Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (spoilers for POTD)

Mon Mar 10 09:58:23 PST 2003

>AFB, but Vlad said something similar to "my soul would have gone to feed a
>sentience in six inches of steel" in Jhereg (I think). It's the sort of
>line that sticks with you. Maybe "feed" is being used metaphorically
>there, but I got the impression from other bits in other books that
>they're actually eating the souls.

I remember that -- I really got the impression that it was metaphorical, in 
the sames sense that we talk about feeding wood to a fire.  Of course, this 
is blurred by the fact that MWs, unlike fire, actually do appear to have 
some level of sentience, making them more akin to living beings, but I don't 
get the impression that they have metabolisms.  We don't see them, for 
instance, excreting anything after they've consumed a soul, nor do they 
appear to have anything like respiration, growth, or reproduction.

As such, pending any evidence for a metabolism (which is the whole reason 
that living organisms feed upon other things), I don't think that an MW 
"eating" a soul is really like it *eating* a soul.

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