Concerning Sethra

Tue Feb 25 11:58:39 PST 2003

> Dr. Elmo wrote:
> > WRT Sethra, I was more thinking of her acting as Morrolan's
> > general.  She's not eligible for Warlord because of the ban
> > on undead serving in imperial roles.
> Given that it was explicitly mentioned that Sethra has been Warlord several
> times, it seemed to me like, that was either a) a recent[1] restriction
> (?ca. the Lavode scandal?) or b) one that only became an issue relatively
> recently (i.e. either S. recently became undead or it was only recently
> revealed that she is in fact undead).  I cannot recall where this is
> discussed, but it is a fairly strong recollection otherwise.
> Casey
> [1] The term 'recent' wrt Sethra is, of course, a relative term :).

Option B is the case.  Sethra was still alive during the Fourteenth
Cycle, but by the time of the Lavode Scandal had been dead for "hundreds
of years", so that brackets the possible time of her death.  (Both of
these data points come from Paarfi, page 98 of FHYA.)

Since she had already remained alive for well over 100,000 years by
whenever she died, people obviously didn't feel the need to hypothesize
that he age was due to undeath.  Indeed, it's been my supposition that
the Lavode Scandal is largely *due* to the discovery of Sethra's
undead nature.  (This is supported, though hardly proved, by the few
references we have to the LS.)


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