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Well, I suppose it's not like nothing happened in the earlier chapters, but a LOT happens in these chapters! The end of chapter 16 also brings you to the end of Book One, and things will get shaken up a bit (surprised?) as you start chapter 17/Book Two. ;D

Now, I came up with these questions (Jan just read through like a speeding bullet and kept going - bad girl!), so if they're not all that good, help me out with some of your own - and remember the Robin rule! Ha!

So, for the two or three of you who haven't already blitzed past chapter 16 (<grin>), here we go (and you fast-burners come on back and post! LOL!):

Chapter 11

- This chapter gives us some of the first significant insights into the Kreelan Empress. What were your impressions of her?

Chapter 12

- Did you think it was wise for Esah-Zhurah to confide in the old armorer, Pan'ne-Sharakh?

- What were your thoughts as you read what happened between Esah-Zhurah and Reza at the grotto during their free time before their final Challenge?

Chapter 13

- Okay, raise your hand if you would've just run like heck from what appears in this chapter! <I have both hands up>

Chapter 14

- Were you surprised at what Esah-Zhurah asks of Tesh-Dar, in order to give Reza a fair chance in the Challenge? And what did you think of what happened to Esah-Zhurah on the Kalai-Il?

- We also get a very significant glimpse of the power of the Empress in this chapter after Esah-Zhurah's punishment is given. What did you think of this?

Chapter 15

- Okay, what did you think of Reza's final Challenge??

Chapter 16

- What did you think of the time Reza and Esah-Zhurah spent at the temple of the Desh-Ka?

- Were you surprised at what happens at the end of the chapter? And what do you think *did* happen??

- And if you were in Reza's place, what do you think you would have done??
 

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Chapter 11

- This chapter gives us some of the first significant insights into the Kreelan Empress. What were your impressions of her?


What a heavy burden the Empress has to bear. She holds the knowledge of all past Empresses, as well as each of her Kreelan children. First surprise ... she and Tesh Dar are twins. Second surprise ... Esah-Zurah is her daughter.

Chapter 12

- Did you think it was wise for Esah-Zhurah to confide in the old armorer, Pan'ne-Sharakh?


Yes, I always felt Pan'ne-Sharakh could be trusted. She was the first to befriend Reza by showing him how to paint the armor. Esah-Zhurah is struggling to understand her feelings and she needs someone to guide her. I think Pan'ne Sharakh has kept in the background but has observed these two closely.

- What were your thoughts as you read what happened between Esah-Zhurah and Reza at the grotto during their free time before their final Challenge?

It was inevitable. I was a little surprised that EZ shared her blood with Reza. It seemed like that would be a huge violation of the Way, not to mention mating when it was forbidden to her, and then mating with a human/animal.

I was also a little concerned about the talons and the fangs, but I think that was part of the reason she took control. Of course, EZ was always the one in control, and this was no different.

What was not inevitable, but had to happen before EZ could share her blood with Reza, was his complete acceptance of the Way and the Empress. It wasn't just in his mind, but in his heart.

Chapter 13

- Okay, raise your hand if you would've just run like heck from what appears in this chapter! <I have both hands up>


Pretty intense. The battle with the genoth was quite good and, I think, necessary for Reza to learn how the bloodsong affected him. Of course, you killed off Goliath (boo), but he was old and, like Wiley, he died to save Reza.

Chapter 14

- Were you surprised at what Esah-Zhurah asks of Tesh-Dar, in order to give Reza a fair chance in the Challenge? And what did you think of what happened to Esah-Zhurah on the Kalai-Il?


EZ has already showed the lengths to which she will go to save Reza. No, I wasn't really surprised. The beating was brutal (worse than Jamie), and Tesh Dar didn't hold back one whit. That sort of surprised me, but then this is a brutal society. There is no room for sentiment in these warriors.

- We also get a very significant glimpse of the power of the Empress in this chapter after Esah-Zhurah's punishment is given. What did you think of this?

The Empress' power doesn't surprise me at all. She embodies her entire race and all that went before. Did you see the Disney movie Atlantis. Her power sort of reminds me of that.

Chapter 15

- Okay, what did you think of Reza's final Challenge??


I think it really brought home to me the essence of this warrior culture. Reza fought tresh that he had lived and trained with, and some he had trained, and still there was no question it was kill or be killed. He doesn't hesitate. Very much like the gladiators withvone major difference. The gladiators fought and died for entertainment. The Kreelans use the Challenge as part of their training both in the Way and as warriors to serve the Empress.

Chapter 16

- What did you think of the time Reza and Esah-Zhurah spent at the temple of the Desh-Ka?


Took me a bit to understand what happened, timewise. Although it was 25 years, and everything happened to them in real time, time rewound itself so that they appeared as they were when they entered the temple.

I'm guessing that the time they made love in the temple while Tesh Dar slept, EZ became pregnant as part of the fulfillment of the prophecy.

- Were you surprised at what happens at the end of the chapter? And what do you think *did* happen??

I wasn't surprised at what happened to Esah-Zhurah. I figured her hair would turn white, but the crimson talons and green eyes were a surprise. Esah-Zhurah is now the embodiment of Keel-Tath.

Reza was the first the Empress could call her son. Any sons she had would have been taken away from her at birth and placed in that ESPN room with Lazy Boys and a diet of subs, chips and Dr. Pepper. This is a major change in the Way.

- And if you were in Reza's place, what do you think you would have done??

I was surprised. I thought that back in the grotto before EZ shared her blood with him, Reza had let go of his past. His time in the temple of Desh Ka should have burned out those memories and feelings. I think the Ancients transported him back to a human planet, just as they transported him in the arena. I think Reza is going to have a hard time adjusting and an even harder time explaining what happened to him in the last dozen or so years.

If I had that same experience, I might have stayed. I don't think I would have fully known my mind and heart until faced with a battle against humans. It shows that although Reza thinks he has accepted the Way, he truly hasn't.

Thanks for the questions. Very thought provoking. Now I can go back to reading.
 

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If I had that same experience, I might have stayed. I don't think I would have fully known my mind and heart until faced with a battle against humans. It shows that although Reza thinks he has accepted the Way, he truly hasn't.
Here's another thought. Can Reza, once he returns to be with humans again, fight against the Kreelans? He has absorbed the Kreelan Way; has heard the bloodsong in himself and others. Can he put all that behind him? Maybe so. In the final challenge, he killed his fellow tresh as part of his training.
 

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gertiekindle said:
What a heavy burden the Empress has to bear. She holds the knowledge of all past Empresses, as well as each of her Kreelan children. First surprise ... she and Tesh Dar are twins. Second surprise ... Esah-Zurah is her daughter.
Yeah, and I thought being the president would be tough! Oh, and those were surprises? ;D

I was a little surprised that EZ shared her blood with Reza. It seemed like that would be a huge violation of the Way, not to mention mating when it was forbidden to her, and then mating with a human/animal.
It's a paradox: what she did was against the Way on the one hand, but on the other dovetailed with the Prophecy.

I was also a little concerned about the talons and the fangs, but I think that was part of the reason she took control. Of course, EZ was always the one in control, and this was no different.
Oh, those domineering women... ::)

Pretty intense. The battle with the genoth was quite good and, I think, necessary for Reza to learn how the bloodsong affected him. Of course, you killed off Goliath (boo), but he was old and, like Wiley, he died to save Reza.
I cried (okay, I sniffled, didn't ball my head off) when I first saw what my fingers typed about Goliath. I hate it when good animals get it. :(

EZ has already showed the lengths to which she will go to save Reza. No, I wasn't really surprised. The beating was brutal (worse than Jamie), and Tesh Dar didn't hold back one whit. That sort of surprised me, but then this is a brutal society. There is no room for sentiment in these warriors.
Yeah, that was rough. If anything, Tesh-Dar probably hit her harder. I don't think she had any choice: it was a matter of honor, as she had already given the least punishment she could between the two of them.

The Empress' power doesn't surprise me at all. She embodies her entire race and all that went before. Did you see the Disney movie Atlantis. Her power sort of reminds me of that.
Atlantis? Hmmm, I think we saw that some time ago, but I can't remember much from it. May have to check that out again on Netflix...

I think it really brought home to me the essence of this warrior culture. Reza fought tresh that he had lived and trained with, and some he had trained, and still there was no question it was kill or be killed. He doesn't hesitate. Very much like the gladiators withvone major difference. The gladiators fought and died for entertainment. The Kreelans use the Challenge as part of their training both in the Way and as warriors to serve the Empress.
I think the core of Kreelan civilization, beyond the purely martial aspects, is perfection in whatever they do; I think that's where their honor truly stems from, because in pursuit of that perfection they glorify the Empress. And in the case of the warriors, obviously, it's personal combat. Reza's situation in the final challenge is fairly unique, as challenges aren't normally fought to the death, but that just makes it more of an opportunity to demonstrate the perfection of their craft - in this case, killing. :(

I'm guessing that the time they made love in the temple while Tesh Dar slept, EZ became pregnant as part of the fulfillment of the prophecy.
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I wasn't surprised at what happened to Esah-Zhurah. I figured her hair would turn white, but the crimson talons and green eyes were a surprise. Esah-Zhurah is now the embodiment of Keel-Tath.
The body, at least. The spirit is still missing... ;)

Reza was the first the Empress could call her son. Any sons she had would have been taken away from her at birth and placed in that ESPN room with Lazy Boys and a diet of subs, chips and Dr. Pepper. This is a major change in the Way.
You are SO bad!! LOL!! Unfortunately, that's so true here. I'm glad I didn't inherit any sports genes...

I was surprised. I thought that back in the grotto before EZ shared her blood with him, Reza had let go of his past. His time in the temple of Desh Ka should have burned out those memories and feelings. I think the Ancients transported him back to a human planet, just as they transported him in the arena. I think Reza is going to have a hard time adjusting and an even harder time explaining what happened to him in the last dozen or so years.

If I had that same experience, I might have stayed. I don't think I would have fully known my mind and heart until faced with a battle against humans. It shows that although Reza thinks he has accepted the Way, he truly hasn't.
Hmmm. I think he has accepted the Way in his heart, but he still had to be true to himself. Even though it was a long time before and he probably hadn't thought about it consciously for years, that vow was largely guiding his interests in what he dreamed of doing if he survived his training (exploring the frontiers, etc.). As soon as that realization struck him - that he would have to fight humans - that vow popped right to the surface of his mind, and his sense of honor at that point simply gave him no choice as to what he had to do. :(

But if it had been me? I can't claim to have his moral fortitude: I think I would've stayed...
 

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gertiekindle said:
Here's another thought. Can Reza, once he returns to be with humans again, fight against the Kreelans? He has absorbed the Kreelan Way; has heard the bloodsong in himself and others. Can he put all that behind him? Maybe so. In the final challenge, he killed his fellow tresh as part of his training.
He's under no restrictions morally or otherwise to fight the Kreelans. The way of their warriors is to glorify the Empress through their prowess in combat, so I expect that's likely what we'll see...
 

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Gerties answers are so good, don't think i can add anything -
 

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Anju said:
Gerties answers are so good, don't think i can add anything -
My Dr. Pepper comment was sooooo insightful, wasn't it? ::)

Now if Mike would only stop blaming his fingers for the upsetting parts (faithful ole' Goliath :'() ... I mean, didn't he read his own writing about the synapses and the Command Center? ;D ;D
 

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My Dr. Pepper comment was sooooo insightful, wasn't it? ::)
Actually, that was *almost* good enough for me to consider giving back the Kool Atomic Hat. Almost...

Now if Mike would only stop blaming his fingers for the upsetting parts (faithful ole' Goliath :'() ... I mean, didn't he read his own writing about the synapses and the Command Center? ;D ;D
Yes, but with Reza the synapses actually fired and the Command Center had some control. As Jan will be happy to tell you, all of my synapses (well, there's actually only one) are filled with glue and I'm absolutely uncontrollable. Well, threats of bodily harm or withholding food occasionally work. But I'm sticking with my claim that it's the fault of my fingers! That's gotta be at least as good as the Twinkie Defense...
 

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Anju said:
Gerties answers are so good, don't think i can add anything -
Well, how about this: what did you think overall? What part(s) - if any - hit you the most emotionally?

Bonus question for the brave: did anybody cry (or at least sniffle) at any point?
 

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kreelanwarrior said:
Bonus question for the brave: did anybody cry (or at least sniffle) at any point?
I'm about cried out from the last few chapters of Outlander. (sneaky reminder)

I did sniffle a bit when Pen'ne died and I was really upset about Goliath.

Tesh Dar seemed so broken when Reza made his decision to leave. There has always been a connection between those two.

I think the most emotional moment for me was when Esah-Zhurah cut Reza's braid and his bloodsong was silenced.
 

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I did sniffle a bit when Pen'ne died and I was really upset about Goliath.

Tesh Dar seemed so broken when Reza made his decision to leave. There has always been a connection between those two.

I think the most emotional moment for me was when Esah-Zhurah cut Reza's braid and his bloodsong was silenced.
me too ::)
 

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Chapter 11

- This chapter gives us some of the first significant insights into the Kreelan Empress. What were your impressions of her?

She seems a lot like Tesh-Dar. She's held great power, unchallenged, for a long time and yet has a great sense of responsibility for doing the right thing for her Empire. She makes the difficult decisions that she has to instead of taking the easy way out.

Chapter 12

- Did you think it was wise for Esah-Zhurah to confide in the old armorer, Pan'ne-Sharakh?

Yes. They needed a friend among the Kreelan elders who could think beyond the rigid Kreelan rules.

- What were your thoughts as you read what happened between Esah-Zhurah and Reza at the grotto during their free time before their final Challenge?
I was thinking: I hope they're not found out, and if they are (as I figured they would be at some point) I hope the punishment isn't too severe!

Chapter 13

- Okay, raise your hand if you would've just run like heck from what appears in this chapter! <I have both hands up>
Hands up!

Chapter 14

- Were you surprised at what Esah-Zhurah asks of Tesh-Dar, in order to give Reza a fair chance in the Challenge? And what did you think of what happened to Esah-Zhurah on the Kalai-Il?

Wow! Those Kreelans don't kid around when they punish someone! I wonder, what did Tesh-Dar do to deserve the same punishment?
I wasn't too surprised at Esah-Zhurah's request to take Reza's portion of the punishment at the time I read it, but it took reading about the actual punishment to recognize its significance.

- We also get a very significant glimpse of the power of the Empress in this chapter after Esah-Zhurah's punishment is given. What did you think of this?
She wields great power. It makes me wonder if she can, but just isn't allowed to, reverse the curse on her people.

Chapter 15

- Okay, what did you think of Reza's final Challenge??

Again, they really don't kid around with training their warriors! One thing I didn't understand-and it is probably b/c I missed it-is why would the Kreelans set up a Challenge in which a great number of their best warriors are maimed or killed? It just seems like a system that is self-defeating and unsustainable. To survive the Challenge without winning it, does one have to voluntarily give up or is it always a fight to the death?

I have to admit, it didn't seem like Reza earned the win in the final Challenge. Without the Ancient Ones' help, he would have been killed, so it seemed unfair that his competitor then died.

Chapter 16

- What did you think of the time Reza and Esah-Zhurah spent at the temple of the Desh-Ka?

They have undergone a great spiritual transformation and I wonder if the change is more significant than they now realize?

- Were you surprised at what happens at the end of the chapter? And what do you think *did* happen??
I think I missed may have something here! Back to reading!

- And if you were in Reza's place, what do you think you would have done??
Being Reza, I don't think he could have done differently. Maybe if he were taken younger and had no recollection of his parents, or if he had never met Nicole or Wiley on Hallmark, he would have chosen to stay with the Kreelans. Still, it is hard to believe he would give up Esah-Zhurah.

Also, I'm surprised the Empress let him go instead of killing him when he decided he couldn't betray their soulless human enemies.

N :)
 

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I think the core of Kreelan civilization, beyond the purely martial aspects, is perfection in whatever they do; I think that's where their honor truly stems from, because in pursuit of that perfection they glorify the Empress. And in the case of the warriors, obviously, it's personal combat. Reza's situation in the final challenge is fairly unique, as challenges aren't normally fought to the death, but that just makes it more of an opportunity to demonstrate the perfection of their craft - in this case, killing. :(
Thanks, this clears it up for me. I was confused about whether all the challengers had to die except for the one winner.

BTW, loved the concept of ESPN room for the boys, Gertiekindle!

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- What were your thoughts as you read what happened between Esah-Zhurah and Reza at the grotto during their free time before their final Challenge?
I was thinking: I hope they're not found out, and if they are (as I figured they would be at some point) I hope the punishment isn't too severe!
Well, now you know what happened there! ;)

Chapter 14

- Were you surprised at what Esah-Zhurah asks of Tesh-Dar, in order to give Reza a fair chance in the Challenge? And what did you think of what happened to Esah-Zhurah on the Kalai-Il?

Wow! Those Kreelans don't kid around when they punish someone! I wonder, what did Tesh-Dar do to deserve the same punishment?
I wasn't too surprised at Esah-Zhurah's request to take Reza's portion of the punishment at the time I read it, but it took reading about the actual punishment to recognize its significance.
Well, hopefully at some point later on in another book we'll see what Tesh-Dar did to get into that sort of trouble! And yeah, no kid gloves in this civilization, that's for sure! :(

- We also get a very significant glimpse of the power of the Empress in this chapter after Esah-Zhurah's punishment is given. What did you think of this?
She wields great power. It makes me wonder if she can, but just isn't allowed to, reverse the curse on her people.
As you'll see later, this is part of the underlying story: the living Empress does *not* have the power to lift the curse. Only the First Empress does... ;D

Chapter 15
- Okay, what did you think of Reza's final Challenge??

Again, they really don't kid around with training their warriors! One thing I didn't understand-and it is probably b/c I missed it-is why would the Kreelans set up a Challenge in which a great number of their best warriors are maimed or killed? It just seems like a system that is self-defeating and unsustainable. To survive the Challenge without winning it, does one have to voluntarily give up or is it always a fight to the death?
Well, just to elaborate a little, the Challenge is normally judged: it's still very brutal and hard-fought - and can sometimes be accidentally lethal - but each fight is presided over by a judge who calls the match to an end before (normally) anybody gets hurt too badly.

I have to admit, it didn't seem like Reza earned the win in the final Challenge. Without the Ancient Ones' help, he would have been killed, so it seemed unfair that his competitor then died.
Really just an unfortunate twist of fate for his competitor more than anything else. But the Ancient Ones intervened precisely because he would've lost...and died. And they knew that couldn't be allowed...

- And if you were in Reza's place, what do you think you would have done??
Being Reza, I don't think he could have done differently. Maybe if he were taken younger and had no recollection of his parents, or if he had never met Nicole or Wiley on Hallmark, he would have chosen to stay with the Kreelans. Still, it is hard to believe he would give up Esah-Zhurah.

Also, I'm surprised the Empress let him go instead of killing him when he decided he couldn't betray their soulless human enemies.
Well, giving up Esah-Zhurah obviously wasn't easy! :(

As for the Empress letting him go, he was by then one of her own, and was following the most honorable - if painful - course of action. He had done no wrong to the Empire, and in fact probably would have been in trouble had he stayed, because the Empress (and certainly Tesh-Dar and Esah-Zhurah) would have known that he was in emotional conflict. And that no doubt would have caused serious trouble on down the line..
 

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As you'll see later, this is part of the underlying story: the living Empress does *not* have the power to lift the curse. Only the First Empress does... ;D
Ding! Ding! Ding! A light goes off inside my head.

Also, thanks for explaining that part about the Challenge. I am always impressed by how much the world you have created makes sense!

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Yeah, I don't know how that happened - I'm not normally a details kinda guy (as Jan can attest)! LOL! ;D
Yeah, but your fingers are. Hey, if your fingers can take the blame, they can take the credit, too. ;)
 

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Yeah, but your fingers are. Hey, if your fingers can take the blame, they can take the credit, too. ;)
So true!

And OMG! I was digging around in our junk room and found the three-ring binder with some of my original stories in it, including the one that spawned In Her Name. Will have to read through it - it's probably gonna be really bad! LOL!!
 
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