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posts by bobby Commoner | joined 30 Oct 2007 | 2


Skaeos...huh? posted 30 Oct 2007, 02:10 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeSkaeos...huh? by bobby, Commoner

First, I loved the first book - I'm waiting to get a chance to go to the bookstore for the second. Despite the reviews I thought the book was very absorbing and not too hard to follow (except for below). But the big kicker in the end actually confused me. Yes, I understand that Skaeos was a Consult agent, and was manipulating the Emperor behind the scenes...but what he did that actually benefited the Consult seems to be up to question. Especially because during this first book, the Consult is all mysterious and we don't know exactly what it wants to do besides bring back the No-God and the 2nd Apocalypse. I also understand that everyone else besides Achamanian and maybe Kellhus, thinks Skaeos was a Nishaurim. What I don't understand is how the Emperor knew he was betrayed by Skaeos, and why what happened in that meeting could even be construed as a betrayal. It seems that Maithanet could have ordered the emperor at any time to fund the Holy War. Why did the Emperor see this decision in the end as a result of treason? Was there some scene previous in the book that I am forgetting? The only other explanation seems too simple: Skaeos was the only one present during all the Emperor's scheming (sacrificing the Vulgar Holy War, etc.). So he could have just been a spy that forwarded this info to the Shriah. And the Shriah ordered the Emperor to fund the Holy War as punishment. Am I just making this too hard??? Thanks, Bobby view post


posted 30 Oct 2007, 19:10 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeSkaeos...huh? by bobby, Commoner

One thing I did catch from reading this chapter again last night, is that Kellhus and Skaeos were "innocently" scrutinizing each other, and one of them nodded when they realized this was going on. The Emperor saw all of this and "whirled" (?) around to look at Skaeos. As if he was thinking, "WTF?" So then later in the chapter, Kellhus dissects the whole issue at hand, effectively showing that neither Conphas or Cnaiur are an obvious moral choice for leading the Holy War. With Conphas no longer as crucial, and the order from the Shriah, the Emperor can't force anyone to sign the Indenture. Perhaps the emperor assumed that the look and nod Skaeos and Kellhus gave each other were signs of a conspiracy. That still seems like slim evidence by which you can send someone down to the torture chamber. But he's the emperor and can do whatever he wants with his subjects... view post


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