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

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Tue Feb 11 01:45:15 PST 2003

On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

>>>>>I think I recall in Taltos that Morrolan can see a lot better than
>>>> Do you always generalize from a sample of one?
>>>This is (one hopes intentionally) very funny.
>> It is also a very good example of a snarky rhetorical question.  I
>> would have been more courteous, but a response that paraphrased a line
>> from _Issola_ was just too good an opportunity to miss, as well as
>> being appropriate.
>That's what single quotation marks are for.

Only if it's an exact quote, which this wasn't.  Or is that a rule of
style that I am unfamiliar with?

>Must be getting old - I don't remember this line in _I_.

Chapter 14, pg 211 (HB ed): "I'm generalizing from one example, here,
but everyone generalizes from one example.  At least, I do."

>  Kudos to SKZB for this like-line and to you for slipping it
>between my shoulder blades.

<bows ironically>

>The scene in _Taltos_ I was referring to turns out to exist - Chapter
>9.  M. sees or hears the cat centaurs, V. has no clue, L. flys "for
>most of a minute" before reporting back.

At that point, sorcery still works.  It might have been a sorcerous
detection spell at work; we don't know. 

>  Why M. wants to walk to Deathgate Falls with V. when they could
>presumably step through a window is beyond me. 

Morrolan may have been reluctant to show off that particular power to
someone he didn't know too well yet.

>A related point - Dragaeran memory is impressive.  Sethra has detailed
>recollection of incidental conversations from (too lazy to check Alexx's
>timeline) many hundreds of years ago (_Yendi_) which Vlad probably
>misreports after a few years.  The storage capacity, chemical stability,
>filing heuristics, brain cell lifetime, ... involved are a triumph for
>those lame guys (the Shaqs of the Dragaeran universe).

Besides the fact that Sethra is a special case, might I point out that
Vlad is the only source we have on how accurate that recollection was?