Ninefingers, on 26 April 2012 - 11:13 AM, said:
Does anybody have any thoughts on Scarpi's likely role in book three?
I just brushed him off as a storyteller (never to appear again), but when I reread book one I noticed that the chronicler referred to him (As Kvothe's friend, I believe) when talking about how he found Kvothe.
Add that to Kvothe's proclaimation that he burned down Trebon(sp?) and do we have a daring rescue attempt in the offing?
(Kinda surprised this thread hasn't been locked yet..)
In the draft immediately preceding the one we got and the ARCs folks received, chapter one of NotW involved Skapri and Chronicler hearing the rumors Bast was spreading and Chronicler setting off on his errand to check them out.
Chronicler mentions he's supposed to meet up with Skarpi in Baeden-Bryt, a meeting he's not really capable of making if he stays to hear Kvothe's story.
Looking back through this thread, you'll find a link to another discussion that describes a theory that the "sof and painless blanket of his sleep" Haliax urged Cinder to send Kvothe to was not a death threat but a tumble into his sleeping mind. The theory suggests that Skarpi named Kvothe during that last encounter in Tarbean and woke him back up, thus explaining the stark change in behavior we see. Please don't take me to task on it. I think it's the best idea anyone's come up with, but you're better off familiarizing yourself with the original before picking at it.
In this forum, Skarpi's been considered as a namer, an Amyr, as one of Selitos's Amyr, as nothing but a storyteller and rumor monger, as Kvothe puts it, and as Aleph. YMMV.
There's a pretty good chance he'll show up at the end of Day 3.
FYI: I was messing about with the Tam thing. Tam's actually one of Trapis's orphans, so Trapis obviously wanted Kvothe dead. Kvothe's visit at the end of WMF was an implicit threat.