(urth) Autarchs

Jeff Wilson jwilson at io.com
Mon Sep 27 18:52:39 PDT 2010

On 9/27/2010 9:44 AM, Andrew Mason wrote:
> Jeff Wilson wrote:
>> On 9/26/2010 2:24 PM, Andrew Mason wrote:
>>> One piece of evidence that the autarchy existed in some form before
>>> Ymar arises in connection with the Antechamber; we are told that
>>> before Ymar, all crimes committed around the House Absolute were
>>> judged by the Autarch himself. I suppiose, though, that this might be
>>> another case of the loose use of 'Autarch' to mean 'ruler'.
>> In that case, what distinguishes autarchs from those rulers who are not?
> As I understand it, what properly distinguishes an autarch is that he
> rules himself: that is why Ymar and his successors chose that title.
> However, most people probably don't know that; having lived under an
> autarch for a thousand years, they think of that as the normal term
> for a ruler. Both Jonas (as Roy mentioned) and Cyriaca refer to
> ancient rulers as autarchs, before pointing out that strictly speaking
> this is wrong.

This doesn't distinguish them from Typhon, who owes fealty to no one else.

Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
Computational Intelligence Laboratory - Texas A&M Texarkana
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