Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (no POTD spoilers)

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Fri Mar 7 18:30:31 PST 2003

On Fri, 7 Mar 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

>On Fri, 7 Mar 2003, David Silberstein wrote:
>> On Thu, 6 Mar 2003, James Griffin wrote:
>> Sethra Lavode has been undead only for a few thousand years or so
>Carp: I don't believe this is anything like established by the canon -
>maybe Paarfi thinks this, but I maintain that the quality of evidence
>needed to reach such a conclusion is missing.

I am curious why you think this.  Why do you pretend that Paarfi's
research, spelled out in FHYA, is wrong?

>And isn't taking out the leading Dragon a job for the Jhereg's leading
>worker?  In the absence of Mario, would that be Istvaan (sp? AFB)?  He's
>assigned to take out Vlad, perhaps the #1 priority of the House.  Note
>however that he isn't involved in _Jhereg_ when Mellar was #1.  And how
>come he has an Eastern (I suspect Fenarian) name?

Amusingly enough, "Istvan" (or rather, István) is how the Hungarians
spell "Steven".  I wonder if that is significant?

>Also I'm confused about something in _Dragon_ - doesn't Morrolan tell
>Vlad he expects the sword to be stolen by a Jhereg, although no
>self-respecting Dragonlord (except maybe M.) would hire one,
>especially so it seems to me for a matter involving House politics? 

The House that is really concerned with propriety is the Lyorn.

Dragons seem to be have more variation, from really caring about it
to not caring about it at all -- as long as they don't get found out.

Note that the Warlord Lytra e'Tenith, in _Phoenix Guards_, hires a
Jhereg to carry out some of the attacks on Khaavren & company --
although she makes clear that she wants them disabled, not killed. 
Although Paarfi may have been unreliable on that point, and it was
just Seodra who was "really" behind that.