On Wed, 12 Mar 2003 Gaertk at aol.com wrote: > Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU> writes: > > > Note that, as I discussed in an earlier thread, the Jenoine > > give Vlad a Morganti blade to use on Verra, not some > > equivalent device, and they seem otherwise to be > > sophisticated users of magic. > > That's likely because they don't have the time/inclination to > train Vlad in the use of their own weapons. Remember they > also had a rack full of things Vlad recognised as weapons. > And I doubt its coincidence that the weapons they plan on > giving to allies are more harmful to their enemies than to > themselves. I think using the verb "plan" with "Jenoine" as the subject is a bit of a stretch. And it seems to me that they give Vlad the only weapon useful against themselves. They appear to find MWs useful - though they don't use one against Verra (trying to cleanse my mind of the image of her jumping on the back of one and clawing him) - and while it's by no means solid evidence, I think they ought to have given Vlad a non-Morganti dagger designed to be safe to Jenoine if they had the technology. The weapons rack you allude to strikes me as decorative to first order - the war for Dragaera won't be won with plain steel.