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9th Feb '18 12:03:43 PM zzedar
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[[WMG:Paarfi is a secret crossbreed]]
Point the first: Paarfi is supposedly a member of the House of the Hawk, but seems rather un-Hawklike in a number of ways. Most notably, Hawks are completely unconcerned with social niceties, while Paarfi is just the opposite. His fancifulness is also rather atypical for a Hawk. Point the second: in ''Five Hundred Years After'', Paarfi goes into a rant about how poorly crossbreeds are treated. This is uncharacteristic of him; while he certainly expresses his opinions in many places throughout the Romances, this is really the only place where he takes a stance that could be described as political. Finally, Paarfi is based on Creator/AlexandreDumas, who was of mixed race.
4th Oct '17 3:08:58 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** In ''Athyra'' (I think), it was stated that, part of the process of "officially" becoming a wizard involved storing your soul elsewhere -- it might be used as the 'initiation test for all we know. I don't see Vlad doing that and chancing breaking his connection with Loiosh (or even Loiosh directly), when he apparently hasn't studied any life-extension abilities like Lazlo presumably has; relative immortality might be needed to make sure he has the skills needed to actually go through with it. (And I think leave the Elder stuff away from wizards -- not that they aren't dangerous enough; Morrolan was revealed to be a wizard in ''Issola'', when telling Vlad that Blackwand took over for most of his "wand work", and ''he'' doesn't know Elder Sorcery.)

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** * In ''Athyra'' (I think), it was stated that, that part of the process of "officially" becoming a wizard involved storing your soul elsewhere -- it might be used as the 'initiation test test' for all we know. I don't see Vlad doing that and chancing breaking his connection with Loiosh (or even Loiosh directly), when he apparently hasn't studied any life-extension abilities like Lazlo presumably has; relative immortality might be needed to make sure he has the skills needed to actually go through with it. (And I think leave the Elder stuff away from wizards -- not that they aren't dangerous enough; Morrolan was revealed to be a wizard in ''Issola'', when telling Vlad that Blackwand took over for most of his "wand work", and ''he'' doesn't know Elder Sorcery.)
4th Oct '17 3:07:57 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** In ''Athyra'' (I think), it was stated that, part of the process of "officially" becoming a wizard involved storing your soul elsewhere -- it might be used as the 'initiation test for all we know. I don't see Vlad doing that and chancing breaking his connection with Loiosh (or even Loiosh directly), when he apparently hasn't studied any life-extension abilities like Lazlo presumably has; relative immortality might be needed to make sure he has the skills needed to actually go through with it. (And I think leave the Elder stuff away from wizards -- not that they aren't dangerous enough; Morrolan was revealed to be a wizard in ''Issola'', when telling Vlad that Blackwand took over for most of his "wand work", and ''he'' doesn't know Elder Sorcery.)
2nd Jun '17 12:38:35 PM Sharlee
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* 6) Dzur - Because hotheaded Dzur heroes, while they'd played a key role in Kieron's armies and thus couldn't be put off for long, couldn't rule ''too'' soon after the Dragons without asking for trouble.

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* 6) Dzur - Because hotheaded Dzur heroes, while they'd played a key role in Kieron's armies and thus couldn't be put off for long, couldn't rule ''too'' soon after the Dragons without asking for trouble. Also, a Dragon-to-Dzur transition wouldn't have left very many Imperial citizens alive, for them to govern.
13th Mar '16 2:39:37 PM Sharlee
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[[WMG: Vlad will eventually be acknowledged as a wizard.]]
To be a "wizard", in Brust's Verse, means that one can combine multiple magical disciplines to achieve effects that no single one can accomplish. Vlad demonstrates in ''Taltos'' that he can re-create a sorcerous effect (teleporting an object) with witchcraft, and uses a sorcery rune to do it. He's repeatedly teamed up with Daymar to pinpoint someone's location by using witchcraft to forge a link between an object and its previous wielder, than let the Hawklord nail down where that link leads; so far Vlad hasn't done this solo, but he learned more about psychic energies in ''Hawk'' that suggests he possibly '''could''' do it without help if Daymar wasn't available. In ''Hawk'' itself, he invents a way to eavesdrop on psychic communication - something that isn't considered possible - by combining his understanding of witchcraft, psychics and sorcery. By the stock definition of wizardry Telnan gives in ''Dzur'', Vlad should '''already''' qualify as a wizard by now ... and that's before he's had cause to try adding his soul-borne talent for working with amorphia (i.e. Elder Sorcery) into the mix.
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28th Feb '16 1:06:33 PM Sharlee
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* 1) Phoenix - Because Zerika the First created the Orb, which made the Empire logistically feasible, and was a much more acceptable initial choice than Kieron, who'd made a lot of enemies during his conquests.

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* 1) Phoenix - Because Zerika the First created the Orb, which made the Empire logistically feasible, and was a much more acceptable initial choice than Kieron, who'd made a lot of enemies during his conquests. Besides, Kieron would've wanted to be Warlord, not Emperor.
28th Feb '16 10:59:24 AM Sharlee
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While it certainly serves each individual Yendi's purposes to be exempt from social pressure to favor some giveaway set of House colors, it may also be a reference to the very first command that each and every Yendi Heir is liable to issue, upon ascending to the Imperial Throne. Namely, to have the outgoing Court Wizard ''turn the Orb invisible'' until such time as the Orca take possession of it, as no Yendi would '''ever''' consent to accept the wretched thing if it's going to [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience accurately broadcast their emotional state]] for all to see.

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While it certainly serves each individual Yendi's purposes to be exempt from social pressure to favor some giveaway any one set of House colors, it may also be a reference to the very first command that each and every Yendi Heir is liable to issue, upon ascending to the Imperial Throne. Namely, to have the outgoing Court Wizard ''turn the Orb invisible'' until such time as the Orca take possession of it, as no Yendi would '''ever''' consent to accept the wretched thing if it's going to [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience accurately broadcast their emotional state]] for all to see.
28th Feb '16 10:58:42 AM Sharlee
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While it certainly serves each individual Yendi's purposes to be exempt from social pressure to favor some giveaway set of House colors, it may also be a reference to the very first command that any Yendi Heir is liable to issue, upon ascending to the Imperial throne. Namely, to have the outgoing Court Wizard ''turn the Orb invisible'' until such time as the Orca take possession of it, as no Yendi would '''ever''' consent to accept the wretched thing if it's going to [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience accurately broadcast their emotional state]] for all to see.

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While it certainly serves each individual Yendi's purposes to be exempt from social pressure to favor some giveaway set of House colors, it may also be a reference to the very first command that any each and every Yendi Heir is liable to issue, upon ascending to the Imperial throne.Throne. Namely, to have the outgoing Court Wizard ''turn the Orb invisible'' until such time as the Orca take possession of it, as no Yendi would '''ever''' consent to accept the wretched thing if it's going to [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience accurately broadcast their emotional state]] for all to see.
28th Feb '16 10:57:49 AM Sharlee
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[[WMG: The "color" of the House of the Yendi is clear/colorless for more than one reason.]]
While it certainly serves each individual Yendi's purposes to be exempt from social pressure to favor some giveaway set of House colors, it may also be a reference to the very first command that any Yendi Heir is liable to issue, upon ascending to the Imperial throne. Namely, to have the outgoing Court Wizard ''turn the Orb invisible'' until such time as the Orca take possession of it, as no Yendi would '''ever''' consent to accept the wretched thing if it's going to [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience accurately broadcast their emotional state]] for all to see.
21st Feb '16 1:58:45 PM Sharlee
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[[WMG: Paarfi's description of Aerich's encounter with Paresh differs from Paresh's for a good reason.]]
Aerich was an honorable and decent man, who wouldn't want a poor refugee who'd plainly already lost so much to be condemned for lashing out at a noble, particularly if he assumed Paresh had been acting out of panic and grief rather than outrage. Nor would he credence the idea that a Teckla, even one who'd picked up a fair bit of sorcery, could be enough of a threat to merit reporting to the Empire for trespassing in a vacant castle. He didn't exactly ''lie'' about what happened, but he downplayed the tone of their encounter ("No one was there, save a single Teckla. He was not welcoming.") when he spoke or wrote about the event. Paarfi's own social prejudices then colored how he interpreted Aerich's minimal remarks on the subject.
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