Today's magic lesson for an article on Dragaeran life, culture, and art.

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 11:46:15 PDT 2005

On 10/10/05, Matthew Hunter <matthew at infodancer.org> wrote:
> Hmm. Does this mean that all Dragaereans capable of teleporting
> via sorcery are actually gods? Or perhaps demons, if they can be
> controlled. Or is Paarfi simply not a metaphysicist?

I'm kind of skeptical, actually, of the idea that it is merely the *being*
in two places at once that defines godhood. As you point out, location is
kind of a metaphysical idea. Verra's funny effect on people (I wish Aliera
had explained that to Vlad) suggests to me that she is capable of acting
independently on a number of planes at once, although when she's interacting
with several people in the same location they seem to get superimposed, in a
way. In other words, I suspect that being a god requires you to be able to
e.g. have tea at Castle Black while simultaneously dancing with Serioli
across the Kanefthali mountains, as opposed to simply having tea in a
location which is simultaneously in Castle Black and Kanefthali.

Note that Sethra can teleport, and denies knowing how to be a god.

Max Wilson

Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.