Concerning Great Weapons & Baritt (spoilers for POTD)

Wed Mar 12 07:56:37 PST 2003

On Tue, 2003-03-11 at 22:29, Ryan wrote:
> >Great Weapons can hold souls locally, much as the gods hold souls
> >in the Paths.  Both GWs and the gods can release the soul for use
> >in a body.  This explains what has happened with Lady Teldra, and
> >it explains how Aliera was preserved by Pathfinder.  It might also
> >explain how Alieras soul was placed into the staff.
> I was always partial to the thought that Morganti weapons drew their
> power from the souls they had consumed, I'd think GWs work similarly,
> those just a theory.

Its an attractive theory, but there's a major problem with it.  All the
MW's were made by Serioli.  And the Serioli have stopped making them as
far as I know.  If nothing else, no one knows where to find Serioli to
get more MW's from them.  So, if MWs feed off of souls, then 1) someone
would have to lose their soul just for a MW to be made, 2) MWs would
have to destroy souls regularly, thus rapidly reducing the total number
of souls, or rapidly reducing the number of MWs.

As for 2, we don't really see evidence of either.  If the total number
of souls was decreasing, I expect the Gods would step in and do
something.  And considering how many of the weapons people like Morrolan
collects, I somehow doubt the number of MWs is decreasing either.

[1] The create this weapon to stop war sounds like a theororetical
doomsday device or nukes.