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Excerpt from R. Scott Bakker's The White-Luck Warrior

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I finally convinced Bakker to let me post a teaser extract from The White-Luck Warrior! :thumbsup:

It's spoiler-free, so no worries on that count. It's a Seswatha Dream sequence which gives you a taste of what's to come.

Follow this link to read it. :)

Cheers,

Patrick

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holy shit.

Layered meanings throughout here. enslaved souls to bind mechanical machinery to sorcerous purpose, the map turning into a dead infant, and back into a map, and then the appearance of the no god. How many animata are part of the No God's construction? Is the dead infant Nau Cayuti, Mimara, or the creature inside the carapace that is the No God. Is the No God interfering with Akka's dream, or is Akka interfering with his own dream?

Also, the circuit between watcher and watched that underwrites all reality. Wild. speaking of "is the no-god interfering with Akka's dream," just who ELSE is watching this dream with Akka. Or even more irritating, is it Akka or Ses that is the watcher or the watched? Ses's homonculus existence, married to the souls of the Mandati, blurs the line between Watcher and Watched. Ses' life is Watched, but Ses is also a watcher, because Akka, at least, often experiences the dreams as himself, not as Seswatha, and he is the Watched one. So perhaps the No God is also watching Akka? The opening of the excerpt also seems to suggest that dreams are closer to the Outside, which would make them more vulnerable to non-incarnate No-God. With the phrase, "circuit between watcher and watched," "What do you See?" potentially takes on greater significance. This dream is a truly massive information dump.

Also, I think it might give us more insight into what Mimara does at another Nonman gate.

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TELL ME... the Whirlwind said.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Fuuuuuucccckkk.

Craving the rest of the book something awful, now. :wideeyed:

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expecting new and updated crackpot theories via Nerdanal in 3...2...1.......

Seriously, great excerpt, just enough taste to make that delay all the more infuriating.

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expecting new and updated crackpot theories via Nerdanal in 3...2...1.......

Seriously, great excerpt, just enough taste to make that delay all the more infuriating.

I'd be curious if Pat knows if said delay had anything to do with us getting the excerpt at all.

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Nope, not aware of anything, I'm afraid...

I've been gunning for this extract since Scott sent me the file containing the last copy-edit of TWLW. But he wanted to go through the manuscript one last time to see if there was anything else that could work without being too spoilerish because he's not that pleased with this particular Seswatha Dream sequence.

So the delay probably has more to do with the production or something like that...

Patrick

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Awesome.

Also, WTF?? Seswatha, and apparently lots of other Sohonc, can do Kelly's teleportation Cants, or similar ones??

He didn't teleport, he just walked through the wall.

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Wow, that was awesome. I can't wait until I get to read the whole thing next year!

Is this the place for spoiler discussion or should we do that in the main TJE thread?

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I think this is the best place for discussion since it's about a specific spoiler - which is here - and this way people can avoid it if they don't want to look at it by just not going here.

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I'd agree. Who the Hell is going to read this that hasn't already read up through TJE?

I think it's a good sign if this is a piece that Scott isn't particularly happy with. Can someone put me into an artificially induced coma and wake me up on 4/14?

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Damn, that was some weird shit. I want some of whatever Scott was smoking when he wrote that. Or maybe not.

Pat - thank you. Really good stuff.

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I have this theory I don't think I have ever posted which is about the Womb Plagues.

Womb Plague #1: All the women die

Womb Plague #2: All the babies are born dead

Womb Plague #3: ???

As the plagues seem to be getting subtler (not that two data point are anything much to go by), my guess for the next in the series would be that all the children born are soulless monsters. (The last in the series would have all the children born without souls but seemingly normal nevertheless.) In the excerpt, the dead baby coming alive could signify a difference between the apocalypses. Perhaps this one will have undead babies everywhere.

The baby could also signify the No-God coming back to unlife. The excerpt has an impressive amount of wheel symbolism in it and among other things wheels symbolize death and rebirth. But there is also straight movement - Western view of history in contrast to the cyclical Eastern.

I'm getting the feeling that opening the Sohonc Coffers will be instrumental in bringing about the Second Apocalypse and that's why Cleric wants to go there.

Calling souls proxies shows how people use language in order to distance themselves from the horror. I wonder if the souls in the Great Gate of Wheels were originally from sacrificed babies.

I really hope that we don't get belief making things real in Eärwa. That's such an old hat and I've never liked it anyway.

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