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Why didn't Janaki dodge?

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Re: Why didn't Janaki dodge?
Post by jeremyr   » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:15 pm

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bkwormlisa wrote:Thanks for the clarification RFC! You've answered my original question, and I always like it when something in a book happens for a better reason than "the author wanted it that way". Picky of me, I know, and I at least try to keep in mind that sometimes it's inevitable. And the sneak info on Erthain is greatly appreciated.



Ditto, thanks for the explanation!
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Re: Why didn't Janaki dodge?
Post by Jonathan_S   » Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:39 pm

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runsforcelery wrote:And you're right that one of the reasons the Caliraths are as highly regarded as they are is that even though the imperial family has never officially confirmed the way that Death Glimpses work (at least outside of those cleared for the Ternathian equivalent of Top Secret, Burn After Reading), people for several thousand years have known that they do glimpse "the future," and that time and again they have walked into the path of danger which presumably they saw coming before they exposed themselves to it.

Note, however, that this attitude towards the Caliraths is not universal, especially on the part of people like the Seneschal or Uromathians in general, because the anti-Calirath factions in Sharona have tended (over those same thousands of years) to deny that that's how it works.
Hmm, that "presumably" makes me assume that once their legend got going that any semi-heroic death of a Calirath was presumed to have been foreseen and deliberately accepted. Or even any significant loss or sacrifice one of them made for a noble end.

The very secrecy with which they hold the details of their talent probably predispose people, at least the ones that already feel favorably towards them, to overestimate its impact and consequently give 'credit' for even more nobility than a given Calirath might have actually been demonstrating.
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Re: Why didn't Janaki dodge?
Post by Astelon   » Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:53 pm

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Those who don't feel positively predisposed to the Calirath dynasty would use that same lack of information to dismiss the talent and any noble sacrifice.
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