[LMB] re HH ch 15
sraun at fireopal.org
Tue May 9 15:25:34 BST 2006
On Mon, May 08, 2006 at 05:22:20PM -0700, J Selin wrote:
> Why and how did the Dratsab speak to Ingrey? He hasn't the right
> shaped soul for sainthood. I have an explanation for the Son's
> working with Ingrey in ch 14: the Son isn't working the miracle,
> Ingrey is. The Son is trying to get Ingrey to *do* something; this
> is different from being a saint -- one through whom the Gods work.
Being granted an animal - especially one of the Great Animals used to
make shamans - enhances the ability to communicate with the gods.
Remember, the gids find it easier to use/communicate with animals than
humans - it probably has something to do with sense of individual
identity? (Proof: the Death Miracle) So, what's actually happening is
the Dratsab is using Ingrey's wolf as a conduit to talk to Ingrey.
> Being a saint of the Dratsab does seem to encourage a certain wry,
> sardonic outlook on life, doesn't it? Cause or effect?
I think it's more a matter of self-selection - that outlook seems so
appropriate for one who's going to worship the Dratsab in the first
> Why was Boleso half-mad? Which came first, madness or attempts to
> get animal spirits?
I'm afraid that's a chicken and egg question. I would say that Boleso
was at least somewhat sociopathic to start with, and went downhill
with each new animal spirit.
> Where was Boleso getting his information?
Are you talking about his mystical information? I'd bet mostly from
Cumril's demon, with supplements from books not destroyed by the
> Why was Cumril's demon cooperating?
Because having that kind of hold on a king would make him much safer!
> Who called the leopard into Ijada?
I think that the Son was able to tweak a soul in flight, to make it
land where he wanted to, instead of where Boleso & the demon wanted it
> By context, Cumril thinks it was a God; by implication (of the Gods'
> inability to deal with spirit-possessed souls) it could not have
> been. Is there yet another force in action, perhaps the same one
> that led Ingrey's generations-wolf to him? I shall go mad and run in
> circles if it's Wencel.
The gods can _deal_ with spirit-possessed souls - they just can't
separate them, or bring them to heaven while they're still possessed.
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