SPOILER for _Dragon_...what's up with Vlad, again?

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Mon Feb 10 15:47:56 PST 2003

On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, Joshua Kronengold wrote:

>David Silberstein writes:
>>Vlad has received a course in Stealth 101 from *THE* absolute
>>top-level Jhereg expert in stealth.
>Ok...so why would Morrolan think Vlad appearing be anything other
>than what it is? 

Bringing back the text so I can comment:

        Morrolan spotted me, although I was awfully close when he
        did; he probably doesn't know how I did that, or maybe he just
        thinks he was concentrating too hard on Fornia.

I interpret "he probably doesn't know how I did that" simply to mean
that Vald doesn't think that Morrolan knows *how* Vlad used stealth
tricks to get close.  If Morrolan is at all intelligent, he does
already know that Vlad is stealthy, just not how he does it.

As for "maybe he just thinks he was concentrating too hard on
Fornia.", I think that looks like a mild knock on Morrolan's
observational powers and/or intelligence.

And speaking of overanalyzing ... :-) 

>>(I still think of the Vlad-has-super-taltos-powers-if-he-doesn't-eat
>>idea as being *very* low probability, anyway)
>It's an interesting theory.  I don't know how likely it is, but it's
>certainly interesting.
>In any case, the quoted passage kinda reminds me of certain bits from
>Agyar; it's possible it means nothing..but with SZB...it's best not to
>assume that.

This is true.  Steve can be pretty damn sneaky himself.  :-)