lokisnow Posted February 14, 2014 Share Posted February 14, 2014 Continue thread: newbs, beware spoilers, this very post spoils the ending of the first series. What is Bakker? Bakker is the author of a series called The Second Apocalypse, currently consisting of five volumes, with a sixth and possibly final awaiting it's publication date. To Quote TV Tropes: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/SecondApocalypse?from=Main.SecondApocalypse A dark and philosophical fantasy series by R. Scott Bakker that is planned to consist of three smaller series. An additional two short stories have been published on Bakker's website. The first sub-series, The Prince of Nothing, tells the tale of a son searching for his father during a Holy War, in a medieval world where Functional Magic exists and an obscure Ancient Conspiracy is plotting The End of the World as We Know It, although they have faded into myth. The characters who are embroiled in this include a tired Badass Bookworm sorcerer, a cunning whore, and a mentally unstable barbarian chieftain. But in the midst of the Holy War arrives a wandering monk, Anasûrimbor Kellhus. He is the scion of an isolated sect who have made themselves beings of pure logic over the years. At the beginning, he is completely ignorant about the outside world, yet at the same time, he is mentally superior to other humans and can easily read their emotions while he feels nothing himself. Opinions are highly divided on whether Kellhus is a scheming Villain Protagonist, the Big Bad himself, a Sociopathic Hero doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, or an insane but Badass Anti-Hero deserving of our admiration. This has a lot to do with an individual person's perception of what counts as Moral Dissonance, Black and Gray Morality, and Moral Event Horizon. Irredeemably evil? You be the judge. Ultimately a force for good? At the moment we can only speculate. *** From the last thread, why did Moe want Kellhus to kill him? Well he was in the most ancient part of the mansion, near pits that could possibly be gates (the entry to the pits are lips that are formed like hands grasping the ground), a place where the holy bathing water would presumably sluice to, and this is the same place to which Inri Sejenus used to Ascend to the Nail of Heaven. Presumably Moe wants Kellhus to kill him in the right place so that he can likewise ascend. *** Something I just saw on the second-apocalypse forum that I wrote last year and thought it was a thought worth mulling over again was this: If you're predestined--if a soul is already damned before it is conceived/born/created--when the No God is realized there is no longer a mechanism for the damnation to take effect which means one can't be conceived/born/ensouled. If automatic damnation of a soul is a crucial precondition to a soul's existence then a new soul cannot come into existence if automatic damnation is not occuring. In other words, perhaps damnation is so crucial to the human experience that to be severed from damnation is to have no existence. To be human is to be damned. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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