History Headscratchers / OldKingdom

3rd May '18 7:40:09 AM cpslck
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** To be fair The Old Kingdom is a country in decline and recovery. The reason why it sucks is because the kingdom's been falling apart for a few hundred years. Most of the publicly available knowledge, power and technology has likely been lost or destroyed by Kerringor who wouldn't want a powerful Charter mage opposing him or leading a resistance. We see the Old Kingdom in its heyday in ''Clariel'' and it's a fairly okay place to live.

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** To be fair The the Old Kingdom is a country in decline and recovery. The reason why it sucks is because the kingdom's been falling apart for a few hundred years. Most of the publicly available knowledge, power and technology has likely been lost or destroyed by Kerringor who wouldn't want a powerful Charter mage opposing him or leading a resistance. And centuries of decline has allowed necromancers and Free Magic to flourish which is why they keep popping out of the woodwork to destroy everything. We see the Old Kingdom in its heyday in ''Clariel'' and it's a fairly okay decent place to live.live. The Dead and Free Magic aren't that big of a deal, the Kingdom is at mostly peace and there are powerful Charter Mages not associated with the bloodlines.
15th Feb '18 2:44:52 PM DarkPhoenix94
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*** The Disreputable Dog explicitly states in ''Lirael'' that the bloodlines get a little intermixed, noting that some Clayr wind up with a degree of death sense. Granted, she might have been working FromACertainPointOfView and probably already knew that Lirael's death sense wasn't anything so simple, but it seems fairly plausible.
*** Additionally, ''Clariel'' shows an entire clan of Abhorsens, back in the old days, though only a couple at a time wield the bells.



** To be fair The Old Kingdom is a country in decline and recovery. The reason why it sucks is because the kingdom's been falling apart for a few hundred years. Most of the publicly available knowledge, power and technology has likely been lost or destroyed by Kerringor who wouldn't want a powerful Charter mage opposing him or leading a resistance. We see the Old Kingdom in it's heyday in Clariel and it's a fairly ok place to live.

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** To be fair The Old Kingdom is a country in decline and recovery. The reason why it sucks is because the kingdom's been falling apart for a few hundred years. Most of the publicly available knowledge, power and technology has likely been lost or destroyed by Kerringor who wouldn't want a powerful Charter mage opposing him or leading a resistance. We see the Old Kingdom in it's its heyday in Clariel ''Clariel'' and it's a fairly ok okay place to live.



** As for how Sam specifically inherited the powers of the Wallmakers, presumably Arielle wasn't the first-ever Clayr to shack up with an Abhorsen, or Touchstone the first Royal to do the same. Presumably, the bloodlines are all crisscrossed, which is why Sabriel refers to the Clayr as ''cousins'', as does her father to Arielle -- they literally are, though very, very distantly. Thus, it was a mere fluke of genetics that latent Wallmaker genes happened to manifest in Sam. Well, fluke or fate, take your pick.

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** As for how Sam specifically inherited the powers of the Wallmakers, presumably Kibeth implies that Arielle wasn't the first-ever Clayr to shack up with an Abhorsen, or Touchstone the first Royal to do the same. Presumably, same, noting that the bloodlines get a bit mixed. As a result, the bloodlines are all crisscrossed, which is why Sabriel refers to the Clayr as ''cousins'', as does her father to Arielle -- they literally are, though very, very distantly. Thus, it was a mere fluke of genetics that latent Wallmaker genes happened to manifest in Sam. Well, fluke or fate, take your pick.



** This is explained in Clariel. [[spoiler: "The Charter and Free Magic are antithetical. When you use one, you cannot use the other. Binding Free Magic creatures, drawing on their power...it weakens the Charter within you." It is possible, although difficult and dangerous, to be cleansed of the Free Magic taint with the assistance of a powerful Charter mage, healing spells, and even the Great Charter Stones.]]

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** This is explained in Clariel.''Clariel''. [[spoiler: "The Charter and Free Magic are antithetical. When you use one, you cannot use the other. Binding Free Magic creatures, drawing on their power...it weakens the Charter within you." It is possible, although difficult and dangerous, to be cleansed of the Free Magic taint with the assistance of a powerful Charter mage, healing spells, and even the Great Charter Stones.]]
14th Oct '17 5:22:54 AM cordychase
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**Mogget's fire is a purer white than Kerrigor's regular eyes. Sabriel specifically thought she saw it, but we don't know if that means Mogget just wasn't entirely beaten yet or was revving up for a second wind or what, since she gets tbe ring on.
25th Aug '17 10:43:14 AM cpslck
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** Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?


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** To be fair The Old Kingdom is a country in decline and recovery. The reason why it sucks is because the kingdom's been falling apart for a few hundred years. Most of the publicly available knowledge, power and technology has likely been lost or destroyed by Kerringor who wouldn't want a powerful Charter mage opposing him or leading a resistance. We see the Old Kingdom in it's heyday in Clariel and it's a fairly ok place to live.
23rd Feb '17 10:43:02 AM Katsuhagi
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** Probably because Free Magic is, as the name implies, about releasing things and opening, while Charter Magic is more concerned with order and binding. I took it as an implication that without Character Magic the book simply ''can't'' be closed again because the magic in it is too powerful. And keeping it open is probably not something you want.

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** Probably because Free Magic is, as the name implies, about releasing things and opening, while Charter Magic is more concerned with order and binding. I took it as an implication that without Character Magic the book Book simply ''can't'' be closed again because the magic in it is too powerful. And keeping it open is probably not something you want.want, so if someone who wasn't an Abhorsen did manage to get it opened they would regret it since it's explicitly stated the Book has a will of its own.
23rd Feb '17 10:42:03 AM Katsuhagi
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** Probably because Free Magic is, as the name implies, about releasing things and opening, while Charter Magic is more concerned with order and binding. I took it as an implication that without Character Magic the book simply ''can't'' be closed again because the magic in it is too powerful.

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** Probably because Free Magic is, as the name implies, about releasing things and opening, while Charter Magic is more concerned with order and binding. I took it as an implication that without Character Magic the book simply ''can't'' be closed again because the magic in it is too powerful. And keeping it open is probably not something you want.
23rd Feb '17 10:41:19 AM Katsuhagi
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** Probably because Free Magic is, as the name implies, about releasing things and opening, while Charter Magic is more concerned with order and binding. I took it as an implication that without Character Magic the book simply ''can't'' be closed again because the magic in it is too powerful.
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23rd Feb '17 10:39:30 AM Katsuhagi
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** I took it as being one part that Nix didn't have Clariel's personality as fleshed out when she wrote that line and one part reference to how she was still reluctant to totally embrace Free Magic at the end of her prequel despite Mogget and the other Free Magic creature's goading. And don't forget that he was trying to manipulate her into releasing him but she stopped herself from doing it.
13th Jan '17 5:55:06 PM pboyd04
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* The Book of the Dead can only be opened by "a person with an innate talent for Free Magic and necromancy" and closed by "a person with an unsullied Charter Mark." Shouldn't it be the other way around? Any old necromancer can open the Abhorsen's secret book, but just can't close it again... why even bother with the restrictions if that is the case?
9th Jan '17 9:22:14 PM pboyd04
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** I figured it had something to do with Touchstone spending all that time and blood mending the great charter stones. Maybe some of the Wallmakers power leaked into him and was passed to his son from the stone?
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