FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
The Fellowship of Seven
Q: Which Fellowship Sorcerer is the most powerful?
A:

It may seem odd to a worldview that seems to put everything into a "hierarchy" - strongest, weakest, most powerful, least powerful, richest, poorest....the Fellowship of Seven is not a hierarchy.

The strengths of each of the seven sorcerers is Different in different arenas. Whose skills or talent is strongest, where? At thinking logic, Luhaine, hands down...At crafting matter, Davien, no question. At overview awareness, Sethvir, obviously.... no Sorcerer is more powerful than another - each has their area of "expertise" and without any one of them, all become less.

In any group of people, each one has the capacity for genius - the trick is in discovering Where that genius potential lies...and in developing it. When each person brings their strength to the table, and when each acknowledges the talent in the other, and when each allows that talent to step to the fore when circumstances match that - there is no hierarchy - there is true and balanced power.

When Sethvir and Asandir's "power" was compared in the book, the key line has Always been overlooked: "in a straight contest of force" - if people tend to think "force" is the only power that "rules" - that is earth based thinking...not the paradigm by which the Fellowship Sorcerers relate.

Without Ciladis, all are less. Without Sethvir's overview - the compact could not be held.

"Power without wisdom eventually destroys itself." There is so much, packed into that one line. The ethics of handling an awareness of the scale that the Fellowship possesses, and the responsibility of the power they wield is quite different than the consensus (earth) pattern of handling such things...the consequences are far more wide ranging...and the hair gets split with a great deal more precision. There is a soft footed degree of respect for those who are mortal, and less evolved; and asking becomes an indispensable part of the equation. The impact of a Fellowship Sorcerer's answer is Not going to leave the status quo...it will create change. This requires consent, on the part of the party involved.

So the answer is not simple. There IS no one Sorcerer more powerful than another. Each one has his area of strength; and each, his drawbacks and weaknesses. If you read this story Expecting to find hierarchy - you'll "see" what you want, perhaps - until the facts underlying trip you up, and the boundaries keep blurring despite you.

It is, actually, the case of the paper, the stone, and the scissors....(grin)

Q: The Fellowship of Seven seemed to represent a higher form of justice and the Koriani a debased form of compassion. Is this true?
A:

Yes, and yes - and if you really look, EVERY faction will have its opinions, beliefs, distortions, and "truths" about all of the issues stated -

This story is depicted in its entire spectrum from multiple angles - and reader identification (what YOU believe) determines what you will see -- to what height and to what depth, and with what degree of distortion...

That's right out there in plain view in the prologue....what you already identify with (as reader) will indeed, determine the accuracy or inaccuracy of the "reflection".

That's why, as you change, all of the angles keep shifting - and why, as the characters grow, their angles shift as well.

There is no fixed 'truth' - only angles of awareness, and how conscious they are becoming.

Q: Do Asandir and Traithe have beards?
A:

Asandir - no beard. Helluva mess of sticks and leaves, if he had one. That one, take pause for excessive grooming? NOT! (wink!).

Traithe - no beard either - sometimes wears a short, trimmed mustache. (did when I drew him first, in the 70s).

Q: Did the F7 realize when they rendered Davien discorporate that it would unleash the Curse of Mearth? And why was the Five Centuries Fountain protected in the first place?
A:

Concerning Davien's being rendered discorporate: not much has been said about this. Many of you have "jumped to conclusions" as to the why and the wherefore of what happened. Davien WAS rendered discorporate by his colleagues...this was not done as "punishment" as many of you have supposed. Alot (ALOT!!) more was at play, and, at stake at the time....and it will unfold in due course. It's too wrapped up in what you see as the enigma behind Davien himself....and beware what you suppose in this case. Every speculation I have ever seen from readers, in Davien's case, has been wrong...colored by what you "suppose" the reasons to have been.

To explain why the Five Centuries' Fountain was guarded would give away too much - suffice to say this: the Fountain was a test of sorts.

The escape of the shadows happened at the time of Davien's being rendered discorporate. The six Sorcerers did not know it would happen.

More I cannot say - it will unfold in due time. You will see more of Davien, and will BEGIN to unwind the very first strand of his motivations in Traitor's Knot.

There will be MORE....I don't expect this subject to quiet down until said is done, and Arc 5 is fully complete.

Q: Can you tell us how the Fellowship sorcerers got the names they now use?
A: The Paravian names the Fellowship Sorcerers currently answer to were given by the Paravians themselves. In effect, they were renamed by the Paravians. This event happened in the course of the first encounter, just following the Fellowship's arrival on Athera.
Q: Is there a link between the Five Centuries Fountain and the Maze at Kewar? Were they built specifically to ward of the threat of Desh-thiere?
A:

The building of the Maze at Kewar - and the construction of the Five Centuries Fountain - had a connection in purpose, but did not occur at the same time. The fountain's creation followed the maze. Neither one was directly engendered by the creation or the invasion of the Mistwraith. The tapestry that comprised Davien's reasoning, and his intent behind those two masterworks was a whole lot wider than the one sinister thread, that came to transpire on Marak.

Q: How did the Curse of Mearth get loose? Is it at all similar to how the Maze at Kewar operates?
A:

The shadows and the fountain are no longer connected. Once, the shadows GUARDED the fountain. The warding that held them dissolved (due to specific reason) - now they are "loose" and anyone who disturbs them gets got.

Since they replay the event that hurts most, well, it would follow that mastery of Kewar's maze would LEAVE NO RECONCILED LOOSE END for that geas to "grab" - so, yes, by extrapolation - the master of the maze AT the point the maze was mastered - no "hold" to grab. But life goes on - time passes - unreconciled events could still occur as the master of the maze moves on from that moment.

The AWARENESS of the master of the maze would carry forward - but choice would rule how that got handled.

Q: Davien's workings seem to dominate the story. Have the other Sorcerers ever built anything on Athera?
A:

Fellowship workings you Have seen, that were not Davien's: first and foremost: the Worldsend Gates -- and there are more....in plain view, except for the possibility that undue attention paid to Davien by most readers has perhaps, at the moment, "eclipsed" them...

Q: Can the Fellowship recreate Paravian artistry should the need arise?
A:

There are a few rather monumental examples of Paravian artistry right in clear sight in the books. By Fellowship admission, they could not be replicated.

Q: Can you tell us more about Traithe's Raven?
A: To understand Raven (she) and the physical raven that is her Aspect, and flies as companion to Traithe, you have to look at masculine/feminine energy - then the correlation as to why which is which, becomes evident.
Q: Can you tell us more about the Great Drakes and the Fellowship's origins?
A:

The Great Drakes dreamed creation - not based in love. They saw a desire/need - they 'dreamed' the Fellowship - and the intersect of that dream resolved on the world of Athera.

They dreamed a template of INTENT - and, it ranged out as a wave of energy; called for a match in DESTINY. There are layers upon layers of definition to destiny - won't do this now...The Fellowship matched - destiny matched - their ship "crashed" on Athera.

Destiny ranges past the etheric; it is an alignment. Its lesser particulars lie within space/time - its greater pattern of thrust extends beyond time and does invoke the True Self.

The Fellowship's binding is within dimension, but it ties outside of death. A paradox at first sight...but no paradox at all in a dimensional octave's complexity.

The Fellowship in physical form and aware consciousness AT THE MOMENT of intersect Matched. The beliefs they held - about themselves, about who they were, what they were, what they were 'responsible' for - MATCHED. A lock occurred. A binding of intent - a consent by means of self-belief. "We think we are, therefore, we ARE..." The limitation (self induced) created a blindness...hook and lock. The drake's dream summoned, they by their steering of belief -- created an intent that precisely answered.

Now, when they arrived on Athera - more happened. They received their magic from the Dragons. They learned redemption from the Paravians...they have evolved....I really don't wish to go much deeper into the particulars because it could spoil for later....more layers are unveiled, each arc...

Since the Drake's magic dreams creation without love (without grace for dimensional expansion) - the "lock" binds to existence within space/time - an anchor. Lose the body - the anchor is still affixed within the pattern....so in effect, the spirit is tethered via the lock in pattern of lesser intent and the greater choice in destiny.

The Fellowship swore no oath at all - they were dreamed into Athera's existence by the dragons for the Sole intent of securing Paravian survival. Since Paravian existence within space/time is inseparably set into electromagnetic frequency - Athera's living matrix MUST not fall below a certain range of vibration. Nor must certain harmonic ranges be 'cancelled' by shifts that would alter the tonal range.

Therefore the Fellowship were 'claimed' by self made choice and destiny, and, their response to the planet is tied to the existence (within space/time) of the Paravians.

Conclusion - you do NOT want to get entangled with a Drake....very powerful side trip...

Q: Why can't the powerful Sorcerers do what the brothers can do with their elemental mastery?
A: The powerful Sorcerers CAN.
Q: Elsewhere in the FAQ I read that the Fellowship of Seven have always been the same seven people. Is it possible for the Fellowship to replace or induct new members, in effect growing beyond Seven?
A:

Why the Fellowship of Seven will never "expand" - one needs to fully understand their origins, what they are, how they came to be, what their purpose of existence IS.

ONE: they were summoned by a Drake's dream - which means, the dragon dreamed what Athera required to underwrite and secure Paravian survival AND the force (read 7 spirits) who PRECISELY matched that template of intent answered, due to what they were in that EXACT pinpoint instant of time - and the original seven, as a direct consequence of who and what they were, AND (don't underestimate this) what they believed themselves to BE - at that split second moment that the dream was cast -- engendered and launched by the power of creation (without love)-- those who became the Sorcerers you know were drawn and became bound to that fate.

Therefore, for reason one, the Seven can never, and as they are now, (after they encountered the Paravians, and so claimed their self-redemption) will never, delegate their bound status, even if they could.

TWO - they bear the magic, bestowed by the Dragons, to secure Paravian survival. This is not something anyone could treat to achieve. Athera's dragons do not bargain. They are not a FORCE that humans could meddle with. The attempt would result in utter annihilation.

Arithon does not hold nearly the power of a Fellowship Sorcerer, by many orders of magnitude - Davien's warning admonishment in Peril's Gate, last scene said so straight out....take note of the frail and perilous stay that restrains their hand, also mentioned there in most unvarnished sincerity.

Spellbinders are those the Seven have trained and led to initiation - they cannot be mistaken for an "apprentice, cum potential Sorcerer, cap S) Arithon's master status derives and descends from the training and initiation given to Dari s'Ahelas by Sethvir to assist her survival.

She, a born rogue talent, is a tale all to herself.

Therefore, at this moment, Arithon's powers as master sorcerer derive from Fellowship teaching ADDED TO his gift, refined by Halliron's guidance to Masterbard's title, ADDED TO a transcendent initiation won through the challenge of Davien's maze. His use of elemental mastery - is a rogue gift, derived from and bestowed by Mak s'Ahelas' independent experimentation, which took place off world and not on Athera, therefore, outside reach of the compact...never EVER doubt the Fellowship do not have the capability to have replicated that step.

For the soundest of reasons, they didn't, and wouldn't, a great deal of which is an emerging part of this story and to unfold in subsequent arcs.

You will, guaranteed, see more of the breadth and depth within the Fellowship's workings in TK...

Q: Reading the series, we see that the Fellowship Sorcerers seem to know each other extremely well. How is this possible?
A: The F7 know each other intimately well. They've been on Athera for far beyond 10,000 yrs.
Q: Will we ever find out what happened to Ciladis and why he never returned?
A: The series will answer the fate of Ciladis...I won't say when....there is definitely more material coming in Stormed Fortress...
Q: Traithe's one of my favorite characters but I don't understand how he didn't foresee the danger from the Mistwraith when he sealed South Gate. Can you explain the invasion so that it makes sense?
A:

First Incursion at Southgate was in fact Quite quiet - and Traithe was the "man of the hour" - first to reach the site. The gravity of the problem was not apparent all at once - except to the Paravians - and it would have been in response to THEM that the Seven realized there was Big Trouble - but realize - this was before the Paravians departed the continent, and therefore, the Warden at Althain Tower would have been a Paravian - and therefore, SETHVIR DID NOT HAVE HIS EARTHSENSE THEN - he was granted that and the post at the tower when the last Centaur Guardian departed.

So Traithe, alone, encountered the incursion at South Gate - and alone, realized the first edge of the scope of the problem - not all of it - not all by a long shot. He perceived the danger - as deadly - if the wraiths were not stopped. He acted, knowing he did not know all he needed to know - and tried to close down the worldsend gate.

The worldsend gates are a Fellowship creation. They bend and collapse space/time. Each one was made for a different reason; each one is slightly differently warded. Southgate had defenses on it - an embodied human could pass OUT of Athera, but not back....unless he held initiate mastery....adepts could go both ways, Paravians could (but would not bother) Sorcerers could - the Law of the Major Balance was the determinant factor. A consciousness (embodied) that honored that law - and understood the connections to mystery could pass - one who did not, could not. Technologies of power and control, and focus jewels used that way - could not pass.

Disembodied wraiths were not subject to that filter. They passed without query.

Traithe would have recognized that they were a Threat to Athera's great mysteries (planetary frequency of vibration which allows "magic" to work - meaning that resonant creation of consequence moved manifestation vertically, not cause and effect to consequence in linearity) The Drake's binding would have forced his intervention since the great mysteries permitted Paravian survival and the Fellowship are charged to defend.

He could not grapple Name for the wraiths. Did not recognize their consciousness as human, as Sethvir and Asandir did, much later (and Paravians did AT ONCE. but being as they are, they had no word for what these consciousnesses had become - no shared paradigm - and the ramifications of this are coming later...)

He could only try to shear the gate - and did this - not realizing WHAT he was cutting off. Fellowship Sorcerers are evolved out of human consciousness. As such, they are connected to All human consciousness - so separation, total separation from Desh'thiere's wraiths is not possible at the highest frequencies....those same frequencies REQUIRED to work the time/space shift that occurs in the gate working.

Traithe in working those frequencies, - could not defend "against himself" - and so - the incursion happened. He realized - and saw he could not clear himself of what was happening nor could he succeed in closing the gate - so - he sheared away portions of his beingness to cut the gate - stop the main body of wraiths from Marak - which would have laid waste Athera..

He so lost access to the uppermost frequencies - and so lost bits of his beingness (more complex than identity) - in a sense "burned" the connection - which left that portion of awareness beyond his access, and still with the wraiths.

They did not get "him" or his power of authority and choice. He is crippled because a range of frequency awareness is sheared off - access to the power at that range is sheared off - the wraiths cannot use His power, however, because they did not take his authority. His choice. His awareness of self - personal right to exist in autonomy. He is therefore more "in the body" than his colleagues. The wraiths can't "take" his self possession in the lower frequencies - they have no body. Therefore, to vanquish him further - they'd have to embody and knife him - something like that. Physically kill the body, they can't. If Traithe were murdered - then they'd have no barrier. If he had "died" while the mistwraith was at large - deadly. Now the wraiths are contained - he could "die" and not be taken - but - those sheared frequencies of himself - that would be a continued difficulty for him. He cannot cross fully without.

Q: Thanks for that detailed answer. So, if I understand, the Mistwraith can't possess Traithe because it has no access to him through his higher vibrations, since he 'burned' his personal connection. But it CAN access other humans(particularly unaware, untrained ones) through their higher vibrations to attempt possession, yes?
A:

At the time Traithe closed South Gate, he was "opened" on other levels to access the operant craft that created the vortex that was the gate. Wraiths were "in there" in transit...this led to a point of access for them to gain entry.

The wraiths of themselves can't just "attack" a regularly embodied person, trained or untrained....it takes an extenuating circumstance to "open" them....Lysaer handled them barehanded, in concert with craft worked by Kharadmon - who stepped back, BUT the alteration of s'Ilessid justice lent opening. Arithon did not get attacked until he was aware of them, and attempting to create a defense....dreams, nightmares - Lysaer had these and didn't know why - there are reasons (in Lysaer) why this subliminal access was possible. It's quite worked out, and quite reasoned, but very much too long to go into - just presume, that, Arithon, in his initiate mastery MASTERED his primal fears beyond any level that most people would - Lysaer did not deal with his inner reflection of self - his inner self's nightmare - to anywhere close to that extent. Therefore those "gaps" in his self awareness would have allowed the wraiths to trouble him with nightmares.

NO mortal was overtly attacked by wraiths - until they perceived the wraiths as threat AND also, pressed back at the wraiths - and "woke" that consciousness awareness of them as a threat to the wraiths. Even Kharadmon, disembodied, was fairly secure upon Marak UNTIL he investigated the wraiths on a deeper level - then he triggered the attack that he dragged back to Athera.

Those "sheared" bits of Traithe are not whole knowledge - it's like stopping the rain in a reservoir that is still fed by rivers, and still has seepage into groundwater. The wraiths stopped the rain - the higher frequency connection is burned out - but they do not have clear grasp or entry to Traithe at the other levels.

Arithon - they assimilated an imprint BUT - it's not complete - Asandir intervened.

Now if Marak's wraiths, the (banished!!) wraiths that attacked Kharadmon and Sethvir AND Athera's wraiths in Rockfell were ever to "recombine" knowledge - worry quick! Mind that the Banished ones are done - finished and restored to healing and gone. If you review the aftermath of the banishing scene in CoTM - you will see right quick HOW worried Asandir was on the subject, and also - Sethvir and Kharadmon....if these guys feel threat .... better count it's a biggie.

Also - you are quite correct, in presuming that if the Mistwraith escaped Rockfell now it would be MORE Dangerous than it was when confined - yes - it would. But the wraith that "had" Lysaer - that knew in more depth what was possible re human possession - it was released....so its knowledge is gone...but not the awareness (within the Fellowship) of what the wraiths were capable OF - and what happened once, etc....

Q: When Sethvir cured Morriel's deaf servant, how was this done within the scope of free will. Did he ask the servant for permission?
A: On the question of the deaf-mute servant - there is no inconsistencey with 'permissions. The indicator lies in Asandir's comment, subsequent to the event, as Morriel demands "What have you done to my servant?"

Asandir says, "Let him restore the enerves that afflicted his hearing, apparently."

The 'let him' refers to the servant himself - Sethvir's aware presence: the intensity and pleasure of the Sorcerer enjoying the sound of the spoons, allowed the servant to heal HIMSELF. There is a great deal of intricacy involved in this one scene; and here's how I see the act, as playing.

Sethvir's mage-sight would have allowed him to see the energy field of the servant; and know what precisely was out of alignment in the body, re, hearing. Clearly stated elsewhere (Dakar's longevity, and other places, too) is the fact that the body's own awareness carries a template of its own state of optimum health. Sethvir would have seen this too.

Not being a dummy, the servant knew he was "missing something."

Sethvir the instigator, chimed the spoons, and in the servant's close presence, FOCUSED ALL OF HIS ATTENTION on the sound of the notes, their harmonics AND all the tones of those that lie above and below hearing, that the sounded note would waken by resonance. Ride that resonance out of the physical - embrace it in its entirety, one would touch the upper ranges, and the sublime state....the Sorcerer's intense state of joy, channelled into HIS auric field, in close proximity to the servant's, would cause a frequency shift: by the physics of resonance, a higher blended with a lower, will create a third, that is the combination of the two. The servant's auric frequency (or ANYONE) in presence of a Fellowship Sorcerer will rise....to another higher than they are accustomed.

The servant, in this "raised" state - saw the Sorcerer's joy in the sound of the spoons, and LONGED with intensity to share that - Desired it with such complete and utter focus - that the body responded, drew on the available channel to Prime power (Sethvir) and effected a spontaneous healing.

The servant healed himself, by the choice and intensity of his conscious desire, and the body's innate awareness of its own state of optimum balance.

Q: Why weren't the Fellowship Sorcerer's involved in the battle of Tal Quorin?
A: At the time of the battle, they were busy securing the Mistwraith itself. Even had they NOT been, given how they work what they work, I doubt the outcome would've changed.
Q: Why did Asandir give preferential treatment to Arithon when the two brothers were found inside the West Gate?
A: One kingdom was not more important than the other. When the brothers were found, Dakar was predisposed to take care of Lysaer, due to his bet. One presumes, and the narrative follows, that Asandir would have let Dakar pursue his interests in the one prince, in particular since Dakar's hasty presumption tagged Arithon as "unimportant" and a servant.

In the cottage, where Dakar challenges Asandir's priorities, Asandir answers that "he chose according to need." This phrase did not (is this where you got confused?) refer to the kingdoms each prince was heir to... it referred to Arithon's personal state.

My logic as author, writing this story, was to look at the two brothers' state of mind. Lysaer was born and raised a privileged prince; he was trained to judge and rule; until the actual shock of exile, he'd had no traumatic events since his mother's departure when he was a child. He would have been the less tested character; but also, the one more immediately resilient, as he had not yet had more than the one setback, where his mindset failed to compensate for his fate.

Arithon had given up his preferred talents to rule for the greater good; suffered the hideous reverse of seeing his dreams ruined, his father die, and himself, fall into the trapped mentality of the feud at its basest level, when his aspirations had encompassed the genuine effort to restore peace. That setback, it's seemingly hopeless outcome, had driven him to despair deep enough to (1) try to provoke his own death (2) succeed only in being subjected to a drug addiction of harrowing proportion (3) be forced on display as scapegoat before enemies his ancestors had bequeathed him and (4) have to endure the physical abuse, and the mental abuse, as the King of Amroth's captive. Then, on top of this, we see him have to cope with the privations of the Red Desert AND the responsibility for the life of a half-brother who hated him. And on top, the Curse of Mearth, which, given more past anguish to draw from, would be the more insidious for Arithon. He is already a character under siege, having followed his ideals and failed miserably; therefore, at the hour of arrival through the Gate, he would be the more needy character.

I chose to examine his side of the conflict more closely, since his straits were the more complex. Had we seen Asandir's healing of Lysaer in the same depth, we would have learned NOTHING NEW. Lysaer's immediate woes, as we know them, from his trials in the desert, will disappear with the "just cause" of the Mistwraith's dilemma, and the knowledge of a kingdom awaiting. Since Arithon's problems are going to be amplified by the same fate, his reactions warranted the closer look for reader understanding, if nothing else. I saw no point in slowing down the unfolding of the whole, just to give Lysaer equal stage time here.

Q: Have the Seven always been these seven or have there been other Fellowship sorcerers?
A: The Fellowship has always been (until now) Seven, and these the original founders: Sethvir, Asandir, Traithe, Kharadmon, Luhaine, Ciladis and Davien. They have a very long backhistory to them; as is hinted at in the scene where Lysaer is freed from possession.
Q: Many fans have wondered why the Mistwraith's attack on Traithe at South Gate was not foreseen by the F7. Can you tell us more about the Mistwraith's arrival and the dangers its poses to humanity?
A: First Incursion at Southgate was in fact Quite quiet - and Traithe was the "man of the hour" - first to reach the site. The gravity of the problem was not apparent all at once - except to the Paravians - and it would have been in response to THEM that the Seven realized there was Big Trouble - but realize - this was before the Paravians departed the continent, and therefore, the Warden at Althain Tower would have been a Paravian - and therefore, SETHVIR DID NOT HAVE HIS EARTHSENSE THEN - he was granted that and the post at the tower when the last Centaur Guardian departed.

So Traithe, alone, encountered the incursion at South Gate - and alone, realized the first edge of the scope of the problem - not all of it - not all by a long shot. He perceived the danger - as deadly - if the wraiths were not stopped. He acted, knowing he did not know all he needed to know - and tried to close down the worldsend gate.

The worldsend gates are a Fellowship creation. They bend and collapse space/time. Each one was made for a different reason; each one is slightly differently warded. Southgate had defenses on it - an embodied human could pass OUT of Athera, but not back... unless he held initiate mastery... adepts could go both ways, Paravians could (but would not bother) Sorcerers could - the Law of the Major Balance was the determinant factor. A consciousness (embodied) that honored that law - and understood the connections to mystery could pass - one who did not, could not. Technologies of power and control, and focus jewels used that way - could not pass.

Disembodied wraiths were not subject to that filter. They passed without query.

Traithe would have recognized that they were a Threat to Athera's great mysteries (planetary frequency of vibration which allows "magic" to work - meaning that resonant creation of consequence moved manifestation vertically, not cause and effect to consequence in linearity) The Drake's binding would have forced his intervention since the great mysteries permitted Paravian survival and the Fellowship are charged to defend.

He could not grapple Name for the wraiths. Did not recognize their consciousness as human, as Sethvir and Asandir did, much later (and Paravians did AT ONCE. But being as they are, they had no word for what these consciousnesses had become - no shared paradigm - and the ramifications of this are coming later...)

He could only try to shear the gate - and did this - not realizing WHAT he was cutting off. Fellowship Sorcerers are evolved out of human consciousness. As such, they are connected to All human consciousness - so separation, total separation from Desh'thiere's wraiths is not possible at the highest frequencies... those same frequencies REQUIRED to work the time/space shift that occurs in the gate working.

Traithe in working those frequencies, - could not defend "against himself" - and so - the incursion happened. He realized - and saw he could not clear himself of what was happening nor could he succeed in closing the gate - so - he sheared away portions of his beingness to cut the gate - stop the main body of wraiths from Marak - which would have laid waste Athera.

He so lost access to the uppermost frequencies - and so lost bits of his beingness (more complex than identity) - in a sense "burned" the connection - which left that portion of awareness beyond his access, and still with the wraiths.

They did not get "him" or his power of authority and choice. He is crippled because a range of frequency awareness is sheared off - access to the power at that range is sheared off - the wraiths cannot use His power, however, because they did not take his authority. His choice. His awareness of self - personal right to exist in autonomy. He is therefore more "in the body" than his colleagues. The wraiths can't "take" his self possession in the lower frequencies - they have no body. Therefore, to vanquish him further - they'd have to embody and knife him - something like that. Physically kill the body, they can't. If Traithe were murdered - then they'd have no barrier. If he had "died" while the mistwraith was at large - deadly. Now the wraiths are contained - he could "die" and not be taken - but - those sheared frequencies of himself - that would be a continued difficulty for him. He cannot cross fully without.

At the time Traithe closed South Gate, he was "opened" on other levels to access the operant craft that created the vortex that was the gate. Wraiths were "in there" in transit... this led to a point of access for them to gain entry -

The wraiths of themselves can't just "attack" a regularly embodied person, trained or untrained... it takes an extenuating circumstance to "open" them... Lysaer handled them barehanded, in concert with craft worked by Kharadmon - who stepped back, BUT the alteration of s'Ilessid justice lent opening. Arithon did not get attacked until he was aware of them, and attempting to create a defense... dreams, nightmares - Lysaer had these and didn't know why - there are reasons (in Lysaer) why this subliminal access was possible. It's quite worked out, and quite reasoned, but very much too long to go into - just presume, that, Arithon, in his initiate mastery MASTERED his primal fears beyond any level that most people would - Lysaer did not deal with his inner reflection of self - his inner self's nightmare - to anywhere close to that extent. Therefore those "gaps" in his self awareness would have allowed the wraiths to trouble him with nightmares.

NO mortal was overtly attacked by wraiths - until they perceived the wraiths as threat AND also, pressed back at the wraiths - and "woke" that consciousness awareness of them as a threat to the wraiths. Even Kharadmon, disembodied, was fairly secure upon Marak UNTIL he investigated the wraiths on a deeper level - then he triggered the attack that he dragged back to Athera.

Those "sheared" bits of Traithe are not whole knowledge - it's like stopping the rain in a reservoir that is still fed by rivers, and still has seepage into groundwater. The wraiths stopped the rain - the higher frequency connection is burned out - but they do not have clear grasp or entry to Traithe at the other levels.

Arithon - they assimilated an imprint BUT - it's not complete - Asandir intervened.

Now if Marak's wraiths, the (banished!!) wraiths that attacked Kharadmon and Sethvir AND Athera's wraiths in Rockfell were ever to "recombine" knowledge - worry quick! Mind that the Banished ones are done - finished and restored to healing and gone. If you review the aftermath of the banishing scene in Curse of the Mistwraith - you will see right quick HOW worried Asandir was on the subject, and also - Sethvir and Kharadmon... if these guys feel threat... better count it's a biggie.

Also - if the Mistwraith escaped Rockfell now it would be MORE Dangerous than it was when confined - yes - it would. But the wraith that "had" Lysaer - that knew in more depth what was possible re human possession - it was released... so its knowledge is gone... but not the awareness (within the Fellowship) of what the wraiths were capable OF - and what happened once, etc...

Q: Who built the four the four Worldsend Gates?
A: The Gates - were Fellowship built. Look to the underlying "four directions" - there is lots and lots of meaning to this, mostly found in indigenous culture, though Christianity's archangels, four of them, carry the same underlying energy. There are reasons and reasons for everything. I CAN say - none of the gate worlds were ever inhabited by humanity - any human presence would have originated through the settlement permitted by Compact on Athera. If this answer seems maddeningly obtuse - there is a lot of the story yet to go...
Q: Where did your idea of the F7 come from?
A: I think I was trying to AVOID having a standard classic wizard figure - that's why there were to be 7 of them...

All authors in some way reshape what they perceive. Sometimes those ideas spring from life, and direct exploration. Sometimes from a mythic source (Tolkien. - the Finnish Kalevala). Sometimes from a mix of ideas - and SOME ideas are mythic archetypes, and many stories have them.

The classic "wise old man" wizard, and "wise old grandmother" are archetypical figures, found in every culture. They are a vital part of the human myth, and every author since Time began has drawn from that source of very real inspiration.

To me, it's how those items play that count - and where they take the reader, and what emotions and thoughts are created - and if we're lucky - insights awakened - that's what matters in a piece of work. It's the originality of where it lands you at the end that, for me, is where the value lies.

Q: What was the relationship between the various members of the F7 leading up to the use of the great weapon?
A: They were co-workers on a monster project... They're not related by blood, or any tie of family relationship.
Q: When Traithe is able to use his mage talent with Sethvir's help, is he using Sethvir's powers or is Sethvir bridging the gaps to Traithe's own powers that Traithe destroyed and can't access on his own?
A: The simple, surface answer: Traithe destroyed none of his powers. There lie the "gaps" in his being, which Sethvir bridged over, using his own power, and the deep, inate knowledge of "who" Traithe was, to replicate the pattern of lost consciousness as near as possible.

Such a "fix" as Sethvir did, lending himself, would not entirely replicate the free individuality of Traithe in his healed state.

Q: Was Traithe able to direct the wraiths in which parts they took?
A: I think if you go back and carefully read the two sections that deal in depth with Traith's affliction (Mistwraith and Fugitive Prince) you will see some of the answers to your questions are already there, or quite strongly implied.

In order to explain 'what' the wraiths 'got' there would need to be an in depth description of the human energy field - there have been a lot of things published, a lot of exploration in this area, but since there is not a concensus opinion that it even exists... (though why, I don't know because when electrical current is present there is ALWAYS a magnetic field, and the human nervous system is electrical in nature...) far less how it functions, and what its constitution might be. Its various functions, also, are an area that enter into "hot religious" beliefs. So, I'd encourage you to explore the ideas for yourself. Eastern thought is far less resistant to the concepts and the knowledge than traditional western thinking.

Q: As the wraiths did with Arithon's abilities, are they able to use the "bits" of Traithe's magic for themselves?
A: What happened to Traithe and what happened to Arithon was not at all the same thing... extrapolate CAREFULLY from the facts, you can see where this may lead.
Q: After Traithe immolated the connection to those portions of his mind controlled by the wraiths, what kept them from coming after the rest of his knowledge and abilities?
A: At that time, the wraiths were still embodied in mist. He was under attack by attrition - and the reason for that was, he had to CLOSE DOWN THE GATE. Without going into the workings of gate magic, and what was involved with THAT, he was, at that moment, vulnerable.

He "cleared" the attacking entities as you saw. Crippled as he is, he is not left without knowledge or entirely defenseless... and I haven't gone into the history of what happened after... I could, yes, but instinct says no... storyline will do this far better. If the storyline fails on this point, it Will be in the appendix. There are extenuating story reasons why I don't want to dig into the mechanics of this at this time.

Q: How do the Sorcerers, Asandir and Traithe in particular, pay for things like inn rooms (when needed) and horse supplies and food, and the like? Do they have a sort of trust fund? Do they pawn their belongings? Do they filch spoons and spellcraft them into silver pieces?
A: There is a reference or two to Fellowship "payment" in the series so far. Here's a few places where you can look -- Grand Conspiracy, when Sethvir arrives back from the grimward and considers staying with a friendly farmwife.

Ask yourself how many times have you seen Fellowship "stay" at an Inn while in town? In Erdane, Curse of the Mistwraith, Asandir's lodging is explained in detail. You can also read what happened when the Fellowship took up residence for the coronation ceremony in Etarra, Curse of the Mistwraith.

The clans grant them hospitality on principle - there are numerous scenes depicting this.
Where fear does not rule, the benefits of a Fellowship visit are more readily recalled. Once, they were granted hospitality anywhere they went.

Even given the current climate of distrust, the occasions where they need actual coin are very few and far between. I have made an issue of Asandir using coin once in Curse of the Mistwraith - There was a reason for that - he didn't want to draw undue attention, and note, it was Dakar who carried the money.

How he got the gold, you'll have to conjecture, as I don't want to spoil the fun by explaining everything in depth. The series will show you well enough.

Q: Can you tell us about the colors worn by the F7?
A: There is a correlation to the colors worn by the Fellowship Sorcerers. Color is a frequency of energy. This relates to the sorcerers themselves.

They do not correlate with the colors of the kingdoms. These relate more to the frequency of the energy of the LAND. And to the royal lines themselves, whose crowned High Kings related to that land they ruled most closely.

Speculate as you want, on that.

For fun: Traithe's raven is an Aspect called into physical being by Sethvir. The Aspect was born out of the greater whole, who is Raven (she), not a physical entity. [Janny, looking amazed... smile]... did you REALLY believe the Fellowship could not tell the sex of a bird? It was Jieret's viewpoint, raising the question of the mystery. To understand Raven (she) and the physical raven that is her Aspect, and flies as companion to Traithe, you have to look at masculine/feminine energy - then the correlation as to why which is which, becomes evident.

Ciladis, if he were present, would wear lavender and gold. He has two colors because - he changed.

One needs must look at FREQUENCY... each color is a wavelength - sound also runs on wavelength and frequency... one frequency will cause others to resonate on harmonics - therefore, a visible light frequency will "trigger" the higher (beyond sight) harmonics.

Seven visible colors combine to white light. (A simple prism displays this property).

These seven FREQUENCIES in higher range - form the energy field that is endemic in the PHYSICAL body... yes, chakras, and their respective colors have correlation, though the paradigms listed aren't quite precise to the one I am working.

There are twelve chakra centers total - five of which are not in the physical... and the geometry of the earth, and the sacred geometry runs on BASE TWELVE. Not ten, as we humans count fingers.

Therefore:

  • Red - physical security.
  • Orange - pleasure/primal creativity
  • Yellow - full range of emotion
  • Green - the heart, compassion
  • Blue - expression
  • Indigo - intuition
  • Violet - wisdom and spiritual connection.

Luhaine's dusty gray was pale blue when he was corporate - and he's the lecturer... the loquacious one.
Asandir is the indigo.

I'll let you figure the others out for yourselves. It's pretty obvious.

Arithon's kingdom colors, and Lysaer's - and Eldir's reflect their royal gifts.

Therefore, it follows as obvious that Melhalla's banner was violet, in line with s'Ellestrion's gift Shand's device is split - there is an ancient one and a modern one (the chevrons). This involved the unification of Shand/West Shand under one banner. (Davien's ring has NOTHING to do with Shand's older device.. its based on a triskele, or a triaxial design... which has other connotation entirely.)

Athera has "24" lanes, that are, actually Rings, if you were looking at the globe. Therefore, the first lane would "run" around the far side of the planet, and so on.

Low frequency of light is still light - it just has a longer wavelength. So I wouldn't go using frequency as a measure of a sorcerer's access to power. Nor would I tend to overlook the FACT that they all access all of the frequencies - their colors denote characteristic expression, not limits.

Accessing frequency by harmonic octave - this is repeated again and again and again IN THE TEXT - using a range within the senses to delineate intent, and "fire" the upper ranges where the energy is beyond the visible.

Traithe did not wear black before his injury.

Q: Which floor of Althain Tower is Sethvir's quarters?
A: Off the top of MY head - the fifth floor is NOT Sethvir's living quarters...

Althain Tower has nine stories. ("Nine stories" to me, says nine levels above ground. Thus, Althain Tower would follow the European methodology: Cellar, Ground Floor, 1st level, etc.)

  • Ground level holds the Paravian statuary and the main gate entry.
  • The cellar holds the focus circle.
  • Second Floor is the storerooms.
  • Top, or ninth floor is the Library.
  • Third holds the King's Chamber.
  • 7th floor has Sethvir's chess table, where Dakar fell asleep prior to Kharadmon's rude summons, in Mistwraith.

Ath's Adept goes downstairs to a guest quarters, from the King's Chamber, which would mean, first level, (for the reader, by extrapolation; somewhere I had a scrappie of paper that mapped the tower, but she's done buried, and deep too!)

My off the top sense is that Sethvir's quarters are fourth floor - but I need a direct reference for this, if I can find it... I seriously doubt it'd be fifth, since I know the sense of what should be there... not a living quarters!!

Q: Could the F7 have children, either before their arrival on Athera or subsequently?
A: The Fellowship have children in the past. Yes. On Athera, the embodied ones - could. Would they? You figure this one if you can... it's complex.
Q: When the F7 arrived on Athera were they alone or were there other people with them?
A: The Fellowship were alone on landing. There is NO connection between them, and clan lineage... the human settlement in Third Age Year One was thousands of years past the date of the Fellowship arrival, a Second Age event... Anyone they would have known personally - long since dead.
Q: Are the F7 "correct" by not volunteering information unless specifically asked, as Dakar keeps suggesting?
A: What is "correct?" Answer this for yourself... at whatever level you "want" to see.

As questions I can suggest that you ask: are people ignorant because they are 'forced to be ignorant' and that is their natural state to be ignorant and it's up to somebody Else to correct that - do we defend their Ignorance as Truth (they are locked in it, have no power to remedy it, period, unless we Do It For Them - take their power for our "greater good: 'cause WE Know Better for Them - do we just have the Right to Influence their dumb ignorance the way WE might want because, dang, they just can't defend themselves - they're Not Able Enough on their own - we gotta fix their ignorance FOR THEM and do it OUR WAY??? Hey, this is not arrogant - it's Right. Our Right.

What is a poisoned co-dependent stance? You can't fix your life, I am a victim of your idiot bonehead behavior, so, until you fix your stuff MY WAY, and it's my job to Tell you How, and You just Do it Because I Say It's Wise - my life sucks. YOU are putting my life in the toilet, not me. I gotta protect MY stuff - make my life right by fixing yours. My Way.

How ignorant IS Sulfin Evend - about history - about "unfair times" - what golden age - whose agenda - what script are you overwriting about life in the towns - have you been there, seen it??? - you decide - Sulfin Evend's campfire discussion with Lysaer in Peril's Gate says much - how ignorant IS HE? Look at YOUR VERY FIRST VIEW of him, when he rides into Riverton in company of the Koriathain - how ignorant is he 'forced' to be? Really?

He's a fictional character, what might he say about us?

How ignorant do we choose to be. We have the "right" in the free world, to "get educated" on world events. How deeply do we bother - or do we bother at all? How many times might we settle for "what we're told." - the one point view - because of convenience, because of security, because of "moral right" because of "We're not the bully, they are, and we're victims, and Victims are... noble... "better than" bullies because - it's not ever, noooo, not the self-blinded victim's fault. He didn't have blinkers on because perhaps was too lazy to change, he just was - victimized.

It's Black and White bone simple - the victim had zip to say about it.

Imagination? Other options? Another possibility I didn't think of - hey shut up! It's not there - doesn't exit! Because I can't see it... how could I see in the dark. Don't tell me about asking to step outside, I'll just SHUT MY EYES and decide in the dark

Maybe light a match? Maybe the possibility a victim could have walked away? Asked to see a greater awareness, then looked to see if there was one available? Been wise? Looked again, changed the angle, looked deeper? Examine victimhood in its complexity, jeez, what happens if you encounter - (how embarrassing!!) stupidity - what if what you find (?) is somebody who chose to stay blind, dumb and "in the dark" and just allowed the dynamite the situation they participated in, and hung on to until the thing just (duh!!) exploded in their hand.

How many opportunities were ignored, or tuned out, because the victim wanted to stay being a victim? It was easier, simpler, less work, than trying to address the current state of imbalance?

What if we're just blind scared of being victims - oh, it just "might happen to us" - so we decide it's up to somebody else to take charge and see we're saved. And if we're not, well, hey, THEY fell short? We hung onto this (dumb??) conviction or (narrow???) feeling (let's not look at why the lit fuse might be there in the first place, nooo!) because we downright refuse to "see" another angle - because we're really scared of taking responsibility for our personal choices and impact on the bigger picture. Let's forget about our personal responsibility, even after the explosion happened - let's just not take a closer look at what might really be at play there - just use somebody else's power and forceful control to "make it safe" for the idiots to stay dumb...

NOW - I am exaggerating this point off the scale - I am "discounting" and "simplifying" its complexity, hugely - there are many many many many threads to the concept of "what is right".

Should Asandir have warned Sulfin Evend... this "presumes" Sulfin Evend did not have any access to knowing a grimward was dangerous. He had "no choice" at all but "chase Arithon" come what may?

I light the cigar, I get lung cancer, I sue the tobacco company. Who lit and smoked the cigar? I had to buy it, pay for it, smoke it, because it was there? Nooo, not my fault I had a choice! Not MY fault that choice carried a risk...

Sulfin Evend was Forced to chase Arithon? Oh, if he hadn't - what THEN -

His hatred of clansmen in that moment - what's it's foundation? Why should Hanshire hate clansmen or more accurately, royal power (that sucker was all the way back in Ships...)? They hate with Just Conviction - do they actually? The concept of fair "hate" presumes there was in "injustice" to "right" - what's right? - and from there, the "script overlay" must insist that the conditions that foreran the rebellion against the High Kings was "unfair" - what was it really? Have you been there? Talked to a townborn who was? A clan born who was? A Paravian, for that matter?

A Paravian view - anyway - what HAPPENED in PG when the Centaur came on scene? What Did happen? Actually? Go Look!

What did preserving Athera's mysteries really mean?

Look at those two issues...then decide on Asandir's call.

Will a horse who refuses to believe he can drink from a stream, drink that water he's led up to, when he's so damned domesticated narrow he only imagines water in a bucket?

"Gimme a bucket, or I'll die, and it's sooooo unfair! It's YOUR bonehead fault, you offered me the stream, and I didn't imagine water in that form, before. Hell, it's moving! It's THREATENING STUFF. Drink that? Risk That? Expand my concept of safety, and water BOTH AT ONCE? Nope? Can't? You unfair turkey bonehead, you KILLED me! Your Fault! The water just wasn't water because it wasn't in a container sitting still, the way I understood water HAS TO BE!"

Who's the real bonehead?

You were a kid, you sensed the heat on the stove, if you put your hand in, and got burned, it's MY fault? Now you sue me for "the stove being hot" and "I got burned?" Did I warn you; (probably) Hey DID you listen - if you didn't or if I didn't, were you WILLING to listen, in the First Place? Who put their hand in the fire??? Me? I MADE you? Then I made you KEEP IT THERE until you got more than a harmless, warning, non-life-threatening blister?

How EQUIPPED to make the grimward choice WAS Sulfin Evend in the moment he committed his armed company... read into his chat with Lysaer in PG and you decide if he was "self-blinded" and bone headed stubborn in his pursuit, or...if he was a meek, brainless babe in the woods who "required" Asandir's Protection not to step in the shiest in the first place... .you decide.

Q: How old is Asandir's black stud by the end of PG? It seems to be the same horse he had in CotM. Or are the drifters breeding horses for him that are mage-trained, so to speak?
A: More on this subject in Stormed Fortress...
Q: Have you published any pictures of the characters from the series?
A: No pix of Asandir published, ever. Sethvir and Traithe appeared in the trading card set; no joy for you, sorry - you'll have to do what I did - make up your own character.

It's been much on my mind that I would like to paint this portrait, with my current skills and vision; the image is in mental inventory - just hafta take the time. I have painted Asandir twice before, but, whew, very early attempts and they were gawdawful. As in, bury these! The trash got em long since, and thank goodness!

Early pix of Arithon - those you'd recognize as him, right off. There IS one, an early pastel sketch, in the trading cards on the back of a more recent cover image; and one of him and Lysaer (early early) fighting the Mistwraith on the back side, too; I can't pinpoint which numbers, but those two early efforts were on the back sides, right there for you.

The very very earliest ever is a pen and ink drawing of the Five Centuries Fountain, and Arithon. You'd recognize the face, right out. The anatomy was rotten; (I hadn't studied the figure yet) and the fountain itself showed a lot to be desired concerning understanding the proper perspective when drawing stonework - however...I'll consider this request. I also have a monster old oil painting - that's still kicking about. Don keeps bugging me to pull it out and repaint bits of it to "bring it up" since there are aspects to it that are very alive - the surf and storm background, and a certain look in the character's eye - but it would take such a massive amount of "redrawing" the anatomy over what was a pretty inept effort at doing the neck and torso...hah! Why not just do another painting - each time I try to discard the old thing, the breaking wave and that "look" in the eye just won't toss...

Somebody begged, and got the early portrait of Elaira, which was unfinished, but had some nice aspects to it. Two other somebody elses really really REALLY made pests, and pleaded, and got the two paintings I did of the Riathan Paravians... one of which I regret. But the person, an acquaintance, just would not shut up! At me, at me, at me. I imagine it's still on the wall, somewhere. In those days I lived in a garret over an old, old farmhouse carriage shed, and storing 36 by 40 inch canvases was rough. Stuff was given away or archived out by the box load. Those oils, by the way, were done while I was in college.

You have to realize - most of the "vision" of this character, and the rest of the cast, happened in my head, then and now. Now I can replicate that, drawing and erasing what's "not" then drawing some more until the character "is" what's in my mind's eye; it still takes a long time to get it "there." Back then, it was just too frustrating, watching the drawing skills fall so far short of what I envisioned.