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Comment author: RobinZ 30 December 2010 06:00:42PM 3 points [-]

The description of Marcus pre-tragedy is superawesome.

"Heart Is An Awesome Power" added.

Comment author: Giriath 30 December 2010 09:57:42PM *  1 point [-]

I really enjoyed it too. I've never read of a pre-tragedy!Marcus that resembles anything close to what I think he would be like in canon. He's a very sharp man with a good handle on his power. He just doesn't have quite the same ambitions as Aro.

All the different personalities of the Volturi coven make me wonder how many arguments there have been about the morality of eating people. I'm sure many were prevented because Chelsea was the very first member in the guard.

Comment author: alethiophile 04 January 2011 03:04:55AM 0 points [-]

Very much agreed. He's kind of badass. I especially like his casual death threats to Chelsea. Does this imply that Marcus is functionally immune to Chelsea, since he can see what she's doing in real time?

Comment author: Alicorn 04 January 2011 05:01:13AM 0 points [-]

It means he can tell that she's doing it; he's not functionally immune to her, since he doesn't care anymore, but in theory he could just scarper any time she tried. Or threaten to kill her again.

Comment author: alethiophile 05 January 2011 12:03:47AM 0 points [-]

One imagines that, if he was doing something akin to Elspeth's heuristic, immediate feedback on what Chelsea's doing to him would be very useful. This is contingent, of course, on him caring, which at the moment he probably doesn't (though, if he's smart enough to put together a Xanatos Gambit instead of just going ape when he finds the memory, it might well be very useful then).

A side question: If Marcus became aware of Aro's part in Didyme's death, could Chelsea snip the emotional bond based around hatred and revenge that resulted? Or is that too tied up with the mate bond to be vulnerable?

Comment author: Alicorn 05 January 2011 12:11:05AM 2 points [-]

If Marcus became aware of Aro's part in Didyme's death, could Chelsea snip the emotional bond based around hatred and revenge that resulted? Or is that too tied up with the mate bond to be vulnerable?

I was wondering if anyone had noticed - Chelsea has only ever been shown to detect and work with positive relationships and positive seeds. She can't tell if people hate each other, or stop them from doing it.

Comment author: Vaniver 17 January 2011 02:31:12PM 3 points [-]

I was wondering if anyone had noticed - Chelsea has only ever been shown to detect and work with positive relationships and positive seeds. She can't tell if people hate each other, or stop them from doing it.

I'm guessing her sister worked with negative ones?

Comment author: Alicorn 17 January 2011 02:32:10PM 3 points [-]

I haven't established the details of Chelsea's cousin's power, but that would be interesting, so sure, why not.

Comment author: Vaniver 17 January 2011 02:52:53PM 0 points [-]

Right, cousin.

It just struck me as fitting, after seeing her possible limitation- it's not as useful, but still useful enough to make Chelsea non-essential (nuke people's grievances with anyone you don't like, erase resentment from anyone you want to keep around).

Comment author: FAWS 05 January 2011 01:08:39AM 0 points [-]

So how could they recruit any of the stored witches if they couldn't counteract any hate resulting from being tortured for years/decades/centuries? I wouldn't think that any friendship imposed in addition should help. If some masked person tortured me for a long time for selfish reasons I don't think them turning out to be a dear friend of mine behind the mask would suddenly make everything OK.

Comment author: Alicorn 05 January 2011 01:26:05AM 2 points [-]

Order of operations matters. When Chelsea's on the ball and has a seed, she can sprout that seed, coax it to arbitrary levels of growth, and keep pulling it back when it shrivels up a bit. Sure, the plant she grows will wilt whenever it occurs to the victim "hey, my friend here tortured me for several years", but unless this goes on unchecked long enough to leave no seed at all, Chelsea can just haul back the liking again. Eventually, I think somebody who finds that no amount of dwelling on the torture bit can let them stop liking the torturer will find a way to excuse or ignore the torture. On the other hand, if you like someone to begin with and then they torture you the sense of betrayal might be immediate and dreadful enough to completely obliterate the sort of seeds Chelsea needs to function.

Comment author: FAWS 05 January 2011 09:45:07AM *  1 point [-]

Fortunately I have never been tortured (or had loved ones tortured/raped/murdered), but I imagine that the practical limit of how much you can hate someone is a lot higher than how much you can like someone (not so sure about love, but that doesn't seem to be what Chelsea's doing), and if you both liked and hated the same person as much as possible the hate would dominate.

To amend the example: First you are tortured for a long time by a masked person for selfish reasons, then the torture ends and you become close friends with someone, and finally that friend turns out to have been the masked person. I think I would see them mostly as the masked person, and the most the friendship would be worth would be giving them a chance to demonstrate how bitterly they regretted the torture, how much they have become a different person, how hard they worked on making amends etc. If that was less than completely convincing the friendship might as well never have happened, and even if it was completely convincing I still don't think I could stomach their company any time soon.