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  1. Yeah, could be that too, or if it was the soul of Ark itself, that probably makes the most sense, being some Tekne thing with a soul "grafted" on to it. Kind of in the same way that the Sarcophagus with a soul grafted onto it somehow equals the No-God.
  2. I had the opposite impression. I'd love to say there is some definitive textual reason why, but I don't think there is, but my idea was that while Ark was alive, it contained the souls of all the Progenitors. In this way, the Sarcophagus wouldn't need an insertant, it was powered by all the souls of in Ark (or maybe the soul of Ark). This is why it was particularly difficult for the Inchoroi to even fathom the idea of having to shove random beings into it in the first place, post-Arkfall. The Sarcophagus had always just worked. Just like why they had such a hard time with all the Tekne post-Fall, it had all always just worked on it's own. I'd guess this is also why NC (and probably Kel) have a time limit. They are only a battery strapped to the Sarcophagus in a sense. Or, perhaps more likely, a set of jumper cables meant to boot the System into Resumption. The whole thing was supposed to be self-sustaining, but the Ark being dead kind of killed that. Perhaps this is why the Mutilated called the Sarcophagus a "prosthesis of Ark" because it really was just a "addition, application, or attachment" (the meaning of the word from the Greek) to Ark itself. Yeah, I mean, unfortunately we know almost nothing about NC himself, only anecdotally. I still think it's a similarity to a Progenitor's soul, or the soul of Ark itself, but I have no way to prove it, or what that would really even mean.
  3. I never did figure out what he meant. It could be either whatever souls powered the Sarcaphagus pre-Eärwa, or a reference to NC. Bakker kind of said as much: It's Kel's lack of identity rather than something special about having two souls. Although, being haunted by the soul of a dead twin may well lend itself to an absence of identity. I do still think that my summation of profgrape's ideas (in my post above) might be more on the right track of "why Kel?"
  4. Well, I speculated years ago that he Solitary God was simply not a manifest god. It's just a Unity Concept built off the idea that the 100 are divisions. We never see the Solitary God intercede in Eärwa and the biggest piece of "proof" for His existence is the Psûkhe, which we know, both in-text (a la Titirga, possibly Kellhus at the end of TUC) is not divine. We also know, extra-textually, that it is not divine, given how Bakker has said sorcery is all about speaker-intention, meaning and all that. For all we know, what Kellhus says about prophets, that they bring the word of man to god, not the reverse, could well explain Fane and Fanimry, an attempt to force the Solitary God into existence through faith. I don't think that would really work though. Only Mimara can wholly be "right" though, every one else is some shade of wrong. This is because Mimara gazes with the view from the Cubit, which is the fundament of the universe. How people interpret things based off the Cubit can be varying shades of incorrect. Yes, this is answered in the books, that a path to Oblivion does exist but that it is very "narrow" in the sense that one could easily fail to achieve it and so be damned. I've been summoned, but damned if I can recall why, haha. Here are some ideas that have been floated around: Bakker said in the AMA: "Consider the difference between what you're presently looking at (an objective thing) and how you're looking (via subjective experience). Thus the famous subject/object dichotomy. So say you pose the question, which comes first? An idealist believes the object is a figment of the subject, whereas a materialist believes the subject is a figment of the object." From that, @profgrape came to the idea that perhaps "Kelmomas' lack of a fixed identity somehow leads to a non-fixed Subject" and that what "powers" the No-God then is the forcing of this Subject onto that Object: The Sarcophagus. This is why Kel's soul was key, it was not so fixed as to resist being "imprinted" onto the Object. So, the No-God is "maximally" Subjective while also being "maximally" Objective, a paradox. We could possibly think of it as an engine, powered by the "potential difference" of the Subjective (Kel's "soul") anode and the Objective (the Sarcophagus itself) cathode. So, why does it keep asking what is seen? Well, because the Subject cannot comprehend it's own nature (it's a paradox). If a rock somehow gained a soul, it would probably be asking the same questions, really. What way does it have to know what it is? It's a bit easier if we (wrongly) liken "the soul" as "consciousness" and then consider what would happen if an inanimate object gained thought. It would probably be pretty damn confused, especially if it had little to no way to discern anything about itself or the world around it. While I don't think the No-God is completely "blind" in this sense, it is blind to itself (it's a paradox anyway) and blind to most of the world. I think all it can sense is Tekne creations and souls.
  5. I don't think having a "ejection seat" sort of contingency plan in place means he would be off the Shortest Path. If I put on my seat belt and have an air bag in my car, it doesn't mean I am not driving the most direct path to my destination.
  6. The question really is, post of the year, or post of the century?
  7. I'm hopeful too, since we do have guys that have reasonable numbers (career-wise) versus Verlander. So, the case of regressing toward the mean could certainly be in the Yankee's favor. Houston's offensive slumber is frightening though, in the sense of wondering when the dragon is going to awaken. But like you say, a little of column A, little of column B, it's pretty hard to find how much Houston is just flat slumping or how much Yankee's pitching is just been pretty good. I do fear that, while Yankees have gotten the benefit of a good bit great pitching, the Astros' hitting has just been sub-par, we can only hope they don't get it together. Also worrisome is the difference in the Yankee's hitting at home versus on the road, but maybe, just for a game, they can make believe they are at home?
  8. It seemed (to me) like some guys changed their approaches versus Keuchel, shortening up and getting better swings, so perhaps they can make an adjustment versus Verlander too (although perhaps that is only a perceived difference and Keuchel was just less sharp). The formula is of course to have Severino make a good start and get into the Astros' bullpen. So, the big question is, which Serverino do we see and which Houston offense? But Serverino has yet to really have a dominant sort of game lately, so it seems like a coin flip which is more probable, resurgent Houston batting or a resurgent Serverino. If I had to bet, it would be on Houston's hitting, but I hope Severino can manage to limit the damage and hopefully keep them to 2-3 runs.
  9. Well, no one understands how the Ark actually functions, not even anyone in the book's universe most probably, because the Progenitors are most likely all dead. We have discussed for years and years the nature of the No-God and probably will for many more, so I don't think you are at all alone there. Again, like the Ark, the mechanism of it's function is completely unknown in-Universe and out. The Whirlwind is mostly a Biblical allusion, but consider how the No-God is likened to a "collapse of Subject and Object" I don't find it hard to relate the Whirlwind to the physical symptom of that metaphysical collapse. In the same way that the sigularity of a black hole creates an accretion disk via the collapsing matter, so perhaps the No-God. No one really knows how adanced they were though, since they were part of the tail-end of the technology themselves. Some similarity between Nau-Cayuti (and little Kel) to whatever was designed to run the system in the first place seems most likely.
  10. I haven't really done a reread, but why should we assume that little Kel gets to the Golden Room before Kellhus does? I mean, it's plausible he does, but also that he was being held in another place and only found the Golden Room after Kellhus had already entered (i.e. the DunSult had called all the skin-spies, so no one would have been guarding him). It seems implausible that if he was in the Golden Room for as long as Kellhus was there, that he would wait so long to reveal himself.
  11. Perhaps to illustrate that Kellhus' plan (i.e. The Thousandfold Thought) figured that they could breech the gate of Golgotterath and storm the Ark itself, meaning Kellhus would face whatever it was in the Golden Room with some kind of backup? In this case, it marks two failures, I'd think. That of Kellhus to wait and of the Ordeal to best the dragon in a timely manner. Serwa tries to be a hero, but ultimately all her actions and sacrifices are meaningless in the face of what draws Kellhus in. Whether that is partly Kellhus' overconfidence, Ajokli's influence or some confluence between those is certainly a matter for interpretation, but the result is clear. Kellhus screws the pooch and all the heroism in Eärwa isn't going to make a damn bit of difference.
  12. Less exciting, but still satisfying, really. Can Tanaka match Keuchel again today? I don't even know what to expect at this point. Odds are something has to give. But odds were the Yankees wouldn't make it to this point, so who knows. The Yankees only seemed to have a couple good swings off Keuchel the other night, so I can only hope they put together a better game plan versus him this time.
  13. Well, my "example" was meant mostly for dramatic effect, not an actual parallel for an ideal publishing situation. My point was mostly that if one has a "book" there are a number of ways to get it "out there" even if a traditional publisher would not be inclined to accept it. I don't think this is really the situation Bakker is, or will be, in but that there should certainly be "options" should Overlook decline to pick up the next series. If that were to happen, my "bet" would be on Bakker moving to Orbit, given that he already had them as the UK publisher for (I think) all the rest of the books. Unless, of course, what we are actually getting is "Wet for Skuthula" and then, I guess...well, I don't know what I'd guess then.
  14. That certainly depends on how you want to operationalize "realistic" and "a lot of issues" though. I there is there is close to zero chance that if Bakker writes TNG series, it would not get published by anyone. At worst, it takes a while, it gets shopped around a bunch and we wait extra long, or Bakker bites the proverbial bullet and self-publishes or crowd-funds it. I simply can't imagine, with the amount of books that get published on a daily basis that TNG could not be publishable at all. Like, there are books out there about having sex with the Loch Ness monster, but TNG would be unpublishable? I'm skeptical.
  15. Yeah, Serwa is decidedly not dead. Now, it's undetermined if she is bound to die in the next series due to the complications from what happened, or what, so we'll just have to wait and see. Bakker has admitted he isn't 100% sure exactly which direction he is going to take the story, so it really could go either way.