History Headscratchers / OldKingdom

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?
13th Jan '16 8:24:02 PM MasterGhandalf
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** Keep in mind that the rabbit died literally seconds before Sabriel got to it (it's soul probably not even past the first gate), and I would imagine that had it been dead any longer, its resurrection would not have gone so smoothly or produced a cute little bunny. As for bringing back the soldiers, I'd chalk that up to one part EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, one part Sabriel's wishful thinking, as nowhere else in the series is it implied that such would be possible.


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*** But how much of that do the contemporary Abhorsens ''know''? Terciel can only speculate as to Mogget's origins in ''Sabriel'', and his guess (that Mogget was the "child" of the Wallmakers) proves to have been entirely incorrect. And barely anybody in the present story knows anything about the Shiners and their story. (It's worth noting that we the readers know next to nothing about what actually went down back then either, but the way the Disreputable Dog/[[spoiler: Kibeth]] talks about and to Mogget, one gets the impression she'd have killed him had the decision been up to her, which implies something rather worse on his end than just cowardice). Presumably, the knowledge of Mogget's true nature was lost long ago, and all that Sabriel, Terciel, and their immediate predecessors knew was that Mogget was a useful if frustrating advisor when bound, and a raving lunatic who'd try to murder anyone in reach when unbound, and that was all they needed to know to make sure that collar stays tightly affixed save in dire need.
20th Aug '15 4:22:36 PM tafelshrew
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*** But why? As the post below points out, nothing bad comes of it, and if you can genuinely resurrect animals or people as opposed to creating homicidal undead, why is it such a terrible thing?


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*** Except that the Seven Bright Shiners who created the world were Free Magic creatures. All we know about Yrael back then is that he didn't want to fight a god called the Destroyer - which seems fairly understandable, if cowardly. Keeping him bound (and there's a difference between "bound" and "enslaved") is a sensible injustice, but his insanity looks a lot like a product of being bound into cat form and slavery for thousands of years. Again, by the time of the books, keeping him bound is by far the safest decision, but again, there's a difference between "bound" and "enslaved" - no Abhorsen (of all people) we see thinks about this?
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