the honing of Vlad

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Mon Jan 9 10:22:27 PST 2006

Jay Smith <goannaman at gmail.com> 
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01/09/06 10:02 AM

Steve Simmons <scs at di.org>
Dragaera List <dragaera at dragaera.info>
Re: the honing of Vlad (was Re: How much does Vlad *really* know about 

>On 1/9/06, Steve Simmons <scs at di.org> wrote:
>> Actually, I think Vlad is (unbeknownst to him) founding the House of 
>> East, which will replace Phoenix in the cycle.
>> --
>I respectfully disagree.
>I don't think the Easterners will ever find a place within the cycle, 
>as Teckla or Jhereg.

I've always half expected Vlad to have a hand in undoing the cycle... 
Though the dating in the front matter of the Paarfi books suggests this 
hasn't happened by well into Norathar's reign, which should be well after 
Vlad's death, unless he somehow has an unusually long life.

>On a related note, if an Easterner purchased a high enough title in the
>Jhereg, could they be considered a canidate for heir?

I've always gotten the impression that the Jhereg heir was just the one 
with so much money and power that no one else could touch him... Not so 
much a matter of "buying a high enough title" as it is a matter of having 
a title; then using assassination, fear, money, intimidation, and other 
nasty mafia-style tactics to rise to the top of the heap and stay there. 
(Given the difference in life-spans, it seems quite unlikely that any 
Easterner would have the time to overcome the power and resources of 
whichever Dragaeran happens to sit on top of the Jhereg Council at the 
moment... A man Vlad was even /less/ willing to consider taking out that 
the Empress herself, I might add.)

Vlad is precocious, however, and a Great Weapon probably goes a long way. 
Who can say?