Dragaerans and learning (was re: the honing of Vlad)

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 16:32:19 PST 2006

On 2/27/06, K Kuhn <kknolte at ecity.net> wrote:
> Maximilian Wilson wrote:
> Sorry, that's what I'm wondering about, given that Sethra at least has a
> reputation for being a very good general, for a Dragaeran.   Admittedly,
> the military mind is often mysterious to me (frex, a recent real-life
> example of an army that didn't see a pressing need to secure a huge ammo
> dump of boring old explosives), but I would think that a successful
> general would pay attention to what the enemy is trying to get, in order
> to deny them the opportunity.  And if Sethra and the Lords of Judgement
> believe that their duty is to keep the Jenoine from getting access to
> amorphia, why did they overlook the Lesser Sea as something they need to
> defend?

It seems it only recently occurred to anyone that the Jenoine would
have any interest in accessing amorphia. Remember, when Sethra heard
about the river of amorphia, her first reaction was, "I don't
understand how they can do that," not, "Somehow they breached our
defenses." Sethra may believe her duty is to keep the Jenoine from
taking back the world, but amorphia is only a means to that end, and
an unexpected one.

> Or just an example of how even very intelligent people can overlook stuff until it
> bites them, especially if it makes a good story?

I vote the latter, and I actually have no way of knowing how obvious
it should have been to Sethra.


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