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Here is the promised preview, featuring Asandir.
"a place gashed across by the blasted scars inflicted by the last outbreak of drake war, fought to a standoff fifty six years ago"????????????
Holy crap. I'm positively smoking! So drakes are being drawn to Athera because of Shezhy? And more than one!
We're burnin', Janny. Just burnin'. Enough to melt the snow outside, which at this time of year is most welcome!
Okay, so a glimpse of Arithon would have been nice, but this is quite extremely, amazingly, awesome.
*Basks in the afterglow of Talespinner Magic, and wonders if Clanny will EVER put the 'h' in the correct location within Seshkrozchiel*
Asandir, the dragon trainer. And 50-60 years after the last outbreak of drake war?????
Is it too much to think that Lysaer, in his arrogance, tried to flame Seshkrozchiel and got flamed in return?
Curious that the F7 have to deal with young drakes as and when they arrive. I guess the compact requires the F7 to protect the land from whoever.
And interesting that Davien seems to have been able to bargain with a drake at all following the initial binding. One would think that a dragon would not need to treat with Davien, they could simply "dream him into shape"...if said dragon can sort of a grimward. Or maybe adult dragons appreciate - indeed have already dreamed - the necessity of having the F7 around since the Drakes themselves could not solve their problems directly.
Clanny wonders if Mark SK will ever realize that it is a "z", not an "s" in the first syllable of that most difficult of names to spell, Sezhkrozchiel.
There. I got the "h" right. Only took me two years.
Recent drake wars, plus Asandir, Dragon Tamer?! Oh, my poor, reeling brain ....
Penstair is near the North Gate. Would said nameless dragon have come this way?
Since the thread itself is spoiler-tagged...
I'm thinking of the conversation Davien was forced to field just after Avenor was razed; the descriptions therein of how drakespeak is formed, each "sentence" seemingly counterweighted by an appended balancing concept.
...The thought that follows is that Asandir is teaching a young dragon, if not how to speak per se, then at least how to converse politely.
What else has been learned from the F7 of concepts that are Not Dragon?
Thanks Janny, that was everything you promised, brain boggling!
Thank you Janny. So much to consider from so few words.
Good point, Technetus; hadn't thought of it that way. Makes ya wonder about the state of dragon parenthood today, what with adolescents (if that!) allowed to wander where they will, speak their minds, and talk to strange men in robes....
Seriously, though, it's a good insight. I read it as Asandir training the youngster in "manners", and missed the nuance that it might also be training in "expression". And what cataclysmic event has occurred that we encounter no living dragons until Stormed Fortress, and now all of a sudden (well, give or take a decade or 10!) we have not only live dragons, but also "youngsters"?!!
Love it! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Ok, I'm popping my head up out of the woodwork again for my $0.02!
Thanks, Janny for the sneak peak!
A few things I noticed:
* The dragon was drawn to Athera, so therefore not all dragons are on Athera! (where be dragons?)
* If the dragon can be drawn by the power of the adult dragons 'ripple', can the inbound wraiths also sense it (if indeed they are still inbound at this time)?
* Did I read it wrong, or is it indicated that it is possible for Asandir to kill a young dragon (ie - 'lethal consequences')?
* 'the last outbreak of drake
war, fought to standoff fifty six years ago.' - this doesn't refer to the 'latest', but 'last', so this indicates more than one episode of a drake war?
PS - thanks to all for those entertaining alliterate statements over the last few weeks.
MSK: After that perspective on drakish parenthood, I now have the image of Sezhkrozchiel perched on the Mathorns, shaking a tree-sized cane and roaring for the young upstart to get off her lawn. ;)
"....and stay off, or I'll call the Fellowship!"
Dragons! OmgSQUEEEEE! <3
"Not after being drawn to Athera..." WHAT. There are dragons elsewhere? Are they not native to Athera? How do they get to Athera from wherever they were? *brainmelty*
"the last outbreak of drake war... fifty six years ago" *explode*
Thanks so much for the preview, Janny, as always <3 I'll be over here mopping up brain bits off the walls.
Someone stop me if they see a fault in my logic, but if Sethvir can tell what is going on everywhere in the world, he must know that Asandir is involved in a contest of wills with a drake. Yet, he has sent an urgent summons to interupt this - surely this makes the summons MORE urgent than a young drake accidentally unraveling reality...
Also, I think we have been given a new look at exactly how powerful the fellowship sorcerers are - Lethal concequences for a DRAKE?!? Whats more, the non-lethal methods that Asandir has been trying have so far failed, and he is being urgently summoned... what measures will he have to resort to? And he can unleash his full might against it - the law of the major balance would not apply.
(Images of Sezhkrozchiel sitting on a mountain with a walking stick saying "Kids these days, they are just so rude and obnoxious! No respect for their elders and betters! Why back in my day...")
I may be a spoil-sport, Craftsman, but I interpreted the lethal consequences to be refering to Asandir, not the dragon. Of course I might just be wrong. Even so...what could be
"MORE urgent than a young drake accidentally unraveling reality..."
Wow....Haven't checked in here for ages...What a wonderful surprise....More things to think about....Thank you Janny
Welcome Devena Haggis and Chirogeoff!
I just love the idea of a dragon giving Asandir a poke.... *rotflol*
I kind of see Asandir as Janny's version of James Brown, at least as far as "the hardest working man in, er, sorcerer business" is concerned. I guess he does come across a little haughty to adversaries and those not abiding by Paravian Law, but hey, what would you expect? Tea and crumpets?
Consequentially, Asandir doesn't need any more poking (he's been scorched, wrung through the bodiless washboard, and stretched to capacity more than anyone else in this series except Arithon and possibly Sethvir, although Sethvir's stretchings were probably to be expected when he assumed his role as Warden of Althain). That having been said, Motley, I sheepishly have to agree with you that the idea of a young dragon bouncing Asandir around like a cat toy would probably *looks both ways to make sure no one else is listening* amuse me to no end, too! ;-)
Speaking of no one else listening, where is everybody? Don't tell me I have to come up with another word game....limited cranial capacity here, you know!
I believe that the expectability of 'stretchings' by the 7 was agreed to long before Sethvir became Warden of Althain. It likely occurred when reality changed and they came to Athera and accepted being bound to their task by the drakes. Just my opinion... I could be wrong.
I think a 'battle' between Asandir and a young dragon would take totally unexpected turns. 'Bouncing' would acquire a whole new meaning. ;)
I expect you're right, Trys, although the 7 probably agreed to those stretchings under the premise that they would in fact be 7, and not 5.5 at best (Ciladis out of the picture, Traithe handicapped). Given earth-sight, Sethvir would in turn seem more likely to have his resources stretched than the rest, is all.
OMG. I really don't know what to say. Thanks. That was... amazing.
I can't wait for the book to come out. I'll be letting this mind boggle me all day now... maybe all week.
Has anyone wondered if maybe Asandir isn't training the dragon? I was re-reading this and the passage doesn't actually say he's training it. In fact, Janny calls it an "altercation." Maybe this is more like damage control.
Also, I think Asandir is capable of killing the dragon. Janny wrote, "this scaled invader smoked with aggression, and failed to regard the Fellowship Sorcerer as threatening.
A mistake Asandir preferred to disarm, if he could, without crippling damage or lethal consequence."
I know this last sentence could be read as the dragon doing crippling damage to Asandir, but I think it's actually talking about the harm Asandir could do to the dragon. Janny clearly states that the dragon doesn't understand the full use of its powers. Also, since it says the dragon's view of Asandir is "a mistake Asandir preferred to disarm" I think that Asandir is a threat.
Isn't it also interesting that the dragon is termed an "invader?"
Just food for thought to get the discussion going.
Kirsten, that was my take also, that Asandir posed a danger to the young dragon, not the other way around. I read it that Asandir was gently trying to coax it to a different course of action, in order to avoid "lethal consequences" for the dragon, not himself.
Oh, sorry to repeat something you'd already said.
Very cool snippet... drake wars huh... wow lot going on! Can't wait to get my hands on this book! ;)
Kirsten, no problem, as I never said it ;)! I was just agreeing with you, as I hadn't commented on that above.
(Just kidding, Clanny. Hope all is well!)
But what about this "training" of the dragon, folks? We've not seen reference to that as a responsibility of the 7 previously. I recognize that Asandir is also preserving (or attempting to, anyway; our good Talespinner has of course left us hanging, as was only to be expected) the reality around Penstair...