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From: "Roy C. Lackey" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Those chems
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 18:37:59 -0500

>Crush asks:
>Is anyone aware of any textual evidence that non-military chems are not
>light-weight? I know Sand was five-hundred weight, but that was useful for
>his function.

Yes. Silk was no weakling -- he threw Mamelta over his shoulder and ran with
her, bad ankle and all, after Lemur was killed. Yet when Marble/Rose was
telling him about Blood's birth, and it finally dawned on Silk that somehow
Rose was speaking through Marble, he tested his theory:

    "Watching carefully for her reaction, Silk said, 'I would have carried
you, Maytera, if I could; but I knew you'd be too heavy for me to lift.'"
(LS3, 4; p. 119 pb.)

Also, earlier, following Marble's collapse after being possessed by Echidna,
Silk gave her a hand to help her to her feet: "He heaved with all his
strength, reawakening the half-healed wounds left by the beak of the
white-headed one." (ibid. 117)



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