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

Tue Feb 11 06:10:49 PST 2003

S Lumley / s piotto wrote:
> [chop]
> >
> > > 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).
> >
> > I beg leave to slip the aforementioned line between your shoulder blades
> > again. To think that Sethra is representative of the average Dragaeran
> > is much too generous to said Dragaeran. I believe Sethra to be an
> > extraordinary sample of Dragaeran: extremely powerful, long lived,
> > undead, wise, etc. But otherwise, I would characterize Dragaeran memory
> > as equal to human memory (although there has never been mention of
> > mental ailments), with the notable difference that Dragaerans live
> > considerably longer.
> >
> > Jose
> > --
> > Jose Marquez
> > jhereg69 at earthlink.net
> Actually... judging from Yendi i'd say that Sethra has something pretty
> freaking wild going on in regards to memory. The scene around the table from
> the Godslayer discussion I started earlier had an incident where Sethra digs
> back several centuries to remember something.
> (To be precise, that Sethra herself was the one that made the accusation
> against Norathar's family.)
> When she did it, she paused, rolled her eyes back into her head and tuned
> everybody out for a moment. That doesn't sound anything close to normal
> human memory. It sounds more like sorcery or witchcraft or just Sethra being
> undead.

That's pretty much what I meant in terms of Sethra. As David put it
infinitely more succintly than I did, Sethra is a special case. I just
jumped from Sethra to the average Dragaeran too quickly, without making
it clear that I was no longer referring to her. Many pardons.

Jose Marquez
jhereg69 at earthlink.net