[LMB] Sharing knives

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Mon Sep 14 03:01:03 BST 2020

IIUC, it is not the bone doner’s death but the death of the sharer. They have more bones than are ever made into Sharing Knives. I think it was mentioned in one of the books that, “leg bones came two at a time but hearts only one.”

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William A Wenrich
From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Richard G. Molpus <rgmolpus at flash.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2020 4:38:22 PM
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Subject: Re: [LMB] Sharing knives

It might be possible to take a complete set of finger or toe bones, form them into a 'spear', and use them to 'Gift' the Lakewalker's death.

Then, separate the bones and use each as a spear tip/arrowhead.

This would 'spread' a death across multiple projectiles, increasing the number of effective weapons for the Lakewalkers.

Be worth a try - as long as someone has a real Sharing Knife in reserve.
     On Sunday, September 13, 2020, 05:32:10 PM CDT, Robert Woodward via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:

> On Sep 13, 2020, at 1:02 PM, Kevin Kennedy <kevink45 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Ok. Here's a question. If Arkady ever has to amputate Lakewalker's leg, can a sharing knife be .ade from the thighbone?  If the patient survives will anything happen when the knife is used. Will the malice death kill the donor or just cause migraines/nausea/whatever .  could the. bones from Dag's hand or my foot be used for malice killing arrowheads? If I were a Lakewalker

I will point out that TWO steps are necessary to make a sharing knife. The first is making the knife (out of Lakewalker bones) and binding it to a Lakewalker. The 2nd step is when that knife is plunged into the still beating heart of that Lakewalker. That knife is now primed and can share death when it strikes a malice. Thus, the real question is whether the original Lakewalker bone must come from a dead Lakewalker or not.

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