SandChigger wrote:Water of Life couldn't have been used before Jessica because until then only the Fremen knew of it.
(Unless Jessica was ignorant of it because she was only an acolyte. But if there was a secret trade in WoL going on between the BG & Fremen, wouldn't you think the former would have known a lot more about the situation on Arrakis, especially after the Atreides rout?)
SandChigger wrote:Mohiam is the Emperor's Truthsayer. She's a Reverend Mother. "We look down so many avenues of the past...." I think the implication is fairly clear there that she was changed using the drug. No? (And this was before anyone knew of the Water of Life used by the Fremen.)
Out of the three times I have read Dune, I have never caught on to the fact that the drug she is referring to here is not the water of life. Now I definitely am curious about this subject of other drugs.
Nekhrun wrote:Wouldn't the reason that other poisons stop working be because of the complexity of the Spice? Once you've converted Water of Life everything else is just too easy and would not pose any challenge or agony.
So....this poison X was like mary jane of truthsaying versus the spice cocaine of Arrakis? Maybe that's a bad analogy. But I like how it works together.