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Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 10:23:31 -0700
From: maa32 
Subject: (urth) latro and ares / mine of saltus

I'm reading the soldier books for the second time and I'm about 3/4 through 
Soldier of Arete.  So far, the major gods conspicuous in their absence are 
Zeus, Hermes, and Ares.  While there is a chapter entitled Ares and others, 
I'm pretty sure Ares doesn't make a direct appearance.  Here is my question 
for the list - Is latro an avatar of Ares?  He has all the qualities of Ares 
(thus Soldier of "Are"te.)  There is that big discussion at the beginning of 
Soldier of the Mist where they talk about greeting a tradesman who has a 
family in a war by certain titles depending on where he is, and I thought this 
would apply nicely to Latro - he would seem to be a soldier, so everyone 
treats him as a soldier.  Yet the gods don't treat Latro like just another 

There is also a scene in Soldier of Arete in which someone states that Ares 
may be Ahura Mazda, the all good God, in disguise.  There are other statements 
made that indicate Pleistorus is angry at the Thracian King Kotys for his 
treatment of the amazons and Latro - and note that Latro is especially 
troubled by the death of amazon women - they are the daughters of Ares.  Also, 
in at least one place the claim is made that Pleistorus (or Ares) is "inside" 
Latro in some sense.  Also, the ironic statement of Hypereides right before 
Part Three of Soldier of Arete (p 498 in the omnibus "'Pleistorus didn't come 
around to help us.  I wish he had - we could have used him'"  But I think he 

The evidence against Ares being Latro must certainly include Latro's early 
memories of his childhood and his farmland.  On the other hand, Nike always 
follows Latro invisibly, and I'm pretty sure Ares is at least living inside 
Latro or possessing him (if he is not entirely homoousious with Latro).  Could 
it be that the Great Mother is mad at her son?

Also, on a different note, I'm pretty sure the dream of baldanders in the Inn 
is related to the mine at saltus: clashing teeth and broken bodies under the 
surface of the earth.  later, he denies that he dreams, at the end of Shadow 
of the Torturer after Malrubius appears.

Anybody else think Latro is divine?

Marc Aramini


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