(urth) Silk/Horn in the Matachin Tower

Marc Aramini marcaramini at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 6 07:29:10 PST 2013

I always say, stop, Marc, you know how this ends ... but anyway, I can't.
Way more mysteries in Short Sun.  The transmogrification of liana into inhumi, the presence of the vanished Gods, the identity of that stiff legged bird like fellow at the top of the cliff, the presence of Silk and Oreb in the stories of the past, the grabbing of Hyacinth's spirit in dream travel, the actualy identity of the narrator at any given point in the story, the fate of Urth (real horrorshow like); Auk's ghost, a Chenille ringer, and the ring that changes color and shape in Dorp, etc.
Lots of stuff.  And of course there's time travel shennanigans.

--- On Wed, 2/6/13, Antonin Scriabin <kierkegaurdian at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Antonin Scriabin <kierkegaurdian at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) Silk/Horn in the Matachin Tower
To: "The Urth Mailing List" <urth at lists.urth.net>
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6:38 AM

Perhaps "tacked on" was a bit too harsh.  Let's just say that I find Short Sun to be quite a bit less mysterious than its predecessors, and the insertion of Nessus, the Matachin Tower, etc., adds to that impression.  Starting off Long Sun for example, mysteries abound. What is the Whorl?  What time is it?  Who/what are the gods?  Cards?  The Writings? How big is the Whorl?  Etc., etc., etc.  It took a lot of time, allusion, and build-up to get there, so when the "Typhon is Pas" moment did come, it completely blew me away.  By the time the Short Sun rolls around, however, we know all these things, and additionally we know the connection between the Red Sun Whorl and the rest of the elements of Long Sun.  The mysteries of Blue and Green are never presented in a way that made me beyond eager to find our their solutions ... they seem less fun in comparison to the other works, partially because we seem to spend quite a bit less time on them than we
 did on board the Whorl.  I suppose the focus of Short Sun is intentionally much different, so perhaps it is my fault for expecting more Long and New?

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