[LMB] Shedding demon chaos

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 19:24:47 BST 2021


That was brought up in the great Orson Scott Card's "Alvin Maker" series.
A guy who's a "spark" (basically, can set fires with his mind) reflects
that he doesn't dare let on to what he can do, lest he be blamed for any
fires in the vicinity.

On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 1:22 PM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> Remember that Desdemona told Penric that if people knew that sorcerers
> could start fires, they would blamed for every destructive fire around.
>
> William A Wenrich
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> Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
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> Subject: [LMB] Shedding demon chaos
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> From: WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com>
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>
> > On Jul 29, 2021, at 10:12 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Penric would be a great house guest. One night at someone's
> > house, or at an inn, and there's no fleas, lice, ticks, bed bugs,
> > moths, spiders, mites, mice, rats....
> > There?s a missed business opportunity there.
>
> That alone would be motivation for an aristocrat to keep a sorcerer on
> staff.
> The military implication of a camp free of vermin alone are great
>
> Gwynne: I think there's a reason that sorcerers don't advertise the
> fact that they can kill things just by looking at them. No matter how
> many times you say, "But we can't kill humans..." there's going to be
> some questions asked. If every time you sail into port, or walk into an
> important building, or a military camp, you see sorcerers on duty
> killing vermin... well... you start to wonder what happens if the decide
> that someone is too dangerous.... a criminal.... a critic of the
> government...
> .... and do a serious clean-up of two-legged problems as well.
>
> Most people in the 5GU don't really know much about sorcerers. Or
> saints, either. Alixtra didn't know that the Bastard's Order  HAD saints
> at all, and they're possibly the most important, or necessary, saints
> around. They don't know what sorcerers can and can't do.
>
> And I think that, mostly, that's deliberate. If people knew just what
> sorcerers could do... I think most of Pen's neighbours would move out.
>
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