Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (no POTD spoilers)

Fri Mar 7 18:47:56 PST 2003

On Fri, 7 Mar 2003, David Silberstein wrote:

> 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?

Up in the thread-snarl I made a few relevant posts on Sethran
exceptionalism and Paarfian unreliability.  Basically I asserted that we
hardly know anything about her ability to defeat tests for aliveness
("It's difficult" "- but you're Sethra Lavode" in _Orca_) and we have less
reason to take Paarfi's word as gospel.  I'm not saying it's wrong, just
that we don't have independent reason to consider it much more than

> >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.

That last line stole my thunder.  I would have added that K.&Co are
non-Dragons, that Vlad says somewhere that Dragonlords don't steal,
that association with Jhereg carries a stigma as seen in _Yendi_ (wonder
if Morrolan and Aliera get to have duels based on their association
with Vlad - maybe that is in fact a reason they flaunt the acquaintance),
and that the aftermath of Baritt's offing would be an unlikely time
for hiring a Jhereg to mess with M.

- Philip