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A few questions . . . posted 15 April 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Found it!

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A few questions . . . posted 21 April 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott,

How much of a role would you say Mog Pharau himself plays in TTT? view post


Will the Fanim finally get a break? posted 29 April 2005 in Author Q & AWill the Fanim finally get a break? by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott,

You may find this book very interesting, Warriors of the Steppe, by Erik Hildinger. It's a recent publication and is about this very subject:

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Also, there is this one, by Jeremiah Curtin:

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and The Devil's Horsemen by David Chambers:

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Finally, Mongol Warlords by David Nicolle:

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A note on other races posted 16 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA note on other races by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott,

I was thinking about why so many authors fail in creating an Elf-like race as Tolkien did. The more one reads the more it becomes clear that apparantly he may have been the only one to succesfully create another race, a race of higher stature than men, ethereal, somehow magical, mysterious. I've been thinking on why it is that other authors generally fail to portray them and one of the the main reasons that comes to me is the fact that they always remain superficial, in terms of describtion, but also in terms of characterization. There are no main or even strong supporting characters from that race with any depth, and insight into their race and culture is only given very superficially. Which is why the mention of books having Elves or whatever kind of other race rarely excites me anymore, after so many bad experiences.

Is this something you tend to focus on in upcoming books, to really flesh out the Cunuroi and perhaps the Inchoroi as well? Obviously they don't have to be like Tolkien's Elves, it should rather be something wholly yours but still wonderfully awe-inspiring. Adding a major character from such race to the foreground of the story, is that something that you have in mind? view post


A note on other races posted 16 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA note on other races by Mithfânion, Didact

. If I remember correctly, Scott said that even as early as TTT we would see something of the Nonmen, i.e. first-person exposition

I think that was more along the lines of the Nonmen finding themselves described in TTT, which isn't necessarily all that revealing. First-person exposition would be cool.

The vast appendices may go some way to at least establishing a firm history for their race. view post


A note on other races posted 16 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA note on other races by Mithfânion, Didact

You're right, it might well be the case. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


A few questions . . . posted 21 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Which is understandable really, we're only two books into the series (three as far as you yourself are concerned). If you have a small world then it is much easier to give depth to each and every thing than if you already have a big world with so many things to explain.

A few of these questions would perhaps only be explained after Aspect Emperor is finished. view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 29 May 2005 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by Mithfânion, Didact

That is such a crap decision. A few weeks ago he was going on about how Feast was mainly about Dany and Jon, and now they are both excluded completely. What a fucking mess. view post


A few questions . . . posted 29 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Damn. I'd love to be a bear now and just hibernate until January 2006. view post


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

The appendices to TDTCB mention that "the Psukhe is in many ways as formidable as the Anagogic sorcery of the Schools".

And that it can't be seen by The Few and that very little is known of it. view post


Psukhe vs The Gnosis posted 18 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; APsukhe vs The Gnosis by Mithfânion, Didact

Sissies! view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 27 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, is there a blurb/synopsis yet for TTT? view post


Excellent pointers to promote TTT posted 08 July 2005 in Author Q &amp; AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by Mithfânion, Didact

Speaking of which, did I ever send you a book, Mith?

You did, a galley for TWP remember. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

As I said on Sffworld, a very cool synopsis. Ditch the "and he fears what might happen" because it's extranneous <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


The Inchoroi and the Sranc posted 11 July 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThe Inchoroi and the Sranc by Mithfânion, Didact

Jora,

It's true that the Canadian edition of The Darkness contains some appendices info that is not included in the UK edition ( I don't know about the US).

Anything in particular you're interested in right now that I should look up? view post


There's a listing for the release posted 16 July 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThere's a listing for the release by Mithfânion, Didact

Well, presumably this is the final release date, December 30th 2005.

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TTT cover posted 30 July 2005 in Author Q &amp; ATTT cover by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott,

Maybe you could give it to Jack or Will and they could probably upload it to the website? Otherwise you could mail it to those interested. view post


A few questions . . . posted 31 July 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by Mithfânion, Didact

Well, there were women among the Dunyain that first came to Ishual (see the prologue). Presumably then, there are still women among them. view post


Cnaiur's prowess posted 04 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACnaiur's prowess by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott,

Do you think that there is someone in the world of the Three Seas (incl. Zeum) who could beat Cnaiur in single combat?

I could imagine that someone could take him out, one on one, by the use of great sorcery, but that is not what I mean to find out. Is there anyone who could beat him in single combat, be they man or Nonmen (or otherwise) without applying magic? view post


Anasurimbors as high councillors posted 04 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAnasurimbors as high councillors by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, I was wondering, do you feel either of the two brilliant Anasurimbors would make good advisors, good councillors to a King? It's a bit of an odd question I guess but one that popped into my mind anyway. Could for instance Moenghus be the wise councillor behind the King, or do thei personal characteristics and upbringing make them unfit (or lacking in wisdom)? view post


Cnaiur's prowess posted 05 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACnaiur's prowess by Mithfânion, Didact

I've been wanting to ask for awhile though who would win between Cnaiur and Yalgrotta?


Hmm, a worthy thought for the day <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

Atan, I was talking about who could defeat Cnaiur rather than Kellhus himself.

WL,

I was thinking there might rank some among the Nonmen warriors certainly, as well as the Inchoroi. Of men though, I would expect the number to be limited (so little is known of Zeum, I have no idea if candidates would be present there). view post


Anasurimbors as high councillors posted 05 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAnasurimbors as high councillors by Mithfânion, Didact

Target, WL,

Obviously the idea of why they would advise rather than rule anyone (given their power) comes uo immediately. But I'm assuming that there is a situation where they have either reconciled theirselves with a role as councillor or in which they are forced to be the man behind the throne (for instance because of a public dislike for their character as actual rulers). view post


Anasurimbors as high councillors posted 06 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAnasurimbors as high councillors by Mithfânion, Didact

I believe there are other things in store for the Anasurimbor, than being counselors to someone else.


That goes pretty much without saying. In terms of prospective councillors, I think that perhaps some of the Nonmen coming back into play might fulfill a role here. Who knows?

Well, actually, someone does.... view post


Cnaiur's prowess posted 07 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACnaiur's prowess by Mithfânion, Didact

WL,

Correct me if I'm wrong but from your posts I get the impression that you underrate Cnaiur somewhat. I'm not saying there aren't any men from Zeum or the Three Seas that can't defeat him in single combat, I am however saying that I think the number of men who would be able to do that seem very limited to me.

Outside of the obvious, like a Nonman warrior or Kellhus ( a prodigy even among the Dunyain) there are few I can think of. That's not because of an innate desire to equate the known characters with the strongest characters, as you suggest, but because Cnaiur is the most powerful and most skilled warrior of his race. Which is to say that he is the greatest warrior of a race in which men are born and bred for war, in fact they are the very People of War. That Cnaiur would be the most accomplished warrior there would mean that there are very few (if any at all) who might outdo him one-on-one, considering the less martial, more pampered nature of the Southern nations.

I'd love to know more about Zeum though.

On the question of why Nonmen don't last long, some insight from Scott would indeed be appreciated. If I had to speculate, the first and only thing that comes to mind is that of Nonmen, there are few, and when they venture into hostile lands alone, they will suffer the same fate as others, regardless of their skills. I imagine even they might be taken unawares at some point. view post


Cnaiur's prowess posted 07 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACnaiur's prowess by Mithfânion, Didact

Wl



There are some who need their rage to fight as well as they can. They harnass it, and use it to its full extent. Cnaiur hasn't been overly hampered by his rage sofar when it comes to combat. Maybe it will in TTT, then again, maybe not. We'll see.
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The Few and Kellhus posted 08 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Mithfânion, Didact

I've been unable to shake the idea that the No-God is not at all 'evil" since i first read the book and heard the name 'No-God'

H, I'm afraid I can't follow that thinking at all. The entity is still somewhat mysterious, but from what we've heard sofar it seems clearly aligned as an unprecedented evil. It's very coming into the world heralded worldwide baby stillbirth... view post


Cnaiur's prowess posted 08 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACnaiur's prowess by Mithfânion, Didact

Saint

b) also the only one to have struck him (IIRC he landed a punch or something, it's been a long time and I'd check this but I don't have my book)

Yes, Cnaiur landed a punch with the palm of his hand.

On the other hand, Scott does mention in the book that the fight was like a husband beating his wife, or a father beating his child. In other words, the difference between Kellhus and Cnaiur seems to be tremendous.

Cynical

The Sranc, who are orc equivalents, have beautiful faces not hideous ones.

I now do not recall if the Nonmen were described as inhumanly beautiful (a description is to follow in TTT, apparantly) but the Sranc of course are based upon The Nonmen, being abominations. Scott recently said that they share physical traits.

H

We're a bit off topic here, but wasn't the Consult created after the First Apocalypse to try to bring about the No-God's return?

Well that's what it says in the appendices of TDTCB, but in the text they are mentioned as being part of the First Apocalypse War. I have ever since assumed they already existed rather than being founded afterwards.







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The Few and Kellhus posted 09 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Mithfânion, Didact

I actually imagined Mog Pharau to be something more along the lines of a Sauron, but more evil. More depraved, more vicious, more lethal and all-pervading. Something truly terrifying, bone-chilling so to speak, which is something that Sauron never was imo. view post


Cnaiur's prowess posted 10 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACnaiur's prowess by Mithfânion, Didact

Certainly there would be any number of extraordinary individuals who could defeat him in physical combat - its a big world.

That's the way I meant it. view post


Cunuroi/Inchoroi numbers posted 10 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACunuroi/Inchoroi numbers by Mithfânion, Didact

One more thing: How much have we seen of the Consult in terms of its members? So far we've been limited to Inchoroi and skin spies, but in the back of the book they are described as a cabal of magi and generals, so where is the actual Consult? Are they still alive, and will we meet these mages and generals? Do they all reside in Golgotterath?

It does seem that the Inchoroi are the top members in terms of hierarchy, rather than mages and generals. Is this correct? view post


Anasurimbors as high councillors posted 10 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAnasurimbors as high councillors by Mithfânion, Didact

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