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Cnaiur (spoilers for TTT) posted 08 February 2006 in Author Q & ACnaiur (spoilers for TTT) by Mithfânion, Didact

Well Scott, you're right, that is somewhat frustrating an answer <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

What I take from that is that we will like see Cnaiur back after all, but probably not the Cnaiur that we have known sofar. A Cnaiur allied with the Consult perhaps?

On the other hand, what purpose would he serve twenty years into the future? Wouldn't it be time for a new generation? What children will Kellhus father on Esmenet? Will he take more wives, given the goal of spreading the Anasurimbor blood? What'll become of Little Moenghus?

I mean, Cnaiur would be a 65 year old Scylvendi by that time, way past his prime, if he should continue to live "a natural life". view post


Neuropath posted 08 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ANeuropath by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, put like this it looks more like Aspect Emperor is more likely to be published before Neuropath, correct? view post


Just finished TTT posted 08 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AJust finished TTT by Mithfânion, Didact

Personally I think the realism and sheer force of Kellhus' narrative of Ascendancy is one of the series' most powerful aspects. Kellhus' power with the Gnosis had been foreshadowed a couple of times, someone who might even surpass Seswatha, and I think that Kellhus will bear that out in future volumes. It is because of his vast intellect that he would naturally surpass even naturally gifted sorcerers. When just starting his studies with Achmanian he already suggested a second inutteral, which was unheard of, since even one was very hard indeed.

Maybe the best scene of the book for me was when we first see Kellhus being taught by Achamian. Kellhus has just performed some sort of hypnosis on Achamian that would allow Achamian to teach him the Gnosis and sentences that Achamian took month to learn are repeated by Kellhus at once. I loved how it was described how suddenly his eyes flashed and a deep rumbling could be felt all around, with Kellhus murmuring "Yes.........". view post


A TTT question -possible spoilers inside, you've been warned posted 08 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA TTT question -possible spoilers inside, you've been warned by Mithfânion, Didact

And there are very real consequences for the kind of life anyone leads, whether they think themselves innocent or not. This makes 'saving one's soul' a very real dilemma, with very real motivational power.


Thanks for that little explanation Scott, it makes the Consult's motivation more believable for me, less vague. I know we are told in the book that this is because they believe themselves to be damned if they don't, but to learn that there actually are consequences in Earwa (and thus their fears are grounded) makes a world of difference. view post


Worldhorn &amp; Heron Spear posted 08 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWorldhorn &amp; Heron Spear by Mithfânion, Didact

So threading back to this thread post_TTT:

1) It seems that The Heron Spear was definitly lost.
2) It was a weapon of light.
3) The answer was yes, for a time <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Three questions:

What I found strange was that the Heron Spear was actually a weapon used by the Inchoroi, by their King (Sil) no less. How then does it follow that it is the antidote to their greatest weapon, the No-God?

Secondly, is there a chance we will see the Worldhorn again? I guess I ask because of my fascination with horns, I already loved it when I read about the Thunyeri horns pealing across the plains.

Thirdly, outside of the Heron Spear, which is lost, are there still Inchoroi weapons of light remaining in Earwa? If so, may they turn up in Aspect Emperor? Or have they all been destroyed in the Cunu-Inchoroi wars? view post


Maithanet (TTT Spoilers) posted 08 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AMaithanet (TTT Spoilers) by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, I was wondering, is Maithanet younger than Kellhus? I would expect so, but his descriptions make him seem older than Kellhus. Are they close in age?

BTW Kellhus would be 35 at trilogy's end, correct? view post


A question about NonMen TTT(semispoilerish) posted 09 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA question about NonMen TTT(semispoilerish) by Mithfânion, Didact

I believe Scott mentioned it was about 400 years. view post


Maithanet (TTT Spoilers) posted 09 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AMaithanet (TTT Spoilers) by Mithfânion, Didact

As I say, logically he should be younger since he was born after Moenghus left Ishual. On the other hand, his descriptions (we've had a few) make him come across as older. Which is why I wondered if Scott could confirm his age, or if there is perhaps some other reason for him coming across as older. view post


Some questions regarding Tryse, Cunuroi and Miracles posted 10 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ASome questions regarding Tryse, Cunuroi and Miracles by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, hope you don't mind but I have some more questions after reading the glossary.

1) The glossary mentions the Knights of Tryse, an order of knights also known as "The Knights of the Ur-Throne" whose specific task was defending the "Anasurimbor Dynasty". Is this an institution likely to be re-introduced now?

2)The glossary also mentions The Three Miracles of The Warrior Prophet but then only goes on to name two. Some have already wondered what the third one was. Can you reveal what it was, or is the Third one yet to come?

3) Will we see more of the Nonmen in the two Aspect Emperor books than the (admittedly intriguing) glimpses we had in PoN?

4) Is there anything you can say about their current King, Nin-Ciljiras? He is only mentioned once in the story proper, by Aurang, and that was somewhat derogatory. Is he last in a herediary line of Kings, or are the Nonman Kings chosen?

5) Did the Womb-plague truly eleminate all Nonmen women? There have been no Nonmen born ever since, whatsoever?

6) Perhaps this is too much to say for you, but what are the chances of Aspect Emperor bringing us back to the North, to see the ancient cities of Sakarpus and Athrithau, where Kellhus has already established followers ( The Adunyaini)?

Discard all coyness I say! <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


future of PON posted 11 February 2006 in The Thousandfold Thoughtfuture of PON by Mithfânion, Didact

Aspect Emperor will be a duology, as recently confirmed by Orbit on their website.

First one due next year. view post


future of PON posted 12 February 2006 in The Thousandfold Thoughtfuture of PON by Mithfânion, Didact

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BTW does anyone else always have to log in twice whenever you come to this board? So irritating, considering I always click on the "remember me" icon when I log in but not only is it never remembered but I have to enter everything twice. view post


Worldhorn &amp; Heron Spear posted 16 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWorldhorn &amp; Heron Spear by Mithfânion, Didact

All,

I agree that the Heron Spear is most likely non-sorcerous, insofar as that the Tekne is not a sorcerous craft. Clearly Mog Pharau's chorae did not deter it.

I'm just curious about the relationship between the Heron being the most powerful weapon of the Inchoroi and how it is the sole thing capable of killing Lokung.

Mog, I agree with you that it is very possible the Heron Spear will not be recovered. Because if the ultimate conclusion is just finding the Heron spear again, it's too much of a repetition of the First Apocalypse, isn't it? On the other hand it would be interesting to see it being used against the world of Men, by the Consult. It was mentioned as having its whereabouts being unknown, rather than listed as destroyed, so clearly Scott left an opening there for future plot developments.

I'm thinking more along the lines of Kellhus being the main opposition of the No-God, rather than an artifact. view post


Nostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? posted 16 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? by Mithfânion, Didact

*Seswatha's various dreams

*Picturing the Cunu-Inchoroi wars

* Various sequences with Kellhus, such as:

[list=]Kellhus vs Mekeritrig
Kellhus vs Cnaiur
Kellhus vs Zeumi sword dancer (single stroke)
Kellhus vs Sarcellus in the pole game
Kellhus being taught the Gnosis by Achamian and speaking his first cant, with the world rumbling all around him
Kellhus sitting on a dais with the Lords of the Holy War in front of him
Kellhus being anointed as Aspect Emperor
[/list]

Most disturbing and shocking? The treatment of Xunnurit by Xerius, his eyes stabbed out, totally emasculated and chained to his throne. The sheer cruelty of it. view post


Mekeritrig posted 16 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtMekeritrig by Mithfânion, Didact

I would not expect Mekeritrig to turn sides again though. He is clearly esatblished as one of the chief members of the Consult and may well prove to be a formidable enemy. view post


Worldhorn &amp; Heron Spear posted 18 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWorldhorn &amp; Heron Spear by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott:

What I found strange was that the Heron Spear was actually a weapon used by the Inchoroi, by their King (Sil) no less. How then does it follow that it is the antidote to their greatest weapon, the No-God?

Secondly, is there a chance we will see the Worldhorn again? I guess I ask because of my fascination with horns, I already loved it when I read about the Thunyeri horns pealing across the plains.

Thirdly, outside of the Heron Spear, which is lost, are there still Inchoroi weapons of light remaining in Earwa? If so, may they turn up in Aspect Emperor? Or have they all been destroyed in the Cunu-Inchoroi wars?



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Are you honestly saying that all three of these questions are dealt with in the next book(s)? view post


Some questions regarding Tryse, Cunuroi and Miracles posted 18 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ASome questions regarding Tryse, Cunuroi and Miracles by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, the only recent question I did that with was the one about Cnaiur <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

Is there no bone you can throw me about any of these questions? Otherwise you simply force me to book a flight to the Great White North and relieve you of some AE manuscripts <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


The No-God posted 18 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe No-God by Mithfânion, Didact

I've had trouble imagining Mog Pharau from the start. How should I imagine a "carapace"? What is that, some sort of coffin?

And that coffins contains Chorea right? And it stands vertically within the whirlwind?

Is there an incarnate body of some kind? I thought there would be since he is described as a "he" instead of an "it" but maybe that's not relevant. view post


The No-God posted 19 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe No-God by Mithfânion, Didact

I find it interesting that the No-God seems to exert some sort of control, and talks through, only those creatures WITHOUT souls. This, to me, seems to be our biggest clue as to the essence of what it is.


Shryke,

I am not so sure Sranc, Bashrag or Wracu are soulless at all. Was this mentioned at any point, specifically?

Mog

The Bashrag seem to be three human bodies fused into one, while I think the Wracu are directly spoken of as creations. Or am I totally making this up?

Well the Bashrag, like the Sranc, seem to have been made using the Cunuroi genome rather than the human one.

On the No-God in general:

As was mentioned, the No-God is described as being summoned. I therefore do not think he is, like the Heron Spear, an original creation of the Inchoroi Tekne though I realize of course that we cannot exclude that possibility at the moment. Obviously the Inchoroi must have had earlier knowledge of the No-God (perhaps from the planet where they originally hailed from) because otherwise I don't see why they would summon him.

I do know that it was mentioned that they are using the Tekne to resurrect him, but that is a different matter. Orginally, he was summoned. Now, note that Kellhus, in his infinte cleverness, touches on a sore point in his conversation with Aurang when he states that the No-God speaks to him and has let Kellhus know that he is displeased with Aurang, who "failed him". This clearly agitates Aurang greatly. We also have the other Inchoroi at TWP's end who once more confirms the reverence for the No-God.

This further confirms (to me) that the No-God is something greater than the Inchoroi, something greater than what they could create. They did not control the No-God, but worked for him, even as he furthered their ultimate goal of mass extinction.

What I personally wonder about is why Kellhsu dreams of him now. What does this mean? It would seem to indicate that Mog Pharau's mind or spirit is still very much alive, and just waiting for it to be resurrected. view post


Inchoroi Origins/Aims posted 22 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtInchoroi Origins/Aims by Mithfânion, Didact

EE


Wracu, Sranc, etc do not have souls.


Where was this confirmed? All we know is that they are creations of the Inchoroi. We also know that in earlier days the craft of the Inchoroi was far greater than it was now. Why automatically assume they are soulless, simply because skin spies are? view post


Worldhorn &amp; Heron Spear posted 04 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWorldhorn &amp; Heron Spear by Mithfânion, Didact

I don't know, that sounds kind of confused to me.

The glossary merely states that it was the Heron Spear, "so named because of it's unique shape".

A heron:

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This sounds silly, but in order for this to be correct, Earwa would need to have herons just like we have in our own world.

I'm thinking the Heron refers to something else. Maybe Scott could give some enlightenment about it's shape? view post


Super-Sorcery posted 04 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSuper-Sorcery by Mithfânion, Didact

It's an interesting idea. Personally though I think we'll only see part of this come true. I suspect there is a good chance ( though certainly nto a given) that Kellhus, in the twenty years time that he now has to dwell somewhat on these matters, will come up with some revelations.

One of these migth well be finding a way to become invulnerable. This would not be unreal. We have learned from Achamian that Kellhus' mind was beyond anything he had witnessed. Kellhus even went sofar as to correct and re-write the thesis of Earwa greats like Ajencis, and the great mathematicians.

The vulnerability by chorea, which can fall into the hands of anyone, must be a major downside that Kellhus must undountedly be considering and seek to remedy. view post


Characters in Aspect-Emperor posted 04 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCharacters in Aspect-Emperor by Mithfânion, Didact

I do not expect to see Cnaiur back.

I'm also not sure any of the Great Lords like Proyas, Saubon etc will have roles bigger than they had now. Given the passing of so much time, I think we'll see a great deal of new characters actually. People that have worked their way up in Kellhus' hierarchy, becoming Nascenti or have other roles.

We'll see an increase in presences from the Consult, with the story entering a more decisive phase, and then having to resort to something else than Skin Spies.

I see a bigger role for the Nonmen, certainly. We'll see some Zeumi. I hope that the story will take us to the North, where this is so much unseen land and so much mystery and true danger.

We may see the rise of some new institutions like The Knights of Tryse, defenders of the Anasurimbor (see glossary).

I think Kellhus' child/children will play a signifcant role. I wonder if it is a coincidence that the story skips enough time for them to go from babe to fully grown adults. Cnaiur's son as well of couse. I suspect Kellhus will try to father several children givern earlier comments in PoN.

And Maithanet as well. Personally I hope to see some more of the very cool Thunyeri. view post


The Meeting between Kellhus &amp; Moenghus? posted 04 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Meeting between Kellhus &amp; Moenghus? by Mithfânion, Didact

Noctis

1. Kellhus convinced Moenghus that he (Kellhus) was insane, and at that point, Moenghus was going to try to remove him from the field (as defective Dunyain or whatever); so it was kill or be killed.


Hmmm. I read that scene differently. It seemed clear to me that Kellhus was relaying his story to Moenghus, and that Moenghus deduced that what Kellhus said ( which we know to be true) simply could not be. I did not get the impression that Kellhus did that deliberatly, so that he would himself be forced into a kill or be-killed situation.

BTW Abyss, does Kellhus actually cleam that God speaks to him, aside from the No-God doing so as well? view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 11 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott:

The contract with Orbit UK has already been agreed upon, and the contracts with Penguin and Overlook will probably be wrapped up soon. The delivery date I'm giving is January 07, which should put the pub date somewhere late spring, early summer.


Scott, I was wondering, since you found out in PoN that you're a &quot;one and half year per book&quot; author is that a realistic date for Aspect Emperor? Wouldn't that mean that you now have to finish the first book in 10 months time?

Have you continued writing AE or are you still working on Neuropath? view post


Why are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWhy are Kellhus and Moenghus of the Few? by Mithfânion, Didact

Which triggers the assumption that the Dunyain are in fact more likely to be of the Few than Non-Dunyain. Is that a correct assumption Scott? view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 08 September 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Mithfânion, Didact

Hey Scottonimous,

Any updates on AE?

Cheers,

Mith <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 15 November 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Mithfânion, Didact

An update of any sort would be nice, yes, to say the very least <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


a follow on to prince of nothing? posted 09 March 2007 in Author Q &amp; Aa follow on to prince of nothing? by Mithfânion, Didact

Hopefully Scott will see fit to post a reply on that soon. It's been an awfully long time. view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 23 March 2007 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Mithfânion, Didact

Did folks read the synopsis? It's pretty cool. Spoilers below of course:

First he was the Prince of Nothing, then the Warrior-Prophet. Now Anasurimbor Kellhus is the Aspect-Emperor. But is he a living god. . . or a demon from hell?

Book Information:
Some twenty years have passed since the events narrated in The Prince of Nothing. Anasûrimbor Kellhus now rules all the Three Seas, the first true Aspect-Emperor in a thousand years. The masses worship him as a living god, though a few, the Orthodox, dare claim he’s a walking demon. With Proyas and Saubon as his Exalt-Generals, he leads a holy war called the Great Ordeal deep into the wastes of the Ancient North, intent on destroying Golgotterath and preventing the Second Apocalypse. Esmenet, meanwhile, remains in Momemn, where she struggles not only to rule his vast empire, but their murderous children as well. And Achamian, who lives as a Wizard in embittered exile, undertakes a mad quest to uncover the origins of the Dûnyain.




I wish we knew when the Canadian and US edition came out, cause they are usually months earlier. view post


The Aspect-Emperor posted 23 March 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by Mithfânion, Didact

Madness,

Now at the end of The Thousandfold Thought, again, I'm entirely convinced that Cû'jara Cinmoi has plans for the Dûnyain. As I've iterated before, once again I think in this very deleted post, I do not think that Kellhus is the most able or most intelligent Dûnyain from among them.


Just on this particular note I have to quibble. Scott has already stated that &quot; Kellhus is considered a Prodigy, even among the Dunyain&quot; .

Any of the Dunyain would apparantly be able to dominate normal men, but Kellhus most especially. Which, it has to be said, has indeed been established in the text sofar. view post


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