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Akka's Magical! posted 20 June 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Mahajanga Mordecai, Auditor

Okay, I was looking for something else but came across this passage. I remember being puzzled about this when I first read the book but it didn't stick given all the events that followed, but now that I have the time... can someone (preferably Scott) answer this question for me?

The Question:
What just happened here?

The Passage That Inspired The Question:
NOTICE THE UNDERLINED PORTION ESPECIALLY.

"Yet again he found himself at war with the urge to flee. Of all the unclean spirits, few were as terrifying or bloodthristy as those belonging to dread Disease. Pulma had possessed him, the physician-priests had said, one of the most fearsome of Akkeagni's innumerable demons.

The lung-plague.

The Marshal jerked and convulsed. He arched across his cot as though his body were a bow taken up and drawn by something unseen. He made noises that could only be described as... unmanly. Achamian clutched his bearded cheek, whispered words he could not recall afterward. Then just as abruptly, Xinemus went slack. Once again his limbs were lost between the folds of his blankets."


Looks to me like Akka may be tapping into some power that he doesn't even know he's capable of. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 20 June 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Excellent observation, Im under the impression its just another example of the Seswatha inside of Akka coming through. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 22 June 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Or maybe he just can't remember because it was heartfelt words said while in a state of grief?

Hard to say really. Both explanations are plausible. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 22 June 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: "Entropic_existence":39qhky2b
Or maybe he just can't remember because it was heartfelt words said while in a state of grief?
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It's towards this direction that I lean. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 26 June 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Anasurimbor Bob, Commoner

Akka's "magic words" are never repeated. Whenever he uses magic, it's just referred to as "he muttered a word, and..." whatever.

Magic is like that. It's just beyond...everything (c:

It's like trying to explain what you dreamt last night. The only (albeit insufficient) way to explain is using words. But somehow, they're just not enough. It's like attempting to explain the inexplicable.

Well, at least, that's the way I see it... (c: view post


Akka's Magical! posted 28 June 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Yea, given that he would be speaking that high Non-man tongue and all, thats basically the reason why the words themselves are enevr written. Not like anyone who could hear him would actually know what he was saying anyway unless they too were a Sorceror. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 15 July 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by poeg, Commoner

I think that the events that have unfolded around him along with the man Akka is has allowed more of Seswatha to exist in him than any suspect including himself. Where the others dream of Seswatha and are able to use the Gnosis, our hero is as much Seswatha as he is himself. I think this is a linchpin in the greater storyline. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 16 July 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Quote: "poeg":1wsffdof
I think that the events that have unfolded around him along with the man Akka is has allowed more of Seswatha to exist in him than any suspect including himself. Where the others dream of Seswatha and are able to use the Gnosis, our hero is as much Seswatha as he is himself. I think this is a linchpin in the greater storyline.[/quote:1wsffdof]

I agree, at least in part, but I don't think this particular passage is an example of that. But I could be wrong. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 26 July 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by alhana, Auditor

I would agree that there are better examples of Seswatha "possessing" Akka, primarily when he is imprisoned. But could be a good example of another instance where perhaps the being inside of Akka's dreams comes out in his waking life. view post


Akka's Magical! posted 26 July 2006 in Author Q & AAkka's Magical! by Mahajanga Mordecai, Auditor

I'm going to assume that no one, including Sessa, has ever done any healing or otherwise "good" thing with the Gnosis. In fact I remember Akka thinking to himself that for all the might and ingenuity of the Gnosis, those "brilliant flurries of light" always go "in the wrong direction"; which is to say, they can accomplish nothing more than destruction.

Now we know better, of course, but they don't live in a world where they have the time or opportunity to think of the practical (non violent) uses of thier craft.

Irregardless, my point is that I don't think Seswatha had anything to do with this moment. This was Akka tapping into something unknown... unintentionally. Ironically, it was his emotions that sparked this phenomena, not his intellect; which of course makes me think of the Cishaurim (RIP Waterbearers <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> ). view post


Akka's Magical! posted 27 July 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAkka's Magical! by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Quote: &quot;Mahajanga Mordecai&quot;:3i63hxm3
I'm going to assume that no one, including Sessa, has ever done any healing or otherwise &quot;good&quot; thing with the Gnosis. In fact I remember Akka thinking to himself that for all the might and ingenuity of the Gnosis, those &quot;brilliant flurries of light&quot; always go &quot;in the wrong direction&quot;; which is to say, they can accomplish nothing more than destruction.

Now we know better, of course, but they don't live in a world where they have the time or opportunity to think of the practical (non violent) uses of thier craft.

Irregardless, my point is that I don't think Seswatha had anything to do with this moment. This was Akka tapping into something unknown... unintentionally. Ironically, it was his emotions that sparked this phenomena, not his intellect; which of course makes me think of the Cishaurim (RIP Waterbearers <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> ).[/quote:3i63hxm3]

I still think the phrasing was just indicating Akka being lost in grief and consoling a dieing friend and nothing more. Some things in the books have to be normal and ordinary too, otherwise the fantastic would cease to be fantastic. But hye I could be wrong and that is merely my opinion <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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