Sethra Lavode and gene-scans

Sun Dec 4 13:47:58 PST 2005

Re: Jhereg. Kiera finds Vlad dead in a gutter, Sethra revives him. So no go

On 12/4/05, Davdi Silverrock <davdisil at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12/4/05, Jon Lincicum <lincicum at comcast.net> wrote:
> > Davdi Silverrock wrote:
> >
> > >I don't buy it.  She is able to lead an army, with all of the
> > >attention that that requires, and can't be bothered to take the two
> > >seconds to peform a single spell?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > Well, there's also the healing that she was going to perform on Vlad's
> > arm in Issola. Really, I think my primary objection to this line of
> > thinking is that it says that Sethra is confounded simply by her life
> > state--which is, to her, almost as much a "matter of engineering" as it
> > is to the Necromancer.
> >
> > I find that possibility much more improbable than the alternative.
> Well, another idea that occurred to me is that Sethra Lavode *is*
> capable of learning and changing, so that as she becomes more used to
> dealing with being undead, she feels more confident of her ability to
> control any side-effects of her undead state (if there even actually
> are any, of course).  Especially after the improvements to the Orb
> after the Interregnum, which I am sure Sethra took full advantage of
> (especially with teleportation, given your counterexample below).
> > >Bah.  It's not like she was trying to move a sofa or something.
> > >
> > Well, considering Sethra's sofas are madeof solid stone, even *that*
> > task isn't as easy as it might seem. ;-)
> Heh.
> > >
> > >Incidentally, I thought of another point:  When Sethra teleports
> > >Aliera, note that there is indeed a rather unfortunate side-effect to
> > >Aliera's soul.  Perhaps, maybe, because of Sethra's undead state?
> > >
> > >
> > Interesting notion, although Sethra herself seems to imply that it was
> > more the impending explosion of amorphia that put her off saving Aliera
> > than anything else. Also, remember those countless teleports she did
> > bewteen Dzur Mountain and Castle Black right after the ninth (or Tenth)
> > Seige of Dzur Mountain... With no untoward after effects.
> > >
> > >So it seems to me that they were pretty sure that under no
> > >circumstances would Sethra Lavode *ever* perform the gene-scan
> > >herself, despite being intimately involved in the whole mess.  Which
> > >to me implies that there is *something* that would prevent her (or
> > >very strongly discourage her) from doing so.
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Well, it seems likely that the Sorceress in Green knows Sethra better
> > than anyone else alive at the time the conspriacy was formed (or at
> > least has known her for longer than anyone else). It was likely a
> > calculated gamble as to how Sethra would react given the circumstances.
> > And I wouldn't put it past the Sorceress in Green to be able to *invent*
> > something that would distract Sethra at the critical moment, either.
> > (Faking an attack from the Jenoine? Or even inviting a *real* attack,
> > perhaps?)
> >
> Hm.  I suspect that if Sethra Lavode figured out that the SiG had
> invited a Jenoine attack, the SiG would not have been revivifiable.
> But it need not have been anything so drastic.  As you say... perhaps
> it was just that as the Sethras approached Norathar, StY psionically
> told the SiG: "We're here!  Quick, distract her!"
> And thus the SiG communicated to Sethra Lavode something mundane that
> did actually require her attention, while StY said "I'll perform the
> genescan".  And Sethra Lavode walked away from Norathar, in a bad mood
> about the whole business.
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