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

Mon Feb 10 16:49:35 PST 2003

On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, Mark A Mandel wrote:

> On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, David Silberstein wrote:
> #On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, Philip Hart wrote:
> #
> #>Kiera has been reported to have claimed to have done that.  I never
> #>believed the report - thought it was self-aggrandizement.  "Self", I
> #>should write.
> #>
> #
> #Well, considering that (a) she made the report herself and (b) she has
> #been shown to be exceedingly highly skilled, and exceedingly careful,
> #I see no reason to doubt her.  Also, she doesn't seem to boast at all,
> #although she does occasionally show off, just to remind people that
> #she really is as good as her reputation and not to be trifled with.

I submit that we don't know enough about her to judge how much to believe
her.  Anyway it seems plausible to me that part of being a good Jhereg is
having a good legend.

I suspect Sethra is above lying (in her culture, anyway - "We don't know
any thieves") but maybe Kiera isn't.

> And she says in _Orca_ that she's never done anything as Kiera the Thief
> that Kiera couldn't do. I suspect that with a long enough lifetime one
> could learn an awful lot of even non-magical and non-psychic sneakiness.

It's an arms race - in a few hundred years one would tend to learn to be
observant, esp. in Kiera's circle.  Or one gets bored of life and becomes
less observant, I don't know.  Given that Dragaeran senses (attention
spans, pattern recognition, ...?) are superhuman, stealth is anyway

- Philip