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Magic posted 04 Feb 2004, 13:02 by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Just wondering if you could shed a little more light on the Schoolmen in your series. We know that the Mandate have the "Gnostic of the Ancient North" which seems to make them more powerful then the other Schools from the Three Seas. Can you explain the Gnostic a little on this board? What exactly is it? And also, I'm not sure if it was ever mentioned in tDtcB but are certain Schoolmen more powerful than others from the same School, and if so what separates them in terms of power (i.e. natural ability, being able to draw more power into them, etc, etc)? view post

posted 04 Feb 2004, 18:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Hi Loosecannon. I knew I was going to get into trouble when you mentioned in an earlier post that you appreciated not getting a 'read and find out' response! Many particulars regarding the Schoolmen and their competing Metaphysics come to the fore in TWP, and I'm sure you despise spoilers more than 'read and find out!' I can summarize the tidbits scattered through TDTCB, however. The sorcery of the Three Seas, Anagogic (and Daimotic) sorcery, arose from its shamanistic roots without the benefit of the Quya, the Nonmen sorcerer caste, whose sorcery was ancient before the Tusk was even written. The Gnosis, the sorcery of the Ancient North, is the result of what was called the Nonman Tutelage, a period in ancient Norsirai history marked by cultural exchanges between Nonmen and Men. The Gnosis is simply what the Anagogis could be, if the proper conceptual leaps were made... Differences between sorcerers sharing the same Metaphysics is determined in much the same way differences in any profession are: native ability, knowledge, training, and experience. view post

posted 04 Feb 2004, 19:02 by Voland, Candidate

Hi Great job btw. Outstanding series....can't wait for the next one :D my question: When do the sorceror susceptability towards chorae manifest. Are the Few always susceptible to it regardless of training or only when they have been trained. [quote:q4qzbca0]The Gnosis is simply what the Anagogis could be, if the proper conceptual leaps were made... [/quote:q4qzbca0] Are you implying that they will be made... :D view post

posted 04 Feb 2004, 19:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Hi Voland. Thanks for the kind words! The issue of the Chorae threshold is also broached in TWP. There is, however, a limited grey zone, consisting of arcane keys, ciphers, and so on, which one of the Few can utter without suffering the bruise or Mark of sorcery. It's the Mark that determines whom the Chorae can kill. If one of the Few can recognize you, then so can those accursed Trinkets... view post

posted 04 Feb 2004, 20:02 by Voland, Candidate

ah Thank you. So no go on the Cishaurum in regards to the chorae. :D view post

posted 04 Feb 2004, 22:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

They're almost as fatal to the Cishaurim as well, though the mechanics differ. The Inrithi would be in a whole heap of trouble otherwise. I've actually structured the different sorceries of Earwa along the lines of different philosophical theories of language. For the Cishaurim, it's the THOUGHT, and not the utterance that is key, as it is in traditional sorcery. The Chorae are each inscribed with metaphysical contradictions, impossible propositions, that undo thoughts as readily as they undo utterances. view post


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