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From: "Ian Bratt" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Malrubius and the spirit (was Silk/Malrubius)
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 22:10:00 -0600

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From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 7:11 PM
Subject: (urth) Malrubius and the spirit (was Silk/Malrubius)

> Mantis wrote:
> ...when Gurloes catches Severian with Oreb, Severian basically tells
> Gurloes that the spirit of dead Malrubius is there (as a bluff or as a
> belief remains open for debate; but in any case, the look of astral-Silk
> must be pretty close to that of Malrubius for the claim to have any
> and it does have effect in that it spooks Gurloes).

Has anyone considered the possibility that Silk and Malrubius are distant
kin?  We know embryo-Silk was chosen to be stored on the whorl for known
leadership abilities.  Malrubius seems to have been quite a leader and
important figure in his prime.  Could it be that Malrubius is a
great-great-etc-nephew of Silk's?  That would explain the resemblance.  I
know it's pretty far-fetched and can't really be proved but it could be the
relationship that GW hinted at in his interview.



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