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posts by Diem Kaye Candidate | joined 01 Mar 2006 | 16

posted 01 Mar 2006, 23:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by Diem Kaye, Candidate

I think the reason Conphas was killed was pretty simple, just looking at it from an Author's point of view. Conphas's part in the story had run its course. He did everything he had to do for the storyline and to keep him alive while Kelhus was the Aspect-Emperor, would just lead to either plot problems (since Conphas would have never submitted to Kelhus) or just make him feel like, "Joe Schmoe B". He was a great and enjoyable character and Bakker let him go in the most fitting way possible. A bloody death in battle. view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 00:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus, his divinity, and his "good guy" status. by Diem Kaye, Candidate

I hope Kellhus turns out to be a bad guy, just for one simple reason. Right now, he's way too powerful. He's mastered the Gnosis, has the entire Three Seas under his command, and looks like he will only get stronger over the next twenty years. Now when you have a character that is that powerful, it's hard to write challenges for him that the reader will find interesting. This is why I'm also hoping that Acha becomes the protagonist of the story. He's flawed. He's human. We can understand him. We can see Acha fighting against the Second Apocalypse, see him doing his best, and still managing to fail. There's an actual challenge there. Kellhus? Not so much. I mean, he's probably one of the few characters that can go through a public execution ceremony and the whole time you're reading, you're just thinking, "Now how will he get out of this one?" view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 00:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCharacters in Aspect-Emperor by Diem Kaye, Candidate

You know what character I want to see more of that I was dissapointed in how scarce he was in this first Trilogy? Maithanet. Battle Pope, half-dunyain, kick-assery? Personally, I always wondered how he got to be the leader of the Tusk, when the only two races that his mother could've been would've been either Fanim or Scylvendi. Unless Moenghus somehow fathered him somewhere between the area of the Dunyain and the Steppe? view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 01:03 in Interviews and ReviewsTHE TORONTO STAR by Diem Kaye, Candidate

Who knows, maybe you'll start getting propositioned by those crazy Canadian chicks even more! Damn fine books and it's nice to see you getting the credit you're due in your own country. view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 01:03 in Book ClubA Game of Thrones book club discussion open by Diem Kaye, Candidate

I never really saw how Arya could be described as 'psycho'. Sure, she's a scared little girl, but you gotta remember, in the whole family of the Starks, only two of the children actually looked like Starks. Jon (and the guesses on his heritage are enough to fill out more than this thread) and Arya. And in the first book, Ned tells Arya how much he reminds him of his sister, because Arya obviously has the 'wolf blood' in her. We know little about the previous Stark's but we do know this much. People who had 'the wolf blood' tended to be badasses. Also, I think Martin is building Arya up to be much more of an assassin type character than a warrior. The only thing I worry about, is that the way the storyline is currently going, it's not like Arya will have anyone to assassinate by the time she gets back to Westeros. view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 02:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? by Diem Kaye, Candidate

The opening scene of The Darkness that Comes Before was awesomely done, I thought. Just drew you in right away. Another one of my favorite scenes was one of the campfire episodes with Zin, Acha, Esmi, and Kellhus. I forget the exact lines, but I remember Kellhus imitating Cnair: "And we, Scylvendi, our balls are so big, they hang one on each side of the saddle! And they are so heavy, they do not bounce!" Bakker's a great writer, but sometimes his humor just doesn't strike with me. I found that scene however, to be one of the funniest things I've read. Oh, and any chapter that had the Emperor Xerius in it, was just great. I love Bakker's insane characters, he creates them so frighteningly well. view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 02:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtExplanation for Achamian's survival?? by Diem Kaye, Candidate

Was I the only one a bit surprised to see Iyokus alive at the end of the trilogy? I mean, here's a character who seems like he should've died plenty of times, but, just like the Energizer Bunny, he keeps going and going. And to be fair, if Akka had wanted to get revenge on Iyokus, he should've used the Cants of Compulsion rather than just take out Iyokus's eyes. 'Cause those cants seemed to be what really messed Zin up. view post

posted 02 Mar 2006, 04:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtExplanation for Achamian's survival?? by Diem Kaye, Candidate

Oh, I agree it would be completely against Achamian's character to use the Cants on Iyokus. I was just saying, that being blinded wasn't what drove Zin crazy. I mean, maybe it's just because we don't really get too many viewpoints from Iyokus, but throughout the story, he hardly seemed bothered by his blindness at all. (Compared to poor Zin, who holds Iyokus's eyes in front of his sockets while pretending to look at himself in the mirror.) I was just saying from the selfish viewpoint of a reader, it would've been nice to see Achamian torture the crap out of Iyokus. view post

posted 03 Mar 2006, 08:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSchools of the 3 seas by Diem Kaye, Candidate

Does it ever actually mention one way or another whose Moenghus's father is? Because if you remember in TWP, the two guards were told by Kellhus exactly how to go about their conversation, since he knew Cnair would hear it and automatically assume the kid was his and not Kellhus's, it could've just another string to pull Cnair along. Personally though, I do hope it's Cnair's son and not Kellhus's. Just because Cnair was one of my favorite characters and even if we do see him come back in the Aspect Emperor, it's highly doubtful that he'll even be recognizable as the character he once was. Twenty years with the Consult would surely change a guy. view post

posted 03 Mar 2006, 09:03 in Author Q & AWorldhorn & Heron Spear by Diem Kaye, Candidate

I think a laser is a bit more original than having it merely be some 'holy weapon'. The only thing I'm torn on is whether I want it to be found again. Because, on one hand, it does seem pretty obvious that it's going to come back, and if my guess is at all right, Akka will probably be whose possession it ends up in. Now considering that by the time the Aspect Emperor comes around Akka will be almost 70, I don't think it'll stay in his possession for long. I'm looking towards either one of Kellhus's kids or some new character that hasn't been introduced yet. So although I doubt anyone will be surprised if it does show up, I have a feeling a lot of people would be pissed if Scott gave so much attention to it and then just said, "Actually, it [i:3g3tbybe]was[/i:3g3tbybe] destroyed the whole time! Ha ha, gotcha, suckers!" And then, one last question for Scott, who will hopefully be able to answer this (and hopefully I haven't missed this little shred of info somewhere in the glossary) without giving anything away for future storylines. So here's the question. Why is the Heron Spear called the [i:3g3tbybe]Heron[/i:3g3tbybe] Spear? Was it because someone thought the light shot out of the spear just like a heron? Or was it just one of those things where you're sitting back late at night and you think, "You know what? That name kicks ass! Heron Spear, it is then!" Just out of idle curiosity. view post

posted 04 Mar 2006, 10:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSuper-Sorcery by Diem Kaye, Candidate

You know, Unjon, this made me think of something interesting. Probably not at all possible with the metaphysics of Bakker's world, but it's just an interesting little tidbit to mull over. For some reason, ever since they were brought up, I've been really curious about the halos around Kellhus's hands. We know that he's not doing it on purpose, because for one, if he was using a regular type of sorcery to create them, Akka and all the other sorcerers would be able to spot it for the ruse it was right away. Secondly, Kellhus himself seems to be confused about their origin. Now we know that the Psukhe is a sorcery that can't be seen by the Few and is also tied with passion and emotion. We also know that when Kellhus was up on that circumfix he started weeping and experiencing some uncontrollable emotions at the same time. Now since Kellhus has always been one of the Few we can assume that he could've started using sorcery at any time. All he was lacking was the training. So perhaps Kellhus somehow dipped into the Psukhe without knowing and managed to bestow these haloes upon himself without concious thought. Didn't he first see the haloes around himself when he first got down from the tree? If that were true, perhaps somewhere along the twenty years he starts to learn a little bit more about the Psukhe, just enough to help him train one of his sons in the way you suggested. Like I said, it's probably not even possible within the rules of Earwa and I doubt Scott would have the origin of the haloes be something that flimsy, but it's just an entertaining thought. view post

posted 05 Mar 2006, 22:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by Diem Kaye, Candidate

I think it's pretty safe to assume that the characters we didn't originally realize we're skin spies (Xerius's mother, Simas) were skin spies all along. Simas is the one that interests me, just because my first read through I had always assumed he'd been replaced sometime in TWP or TTT but I started reading the DtCB again, and Nautzera's feelings and thoughts regarding Simas during their dialogue leads me to think he was a skin spy far before the series even started. view post

posted 05 Mar 2006, 22:03 in Author Q & AWorldhorn & Heron Spear by Diem Kaye, Candidate

An interesting idea, Poet, especially since we all know that many of the other Inchoroi light weapons lost their power somewhere over the years. I don't think it would be though, just because I imagine Seswatha would have had something to say about that in his dreams considering how long he had it. Though, on the other hand, it would make a nice surprise, wouldn't it? I don't know, so far to me, Conphas's idea of a weapon on a tripod sounds the most realistic. view post

posted 06 Mar 2006, 19:03 in Author Q & AWorldhorn & Heron Spear by Diem Kaye, Candidate

I'm pretty sure people would have had a lot more trouble trying to kill the No-God if they'd actually had to get within melee range to kill him. view post

posted 07 Mar 2006, 06:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? by Diem Kaye, Candidate

[quote="Egaragoras":14qcl21v] Oh, and did anyone find they were rooting for Kellhus at least a little less once it is revealed that he really IS a prophet, and is not merely playing the part? Somehow I liked it when it seemed that he was just leading everyone on.[/quote:14qcl21v] Who says he really is a Prophet? Just because Kellhus thinks he is, doesn't mean that it is necessarily true. I personally think the ol' boy is losing it just a bit. view post

posted 08 Mar 2006, 06:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSchools of the 3 seas by Diem Kaye, Candidate

If we're taking into account just the strength of sorcery vs. sorcery, then yes the Mandate would be stronger. But you forget that if the Scarlet Spires did get in a fight with the Mandate, they would be smart enough to know to bring some Javreh squads. And if I remember correctly, doesn't the Captain of each squad have a chorae? Even the Gnosis is affected by chorae. So you have to imagine that would definitely give them the edge they would need to slaughter The Mandate left and right. view post


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