[We’re doing another Wizard’s post to finish the chapter off]
Last time we were introduced to the Wizard’s First Rule. Now let’s explore its mysteries in greater depth.
“People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.
That certainly was enlightening.
Richard previously decided that he couldn’t let Zedd know he has the book of counted shadows memorized or else Zedd will wizard him to death, because these stalwart friends and heroes will attempt to murder each other at the drop of a hat. So he throws the tooth his dad left him in a river. Bye, tooth! Your relevance to the plot was tangential and contrived.
The hand of Rahl was reaching out to him, even at this distance, and making him do things he didn’t want to
FFS, stop blaming Rahl for the fact that you’re all violent paranoid assholes.
Near the middle of his watch, he became suddenly aware again of the thing that followed them
This has to be like the fifth time Richard has suddenly become aware that they’re being followed.
He hears the thing killing something nearby, then again on his next watch, but decides that whatever it is, it probably doesn’t mean then harm because reasons. Zedd ambles over for a chat and Richard starts angrily interrogating him about not-Gollum from back at
Shota‘s place, then bursts into tears again. I guess I shouldn’t criticize this for being another sexual fantasy scene like when Harry Dresden did the same thing.
The prophecies say that the one who truly masters the sword’s magic, and in so doing makes the blade turn white, will be protected from that fate
Gee I wonder if that will happen
Also wait what prophecies.
“Strike you dead. That’s a joke. You’re all I have, all I’m allowed to love.
….or maybe I can criticize this for being a bromantic fantasy at the very least. Richard sure does seem to love quirky old guys. I don’t get the appeal dude, but to each their own.
Richard, I know how you feel about the magic
The characters keep talking about “the magic” but what does that actually mean? The magic of the sword? When Kahlan said that “the magic” prevents her from cutting her hair did she mean her Confessor powers? What kind of The Magic is Zedd using? Are they all the same The Magic or are there different types of The Magic depending on what kind of The Magic user you are?
This falls under the anti-asspull clause of my “no magic worldbuilding” rule, ie I’ll accept or even demand some in-depth magic system waffling to stop an author just making shit up as they go. Goodkind is blatantly doing that here, as with Kahlan’s no-haircutting thing.
Later on Kahlan goes to talk with Zedd over some “rabbit and biscuits”.
“I thought you might like something sweet. Can I share them with you?”
He eyed her up and down. “I guess you’re small enough, you couldn’t eat that many.”
Keep in mind Zedd is talking to Kahlan here, not Rachel.
You are the only one who knows what it is like to be a Confessor. I tried to explain it to Richard, but it takes a lifetime to truly understand
It’s not fucking hard to understand, stop pretending it is.
Kahlan asks if Zedd can use his wizard The Magic to release her from her confessor The Magic and he decides to answer in the most needlessly melodramatic way possible.
His head bent. He didn’t look up. “There is only one way to release you from the magic, MotherConfessor.”
Her heart leapt into her throat. “How?” she whispered.
His eyes came to hers. They were filled with pain. “I could kill you.”
Wouldn’t “no” have done just as well? I guess Goodkind just really wanted another scene where the heroes talk about murdering each other.
Zedd asks Kahlan to tell him what
Shota said to Richard, Kahlan refuses so Zedd just strong-arms her into it.
Zedd gave a knowing smile at that; then his face hardened. “Mother Confessor, this is not a request, this is an order. I expect you to treat it as such.”
Such great friends.
Instead of telling Zedd to go fuck himself she spills the beans on what
Shota told them, which if you’ve forgotten is that Zedd and Kahlan will both try to use their The Magic on Richard.
Just to recap, all three of these characters now know that it’s been foretold that this is going to happen, and Richard even suspects he knows why Zedd will try to kill him (the Book thing) so clearly the best course of action is to sit down, calmly and rationally get everything out in the open and negotiate a way of going forward that doesn’t involve murder. Instead of, you know, keeping secrets until they inevitably come out at the worst possible moment, which is obviously what’s going to happen.
Zedd brings up the obvious point that the prophecy might end up being self-fulfilling (in which case surely it would have been better for him to now know what it is so he can’t be influenced by it).
“Richard is in the books of prophecies?
The…. wait, what? What books of prophecies? Have they ever mentioned this before?
Also, are we seriously going down this route?
There can also be no doubt who `the Seeker who commands the wind against the heir to D’Hara’ is. It is Richard. Heir to D’Hara is Rahl.
I can’t help but interpret “command the wind” as a weird euphemism for flatulence. “Man I’m really commanding the wind after that chili con carne”. Also hey Zedd are you so sure you’re interpreting that right? Just saying.
“Zedd, why don’t you just tell him these things, like you have told me? Doesn’t he have a right to know all this?”
No Kahlan, that would get in the way of our contrived dramatic tension.
And then there’s some bullshit about Zedd’s wife and how awesome falling in love is okay end chapter.