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    Chapter 08

    Postby Freakzilla » 01 Mar 2008 19:03

    Ten thousand years since Leto II began his metamorphosis from human into the
    sandworm of Rakis and historians still argue over his motives. Was he driven by
    the desire for long life? He lived more than ten times the normal span of three
    hundred SY, but consider the price he paid. Was it the lure of power? He is
    called the Tyrant for good reason but what did power bring him that a human
    might want? Was he driven to save humankind from itself? We have only his own
    words about his Golden Path to answer this and I cannot accept the self-serving
    records of Dar-es-Balat. Might there have been other gratifications, which only
    his experiences would illuminate? Without better evidence the question is moot.
    We are reduced to saying only that "He did it!" The physical fact alone is
    undeniable.

    -The Metamorphosis of Leto II, 10,000th Anniversary Peroration by Gaus Andaud

    Master Waff has been summoned by a Honored Matre. The returned Tleilaxu descendants from The Scattering have warned them about the dangers of the HMs, but they don't trust their returning brothers, considering them unclean. They have also brought back information that has been incorporated into the Duncan Idaho ghola. He is to meet the HMs on an Ixian no-ship, of which, some of the crew have been replaced with the New Face Dancers. This will be a test of the HMs ability to detect the NFDs. Waff also has poisoned dart throwers concealed in his sleeves. The HM wants to know why they sell Gholas to the BG then kill the gholas and what the BG plan to do with the girl on Rakis. She wants to know if Waff trusts the Ixians. Waff lies to her that the BG are using the ghola to find a way to nullify no-ship invisibility. The HM tells Waff that she intends to make the BT servants of the HMs and two HMs will accompany him back to Tleilax. When the two enter Waff notices that one of them has been replaced with a NFD. He kills the other one and the one he was talking to with the poisoned dart throwers. They are replaced with NFDs who imprint the slain HM's memories. Waff learns that HMs are like Reverend Mothers without Other Memory and that they practice sexual enslavement. Waff orders the no-ship destroyed and them all back to Bandalong.
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    Re: Chapter 08

    Postby nistle2 » 17 Apr 2011 16:11

    I can't read about Waff without picturing him as Warwick Davis in the Leprechaun.

    Is he actually elfin or us that just his disguise? Is he even a face dancer or can't elders do that?

    And it was pretty badass how he took out the Honored Matre. I knew he'd likely take care of business but who doesn't like reading about a smug mystic who gets killed with darts by an elf?
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    Re: Chapter 08

    Postby Freakzilla » 18 Apr 2011 10:05

    nistle2 wrote:I can't read about Waff without picturing him as Warwick Davis in the Leprechaun.


    That's terrible!

    Is he actually elfin or us that just his disguise?


    They have genetically engineered themselves over the millenia to reinforce their stereotype.

    Is he even a face dancer or can't elders do that?


    No, Masters are not Face Dancers.

    And it was pretty badass how he took out the Honored Matre. I knew he'd likely take care of business but who doesn't like reading about a smug mystic who gets killed with darts by an elf?


    There's lots of action in this book.
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    Re: Chapter 08

    Postby Ampoliros » 18 Apr 2011 10:53

    I especially like the dynamics in this scene, Waff is so sure of himself, but Frank writes it in a way that you have no idea who will win until the conflict occurs, and even then he does it in a way that doesn't make the Honored Matres look weak, if anything they are even more of a threat after this scene.

    One of my favorite scenes!
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    Re: Chapter 08

    Postby nistle2 » 18 Apr 2011 20:19

    Thanks Freak for clearing that up. I was pretty certain that Waff wasn't a Face Dancer but in this chapter there's some mention of him letting his expression down or something after he kills the Matre. Just thought I missed something.

    This book is really different from the others, and better for it I think. Theres a great sense of the present since there's no longer any prescience, much like what Amp was saying about not knowing the outcome until it happens.

    All the books have had a prophetical nature in Herbert's storytelling but that disappears in this one because The Tyrant has destroyed it. It's a cool connection between the plot drastically changing and Herbert's voice changing entirely with it.
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    Re: Chapter 08

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 18 Apr 2011 20:22

    I'd say that that's an astute observation there. FH was a master of changing his "voice" while writing, sometimes within one book, but more often from book to book. His short stories really showcase this talent, reading through a collection of his shorts, a lot of them will have that typical FH tone, but then a few will just jump out at you and take you by surprise, almost as if a different author had written them.
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    Re: Chapter 08

    Postby Freakzilla » 14 Aug 2012 11:42

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