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

Thu Feb 13 01:14:40 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Feb 2003, Gametech wrote:

> Alexx S Kay wrote:
> >>>>  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.
> >
> > Doesn't Vlad mention at some point that those windows are "an Imperial
> > Secret"?  I don't think we know yet when he dicovers this infobit, but
> > it certainly explains M's reluctance to show it off to a new
> > acquaintance.
> >
> > Alexx
> Iirc my opinion of that was that M didn't expect to return; he was in no
> particular rush to leave the land of the living. I doubt it had anything to
> do with not wanting to show the window or anything like that (or if it did
> it was trivial).

I don't recall the "info"bit above.  I preconcurred re "M didn't expect to
return" (incidentally I wonder if he told Teldra he was off on a suicide
mission), but the idea of M not being in a rush to die seems highly
unlikely, also the idea of him wanting to linger in the presence of Vlad.
On the other hand, one suspects he could have set teleport beacons
(a la Vlad in Athyra) and zapped home instead of sleeping out in the
wilderness, so presumably he had some nostalgic desire to rough it - also
note that he and V spend the better part giving $kethna-part gambling
lessons.  On the other hand, perhaps he wanted to get a better feel for
whether he could trust V, though V's part in the retrieval of the staff
would have been convincing.  Dunno, still seems unlikely to me.

- Philip

ps here's a possible teleport method for crossing featureless land -
get a slingshot, a teleport beacon, and you're off.