From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Pas's Two Heads Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 14:18:21 -0600 Dan'l wrote: >There is nothing in the books which seems to me to suggest >that the appearance of the Gods of Mainframe is necessarily >based upon the appearance of the bodies in which they resode >when they were scanned -- it seems to be more a matter of >either self-image or a chosen image. (Does Tartaros manifest >visibly?) No, he doesn't. >The "scan" seems to be a sort of brain-snapshot, or perhaps >soul-snapshot. So even if it was taken when Typhon was >grafted onto Piaton, it would only be a scan of the one >brain. Having been blind from birth, the scan of Tartaros is limited by the biological abilities of the brain he was born with. Knowledge he acquired after birth becomes a part of his personality, or whatever you want to call it that gets scanned, but he can't learn to see, not even digitally, because the requisite areas of his brain were never developed, and no amount of computer-enhanced tinkering can change that. At least that is the essence of what he told Auk. I agree that Piaton's brain was unlikely to have been scanned. The only reason Typhon kept Piaton around at all was to handle biological functions that Typhon's brain hadn't yet learned to assume. Typhon had no body to worry about in Mainframe, so Piaton was entirely superfluous. As regards two-heads-being-better-than-one for inspiring or enhancing religious awe, as Nutria suggests, I must have been born lacking that gene. A two-headed man is a freak, like a two-headed calf; the idea of worshiping such a thing would never cross my mind. Sev's thoughts on first seeing Typhon were: "A man, larger than I and far broader of shoulder, stepped from between the foot of a cataphract, and it was as though one of the monstrous constellations of the night sky had fallen to Urth and clothed itself in the flesh of humankind. For the man had two heads, like an ogre in some forgotten tale in _The Wonders of Urth and Sky_. "Instinctively, I put my hand on the sword hilt at my shoulder." Sev's gut reaction was not to fall to his knees, but to grab a weapon. And the more Sev found out about him, the less he liked him. Sev may have feared the power of the monster, but that didn't stop him from killing it, having first refused, specifically and emphatically, to worship it. -Roy --