Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (spoilers for POTD)

Mon Mar 10 10:13:27 PST 2003

On Mon, 10 Mar 2003, Brian Vanskyock wrote:

> 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

At the end of Issola Vlad kills a Jenoine with LT and feels a rush of
well-being (which he somewhat oddly notes he understands).  I assumed
this was like Stormbringer nourishing Elric.