Today’s work finally cleared up one nagging problem and may have also improved some other things. Well…on second thought it cleared up a couple of nagging problems, one of which is a definite untied knot, and the other of which may create new nagging problems if I’m not careful.
I’m trying to draft with one part of my head and braid the strands with the other and that’s not going too well. It finally dawned on me that I need to take one entire day on the braid, because then I’ll see more clearly where the gaps are. DUH. I do this time after time and you’d think I’d remember how to do it. At least by now I remember how to turn the heel on a sock without having to look it up!
At any rate–and not much spoilerish, I don’t think–we know from the first series that Kieri was said to have inherited some of all three mageries: elven, magelord, and Old Human of the north. I’m still trying to figure out which part of which goes into his putting the magelords into enchanted sleep and then waking them 500 years later, because I should know, but a more present problem was “How can he access a magery he inherited very distantly from a people who no longer exist in the present, and whose heritage of mage-knowledge was completely lost?” You can’t just go from knowing there are well-spirits to placate and that blades should be blooded before plowing in respect to Alyanya to re-acquiring the knowledge of Old Human magery. The very language in which to think and chant and tell those things has been lost.
But. Kieri was talking to an elf (no surprise there) and something brought to mind his Midwinter experience in the ossuary. There is one source of Old Human magery who just might help him understand what he inherited.