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From: "Roy C. Lackey" 
Subject: (urth) Re: Silk as Typhon
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 12:27:41 -0600

Don wrote:
>This has occurred to me, and here is my solution.  The Gods in
>mainframe are not actual visual representations of their scans but
>archetypal god figures, unless of course Typhon's wife has snakes for
>hair.  The fact that Typhon had a hang-up about his appearance supports
>this.  He was eager to get rid of his second head.  Why scan that into
>Mainframe?  It's a problem for consideration, but it's not fatal.  The
>thematic signs IMO point to Silk being Typhon.

Then here is a somewhat more scientific objection. When Silk briefly "died"
in that tunnel collapse, he was granted a 'vision' by the Outsider (and it
_was_ the Outsider; Pas can't raise the dead) of his "parents". That
'vision' is treated in the text as every bit as valid as Silk's
enlightenment. In that vision he saw _four_ parents, not three. The four
were his "mother" (who gave birth to the embryo and raised him), his
adoptive father (the old Calde Tussah), the "tall" "blue-eyed" man (who was
his "biological" father) and the undescribed woman (who was his "biological"
mother) (LS3:9). If that woman contributed biological material to the embryo
that became Silk, then it is not possible for the embryo to have been a
clone of Typhon, or of anyone else.



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