Vlad and Morganti weapons (was: Re: Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (spoilers for POTD))

Mon Mar 10 14:39:55 PST 2003

On Mon, Mar 10, 2003 at 02:49:16PM -0800, Michael Mattoni <mattonim at engineering.ucsb.edu> wrote:
> >On 10 Mar 2003, Jag wrote:
> >>In fact I seem to recall one point where Vlad was holding a morganti
> >>blade and could feel that the blade would be just as happy to turn in
> >>his hand and cut him as it would be to cut Vlad's enemy.
> >David Silberstein wrote:
> >He's said that several times in the books, I think.
> >My interpretation is that Vlad is simply detecting the Morganti's pull
> >on all surrounding life-force (souls), which of course includes that
> >of the one holding the Morganti blade.  He's just anthropomorphizing
> >the cause of that peculiar and deeply unpleasant sensation.
> We also know that Vlad is extremely sensitive to the "aura" of Morganti 
> weapons.  (hence, Daymar's first appearance).
> My question is:
> How unusual is this?  1 in 3 average folk?  1 in 10?  Only 
> witches/assassins/sorcerers?

I would speculate "only witches", since they have trained their 
psychic senses so to speak.  I also suspect that Vlad personally 
is more sensitive than most, simply as an aspect of his
personality (ie, any witch can sense the weapons, Vlad is 
unusually repelled by them as a personality factor).

As with other sensory input, time and effort could well reduce 
his sensitivity.

Morrolan, for example, is a witch and a sorceror, but doesn't 
seem to have the problem as a matter of his personality.

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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