From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: (urth) Typhon's folly? Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 00:48:14 -0500 Last month mantis suggested that the reason Typhon built the _Whorl_ was as a hedge against the possible failure of his plans for a new empire. Maybe so. Over the years there have been two main schools of thought on what--make that "who"-- caused the black hole in Urth's sun. Some have held that it was caused by, or at the behest of, the Increate, as punishment for the past sins of the Old Empire. Others hold that Typhon was somehow the cause. I have argued in the past for the first theory; now I want to explore the other possibility; not the mechanics of it, but how it may relate to the LS and SS books. We don't know just how big the _Whorl_ was, but it was huge. Its long axis had to have been hundreds of miles long. It would have taken tremendous amounts of energy just to hollow out a rock that big, to say nothing of the resources consumed by the landscaping of the interior, the construction of cities, Mainframe, the Long Sun and all the other provisioning. I think it has been suggested before, by others, that Typhon somehow tapped the sun for energy in furtherance of his plans for empire, and that it was his tampering with the sun that caused its decline. I am suggesting that he tapped the sun for the energy needed to build the _Whorl_. If mantis is right about Typhon building the _Whorl_ as a hedge against the failure of his plans for empire, then the irony is that his fall-back position led ultimately to that failure. With the decline of the sun came crop failures, a revolt of the masses, his desertion by his most trusted lieutenants and, eventually, his death, alone, behind that curtain on the mountain that bore his likeness. -Roy --