the honing of Vlad

Wed Jan 25 23:24:58 PST 2006

On Thu, 12 Jan 2006, Davdi Silverrock wrote:

> On 1/12/06, Jon Lincicum <lincicum at comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > Interview #3 (Male Jhereg):
> >
> > I think it was that Dragonlord with the blonde hair that did it.
> >
> It occurrs to me that this is the explanation that is most likely to
> propagate.  After all, which is more likely - that Aliera e'Kieron;
> has been messing about with amorphia -- or that some random Easterner
> has spontaneously gained the ability to mess about with amorphia?

One might ask why Aliera needed to resort to it.  Also I think this
counter-explanation would lead those who know the truth to insist
more strongly on what they saw.  Also an improbable element is often
said to make stories seem more, not less plausible.  Finally, if as I
claimed earlier an amorphia-wielding Easterner is a Dragaeran's worst
nightmare, that would add traction to the truth.

> Anyone who hears about the incident is going to focus on the presence
> of Aliera, and no doubt say "Oy.  /Her/, again.  Well, at least she
> didn't destroy Adrilankha."

I can well imagine drunks at Castle Black mocking A for her lack of
self-control.  I'm not sure but I suspect that she would have trouble
responding as if she had been irresponsible in that fashion.

> If Vlad gets mentioned at all, it might be as "I wonder what was so
> special about him that she thought it was worth risking the creation
> of a new Sea of Chaos?"

And the witnesses, or conspiracy theorists, or fear-mongers, or
pessimists would say, Well there you go, more reason to accept my story.