Tue Oct 18 00:51:43 PDT 2005

I'll preface this by saying hello to everyone, since it's my first post in
the list.  And that having been said:

This talk about Pathfinder, coupled with the "what house is each Great
Weapon" discussion from earlier, has started me wondering about what house
Pathfinder's personality might have been.  I'm inclined, based on what
little we've seen thus far, to say Hawk.  It's hard to say why...but it
reminds me a bit of Daymar, in a general sense of course.

I think I like the concept that Pathfinder was designed to perform a
specific task for the other Great Weapons.  Is it possible that each Great
Weapon has a specialized role that complements each other, as designed by
the Serioli?  Some chain of events is started by weapon #1, to be
forwarded by the unique powers of the other 16 weapons until Godslayer, at
the end of the chain, is used to kill a god?  Maybe, where we've all
understood the sentiment to be that Great Weapons kill gods, it's just
that Great Weapons enable the killing of gods?  And if I've missed
something, I humbly apologize - it's late and I'm not near my books right

Also, possibly related to this conversation - I do remember that in
Issola, Verra assumes that the intrepid heroes used Blackwand to...get out
of the Jenoine Cave?  Like I said, a little fuzzy right now.  In any
event, she's surprised when it turns out to be Pathfinder.  My questions
there would be 1.Why? and 2.Does she know so little about the weapons as
to not know that Pathfinder tends to be better at that sort of thing
(assuming that it really is better, and that's not a mistaken impression).

> whoops, sent this wrong:
> I always got the feeeling that Pathfinder could "find the true path" around
> the God's defenses, if required to.  It just isn't as good at slaying gods
> as Godslayer was, because it has to work around the defenses, instead of
> dissolving a path right through them.
> Jon
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Scott Schultz" <scott at cjhunter.com>
> To: <dragaera at dragaera.info>
> Subject: RE: Allam, and Communism
> Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 09:25:20 -0700
>  > Steve Simmons wrote:
>  >
>  > I'm not recalling this.   Where did you hear this?   Was that the intent
>  > of Pathfinder?
> In _Issola_, Sethra gives Vlad a lecture on the origin and nature of the
> Great Weapons wherein she reveals that the hope of the Serioli was that they
> would be used to destroy the Lords of Judgement. The gods have mostly
> subverted them to their service instead, but you never know what the future
> holds...
> Basically, from the Serioli point of view the gods are no better than the
> Jenoine. They're all a bunch of oppressors.
> What we know about Pathfinder specifically comes from Vlad and Morollan's
> visit to the old serioli  in, I believe, _Dragon_. The impression we get (or
> that I get, anyway) is that Pathfinder was orignally designed to work in
> tandem with Godslayer. Pathfinder would unerringly locate the target God and
> transport you to it and Godslayer would kill it for you.
> According to the serioli Pathfinder became something other than it was
> intended. Judging by the things we've seen it do that might mean that it
> turned out more powerful than intended and that it now can locate most
> anything, anywhere. Then again, it might indicate something else entirely
> and we might be surprised down the road when Pathfinder does something
> unexpected. It's interesting that Aliera felt that Pathfinder had been
> attempting to come to her and that Morollan's war was a consequence of that.
> Pathfinder may not just be a magical sword that "finds" the path. It may be
> a magical sword that "creates" a path, whether it's between two locations in
> space or between two events in time.

Toby Seltsam		              | rogue at shore.net