroment he is living in has made inroads, despite the strictness of his training. He is superbly trained and conditioned, but human an vulnerable to the same forces that he uses to shape and mold people. His defences are merely stronger. view post


The Destruction of the Dunyain posted 05 July 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Destruction of the Dunyain by Cynical Cat, Auditor

The Dunyain haven't been found because no one is looking for them, until now. That is no longer the case. While they are individually formidable, they don't seem to believe in sorcery (from Kellhus's reaction) and the Consult does have vast amounts of cannon fodder to throw at them. The Dunyain have a serious problem if the Consult find them.. view post


Will Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? posted 05 July 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWill Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? by Cynical Cat, Auditor

She would have been dead if Kelhus hadn't taken her. Once Akka chews on that for a while (and the fact she thought he was gone) the possibility of reconciliation becomes very real. view post


Women and the Schools posted 06 July 2005 in Author Q & AWomen and the Schools by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Considering how few the Few are, have none of them tried recruiting women?

I can think of a number of reasons why they won't:

a) sexism

b) the difficulty of doing so (not that it has got to be easy recruiting men)

But somehow the opportunity to swell their numbers (even if they don't believe that women will be as skilled sorcerers as men) seems to such a powerful incentive that someone would have tried it at some time.

Thanks for your time. view post


Women and the Schools posted 06 July 2005 in Author Q & AWomen and the Schools by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Thanks for the lightning quick response. Glad to be of service in any way possible. Now I get to gloat to my friend who introduced me to your books in the first place. Muhahahaha! view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 07 July 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Where to begin with Zap?

Let's just leave the jingosim alone for now and deal with the numbers:

Zap, why don't you check how much money America is spending on the war and occupation and compare it to the less than 1% of its budget that goes to foreign aid before you shoot your mouth off about how cancelling foreign aid will pay for the war and solve America's social problems? view post


The No-God and the extent of the Barren Wombs posted 07 July 2005 in Author Q & AThe No-God and the extent of the Barren Wombs by Cynical Cat, Auditor

I was thinking about Mog-Pheru and the eleven barren years that resulted when he stocked the Earth. This is bad enough for humans, but for shorter lived animals it would have been devestating. As their are still cats and rats (not to mention horses, etcetera) around, this leads me two possible answers:

1) Only affected humans and Nonmen.

2) Had a limited area of effect (like say 2,000 mile radius centered on the Mog-Pheru). This would still make it bad, bad stuff, but explain why certain animals are still around.

3) Combination of 1 & 2.

Thank you again for your time. view post


The Devil is in the Details posted 08 July 2005 in Writing TipsThe Devil is in the Details by Cynical Cat, Auditor

How important is your metaphysics to understanding the world and what is going on? Do we need to know everything now? Metaphysics is important in the Prince of Nothing, for example, and we are shown pieces of the metaphysics through the internal dialogues of Kelhus and Akka as well as showing us what is occuring in the world. There are still pieces we don't know, but we try to anticipate what they may be before they are unveiled, because we can figure out more pieces are out there.

In the Malazan books, the metaphysics matter but we don't need to know nearly as much. Erickson reveals those points as the characters encounter them or as they become relevant. The Warrens of Sorcery are revealed as they are travelled or used and not really explained until the third book (although we have a fairly good idea on what they are by then). view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 08 July 2005 in Author Q & AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Cynical Cat, Auditor

I'm a member of a couple of web boards with fantasy and sci-fi sections. I do my part by pushing both The Prince of Nothing and the Malazan books whenever a "recommend a good book thread" comes up. view post


Will Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? posted 08 July 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWill Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Do not forget Kelhus. If he needs Akka's help and he needs them to be back together to get it, he will arrange it. view post


Will Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? posted 09 July 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWill Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Having just reread The Warrior Prophet, Akka has definitely changed, but teaching Kelhus is not out of the question. The Second Apocalypse is coming. Kelhus's presence has been fortolled. The Consult want Kelhus dead and there is spectacular proof of this. If there is anyone who the Mandate might consider the Gnosis outside their order, Kelhus is it. And we all know how persuasive Kelhus can be. view post


Psukhe vs The Gnosis posted 11 July 2005 in Author Q & APsukhe vs The Gnosis by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Remember the Consult was originally a Gnostic school. They don't fear the Scarlett Spires for the same reason the Mandate doesn't: it is bronze to their iron. The Psukhe, whatever it is, is different and invisible. The Consult, through their face spies, may have a better idea of what the Psukhe is and because of that fear its capabilities even more. view post


The No-God and the extent of the Barren Wombs posted 11 July 2005 in Author Q & AThe No-God and the extent of the Barren Wombs by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Ahhh. Linked to souls. That explains alot. Thank you. view post


The Mechanics of magic use posted 12 July 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeThe Mechanics of magic use by Cynical Cat, Auditor

This is addressed in detail in a thread in the Q& A section.

[url=http://forum.three-seas.com/viewtopic.php?t=704:1ldw9axv]Chorae[/url:1ldw9axv]

To answer your question, you cannot directly affect someone touching a Chorae with magic but that doesn't make him immune to the changes in the natural world that result from it (collapsing roof, for example). view post


Oh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae posted 12 July 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeOh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae by Cynical Cat, Auditor

The Emperor is quite aware that his mother and his nephew might try to kill him. He did, after all, murder is own father and then there was his reception of Conphas after his victory. view post


Prince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen posted 13 July 2005 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Well, the Sopranos and Deadwood show a large TV audience can and will watch morally questionable characters. Trying to do something on the scale of the First Crusade on a tv budget is pretty tough. A movie would have to cut a lot out to fit and that would be hard to do without gutting the story.

Honestly, I wouldn't expect it anytime soon. In a way, it is quite reassuring. The fact that other entertainment mediums can't do it is another reason why we can expect the novel to live on. view post


Prince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen posted 14 July 2005 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by Cynical Cat, Auditor

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Somehow I still don't think people would accept a gritty world like Earwa when the only other fantasy stuff most people out there know is Lord of the Rings...which, while amazing, is a lot more watered-down and pleasant (for lack of a better term). I think Earwa would shock a lot of the fantasy-newbies which isn't what PoN is aimed at in novel form...but would be what it would be aimed at in movie/tv show form (as it is all about selling tickets/ad slots).[/quote:3of3sjtg]

That's a marketing problem. A possible solution is selling it both as an epic fantasy and as something akin to a historical epic, which people will accept as being dirty and nasty. view post


The Daimos posted 14 July 2005 in Author Q & AThe Daimos by Cynical Cat, Auditor

My opinions ( and I could be very wrong) are as follows:

1) They discovered it by experimentation. The Scarlett Spires is powerful and ambitious and some of them experiment with new ways of using sorcery. This is one of them.

2) It appears to be a method of using Anagogic Sorcery to summon and control demons. It also seems to only have a few practitioners among the Scarlett Spires for obvious reasons. It's also a secret practice, so it couldn't have been used publicaly. The Scarlett Spires is the largest and most power hungry school and it has ruled Ainon since the end of the last Scholastic War. It would seem to be that the spoils of war ( a large nation to recruit sorcerers from) has helped put them in their premier position.

3) The Consult is descended from a Gnostic School and their experimentations seems to be with the Tekne. That doesn't rule it out, of course. Scott certainly isn't going to tell us the answer to this one until it is answered in a book one way or another and that is the way it should be. view post


Fight Scenes? posted 15 July 2005 in Writing TipsFight Scenes? by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Reread some fight scenes that you think are really well done and look at how the author presents them. Analyze the passages and see how he or she did it. For a fight scene, the action must flow and you can't get bogged down with too much description or purple prose. view post


The Status of Women and Some Real World Comparisons posted 15 July 2005 in Author Q & AThe Status of Women and Some Real World Comparisons by Cynical Cat, Auditor

I've been thinking about the status of women in the Prince of Nothing and decided to apply to real life indicators to the world to see the results.

Let me state clearly that, these factors are generalizations and exceptions are possible.

Economic Status: The more a woman contributes to the household's income, generally the higher status she has in society. If she's keeping house, it is pretty low, if she's doing valuable labour it is fairly high. In the Three Seas, we see women as being extremely constrained in their social-economic roles and having low status. We don't know about the Dunyain (having only seen males), but we do see some signs of status with the Scylvendi (Cnaiur as an adolescent lives in his mother's tent). Which brings us to point two.

Where they go to War: Cultures that war close to home tend to treat women as having low status. Cultures that go away to war tend to treat women as having higher status as they need their women to manage things while they are away. When the People of War go to war, someone has to be taking care of things at home. The Inrithi tend to war close to home, as far as we can tell.

So in summation, kick ass work. Scott has built an entrancing world that is convincingly real down to the little details that withstands scruitiny by nitpickers like myself.

Postscript: I wouldn't bother with this stuff if I didn't love the books. That questions about the Prince of Nothing kick around my head when I go to bed should be taken as very high praise. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 17 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Cynical Cat, Auditor

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Horses! posted 18 July 2005 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Horses get the shaft in D&D because you don't bring a horse into a dungeon, which is where the game's focus is. It is easy enough for us to do a better job of it with rules for the charge and the advantages of being of position. view post


My Two Cents posted 18 July 2005 in RPG DiscussionMy Two Cents by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Well, let me get started by throwing out my ideas:

1) We don't use anything like standard D&D. While I am not ruling out any use of the d20 or D&D inspired material, we are talking about a world where the best armour happens to be a suit of heavy mail. Increasing base attack bonus is rapidly going to make this an easy hit, which is wrong on a number of levels.

2) We should accept that we are going to be wrong about some points of the world. We are going to make certain assumptions and some of them will be revielled to be correct and some of them are going to be wrong. Don't sweat it.

3) Characters should start fairly powerful, with the formidable skills of an adult. Skills like archery, horse riding, experience wearing armour, etcetera are not simply picked up. They are the product of years of development. One can learn to ride a horse fairly quickly, but it is another thing to possess the level of skill of a Scylvendi.

This allows us to balance (to a certain extent) beginning characters. Dunyain begin with their formidable abilities, but even a Dunyain won't instantly become used to moving in heavy armour or develop the riding prowess of a lancer. Resources such as wealth, armour, retainers, and Chorai would not be available to Dunyain characters (at the beginning) and the Few would have other concerns about where to put their starting points.

Also, I hate playing near useless low level shmucks in a fantasy game. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 01 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Cynical Cat, Auditor

The status and position of women among the Dunyain will be interesting to see. Another nagging question is how they feed themselves, although I suspect that some of the failures get put on peasant and/or herdsman duty. view post


The Few and Kellhus posted 01 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Cynical Cat, Auditor

As for Jesus, we've only got his followers words for what he would do becaue during his life (if he existed) he was totally obscure. His teachings didn't become popular until well after his death. However, if we examine more recent messiahs like L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith, we find that they have a history of being con men and certainly recieved tremendous personal gain from the religions that they founded. In that respect, Kelhus fits right in with those two. view post


Oh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae posted 01 August 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeOh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae by Cynical Cat, Auditor

He's not an idiot. He's raised in an atmosphere where everyone acts like he is an apect of god, even when they are plotting to manipulate or kill him. He's a narcissitc paranoid, but that's not abnormal for being raised in that enviroment. view post


Sex posted 01 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Cynical Cat, Auditor

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The Few and Kellhus posted 02 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Cynical Cat, Auditor

Josephus's reliability is questionable (do to inconsistencies) and while he does chronicle early Christianity, he was living in the period after Jesus's death (if he existed). view post


Oh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae posted 03 August 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeOh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae by Cynical Cat, Auditor

No one here is arguing that he isn't screwed up. He's damaged goods alright, just the kind of person you don't want to have near absolute power. Not that a lot of the alternatives are much better. Conphas isn't exactly a nice guy. view post


Coldfire Trilogy posted 03 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionColdfire Trilogy by Cynical Cat, Auditor

I didn't like the ending of the last book. The [size=9:2wjp74ab] complete change in the way human interact with the fae do to the sacrifice of one untutored adept in a land where there are hundreds of practicing adepts, not to mention sorcerers. Too little going against too much. [/size:2wjp74ab] Other than that, I liked it. view post


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