[LMB] Random thoughts on the First Wife

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 05:22:39 GMT 2019


I'd think DNA identification would rule out shenanigans with
corpse-switching, but if it wasn't used, or the DNA records themselves had
been fiddled with...

This sounds like a job for Sherlock Vorholmes, with his faithful armsman,
John Watsonos, former Imperial Fleet doctor.

On Sun, Jan 13, 2019 at 10:42 PM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
wrote:

> I've just read a fanfic about Aral's first wife running away to avoid being
> killed, and it suddenly occurred to me... maybe she did.
>
> Lois did drop a few hints - comments about how unusual it was to use a
> plasma arc to commit suicide, how odd that a pretty young woman would
> burn off her own face to die.
>
> Even if Piotr did kill her, which is quite likely, the plasma arc isn't
> really an
> indoor weapon, except in extreme circumstances. Surely a neural disruptor
> would be a better choice? Or just a sword, which is more Barrayaran and
> traditional.
>
> Besides, why should Piotr lie about it, or not say that he'd done it? As
> head
> of the family he had a right to off any relatives he chose, or anyone
> belonging
> to his District.
>
> But a plasma arc accomplishes one thing, (apart from the death, of course);
> it conceals identity. The body of a young woman, wearing Aral's wife's
> clothes, was found... where? Was it in Vorkosigan House? In the young
> couple's home, anyway - the body was found, no face, and instantly
> identified
> as her. Dead and buried.
>
> So.... did Piotr actually spirit her away? Or did Ges (not so likely). Not
> Aral,
> he'd have told Cordelia at some stage (After all, saving the life of his
> previous
> wife is a bit better than her being killed/suicided due to marriage to
> Aral. Not
> really the most enticing information for the next wife.)
>
> Did Ezar have it done? That's probably more likely. Or did one of her
> lovers
> (the one she didn't tell anyone about because she really cared for him) do
> it, so that the two of them could escape. A prole perhaps? The First Love
> that her family stamped on before they sold her off to the Vorkosigans?
>
> I rather like the idea of the prole, her first forbidden love (lord knows
> she'd
> done it with anything Vor, including close relatives, but Prole would be
> the
> one thing that really WOULD be forbidden to her.)  So whatshername and
> the prole faked her death and took off.
>
> Now the only question is.... who did they really kill?
>
>
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