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This week we read through to the end of Chapter 15.
1) Ellion has quite a mystery on his hands with yet the third assassination attempt. The assassin is the same dude, and once 'dead', he proceeds to disappear once again. What do you make of this elusive, reappearing, dead guy assassin?
He is seriously creepy and has to be magical in some way. I can only assume that he is a magically reanimated corpse of some type, but I really cannot guess at more than that.
2) Throughout this section, Ellion and Amien have several exchanges of words. Did you have the urge to ask them politely, yet firmly, to step out back and settle the matter for the duration of the trip?
Yes, I am getting a little tired of them dancing around their problem, whatever it is. However, I doubt that they would sort it out even if given a direct order to do so, mainly because Ellion is so determined not to explain anything to Amien. I can understand Amien’s frustration as he is very familiar with Ellion’s capabilities and does not understand why his former pupil has renounced magic.
3) The Tanaan suffered a great loss in the past, calling it The Deluge, believing it to have been brought upon them by a wrathful goddess. Do you believe this Deluge was due to a goddess striking a disobedient people? What could the Tanaan have done to warrant such action?
As a scientist and atheist, I do not usually jump to ‘Act of Deity’ as my explanation of choice in situations like this, where geological activity could explain the damage. However, this world does seem to have active gods, if we believe that Ellion has personal experience of a goddess’ intervention.
I dread to think what they might have done to offend their Goddess so much: perhaps she was having a really, really bad day . . . It reminds me of the Old Testament tales of Sodom and Gomorrah, but the Tanaan seem to think that their sin was to be warlike and power hungry, rather than the sexual promiscuity and ‘deviance’ that we see in the Bible.
4) The Tanaan are use to fighting in tourneys, one-on-one, and not in formations with team goals. How do you think they will take to Ellion's attempts to school them in real combat tactics?
I doubt that they will have much affect under stressful conditions. I am no expert in military training, but I do know that it takes more than a few brief explanations, with constant repetition used as a way to condition the individuals to react automatically to instructions and to complete tasks with minimal thought. I would have thought that learning how to fight from horseback would add an extra layer of problems that they will need to overcome.
Of course, Ellion is not always the best at staying cool and controlled in a crisis, and that will not help.
5) Letitia has been wearing her mother's diamond on her torc, which turns out was a gift from Amien. He crafted it himself and says it is a tool. What kind of tool do you think it is?
I believe that there is mention of it being a tool for magic use, so I wonder if it acts as a focus point. This might explain why she is staring at it while meditating, but could also be a wild guess based upon our reading of The Elvenbane over the last couple of weeks.
6) What is up with the Tuaoh Stone having a strong reaction to Ellion?
As if we need him to be more mysterious! He remembers something about it roaring like a dragon for the rightful righ, so I guess it has recognized the destiny that he had to set aside. I am not sure if this means that he will get back on track to fulfilling that destiny, but it certainly seems much more likely now. I am actually more concerned that it ignored Letitia: although I predict that this simply means that she is not mora because Carina is still alive and well somewhere.