more comments on tPotD (tPotD spoilers)

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Tue Mar 11 23:54:29 PST 2003

On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

>As an aside, what prevents Zerika, impervious to harm under the Orb,
>from walking up to Skinter and chopping off his head?  Or walking up
>to him and blasting him with the Orb?

(*raises an eyebrow*)  Good manners?

Or, if you prefer, the fact that she's a *reborn* Phoenix, and doesn't
want to begin her reign with a bloody murder, even if it is against an
upstart rebel? 

>  I have a memory of someone telling Vlad that anyone can phone
>up the emperor to complain but runs the risk of getting fried.

Yes, I think Kragar tells him that.

>  A related question: are those with links to the Orb now relinked? 
>Does this happen automatically when one joins a House or reaches a
>certain age?  Did Vlad have to do something special or was the Orb
>just aware his father had bought a title? 

Amusingly enough , I asked our esteemed author the Orb linking
question a while back (28 Aug 2001), and recieved the following

] Interestingly, this is going to be covered (obliquly, at any rate)
] in VISCOUNT.  I've just written that part.  Strange.  Short version:
] when everything is normal, it is automatic.

(and he then refused to clarify furthur.  Bah.)

>On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, David Silberstein wrote:
>> I note that Vlad has mentioned that Sethra and the Necromancer
>> have a similar appearance.
>Where does Vlad make this comparison?

Issola, Chapter 14, pg 214 (HB):

    The two pale, black-clad undead women regarded each other --
    thin faces, ancient eyes; sort of a strange mirror image.
    Sethra was perhaps a little taller, and her hair was a bit
    darker and longer; the Necromancer gave the appearance of a
    little more age, though this was illusory.