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About Nonmen posted 15 May 2005, 19:05 by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Okay here's a question... if the Nonmen once warred against the Inchoroi and the Consult... then why are they now the "badguys" so to speak? Why do nonmen ride with the Sranc? view post

posted 16 May 2005, 02:05 by Egaragoras, Candidate

I might be wrong, but I think that only a minority of Nonmen hang out with the Scranc and Ichoroi-- they aren't univerally aligned with the other "evil" dudes. view post

posted 16 May 2005, 14:05 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

It's just another example of how everything is shades of grey. Like humans, nonmen aren't constrained to one setting on the morality scale like we so often see with non-human races in other fantasy novels. Nonmen are free to choose, and so some are "good" some are "bad." I'm sure we will find out more in TTT and it's appendices. view post

posted 17 May 2005, 15:05 by Twayleph, Auditor

From what I've seen, the fact that the Nonmen warred against the Inchoroi is precisely the reason why some of them became the bad guys. Scott has hinted that somehow, the Cuno-Inchoroi wars have broken the Nonmen as a people - though how exactly is unknown. Their minds are a waste now, and some of them have taken to expericiencing traumas only because they're easier to remember. Well, if you want to suffer senseless pain, I guess the Inchoroi will welcome you with open arms! view post

posted 20 May 2005, 13:05 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The Nonmen are generally 'good,' (in their own myopic, self-interested way), but the problem is that they are all going insane. They're immortals with mortal brains, and the problem is that the longer they live, the more the traumatic events they suffer crowd out their other memories. A group of them, called the 'Erratics,' actually actively seek out trauma as a means to remember. Since the Consult is good at providing horrifyingly unforgettable experiences, a number of Erratics have joined them. Mekeritrig is one of them. view post

posted 23 May 2005, 16:05 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

That's actually a tricky question, Linguist. The simple answer would be 'Yes!' though the thematic differences probably couldn't be any more drastic. Elves in Middle-earth are obvious idealizations of Northern European Men, whereas the Nonmen in Earwa are desentimentalized [i:1n8tfvb4]caricatures[/i:1n8tfvb4] of these idealizations. Here, as elsewhere, I made the 'reality principle' my rule. The Nonmen are not simply 'burdened' by their tragic history, they are disfigured by it. As for your more specific questions, I'm going to play coy. There's lots to be learned in the Appendices of TTT, and I don't want to spoil anything! :wink: view post

posted 28 May 2005, 16:05 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I'd say the disfigurement is as much [i:2c4aeue2]spiritual[/i:2c4aeue2] as mental. Physically, they remain flawless. And no, there's no Cirdan Cruise Lines in Earwa. :wink: view post


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