Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (spoilers for POTD)

Mon Mar 10 15:47:11 PST 2003

On Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:58:23 -0700, you 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.

Or possibly this "feeding" is what distinguishes MWs of varying
strength?  IOW, the more souls eaten, the stronger the MW.



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