From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Typhon and Quetzal Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2003 14:51:10 -0500 Don wrote: >If Silk and Typhon are the same it would only be necessary for >Quetzal's mother (or do I have the morphology wrong?) to have fed on >Silk. Or his mother could have fed on Typhon without his knowledge. >This also handily explains how Quetzal knows so much about Typhon. >Still there is the resolution of Quetzal's age vs. Silk. A problem for >sure. An insurmountable problem. Quetzal had been Prolocutor for more than thirty years, and it would have taken him years more to reach that position. Silk was 23 years old. It's not physically possible for Quetzal's mother to have fed on Silk. As for Quetzal's mother having fed on Typhon, that would require her having been on Urth prior to the building of the _Whorl_. There is no textual evidence in the Sun Cycle to support the inhumi having been on Urth that I am aware of. The list of characters in EXODUS specifically states that Quetzal was "native to Green". How could she have gone form Urth to Green to give birth a thousand years later? (The interval between Typhon and Severian.) If you want to use the Ushas is Blue/Green theory to cover the problem of spatial distance, then you run into a temporal problem. The time between antediluvian Typhon and the Blue that Horn migrated to is too vast to have been bridged by the lifespans of Quetzal and his mother. For the Neighbors to have evolved on postdiluvian Urth, for their civilization to rise and fall (both on Blue and Green), would have taken tens of thousands of years, if not longer. And the future that Sev bought, at the expense of millions of lives, would seem to have been an epic boondoggle. Not to mention that there isn't a Green Man to be seen. And Silk, the virtual saint, thought so highly of the Increate/Outsider's new world that he packed up his things and left for greener pastures. -Roy --