(urth) Grand Unified Theory

Roy C. Lackey rclackey at stic.net
Wed Sep 1 01:28:42 PDT 2010

Dave Tallman quoted and wrote:
> What does Chenille being the natural daughter of Tussah have to do
> with Silk's reflexes? Silk's biological father was the blue-eyed guy
> Silk saw in his vision of Mainframe heaven. Chenille is Silk's sister
> only in the sensethat Tussah was both his unacknowledged foster father
> and her unacknowledged natural father.
> I am assuming not only that Tussah had enhanced Typhon genes,

Ah! I do not make that assumption.

> but that
> he also had as a family legacy a secret stash of frozen Typhon
> embryos. It wouldn't make much sense for him to be sure he would get a
> good heir just by rooting around in the underground tunnels and
> finding some random embryo from the freezer. He knew he wanted the son
> not of his body to be his heir.

The embryo Silk came from was special, no doubt about it, but how Tussah
came to know of it I don't know.

I've long wondered why, if Typhon could have cloned himself, he didn't do it
on Urth to preserve his self-cherished face, rather than go to the absurd
length of having his own head cut off and put on another man's body.

> As for Chenille, I'm far from convinced that mere possession by Kypris
> would make her that good a knife-thrower. It might increase her
> confidence, but the raw physical ability had to be there. General Mint
> gained confidence through her Kypris possession and became a strong
> leader, but it didn't suddenly make her an crack shot with a slug gun
> or needler.

Possession does things like that. Auk went from an ignorant thief to an
expert black mechanic, overnight.


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