[LMB] Penric reread

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 00:16:44 BST 2019

On Sun, Jun 16, 2019 at 9:32 PM Katherine Collett <kcollett at hamilton.edu>

> Aren't we told that demons cannot kill their hosts directly?

No, actually.  Demons can't go around killing other people directly solely
because the White God will not permit them to do so.  The demon will end up
being drawn through the spiritual connection the slain soul makes with the
gods by the Fifth, and presumably will be destroyed.  But the White God
cannot reach the demon through the connection with a slain host.  If that
were possible, rogue sorcerers would be far less dangerous, because any
demon could seize only one human soul before the Fifth destroyed it.  Just
as the demon cuts off a soul from direct connections to the gods in life,
the demon is cut off from the gods in the death of the host.  Presumably
the demon connection breaks and the demon jumps away before the connection
with the gods can be established.  One way or another, the 'reach' of the
gods through the aperture of a dying soul must be short, since a person
dying near a sorcerer isn't enough for the demon to be grasped.

And Desdemona tells us that ridding oneself of an unwanted host is no great
challenge for a demon.  Indeed, inexperienced demons seem to be the death
of their hosts by accident.  I see no reason why demons can't kill hosts
directly whatever their experience - it may just be the case that young
demons don't know how to do it quickly and cleanly.

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