Fri Apr 11 13:20:01 PDT 2003

> On Sat, 5 Apr 2003, David Silberstein wrote:
> > I imagine that our resident medical/biological experts could explain
> > learnedly about the widow's peak being a recessive or dominant trait,
> Dominant.

Of course, nobles are rarely submissive.

> > and the genetic implications behind the fact that it shows up in all
> > Dragaerans except Teckla.
> The implication would be that no nobility ended up as Teckla, or nobles
> who join House Teckla don't have children, or that a noble's point is a
> strong selection disadvantage for Tecklas (which I can well imagine).
> I assume that the recessive gene was bred out of nobles long ago because
> homozygous recessives get kicked out or perhaps exposed a la Oedipus.
> Note that it's _not_ a simple way for the nobility to kick out Teckla
> hybrids.
> >
> > I also started looking for it in portraits of Dragaerans, since that
> > was kind of the whole point.  The covers of the Paarfian romances
> > do in fact show Khaavren & Piro having a clear noble's point,
> >
> >    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312864787
> Is this Piro?  He looks too wry and doesn't look young enough; and his
> clothes seem a bit simple for a Viscount and the colors are wrong.  I
> thought this might be intended to be Morrolan, which would make the
> altar-like object more probable.

Doesn't look anything like him, cloths are wrong, demenor is wrong, 
color is wrong, background is incorrect -- Must be a book cover.


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