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From: David_Lebling@avid.com
Subject: (whorl) Blood's Father; Timeline
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 97 11:07:21 

[Posted from Whorl, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]

I agree with mantis that Loris (or Lemur, or one of the other
prosimians) is a prime possibility for Blood's father.

Another might be Quetzal's unnamed predecessor as Head of the Chapter. 
Some numbers which may help:

Quetzal has been Prolocutor for 33 years. Maytera Rose has been senior
sibyl for 43+ years when she, uh, dies [III, 116pb].  Blood was born
when she was forty, and Maytera Betal was still alive then.  Blood is 56
years old (I don't have the reference, correct me if I misremember). So
Maytera Rose dies at the ripe old age of 96.

I think Tussah is _probably_ out of the running; his probable dates just
don't seem to fit well with when Blood was born. I visualize him as
still being relatively young when he dies, but others may of course
differ.  If he died at about age 70, his dates would fit well with
Maytera Rose's and he might be a possibility.


-300+: Maytera Marble "born."
-300: _Whorl_ launched.
-100: (approximately) _Whorl_ arrives in Blue/Green system.
 -96: Maytera Rose born.
 -56: Blood born.
 -43: Maytera Rose becomes senior sibyl. (Maytera Betal dies?)
 -36: Maytera Mint born.
 -33: Quetzal becomes Prolocutor.
 -30: Pas killed.
 -23: Silk born.  (Chenille, too? I don't recall)
 -21: Calde Tussah dies. (Silk "just learning to walk")
  -1: Patera Pike dies.  (Or earlier?)
   0: most events in _The Book of the Long Sun_.
 +10: (approximately) Horn writes _The Book of the Long Sun_.


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