[LMB] Sharing Knife - Legacy: Dar

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Sat Jan 26 04:18:04 GMT 2019

Dar, in my mostly uninformed opinion, seems to be a high functioning sociopath. The, possible, sister who died may have massively damaged the family structure. Along with the pressures of knife making, Dar doesn’t seem to connect with anyone. 
However, his treatment of Fawn was unconscionable. Was this his attitude toward all farmers of just her? Of course that attitude is common in Lakewalkers. 

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> On Jan 25, 2019, at 5:31 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
> (Sorry for the speed of this, but I want to get through as much as I
> can before the novella hits, after which I'll be... busy.)
> So, we meet Dar.
> Physically he looks fairly different from Dag: build and eyes aren't
> at all alike. (Makes me wonder even more if Dag looks a lot like his
> father, the husband Cumbia grew to resent and hate because she
> couldn't control him.)
> There's no greeting for Dag, no warmth at all. Almost the first thing
> he says is a nasty Lakewalker insult to Fawn, although he ignores her
> as long as he can otherwise.
> He tries to minimise and ignore her dealings with the Malice - not
> just dislike of Farmers, but a touch of jealousy perhaps?
> He also has no word of sympathy for the lost baby, and he talks about
> stripping the spirit from the knife with no empathy at all. His
> only touch of softer emotion is to acknowledge that Dag may have
> lost Kauneo's knife, if it can't be cleaned out and reused.
> Some siblings would bond together when they have an abusive
> parent. Some favoured older sibs would protect the younger who is
> the target for the abuse. There's no sense or hint that Dar ever
> lifted a finger to help Dag. He didn't help Omba either, he just sat
> back and let his wife be pushed aside. Dar is a brilliant knife-maker,
> but it seems that's all he is; there's no emotional engagement with
> his family, his reaction to Cumbia's behaviour is to check out and
> let her get away with it. And even support her.
> Dar isn't one of my favourite characters. And he's not an abuse
> survivor like Dag, he just stood back and let it happen. And didn't
> really care. He's disengaged, very narrow-minded, a touch of
> Cumbia's arrogance, and an enjoyment in being deliberately nasty.
> I suppose Cumbia and Dar are the counterweights to Mari and
> Fairbolt; we see that all that groundsense and deep communication
> doesn't change human nature - people still range from admirable
> to nasty.
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