The legend of Lanre is that he can't die or be killed. If Arliden truly has worked out their origin and purpose, then he should know that Lanre aka Haliax cannot pass through the door of Death. It's possible that Arliden hasn't worked out their purpose of course but merely thinks he has.
I've been trying to come up with an analogy that will resonate across the water, but our conspiracy theories are different from yours and so much of what folk believe reverberates with intangible concepts in odd ways. Perhaps that's the wrong idea, though. The Chandrian are a fairy tale in a pre-literate society.
Arliden knows this. He's doing comparative literature in an oral culture, or comparative religion. Merihathor might correct me here, but he's looking for Inana in stories of Orpheus, Isis, and Dante. We, as readers, might be the right comparison - looking for the real story of these fictional characters. When one of the posters here finally convinces us about Haliax's purpose we will not be scared.
We know seven characters in the story take the Seven seriously. Only Kvothe (and probably the Cthaeh) has direct experience with them in addition to pieces of their story. If you want to be morbid, Arliden might have occupied that position for a short time as well.
It's also possible Arliden got all the names right, and discovered their true purpose, and it wasn't something he was afraid of.
Edited by thistlepong, 07 June 2011 - 09:35 AM.