two comments on Issola

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Mon Mar 31 14:09:55 PST 2003

On Mon, 31 Mar 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

>On Mon, 31 Mar 2003, David Silberstein wrote:
>> Weak defense:  Morrolan may have meant "other than by Humans" (that
>> is, Dragaerans).  Greenaerans are of the same species as Dragaerans,
>> for all that they are not part of the Empire.
>> Hmm.  That is pretty weak.  OK, let's see if I can do a little better,
>> given that I am away from books:
>> Vlad never told Morrolan that he was held prisoner by the Greenaerans.
>> He was pretty close-mouthed about the whole affair, as I recall.
>Flap flap flap.  "Look, Morrolan, it's Loiosh".  "Hmm, he says Vlad is
>in a building on Greenaere and can't get out for some reason I'm not
>curious about.  Let's go spring him and run away."

(* knocks on own skull for misremembering important details *)
(* ouch *)

OK, how about this:

The events of "Phoenix" were sufficiently well known to both of them
that Morrolan didn't feel the need to stress them.  When he says
"other than by the Empire", he's letting Vlad know that he, Morrolan,
knows about Vlad's arrest, even though he, Morrolan, was *not*
directly involved in that, and therefore, is asking Vlad about any
*other* periods of captivity he may have been in that he, Morrolan
*didn't* know about.

Bah.  Enough dancing around it:  Somebody screwed up.  Gee, I wonder