Soul destroying - Issola Spoiler

Davdi Silverrock davdisil at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 09:22:18 PST 2005

On 11/9/05, Scott Schultz <scott at cjhunter.com> wrote:
> Teldra is gone. Vlad makes that point multiple times. The bits of
> "Teldraness" that are left behind are more like echos of what Teldra was. By
> gathering them together, he's not re-assembling Teldra's soul. It's more
> like he's taking a snapshot of her personality and imprinting it onto
> GodSlayer's nascent personality. He names the knife Lady Teldra but he
> doesn't mean it literally. He means that it "feels" like Lady Teldra. If it
> communicates with him (we don't know just how a Great Weapon interacts with
> its bearer, though Sethra appears to be  implying that they are able to
> communicate on a personal level) then he might perceive it to have Teldra's
> personality and/or voice. Even so, this would just be a simulacrum; an
> artifact of the process that created Godslayer. Teldra's soul, the thing
> that made her "Teldra", is gone forever.

Well, perhaps.  We shall have a better idea after we read /Dzur/.

Which reminds me, though, that one of the things that Vlad really
ought to do, regardless of whether Teldra's soul is wholly or
partially part of Godslayer, is be there to participate when her
former body is placed in the Blood River, under the statue of the
issola, to be given to Deathgate.

It would be appropriate, after all.