Thread: Grubs
View Single Post
Old Jul 27 2008, 12:39 AM   #25
ElectricDragon
Inactive
 
ElectricDragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Between
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern, obviously.
Now Reading: That's classified.
Default Re: Grubs

Quote:
Originally Posted by edith View Post
They're also on the back on a large, flame blowing, flying telepathic thing, which is not the same as being on the ground with a deadly rain with only a flame thrower (if that) to fight back!
Which also happens to mean they're not on-hand when something that can't hop between the moment it is hit gets consumed. The holders would actually be better able to speak to that than any dragonrider.

A dragonrider that gets hit is taken between immediately and the hit is immediately arrested, or the initial hit is so bad that the pair is never coming back from between.

This is like an aviator holding forth about infantry combat.

We actually have very few observations of Thread consuming anything, and the observation under the least stress-distorted circumstances is the Burrow that Fanderel tests HNO3 on in Nerat, and that Burrow certainly isn't consuming anything in a flash.

Our other most detailed observation is that of Sean and Sorka, under a ledge, in the water, with horses to control, experiencing something they neither expected nor understood. Take it from a trained crash investigator: these are people you would definitely interview, but they would not rank highly for the reliability of details related.

Just think about the geometry of any possible observation of the herdbeast that Sean and Sorka saw hit. They're in the water, under a ledge and the beast was probably situated on a slope above them. It's entirely possible that if the beast fell, its carcass might be obscured by any intervening fold in the terrain. So, maybe the beast went down--and possibly out-of-sight--in a matter of moments. But once down, how long did it really take to consume all of the flesh, and just how long to consume the much more dense bone? And oh-by-the-way, you're observing this while you're trying to keep your head above water, your body under the ledge, your horse under control, observe the antics of the fire-lizards, observe what the Thread is doing to that herd beast, observe whether or not the Thread is going to get you through the water... Not exactly an environment for careful note-taking even in the strictly mental sense, especially for two people experiencing the first truly violent and life-threatening moment of their lives.

Think of what gets reported in combat. If every enemy soldier that was claimed killed, if every tank that was claimed destroyed, if every plane that was claimed shot down, was in fact lost, wars would be over in half the time. And many of those observations are made and reported in good faith by trained observers inured to the dangers. And they're still wrong.
ElectricDragon is offline   Reply With Quote