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* This is literally just canon. What's your WMG here?


[[WMG:Merlin's riddle wasn't a warning.]]

Colossal spoilers for ''The Twilight Watch'' follow.

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Merlin's riddle says "Proceed if you are as strong as I. Or turn back, if you are as wise as I." Anton takes this to mean that a wise Other will turn back, as the seventh layer of the Twilight is incredibly dangerous.

However, by working with Nadya, he is able to break through the barrier at the bottom of the sixth layer, and gets to the zeroth layer, because the layers are cyclic, with the surface world being both the zeroth and seventh layer. While it takes a lot of power to get there from the sixth layer, he could have gotten there easily simply by going back up through the layers of the Twilight.

And that's what Merlin's riddle actually meant. From the sixth level, one can reach the seventh in two ways. The strong other will use brute force to open a portal, while the wise one will take the easier path of going up to the zeroth level, which is also the seventh.
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[[WMG: Vimes gave the New Cable Street Particulars, from Maskerade, their name deliberately.]]
And part of the training to be a member is you have to learn all about what the first Particulars did. He also makes sure that they know what's the fate of watchmen who act like that. There may be a need for watchmen who aren't dressed in armor, but Sam Vimes makes damn sure that they still wear the uniform. That way he makes sure that none of his people are ever like that again. It's also why that Vimes requires the new breed to have their badges with them, at all times.

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[[WMG: Captain Swing's parents were Omnian refugees]]
His first name, "Findthee", sounds a lot like the common abbreviations of Morporkian translations of Omnian names ("Visit-the-Unbeliever" and the like). And given Omnia's history of religious persecution and belligerence, it stands to reason that a lot of people who got on the wrong side of the Quisition would flee to Ankh-Morpork.

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* What is this doing at WMG page? This one was spelled almost leter-to-later in book itself.


However, by working with Nadya, he is able to break through the barrier at the bottom of the sixth layer, and gets to the first layer, because the layers are cyclic, with the surface world being both the zeroth and seventh layer. While it takes a lot of power to get there from the sixth layer, he could have gotten there easily simply by going back up through the layers of the Twilight.

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However, by working with Nadya, he is able to break through the barrier at the bottom of the sixth layer, and gets to the first zeroth layer, because the layers are cyclic, with the surface world being both the zeroth and seventh layer. While it takes a lot of power to get there from the sixth layer, he could have gotten there easily simply by going back up through the layers of the Twilight.


* I think it was clearly stated that it was Kostya who glamoured Las to go to Kazakhstan so that the suspicion would immediately fall on him due to his connection to the Assol case.

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* I think it was clearly stated that it was Kostya who glamoured Las to go to Kazakhstan so that the suspicion would immediately fall on him the latter due to his connection to the Assol case.



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* I think it was clearly stated that it was Kostya who glamoured Las to go to Kazakhstan so that the suspicion would immediately fall on him due to his connection to the Assol case.


[[WMG: It's no accident that Vimes has been taken off the register by the Assassins' Guild.]]

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[[WMG: It's no accident that Vimes has been taken off the register by the Assassins' Guild.Guild at this point.]]

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[[WMG: It's no accident that Vimes has been taken off the register by the Assassins' Guild.]]
Given what we've learned about Wilikins in later books, it's a safe bet that the moment he learned Lady Sybil was expecting, he quietly dropped the Guild a hint that if '''anything''' happened to the father of Her Ladyship's child-to-be, their Guildhouse (which Vimes owns) would ''immediately'' be foreclosed upon and either converted into a new Watch House, or sold to Harry King as an in-city sewage-processing plant. Together with how Carrot would tear the city down around their ears to find whomever harmed his commander, it just wasn't worth it at any price to keep issuing commissions against him.


The Keel-timeline and the Vimes-as-Keel-timeline exist parallel. When Vimes and Carcer show up the timeline is splitted into one, where they do show up and one, where they don't. When the point is reached where the two timelines are very similar, they merge into one again, with some people remembering one timeline and one the other, since both really happend. This would explain why Vimes and Vetinari remember different timelines.

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The Keel-timeline and the Vimes-as-Keel-timeline exist parallel. When Vimes and Carcer show up up, the timeline is splitted split into one, one where they do show up up, and one, one where they don't. When the point is reached where the two timelines are very similar, they merge into one again, with some people remembering one timeline and one the other, since both really happend. This would explain why Vimes and Vetinari remember different timelines.


** On top of the practical reasons outlined above, there's also the fact that Vetinari wears the lilac. We've seen how seriously those who were there take the rememberance of the Glorious 25th of May. Even Vetinari wouldn't be coldhearted enough to allow the man responsible for 6 of those 7 graves to walk free, and on May 25 at that.

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** On top of the practical reasons outlined above, there's also the fact that Vetinari wears the lilac. We've seen how seriously those who were there take the rememberance of the Glorious 25th of May. Even Vetinari wouldn't be coldhearted enough to allow the man responsible for 6 of those 7 graves to walk free, and on May 25 at that.
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** Also, Reacher Gilt was offered the same angels' chance as Moist, but refused to take it, insaed opting for the open door. Too bad for him that it led to a deadly drop.



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* Vetinari mentions that the fighting continues for a time after Vimes/Keel and Carcer disappear into the present (during which time he, Vetinari, kills four men). It's possible that Ned was killed during that time, or that he was injured earlier and the wound proved fatal.


** Vimes does note this pretty much as a fact...except for the movement part. He only 'laid down' after he conciously realized that he SHOULD be dead, having so many arrows in hin

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** Vimes does note this pretty much as a fact...except for the movement part. He only 'laid down' after he conciously consciously realized that he SHOULD be dead, having so many arrows in hin
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** This might even help explain Reg's later habit of going to graveyards and trying to convince the ''completely'' dead to quit lying around: he never actually experienced an interruption in consciousness when he died himself, so assumes they're just as continuously-conscious and are simply being apathetic.

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