From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) The Ascian's Shadow Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 12:02:13 -0700 I observed that > > But _the_ shadow of _the_ torturer (not _some_ shadow of _some_ torturer) > > does not fall upon them; they are not touched by the salvation Severian > > is to bring. > Neither are 99.9% of the Commonwealth's population. Again, so much for universalism. But at least _some_ are. > And do we know that no Ascians survived? Mere survival is not the "salvation" I referred to; it is the regeneration of humanity which (according to the Hieros) will ultimately lead Urth-humans back to the stars. It begins not with Severian's bringing the New Sun, but with his ascending the throne (and, I think, its overt sign is his abolishing torture). --Blattid --