the honing of Vlad

Kenneth Gorelick pulmon at mac.com
Wed Jan 11 11:40:54 PST 2006

On Jan 11, 2006, at 2:22 PM, Kendra Vorenkamp wrote:

> On 1/9/06, Davdi Silverrock <davdisil at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think it's debateable.  The Organization appears to be distinct  
>> from
>> the aristocratic hierarchy. It could just as easily be that the  
>> Jhereg
>> Heir is mostly a figurehead who is allowed to do whatever he wants,
>> except with the restriction that the Jhereg Council is not made
>> unhappy by what he does, and the Organization is thus able to do
>> whatever it pleases, even when the Heir becomes the Emperor.  In  
>> other
>> words, the Jhereg aristocracy always defers to the Organization in
>> matters pertaining to the Organization.
>> But I could be wrong, and perhaps the Empire becomes the biggest
>> Jhereg area of all when the Cycle turns that way, and the Emperor is
>> synonymous with the head of the Jhereg Council at that time.
>> Or maybe it's even worked both ways in different Cycles.
>> Can anyone cite anywhere the mention of a Jhereg heir? I might be
> misremembering, but I thought that the entire Jhereg council (not  
> just the
> head) ran the Empire in lieu of having an Emperor figurehead.
> Cheers,
> Kendra

In FHYA the meeting of the Principalities includes the Heirs from  
each house. It is also noted in Phoenix that the "business" end of  
the House is not the same as the part that is represented to the  
Imperium. Count Soffta, while obviously in touch with the business  
end, is the Jhereg rep to the court. Presumably he represents a  
Prince/Heir rather than the Council. I must admit that no Jhereg  
Prince is named, to the best of my recollection.