[LMB] The next VorKosigan males
paal at gis.net
Fri Mar 30 02:34:35 BST 2007
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Y. Kwan" <litalex at gmail.com>
> On 30/03/07, Doctor Nightfall <musko_no_kaji at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> His children are likely to be terrifying, in their own way. I think that
>> they'll learn Forward Momentum rather sooner than anyone would like, and
>> up running their playgroup.
> I don't know... They could end up like Ekaterin. I mean, Miles adopted
> that philosophy of life because of his physical limitations. I don't
I wonder, though, if Mile in Uterine Replicator may have been getting some
additional better living through chemistry boosts for intellect and such...
> think his kids would have the same problems. Maybe his daughter would,
> if she's as military-mad as he was, but not his son, I don't think.
Miles being military-mad was I think a combination of situational and
cultural--Barrayaran Vor class society when he was a child, was very much
military-oriented. Barrayaran society with Emperor Gregor married with
children, and two other planets besides Barrayar in Barrayar's Empire, is
not the same society as the one Miles grew up in--there are Vor who are from
other planets, elevated by Gregor for recent achievements in areas other
than military. Mark likely is a big influence, and Mark has never been in
the Barrayaran military and never really wanted to be in it. As a Vor,
he's rich, and interested in keeping his head down and the rest of him as
insulated from risk-takers and thrill-seekers out playing around shooting at
people, as possible.
Another factor of Miles being military-mad was having a grandfather who was
old line military Vor and a father who'd been military--what should the
heirs to Counts aspire to in Miles' family, they were supposed to go into
the military... and Miles was trying to prove himself to his grandfather,
and trying to make his father product of him, by following in the military
Miles, however, as a father, has a career in the military that involved
decorations for Things To Not Be Discussed. Miles got ignominiously
cashiered out of the military. Miles married and with children, was/is an
Imperial Auditor, wielding the viacrious power of the Emperor unrestrained
except for his own conscience and Ekaterin's influence, and the reins of
Gregor were Miles to do something his cousin considered going too far.
Uncle Mark, as noted above, is someone with no attraction to the Barrayaran
military, and unlike Vorkosigan tradition, not someone who has to juggle
around funds regarding replacing the family pile's roof.. Compared to the
ordinary Barrayaran Miles grew up in a wealthy household, compared to other
Vor levels of comfort, though, the Vorkosigans were in genteel poverty (for
high Vor class).
> And if we go with the worst-possible-thing scenario, I suspect that
> his son might want to do nothing and lounge around for the rest of his
And be homosexual--except that that wouldn't bother Grandma Cordelia all
that much, or Miles I expect after a bit, given Miles' regret that he never
took Bel up on any of Bel's offers while the two of them were unmarried (and
afterward, Miles was committed to Ekaterin and Bel to his partner).
The son being a lord of leisure, however, now that would bother Miles I
expect. Pat Rin pre-Plan B era for a son....
> life, and Miles would be standing next to him, gnashing his teeth at
> the wasted potential ('cause Miles's kids would have to be extremely
> bright, with parents like that).
Or perhaps not, what's the worst thing... an ORDINARY son!
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