Archive through February 18, 2006

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 3: Alliance of Light: Stormed Fortress: Status: Archive through February 18, 2006
   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 10:47 am: Edit Post

Oh, by all means Discus what you think Janny's gonna do...I love entertainment. :-)

Do I? Whoop...regarding a certain scene in front of me now, and a certain post today. What You Think v.s. What Happens. :-) :-) :-)

OK - two and a half pages from the redline at Vangelis' Mythodea

The first subchapter of 9 set Will finish drafting today. The night hours had some busy thinking bits.

   By Auna on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 06:33 pm: Edit Post

Oh that would be hawt to write what we think the end would be. That would be a real hoot to compare our (most likely bad!) ideas to what really happens.

I'd also go with the write a single line or paragraph ;)

   By Kris on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 06:39 pm: Edit Post

I say we do one where we make the outcome as crazy as possible--forget trying to predict what's REALLY going to happen--we wouldn't stand a chance! *grins*

   By Auna on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 06:40 pm: Edit Post

lol ya! I have about as good a shot at guessing the outcome of this as 100 monkeys have of writing Shakespear! ;)

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 07:56 pm: Edit Post

Well, the official page count is 601, the subchapter's in rough draft, complete....ready for tweaking and fine tune tomorrow.

I could use the hundred monkeys to clean the house!

   By Hunter on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 08:12 pm: Edit Post

Hmm.. wondering what interesting scraps of paper might be lying around for a cleaning monkey to take away...

   By Auna on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 08:49 pm: Edit Post

After seeing the superbowl commercial monkeys, you sure you don't want a human? Will clean house for snippets! ;)

   By Trys on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 07:48 am: Edit Post

Conjecture is ok, but actually writing prose is not ok. :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 10:08 am: Edit Post

The interesting scraps of paper hold All the clues and, no cleaning lady gets within miles of this joint.... :-)

And don't bother Don, he doesn't take time to read them. Bribes may be accepted, but trust me, the results would (also) be spurious guesses. :-)

   By Blue on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 12:32 pm: Edit Post

Bribes may be accepted, but trust me, the results would (also) be spurious guesses.


Janny would answer your questions, and leave you with even more when you finished cleaning. :-O

Am I right?

   By Walt on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

My question runs along the lines of just what it would take to bribe Don... new tubs (not tubes) of titanium white or cadmium (sp) blue for all those ocean scenes in his paintings? New brushes? Canvas?

Just what would tempt our beloved temptress's partner-in-crime? Enquiring minds would like to know... ;^)

   By Auna on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 12:55 pm: Edit Post

Um, dunno about Don, but my hubby knows not to cross me (I tell him my marriage ring is the One Ring of Power!) if he wants to live happily ever after ;)

   By Hunter on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 06:11 pm: Edit Post

Marriage is a partnership of equals.. some are more equal than others.. :-)

   By Annettevk on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 11:03 am: Edit Post

Actually there is a quote from one of my other favourite authors, Elizabeth Peters, that says (and I hope that this is exact but couldn't swear to it)that "Marriage should be a balanced stalemate between equal adversaries." Which I think is perfect. That is why the S'Brydion marriages are so great because the women are a match (and sometimes more than a match) for their ornery hubbies.

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 11:28 am: Edit Post

Chapter set 9 - last bit into draft, with one liners to do today, and a bit of tinkering refinement. Be glad to have this bit behind me!

And ah, Chapter 10 starts the zing toward - yup - the build up of the ending sequence!!!

   By Blue on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 02:19 pm: Edit Post


   By Jo on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 04:37 pm: Edit Post

Janny I am so looking forward to Stormed Fortress I can't wait. Just been reading thru all the other books again. Just finished Fugitive Prince.
This series has me hooked.

Questions for anyone who can help as I don't think I fully understand everything I am reading.

1. In FP I am sure one of the F7 says the Princes are expendible if so why did they have Arithon make a blood oath (could have misread that though)

2. If the Korani know how compassionate Arithon is why do they wish him dead or is it just because The Prime M has seen her death. Cause as I read it Lysaer poses more of a threat to them by eradicating all sorcery. Mind you he's getting on my nerves a bit. Thinks far too much of himself, someone needs to slap him down a bit if they don't get burnt in the process.

3. Everyone seems to forget what evil he has done i.e Tal Q. and setting his crew on fire whith Lirenda watching and why is the gift of his light not seen as sorcery.

I know we are all reading the same books but I think people seem to understand it better than I.

So many questions sorry hope someone can help. ALso thank you to those people who answered my other question not in that page so sorry can't name you. Cleared up a few things for me though. Back to reading on to Perils Gate i believe.

   By Jo on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 05:03 pm: Edit Post

Sorry next up Grand C need to get my facts right

   By Trys on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 08:18 am: Edit Post

I'll take a shot at some of the questions. :-)

2. Morriel is looking for a lever to use to break the Compact and reassert humankind's 'proper' position on Athera. She sees Arithon as that lever. I would suggest that she needs glasses.

3. My question on this one is, who is everyone? Firstly, I suspect most of the people don't know what he did and secondly, the telling of the events has been 'spun' to blame the Spinner of Darkness.


   By Hunter on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 08:41 am: Edit Post


I guess the "simple" way to answer some of your questions is to put yourself in the shoes of the multitude of characters in this series and then imagine what you see from there.

For many of those on Athera, they've never seen the Fellowship, Paravians or Arithon or have any real knowledge of them. All reference they have are either myth, legend, children's tale or mostly the "truth" according to Lysaer, his Alliance supporters and the townborn who started the rebellion in the first place.

The Koriani have been shackled by 5,500 years of Fellowship oppression (as they see it) and wish to re-establish whatever position they held (for good or bad) prior to the waste laid by the great weapon.

You may need to proffer your definition of sorcery to allow a judgement on whether Lysaer's Light is sorcery. :-)

One of the great strengths of this series is Janny's ability to change the tone and viewpoint of the narrative for the characters in question. For Arithon or the clans, their continued subjugation and headhunters are a crime beyond humanity and the real threat of extinction. For Lysaer and the townborn, his righteous pursuit of a confirmed criminal, enslavement and execution of clan collaborators, and persecution of anyone who would impede him are the proper and natural actions of a just leader, and the prose reflects his particular opinions and views of the world.

There are sections in the later novels where I feel I need to shower after reading them as they read like some type of extreme right wing propaganda beguiling and seducing you to their point of view. Which is of course the whole idea of the prose - if you didn't know any better (like most of Athera) and in the absence of any countering information (the Fellowship, Aths' Adepts and the clans aren't very good at positive publicity - which is where Arithon's Masterbard status is key) the lies and falsehoods looks perfectly reasonable to accept as "fact" and for uninformed, ignorant individuals to assume that they are now considered informed and knowledgeable based on this rather dubious platform.

Lysaer is still considered across four kingdoms as the sole protector of humanity from the sorcery of Darkness - clearly not "Everyone" knows his evil deeds..