From: "James Wynn"
Subject: RE: (urth) ship-building timeline for the Whorl Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 08:24:45 -0600 Roy wrote: Uh, Quetzal was an inhumi. The inhumi have no technology. None at all. They are not good with their hands--probably because they don't have any in their natural state. Not to mention that it was well over 300 years from the time the _Whorl_ was launched until Q was shot in the tunnels. I don't think they live that long. Crush answers Since I haven't finished the SS yet, I'm sticking my neck out a bit... but clearly technology is not incomprehensible to inhumi regardless of whether they *use* it on Green. Quetzal is an engineer, since he "designed himself" the intricate door latch to his Prolocutor quarters. Just as he also had no trouble figuring out human political systems sufficiently to manipulate them, I presume technology of other cultures would be transparent to Q. I presumed that Q got on the Whorl by way of Urth (which would require -at least - exposure to technology and that he be very old) based on his discussion with Remora in LS3:1: Q ponders the "cyclic nature" of myth - that is, what was applicable before is now applicable today. In the story of "A-man" and "Wo-man" a "cobra" entices them to eat his fruit. Why (according to Q)? Because "he wanted them to climb his tree." But the story isn't finished yet according to Q: "they still have not yet climbed down". Perhaps I'm cursed with too much imagination but this sounds to me like the Plan of Pas. They "climbed the tree" means they took to the stars. "They haven't climbed down" means they have disembarked to Green - which apparently was also part of the plan. The cobra is clearly Q (note his "hooded" glances). Well if Q enticed A-man and Wo-man to climb his tree, must have been to Urth to entice them to do it. Did I cover everything? Perhaps I need to be more clear. I never presumed Quetzal showed up at Typhon's door with a bag of trinkets like a serpentine Santa Claus. I only intended to posit that Typhon's super-technology, and, of course, the Whorl itself was of Typhon's design. --Crush --