The Magic Box

Sat Jan 7 09:45:43 PST 2006

Scott Schultz wrote:
> Now, you can speculate that Paarfi is nothing more than a shill and that
> Sethra does the actual writing (Think _Without A Clue_, the film whose
> premise was that Watson was the actual detective and that "Holmes" was
> actually an actor hired as a front man. Rather like _Remington Steele_, now
> that I think about it.) but I think the textev at this point supports the
> existence of an actual person answering to the name "Paarfi of Roundwood".

How hard would it be to come up with a fake identity that's from an
aristocratic House?  On the one hand, you'd think with Dragaeran's long
lifespans, they'd know an awful lot of relatives - kinda along the lines
of knowing who your second cousins twice removed are, because you've
been seeing them at great-great-grandpa's birthday parties, and they're
aristocratic and concerned about making sure kids marry only within the
House.  So would people get suspicious if they couldn't figure out who
someone was related to?  On the other hand, Khaavren quite obviously
didn't know of all the courtier Tiassa who might be a useful connection
if he needed some Tiassa help - and I'd think a Countess would be fairly
important.  Anyone have any idea how big the various aristocratic Houses
are (with the easy exception of the current Phoenix)?