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The questions for this week's reading come from Lynn --
Please note that this post WILL contain spoilers.
1. Well, we finally got our long awaited view of the Lord Ruler, firstly just a brief glimpse during the executions and then during the fight with Kelsier. What do you now think about him and the myths surrounding him? And, given his strength do you think he can be beaten?
Well, we thought the Inquisitors couldn't be beaten but we just saw one killed so I don't think the Lord Ruler is invincible. However, it turns out that he's every bit as young and strong as the myths implied and I think that it's going to take something amazing to bring him down. I wouldn't be surprised if another prophecy is revealed soon.
2. We seemed to suffer a number of set backs to the plans this week. The army had already been all but destroyed and following a bit of a rethink/regroup/coming up with a Plan B things still have gone disastrously astray. What do you think the Crew will do now??
Oh, things have gone so incredibly wrong! The only thing that has gone right is that Elend has come after Vin -- which is not at all relevant to the plan. :) I have no idea what they will do now. I think it depends on if Vin steps up as a leader. The others already seemed to be deferring to her a bit and I think that if she gave them the right cause, they would willingly step up to support her.
3. What was your reaction to Kelsier’s response to finding Marsh dead? I can’t help feeling that there are going to be some serious economic repercussions to destroying the crystals – what sort of impact do you think this will have, not just on the nobles but on the skaa?
This was the moment when Kelsier truly had nothing else to lose. He thought he was at that point already but never realized that he wasn't alone--not yet--because he had his brother. But this was the moment that he was truly alone and I think it broke something in his mind. I think destroying the crystals was an amazing idea although the Lord Ruler still has stockpiles and he's not going to be willing to part with any of it now. I can see the collapse of the entire house system, which affects both nobles and the skaa.
4. Finally, each week we learn a little bit more of the Lord Ruler’s history. And each week it has a different impact. This week’s snippets had the same impact – I was really interested in the excerpt when he mentions that the Darkness is not as oppressive when higher up in the mountains – do you have any more ideas about the Darkness?
It seems like the Darkness should be related to the ash and brown plants but it was defeated so I'm not sure if the way the world is now is just the aftermath or if there's something else going on. We still know very little about the Darkness.
5. (I did have another query – but it might be too much??) I was wondering about Elend and Vin – they’ve also had their ups and downs this week but seem determined to work round them – can you see anything of a future for these two or is there too much history between the nobles and skaa and too much difference and prejudice between the two?
I can definitely see a future between Elend and Vin. They are young and are breaking free of those things they've always believed and I think they could be the Adam and Eve of a new generation. I see a lot of potential for them as long as Elend can deal with what is obviously Vin's destiny -- destroying the Lord Ruler.
Thinking only of revenge,