FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
Lysaer
Q:

Did Lysaer's father have the gift of justice? If not how did it pass to Lysaer (my assumption here is that the gift is passed by genetic inheritance)

A:

I think I answered in depth, concerning the royal gifts - they are not linear in this fashion:

Due to the way they are transferred (a tale in itself) the gift will be "spread" between all direct descendents of the first forbear who swore oath to the Fellowship. It will not "pass" in equal measure: but like water flowing down slope, will "choose" the easiest route. Descendents with a natural tendency toward this trait in their character will "inherit" more of the gift than ones who naturally bend in another direction.

Further: the more descendents there are to "spread" the gift through, the less defined the inheritance...in some, it will be more pronounced, in others, not prominent at all.

Where there is only "one" descendent, the gift will fall to that one, and be expressed with virulently full force, no question.

This is why the line of descent varies, and why the Fellowship name the successor of ROYAL LINES always, without exception. Caithdeinen are Fellowship Named only in times when the royal line could fall into jeopardy and crown rule might fall to the shadow behind the throne. (see passage referring to that in Fugitive Prince when Jeynsa is named to succeed Jieret).

The royal gifts do NOT transfer to caithdeinen in case of failure of a lineage.

Therefore the degree to which a royal gift expresses is twofold: inherited potency (how many descendents there are who could "carry" the trait) added to personal CHOICE and CHARACTER: how is each individual inclined toward that gift in the first place.

In case of one descendent, but a character not inclined - you would see the gift express, but you would see the one in descended lineage at odds with its drive....there would be internal conflict with that gift....not a good situation.

In Arithon's case: his character is in accord with the gift, AND the gift, unstoppable as he is the only one living bearing the lineage.

In the case of Lysaer's father: given the man's extreme hatred, and the long-term erosion of his character in the course of a truly (you have no idea) BITTER feud: the gift of s'Ilessid justice WAS at play, or Arithon would have died in a messy way, rather than have been sent through the Gate as exile.

Q: Why was Lysaer the one who sealed the breach when the Mistwraith was being confined? Also why didn't the F7 or Lysaer realize what's happening?
A: [The following answer was written and contains information pertaining only to Volume I.]

This was a considered decision, and the logic is shown by Dakar's reminiscence of Asandir's reasoning; and later, on the side of Rockfell Peak, with an analytical discussion with Kharadmon.

Yes, Arithon was mage trained. To allow the Mistwraith ANY chance of accessing his knowledge and talents, could not be risked. The sorcerers at the time did not know that in fact, this had already happened, in the incident in Ithamon, since the Mistwraith had left NO TRACE of meddling. It simply encompassed the knowledge and nothing else. In Vol. II, there will be a lot of deepening in the reader's knowledge of what the Fellowship is, what it's goals are, and how the magic they use works. It is a system based on free permission - as exemplified by Arithon's discussion with Asandir at the Camris outpost. Lysaer had no mage training; he would be the less dangerous character, if he became exposed to exploitation; he was ALSO the one whose whole philosophy is based on SACRIFICE FOR THE GREATER GOOD. When asked, he would respond as he had; Arithon's motivations are different/being mage trained, he would have viewed the dilemma MUCH differently, and in fact, he may not have given the same permissions that Lysaer did, of his own will, being schooled to see the problem from a wider/more individualized angle. Once again, I'd expect you will see the differences in the half-brothers' philosophies more clearly as each volume progresses.

The Fellowship's study of the Mistwraith for 500 years, and why didn't they anticipate the results. Here, I confess, I have a much deeper understanding of the problem than was exposed (except in snatches and by inference) in Vol. I. The Mistwraith itself is outside the Law of the Major Balance, and is, in many, many ways, a blind side entity, so far as the Fellowship is concerned. WE know that Traithe encompassed its entirety, and was all but destroyed. We know that the Paravians, known to have the deepest powers and the deepest grasp of the mysteries extant upon Athera (more on this, subsequent vols) REFUSED OUTRIGHT to Name the creature. They gave way before it, and vanished from the continent, and the Fellowship DO NOT KNOW WHY.

Much of the Five hundred year study would have been a frustrating, baffling failure, from the Sorcerer's point of view Dakar (Vol. II, full disclosure) makes two kinds of prophecies: those which are malleable and can be subject to change, and those which are absolute. The West Gate one was of the absolute variety. The Fellowship knew they would have means to reduce the Mistwraith. Given the limitations of their powers (which are not, I admit, all apparent in this book, but will become so as the story unfolds) and their tendency to build power on the tenet of free permission, they would not be inclined to use straight force to impose their will. Ah, gosh, I'm a bit wrist tied here, because I know what you'll soon see in Vol. II, and I don't want to spoil. Suffice to say that there is a delicate balance that holds the Fellowship to this planet, and that their handling and mishandling of the Mistwraith is all tied up in that. Be patient if you can and give book II a close look. I think the question will be clearer.

No, they would not have seen a possession; they had no Name pattern for any entity of the Mistwraith; I believe Sethvir admitted this, anguished, when Asandir was castigating himself for the same thing, just after the curse's casting.

Lysaer was not disposed to listen or to hear logic, at the time. His blindness of character, predisposed by his drive to seek justice; his left over bits of hatred from the feud; (everybody harbors blind prejudice from their traumatic pasts) his absolute NEED to resolve his inner dilemma, on how should the disparities of justice inherent in Athera's cultures be handled; and the outright DAMAGE imposed by the wraith all drive his actions at this time. No, he is not seeing events with dissociated clarity. Yes, it is a shortcoming, but I hope, a human one. His lack of mage training would exacerbate this tendency. Mages in Athera view from a pinpoint, individual perspective, a case by case basis, which they mosaic to build a whole. Harmony begins with one note, and is established from the ground up. Lysaer believes in imposing order from the top down; in individual sacrifice for the greater whole. Elaira outlines this difference between Arithon and Lysaer in the garden. It does indeed effect how each character acts; and Lysaer is the more susceptible to delusion because he believes in ruling, imposing justice, from the throne down. He's less likely to see, or be stopped, by the case by case basis where individually that justice creates discord, since in the great picture, he has created more order than chaos. I hope I've explained this OK.

So Lysaer doesn't realize what's happening because his ruler's sensibilities are satisfied that no injustice has been done.

Lastly, in this issue, the Fellowship are also partisan - to their own interests. The Black Rose Prophecy, which is paramount to their continuance, and the greater, driving purpose of their existence. They will allow this "conflict" now, in hope or maybe knowing, that over the course of an age, the greater picture will resolve. They are placed in the crux of dilemma, and have very little choice that does not offer some sort of obstructive disaster, to THEM, as I think the strands scene established.

Arithon has an edge in knowing how his individual self has been meddled with through the self knowledge imposed by his mastery of magecraft; which we have scene working in the scenes with the drug, in chapter II; and later on, in the Tienelle scrying. It is indeed his advantage in training at work. Not any favoritism in character treatment. Yes, he IS the more aware individual at THIS POINT IN TIME IN THE NARRATIVE. Lastly, I guess I should say that I am not trying to write a nonpartisan book; I WANT you to see the complexities at play with Arithon's half of the story, because if I didn't outline them in clearest depth, our own society's natural prejudice would cause us to fall into Lysaer's camp. I want, as this series develops - the sense of "there but for the grace" - if you didn't KNOW all the factors at play, you, too, would have fallen for Lysaer's definition of expediency. I want you to feel enough of both sides of the conflict to realize the futility of the bloodshed. I want you to see why Lysaer' has his driving obsession, where it comes from. I'm not going to give you the grounds you're maybe asking for - to condone it. And the series as it moves ahead will have plenty of surprises, for both characters, and for reader expectations of same.

Q: What year did Lysaer and Arithon arrive on Athera?
A: Third Age 5637.
Q: Sometimes I feel like skipping over the scenes with Lysaer in them. Why should I bother to read them?
A: The more you, as a reader, can hold an open mind and see what is actually there - the more the truest depths in this story will stand revealed.

Although many readers flip past the Lysaer parts, (and that IS OK!) there is a lot of information and widening of viewpoint that happens in those scenes. A facet of the series that is part of its completion. Circles are not joined by leaving out parts of the arc...

And for seeing Lysaer in a truer light - if you Didn't know Arithon, what would you think? Therein lies the question.

Q: How should we understand each character's actions in the context of the larger story?
A: A reader needs to assess the trustworthiness and scope of the character in the story who is reacting, or speaking - how much do THEY know, how clear is THEIR vision, how uncluttered THEIR agenda, concerning the event they are responding to.

It would be significant to examine, where sweeping conclusions are drawn CONCERNING THE FELLOWSHIP - that those conclusions are LYSAER'S. How many of those "opinions" were inadvertently echoed, or picked up, and carried forward - due to you readers' assumptions?

That the Fellowship answered Lysaer's conclusive statements with silence - not refutation - how does the READER presume to interpret that silence?

And, if you do so dare - if the observer/reader felt the silence IMPLIED the Fellowship accepting that accusation (did it really!?!) They've now shared a decision with Lysaer. Accepted his stance. If the observer/reader assumes his stance is their truth, they've engaged choice - if they bought his stance without thought, that too, was a choice - they chose to take a character's judgment at face value, and not to think - in free will. Perhaps because the reader/observer identified with Lysaer's anger - perhaps because they identified with or allied themself with, one of Lysaer's shared frustrations. More likely because (in the moment's convenience) they, as reader, lacked the imagination to look beyond the limited baggage that concensus society holds as knee jerk, taught moral "truth."

Free will choice made in an alliance of sympathy can in fact create a viciously closed mind.

The open mind questions - that is choice brought up to conscious awareness. Lysaer decided that he KNEW. The Fellowship allowed him his (hurtful, to them! And to him!) decision in total Free will.

Q: Why don't the Fellowship respond unless they are asked? Why did Asandir not warn Sulfin Evend of the peril's of entering the grimward in Fugitive Prince?
A: The man drowning must be open to be saved, or his terror will, and has, drowned his rescuer along with him. First thing you're taught in a lifeguarding course.

Interesting (and in fact, based on the actuals behind the Fellowship's code, problematically impossible) scenario - Asandir, (and all that he stood for, in the eyes of a rabid pack of townborn guardsmen) appearing before Sulfin Evend's troops, in hot chase of "evil himself" - "hey, don't go in there, boys, 'trust me, your perceived ENEMY,' you'll probably get yourselves killed... and if you ignore this, told straight out, even though I know you don't trust me a whit, here's my unasked for!! Advice, following what you wouldn't hear straight in the first place - "

The sheer inefficiency of that lunatic dance step exchange boggles the mind, given Asandir's straightforward character... never mentioning, it would have been barefaced intervention, given those characters' set of willful convictions and beliefs.

Q: Can you summarize what we know about the Mistwraith curse and how it influences both half-brothers?
A: The Mistwraith assessed both Lysaer and Arithon at Ithamon - it had free reign with Lysaer, and longer. Whether this was by its choice and design - or not - wait and see.

Lysaer has a character flaw. You can read the story and find it - it appears in multiple places, multiple angles, multiple layers.

Arithon has character flaws, too - the difference - when he encounters them, he's likely to admit to them, or at least show his honest confusion.

Lysaer - watch the behavior to know.

The Mistwraith used that character flaw IN CONCERT with the Royal Gift of Justice inherent in s'Ilessid. The combination "locked" the Mistwraith's manipulative entry - because the sense of justice tended to blind Lysaer, or bend him toward seeking a higher order - and that played into the hands of the flaw. Look at the scene where the wraith is removed, there is clear analysis of how this happened, and the Fellowship's admission of responsibility - that if NOT for the strength of the gift of justice at play, Lysaer would not have been so easily 'taken' into possession. The whispers of the wraith acted in concert, and reacted with that ingrained pattern of the s'Ilessid royal gift.

Lysaer, possessed, delivered the "packaged" pattern that cursed Arithon - when he was diverted, open, acting in compassion - to save the Raven - and was guarded "on the wrong quarter" - the packaged pattern was precisely designed from his own auric imprint - to enter and work with his nature with insidious subtlety - amplify and prompt what WAS ALREADY THERE in almost seamless concert. Arithon is trained enough to notice and correct course for the gross distortions - the littlest, the insidious, the subtle, did slip through, as the curse gained strength.

The curse is an auric patterning - a shadowing of the energy field that is interwoven with the self, an amplification and manipulation of the stuff of self. It cannot be "removed" without erasing those parts of the pattern it has amplified. Such a change would alter the being of the victim; and also, by extension, impair the body, since the flesh is the condensed, precipitate form that flows out of the auric pattern.

Why does the Curse strengthen at each encounter? Because, each time it "activates" its tendencies "burn" deeper into the self. The shadow in the pattern strengthens, much as water flowing through a channel "erodes" deeper and wider after a storm. More current, more conduit.

Those areas of self that were "cursed" by pattern are not accessible any longer to "free choice" which impairs the natural impetus for the spirit to grow, change, and evolve with experience. The curse "fixed" the flaws in place. Reason can question them. Will can fight their imprint. Choice can accept whether or not to ACT ON the imprinted impetus of the curse - or to resist.

Example - a person can scream with fury, have an overwhelming desire to smash something - but not ACT out that scenario.

The prompt is ALWAYS there to seek out and kill the other brother - it waxes and wanes with thoughts, attention, proximity. It activates into compulsion when the two auric patterns approach contact. The compulsion grows with each encounter.

Choice is heavily influenced - not totally fixed, unless the Curse is granted free rein. How long it remains active, overwhelming the character under siege - whether the surrender was passive, or actively fought makes a difference also.

The curse impairs growth toward change ONLY where it has fixed the pattern. This would leave a lot of latitude - as Arithon has demonstrated.

Music is vibration within a certain frequency; frequency specifies energy - light is a higher frequency of vibration - the electromagnetic spectrum is DEFINED by frequency - and more than that. To pin a song to a locale would disturb quite a lot!