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From: "Andrew Reeves" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Typhon vs. Pas
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 12:49:22 -0600

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From: "Ryan Thistlethwaite" 
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 8:03 AM
Subject: Re: (urth) Typhon vs. Pas

> >>>I agree that Typhon in BotNS seems far harsher than Pas, and I
> wonder whether Typhon improved the copy of himself.
> ***
> I've just got online with the urthnet so please forgive my comments if
> they've been outrageously dismissed!
> I've been taking a look at this thread recently and having recently
> BotLS I had a thought on this...
> There have been some ideas put forward w/regards to Pas being more
> benevolent than his two headed counterpart... I've been wondering whether
> his thoughts at the time, and I think all of us have noble thoughts
> interspersed with our less admirable ones, may have contributed to this
> user-friendly Pas. i.e. When he was scanned into mainframe his thoughts
> on a particularly high spirited tilt... any thoughts?
Well, I'm going to weigh in on this one.  The whole question floating around
seems to have been "Pas seems to be a better chap than Typhon off whom he
was scanned."  I disagree, and I will explain why.  When even the most evil
ruler is in charge of a nation, he has to, to some degree, behave with the
well being of his state in mind, if nothing else for the fact that if he
destroys his state with his depredations, then he has nothing off of which
to live.  Almost all leaders must as a rule operate according to their own
national interests or else not last long on the throne.

Pas, as a copy of Typhon, would still be megalomaniacal, but still acting in
accordance with the best interests of the Whorl, as the Whorl was his raison

I do think that another big element of the Whorl going out was Tyhpon's
vanity ("look at this big-ass wonder that I have made," but acting in your
domain's interests often goes hand in hand with vanity.

Just my $.02.


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