(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

Nicholas Jost nickjost at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 27 13:10:04 PDT 2010

David Stackoff:

> Perhaps, but I believe Severian observes that Little Sev was pretty well fried. 
>That suggests that energies were 
> expended in frying him, causing the flash, whether or not some kind of soul 
>extraction occurred.?
> Since we know the frying occurred, you'd be proposing a doubled event consuming 
>doubled energies 
> and producing doubled results (death and scanning). That's too complicated. 
>And?there is 
> no evidence that?"soul" scanning requires death.

This doesn't have to be the same as any previous event and in a sacrifice the 
victim has a good chance of being consumed in the act.  Little Sev is a blood 
Sacrifice at what can only be called the Temple of the Demi-God Typhoon.  At 
that point Typhon appears.  No more energy is required in the consumption than a 
pillar of fire descending to eat a goat (a traditional effect).  Is there more 
evidence for Severian doing it?  I'm not aware of any in the text.

Nicholas Jost

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