[LMB] Random thoughts on the First Wife

Alex Kwan litalex at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 12:32:30 GMT 2019


One presumes a military doctor is an officer, and while Armsman is an honorable position for the enlisted, it is still a servant of sorts. So would it be appropriate for a gentleman?

little Alex

> On 14 Jan 2019, at 13:22, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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