Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (spoilers for POTD)

Mon Mar 10 09:57:21 PST 2003

Andrew Lias wrote:

> >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.

maybe the MW's  use the "consumed" soul to protect and nourish the person with
whom they are linked  ?  just a thought