[LMB] upon rereading TSK:B, pt 5
sstucky at mindspring.com
Fri Feb 23 19:39:27 GMT 2007
Because what is being entered into the knife is the choosing of death, not death the being gone (which you would find in the death of the lakewalker whose bones make the knife) but the intent of dieing which the second suicidal death attaches to the knife. That's the active/intent part of the whole thing, a presence of dieing, rather than the deathly absence, which is so crucial to the work of the knife. After all, the soul of the departed lakewalker doesn't attach to the knife, in fact no part of them stays on the knife. That intent to die, a sort of a gees or command to action which transfers over to the malice. In a sense the suicidal, will to die, drive leaps from lakewalker to knife to malice, and thus the malice dies. Being a something else with no death of it's own (or even really life of it's own, since it steals others) it needs to be given a directive on dieing.
Why couldn't that be done by the lakewalker who's death gives the bone? Because I think the "magic"/ "gees" /" action of dieing, needs to go someplace outside the body, so one couldn't transfer it to one's thighbone, because the will isn't there to hold it, the readied bone is strong enough to hold the will to capture the will to die.
So perhaps the question is why the first bone? Why a lakewalker bone? Maybe the purpose of that is to make sure you have a "clean" surface upon which to work the binding? No contaminants of other wishes, wills, desires, etc. After all you wouldn't want to have a rock's solid "stayiness" to impart it's own agenda on the go awayiness of the dieing. Likewise, you wouldn't want to use the bone of an animal that wants to stay alive and is programmed in it's DNA to fight to live and has no higher will to bend it to accept death to work at cross purposes to the desire to die the priming imparts.
Of course, they could just use the bones as a way of honoring those they loved and lost and giving them the great honor of one more kill, posthumously.
In a message dated 2/20/2007 4:34:09 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
sylvus at rejiquar.com writes:
>Why would death, in particular, prime the bones? After all, all sorts
of things not requiring death---milkweed fluff, feathers, hair---can
have ground put into them. Ground stays pretty firmly attached to its
source, unless and until that source dies (or is transformed); then it
appears to dissipate. (Recall that all things, even stone, have
ground.) It's the knife-maker's job to make the knives receptive to
ground, and my guess is they use bone because it's handy, symbolically
appropriate, and prone to binding human grounds---the way platinum
readily binds certain kinds of molecules. However, since everything has
ground, presumably a skilled enough maker could make even refined metal
>receptive to human ground.
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