From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) a (kind of) brief summary Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 17:41:20 -0600 Marc Aramini wrote: >>Read the chapter in Sword of the Lictor with Typhon again. Here is the clincher - he knows that URTH WILL FLOOD. He TELLS Severian that water brings purification and renewal, and hints that the Urth will be flooded. He knows a lot more than anyone else, including Severian - he knows exactly who the conciliator is.<< Typhon says _nothing_ about a flood. He knows _very little_ about the person known as the Conciliator. Look at the larger picture. Typhon had been dead for at least a thousand years before Sev's coming revived him. He died not long after his first and only meeting with Sev on his mountain. That meeting took place only a few days after Sev and Burgundofara were dropped off by Tzadkiel's tender in Urth's past, in the era of the Monarch. Sev was in that era for no more than a week. He healed a few people and word of it reached Typhon, who had his own health problems. Most of the legends that accrued to Sev/the Conciliator/the New Sun were born _after_ Sev disappeared and Typhon was dead. The _Whorl_ had departed before Sev ever appeared in Typhon's era and Typhon found himself besieged on the mountain. Sev's appearance in the era of the Monarch seems to have been the origin of the legend of the Conciliator. What is even more certain is that the legend of the New Sun _didn't exist_ before Typhon's era. The very concept was meaningless. The 'wounding' of the sun took place during Typhon's era. Because it wasn't broken before that, it didn't need fixing. Typhon had no belief in a supernatural 'fix', much less a supernatural fixer. Therefore he had no idea that the fix would cause the flooding and destruction of Urth. When he launched the _Whorl_, it was not done with an eye to preserving mankind by founding a colony on another world; mankind was already spread all over the galaxy. And he certainly didn't send the _Whorl_ out to mark time until Ushas was ready to be repopulated. New people were being deposited on Urth even as the flooding was taking place. The very idea of Urth-come-Ushas had no part in Typhon's plans because he had no knowledge that such a thing _could_ happen, much less would. -Roy --