[LMB] Death demon

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Wed Jul 21 23:22:31 BST 2021


On Jul 21, 2021, at 2:21 PM, Lois Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> 
> [LMB] Death Demon
> Pouncer pouncer at aol.com
> Wed Jul 21 19:21:30 BST 2021
> 
> The whole MacGuffin of _Assassins_ seems to relate
> to the invention of the Death Demon described in
> _Curse of Chalion_.  There's no discussion in Pen's
> training about death magic or "the" exceptional
> Death Demon compared to other demons.  One does wonder.
> 
> 
> LMB:  Having just re-proofread a bunch of Penrics yet again, I note there is a brief line about Pen's training on this theological point in "The Physicians of Vilnoc": (snipped)


> To spell it out: death magic proper, and what Methani was doing, are two different things.   Death magic is a divine miracle whereby a dedicated special-courier demon is sent by the god to take back the two souls to its Master, whether to be boiled down in insta-sundering or otherwise preserved under the Bastard's cloak like other souls not specified.  The other is the more routine sucking back to the god (and boiling down) of a demon otherwise normally loose in the world that has committed murder/been used for murder.

Ah. Thanks for the clarification.

> (Note also the peculiar spirit-possession of a corpse that was such a plot point in /Paladin of Souls/ for another worked example of such a spiritual shell game, although not of death magic per se.)
> 
> ...Kibitzing on these discussions is a lesson for the writer on the hazards to clarity of expressionin tight viewpoint, I must say.

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A. Marina Fournier
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