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  1. Bakker XLVIII - Selected to LEAD not to READ

    I have my doubts that Kellhus lets the Consult survive, Mimara's forgiveness or not. Rather, I think she forgives Kellhus and Akka is forced to eat crow, despite being right.
  2. Bakker XLVIII - Selected to LEAD not to READ

    So, damnation is just a trap set by the 100 (or the cubit)? Mimara is key because she can set a new order as meaning for humans by humans?
  3. Bakker XLVIII - Selected to LEAD not to READ

    It's a little unfortunate that you want a cut-and-dry answer to this kind of thing. The answer really is maybe. It would be huge spoilers to explain why "yes" or "no" aren't really appropriate. On Kellhus' role in The Aspect Emperor, he is still a central character, in fact, the central character, but he is not a POV character. The series is more about the world in relation to Kellhus, than Kellhus in relation to the world.
  4. Bakker XLVIII - Selected to LEAD not to READ

    Right, that is true. I think "future" is probably a misnomer, because that Kellhus is a-temporal. He is both past-Kellhus and future-Kellhus, while also not either one. Nor is it present Kellhus, who is just another cog in the wheel of TTT. Present-Kellhus is a meat-sack no different than any other. It's the a-temporal Kellhus that is the key.
  5. Looks to me like you are doing the best you can with what little information you have as of TTT. 3 books later we are still debating it too, so it's open to interpretation, but some have theories on it.
  6. Bakker XLVIII - Selected to LEAD not to READ

    It's been my theory since TGO, that the Voice Kellhus hears and the man who looks like him in his visions (sitting under the tree) is Kellhus himself, a la, Saubon reaching back to himself in death. Recall also that the ciphrang in the "head on a pole" scene tell Kellhus that he has been there before, which would make sense if he precedes himself. My guess has been that Kellhus directs the Thousandfold Thought from the future.
  7. Well, I am probably chiefly guilty of this, because the idea of the IF just intrigues me, so I tend to drag things into it/it into other things. Well, I don't think it's nothing, but I don't think it will be something major. Somewhere in between, where it is simply a part of what we learn about the Inchoroi/Consult. I think the the Inverse Fire parts of The False Sun are the "spoilers" we were warned about, since really nothing of the rest of the story is at all spoilerish. There certainly was a break, post Womb-Plauge, not just because all the women died, but because they went from lifespans that nearly outstripped their memory to ones that far outrunning it. I attempted to discuss this, but like usual I think I was just rambling around some quotes. Anecodtal evidence would seem, to me, to point to the fact that they did worry about it. A great deal. The wright-in-the-mountain tells Cleric: I don't really think this was something that was caused by the Inverse Fire. Also: Again, I have my doubts that such thoughts are Inverse Fire created. Oinaral doesn't seem to have ever seen the Inverse Fire, so his feelings on this are probably not driven by it. Rather, I think he speaks of the "old way" of thinking, how the way out of damnation is through oblivion. So, to return to the question: Well, the Inverse Fire probably predates Arkfall by a very long time, if not predating the Inchoroi themselves (which is a whole different can of worms). As such, I don't know that they Inverse Fire is a necessity, but rather a mixture of a fact and a tool. The Inverse Fire is proof that damnation is real, that it is imminent, and that it is horrific. I believe it was @profgrape who had the idea that the IF might even be, for Nonmen, a method of remembering. Expanding on that, if the soul is a ledger, then perhaps the IF shows you the toll of that litany in plain sight. In this way, it can keep you focused, a paining reminder of what awaits you. Like the Wright says, "how could they have forgotten?" the Inverse Fire is a view into their own souls, one not so easily forgotten.
  8. Yeah, duh, I knew something wasn't quite right with that idea, but I posted in haste. Perhaps he did something a la Serwa, a song or a word to jog his memory.
  9. Well, all we get from that his him being tortured to find out where the Heron Spear is. Since they never found it, we presume Seswatha never told them where it was, so why would he release him? The options would seem to be: Seswatha comes up with a way to escape (unlikely, but not impossible, perhaps the same way Akka escapes). Someone rescues him (maybe Nau-Cayuti?). He tells Mek where the Spear is (or lies about it) and gets released (seems unlikely). He convinces Mek to switch sides (we know he does at least once, from his own saying) and so he lets Seswatha go. I think the last one is most probable, from everything we know.
  10. The only confounding variable I can think of is the Voice telling Kellhus that the war is with "the god." I don't think it's a simple as just averting the No-God's resurrection, although that might be (probably is) a part of it.
  11. I definitely see this as very plausible. Also, since Ajolki is a god of deception, wouldn't it make some sense that his agent would be both an agent of deceit and deceived himself? I agree, I think that analysis is pretty spot on. But also Ajolki is, in the same sentence, "sometimes as a mischievous companion of the Gods, other times as a cruel or malicious competitor." Perhaps he sees Kellhus' "war with the god" as a way to advance his own position?
  12. Goodkind 54: How to Revive a Dead Dick

    I'd consider that, in my life, I have seen a fair amount of nipples. It never occurred to me to liken any to berries. Guess that is why I am not an author, let alone a "best selling" one.
  13. Yeah, in retrospect, the way it was framed I pictured Meppa was a kid when he family died and he "awakened" to the Water. Of course, that's just something I realize I made up in my head, even though it might be true or not. I'm not really on board with Meppa coming to do anything but hate Kellhus further, but as we saw from him letting Akka live, Kellhus isn't scared to have enemies. In fact, he seems to cultivate some...
  14. Drawing from his family being killed by Kellhus, sparking his hatred. Although, I admit in thinking about it now, that doesn't preclude him already being a Cishaurim...
  15. Well, I think that Malowebi's observation that Meppa's Psûhke could actually challenge Kellhus' meta-Gnostic wards speaks to it's power. What that kind of power could do when added to the Gnosis is anyone's guess. Another option is that, like Fanayal, Kellhus leaves him alive to do something he knows he will.