In regards to Orb Building...

Chris Olson - SunPS Chrisf.Olson at Sun.COM
Thu Jan 9 10:43:47 PST 2003

> >Vernor Vinge fans will ask, Is the Empire heading for a sorcerous
> >Singularity?  (I.e., will there be general Orb-building then Orb-building 
> >Orbs or Orb-assisted Elder Sorcery learning and boom everyone's godlike?)
> That might happen if Orb construction wasn't severely circumscribed to the 
> point where it appears that no additional Orbs can be made.

As I recall, the Orb is made out of Trellanstone<sp>
which, according to Aliera and Morollan is only found
as a gift from the gods.

Given this, I find it very improbable that there would be 
mass production of Orbs around the Empire.

(Though, as a lark, I'd find it amusing to see a bunch of
Athyra on an Orb-building assembly line, grumbling about low wages and
work-house conditions....)


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