Concerning Sethra

Tue Feb 25 14:25:56 PST 2003

On Tue, 25 Feb 2003, Matthew Hunter wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 01:05:26PM -0800, Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU> wrote:
> > On Tue, 25 Feb 2003, Alexx S Kay wrote:
> > > 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.)
> > I can't prove it but I'd call these, not "data" points, but "wild
> > speculation on the part of Paarfi" points.  In particular, whatever test
> > that Paarfi is relying on to indicate Sethra being alive during the 14th
> > C. seems likely to something she could have circumvented.  Though I assume
> > she's susceptible to Dark Water - maybe that's how the Lavode Scandal
> > arose.  Maybe some emperor got worried about vampires and started wearing
> > a vial of the stuff.
> Your logic doesn't work.  Either she can circumvent just about
> any test that can be applied, including Dark Water, or we can't
> assume that Paarfi is wrong about this.  We don't have any
> evidence to indicate what test was performed that Paarfi relies
> upon, and thus no way to evaluate whether it was a reliable test.

I said "maybe A but maybe B", not aspiring to logic.  I guessed the holy
water test is solid because Loraan, a fair scarred hand with the magic,
was stymied by it.  But sorcerous tests seem susceptible to sorcerous
tampering.  Though note that Sethra says masking her undeadness is
hard (end of _Orca_).  Anyway, my point was that I'd maybe believe Paarfi
on palace intrigue but not on stuff Sethra wants to be sneaky about, given
that she 'redefines the possible daily'.