(urth) Travelin' Jahlee
thalassocrat at nym.hush.com
thalassocrat at nym.hush.com
Wed Aug 17 20:06:29 PDT 2005
>Anyway, I need to mull over this some more.
Some of the Jahlee problems go away if you can push her birth back
to pre-Exodus times. That's easy enough, by itself. I continue to
believe that the Neighbors must have been using Green as the
spawning ground for the inhumi they placed on the Whorl. If Jahlee
is a result of this program, she could have been born many years
pre-Exodus, spent years learning to fly, crossed to Blue at a pre-
Exodus conjunction, eventually stumbled on Horn's family, and flown
back to Green, perhaps invigorated by Sinew's blood.
Why would she make a pre-Exodus Crossing, without the prospect of
human prey? A straightforward reading of her comments in the cliff
tower scene is that inhumi aspire to fly to Blue so that they can
hunt humans, and give birth to sentient children when they return.
But it is possible the aspiration to make the Crossing isn't simply
a matter of wanting to go where there is less competition for human
blood. "That little scratch of fire, and you're gone forever. I
wanted to try just the same. We all do ... It's something we get
from you, a need to become more & more like you, until we're as
human as we can possibly be."
Why would going to Blue to prey on humans meet a need to become
more human-like? Why not prey on humans on green, if preying on
humans is the point?
Are inhumi really ready to give birth at the age of two or three?
Of course it's possible - we know very very little about them. But
still ... in the cliff tower scene, Jahlee makes it sound to me as
if she has a lot of growing up to do before she will be ready. And
if she is ready, and there are humans on Green at this point, then
why not with blood from one of them? Perhaps there aren't very many
humans, and competition is fierce - but is it really *so* difficult
to get access to a human on Green that the hugely risky alternative
of a Crossing becomes attractive?
I think that the Crossing may be more of a rite of passage;
something a sentient inhuma might aspire to even without the lure
of human blood as a reward. And when she says she was thinking
about flying up to the top of the tower before she had decided to
hunt Blue, we have to remember that of course inhumi do not prey
only on humans. If competition is such a big problem, would it not
also apply to other kinds of prey - so that Blue becomes an
attractive hunting ground, with or without humans?
The final difficulty with this piece & my theory is bound up in her
comment that she had day-dreams of returning to the tower room
after making the Return Crossing, to spend time there thinking
about herself and "what she had done for her children". Why should
a Crossing & return do anything in particular for her children, if
there is no human blood involved?
Dunno! I can speculate that it may have something to do with how
Neighbors select sentient inhumi for placing on the Whorl - the
"most human" and the strongest, who have made the Crossing &
Return. In the absence of humans elsewhere, being slected would be
the only way of ensuring sentient children. But Jahlee disclaims
any knowledge about how Quetzal got to the Whorl. She could be
lying, for reasons which can be invented upon request :)
Jahlee's comments about being just a little girl when she was "put
on the lander" on Green: I don't mind sticking with my original
reading, that she's just pretending here.
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