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5 years 1 month ago #1 by Athena
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So I thought I would create this so people could ask questions and if CS cannot answer maybe someone else can.

OK. I have to ask. Why is the alliance conscripting people? As far as we know there are no wars going on to justify this? Also, why was Reah unaware of spawn? IIRC during the meeting Lissa had to attend, Ry'ak attacked the meeting, swallowing Queen Twylenda? It was broadcast to every alliance world. Plus, during the first solar red invasion we see on Rezifan they were there eating people in the streets during the "festival" Again, televised.

Back to the conscriptions. Is royalty immune to conscriptions? If so wouldn't she be released? I could see Norian bypassing this tho. Oh and what about vamps? Are they forced into this? They are strong but I don't know if it would work since they are...ugh...flammable. Of course this didn't stop pple from using Lissa

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5 years 1 month ago #2 by Larry
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Welcome, glad to have you here. Let's see if I can help you out a bit. Once again this is only my opinion so take it for what it's worth.

1) Government employees are not immune to conscription, they just make sure their sons / daughters are in school during the years they are eligible to be conscripted or have a "chronic" condition that exempts them ... basically buying exemptions.

2) The Ra'Ak and their spawn are probably ignored via the it's somebody else's problem phenomenon - i.e. if they are not here I don't care. Which probably helps explain why the Ra'Ak have not been exterminated yet.

3) Conscription is not always during war, several countries use the same type of conscription described in the books, everybody of a certain age range is eligible for the draft for a set length of service. This allows the country (or in this case worlds) to have a significant percent of the population, that has the training and necessary skill sets, to field a larger military in an emergency than it could support under normal circumstances.

4) Vampires - more than likely they are a wee bit past the age of eligibility (by a few centuries ... lol).

5) Royalty - government employees ... only more so. There are probably exceptions because some royalty take their obligations seriously but the spoiled royalty ... meh.

6) Reah - Conscription is funny thing if you can avoid it ... so be it ... but once they get you ... you are owned for the length of the conscription barring exceptional service; save enough people or person important enough, you can get a get out of jail free card.

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5 years 1 month ago #3 by perualpaca
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Thanks for the answers, Larry. They all make sense to me.

I also received a personal sense of joy from your use of the word "meh". It's a favorite of mine! :)

For those who don't know this word, I think it's best described as a virtual shrug with a bit of sarcasm or rolling eyes thrown in.

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5 years 1 month ago #4 by Pony
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Concerning question number six: Reah was conscripted in her brother's place (due to her Father)and this fact is known to the military. Since Reah is now royalty, which everyone knows, I think this is a good defense to use in releasing her from any further military obligation. I agree with Larry - Reah should get a get out of jail free card on this.

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2 years 7 months ago #5 by JD
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Pony wrote: Concerning question number six: Reah was conscripted in her brother's place (due to her Father)and this fact is known to the military. Since Reah is now royalty, which everyone knows, I think this is a good defense to use in releasing her from any further military obligation. I agree with Larry - Reah should get a get out of jail free card on this.


This comes up later in the books in another form though - Reah's Royalty is from a non-alliance world, so no get out jail free card for her.

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2 years 7 months ago #6 by JD
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Now as I re-read the series I find another anomaly- near the end where Nods and the former rangers see Reah, How does Nods recognized Reah? Aurelius had used power to make her look like a young male recruit? that how Nods should remember her/him... Bel and the other rangers would know her, but not Nods.

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2 years 7 months ago #7 by Larry
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Nods could have been one of those people that can see through illusion. Or if you want a more sarcastic possibility ... Nods was was just too damn blind and stupid to pay attention to anything other than hair color and basic shape ... i.e. you are not a person just a thing I am forced to interact with.

Personally I could argue either one ... lol.

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2 years 7 months ago #8 by JD
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I thought if he could have seen through the disguise, then he would have outed her at first sight on Mandil. The latter explanation would be more probable, but would you would think that he would take a little more time to make sure it was Reah before blasting up the place up. Though maybe he was dipping in to the Drakus seed himself and was a little paranoid and delusional to begin with?

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2 years 6 months ago #9 by David
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Pure speculation but it's possible Reah blew the illusion away before going full thifilathi at the end of the book and fought the Raak. It is possible if Nods was there for that fight, and he should have been, that he witnessed Reah's true form.

It's also possible the disguise was extremely subtle. If it didn't change her facial characteristics or eyes then he could have recognized her through that. If it was a full on disguise there would have been no reason for her to get a haircut... She could have just put it up.

Of course, that was probably just added to cause her more mental anguish.

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