From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) thanks blattid, but... Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 14:22:54 -0800 Marcus Araminius did write: > Well Blattid, I would love to assimilate the Cummean into the status > of an inhumu, but (alas) I think Wolfe said she was an "alien". I'm pretty sure the inhumi qualify as "alien," whether Green is Lune or not. (And really, it isn't _that_ hard to remember: he is an inhumu, she is an inhuma, they are inhumi.) Not that I necessarily think she's an inhuma, either. Just an idle speculation. > I'm not sure exactly what that means, but he did say for sure that > Merryn was NOT an inhumu even though she had difficulty with animals Not sure of the relevance of this -- there's no particular reason to think that Merryn is the same kind of creature as the Cumaean; I had assumed, perhaps foolishly, that she was human. > Probably not. Juganu does indicate that there are inhumu on Urth > with the statement "We are everywhere!" in Return to the Whorl, > and I would like to say that the Cummean is one, but I think there > might not be enough evidence for that. Nope, only that she's some kind of reptilian alien who can simulate being a human. Doubtless there are thousands of such species in the galaxy; changeling aliens seem to be as common in the Lupiverse as nigh-omnipotent beings are in the Star Trek cosmos. > Hey, "unfortunately"?! Are you saying I'm like the "bad guy" on the list? No, only that I really really really don't like the idea of Blue being Ushas. In fact, as weird as some of your theories seem to me, they're generally interested and well-argued, if not sufficiently supported -- basically, I think you need to distinguish better a plausible theory and a probable one: with the exception of the Ushas/Blue hypothesis, not one of your theories seems particularly _implausible_, but most of them are not sufficiently supported by textual citations to seem _probable_ to me, at this time (though, as noted, I have enough respect for them that I will be watching for such in my next readthrough -- and am watching for possible clues that GW might have picked up on & retconned in my current readthrough of tBotNS). In addition, I did not say "unfortunately." I said, > I almost hope I'm wrong, as it would make Marc's > theories one step closer to probability. I meant, of course, the "Blue=Ushas" hypothesis. > If my theories prove true is it like the Dark Side of the Force > triumphing or something?! Oh well. "It's better to be feared > than loved", I suppose. Grin. You're the third person I've seen quote Machievelli in as many days. I wonder what's in the air? --Dan'l --