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From: "Alice Turner" <al@interport.net>
Subject: (urth) Enemies list
Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 22:03:55 

>I've always taken the covert support by the Phoenix Throne of
>Vodalus/Agia as a "1984-ish" trick--Big Brother (gov't) controls
>the Brotherhood (anti-gov't underground).

>Vodalus might be another patsy, another candidate for the
>throne being cultivated by the autarch, in the same way that
>Baldanders is being cultivated for the throne by O, B, & F.  (For
>example, Thecla was not arrested by the autarch's order, but by some
>faction apparently a bit more concerned with stopping Vodalus.)

That is a depressing thought. Vodalus is ersatz to the bone, as symbolized
by the false coin. His only redeeming feature is a certain courtliness
toward Thea--but look how he betrays his "servant" (the Autarch) in the
crunch. The "1984" analogy is a good one (that's hard to follow too!), but I
must say that together with the E, A & S (and Baldanders too) role under the
New Sun, the Vodalus connection seems to me among the less than tightly
hammered together links of the series.


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