Welcome to Week Two of the Warbreaker Group Read! 🙂 This week I posed the questions to the group, so let us hope that I can do some semblance of a good job in answering them. 🙂

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Please note that if you have not yet read Warbreaker, that there will be spoilers in these posts. Part Two covers Chapter Thirteen through to the end of Chapter Twenty-Three.

1) We’ve seen more of Vasher and Nightblood in action and heard perhaps quite a different perspective from the mercenaries. Any thoughts on what Vasher and Nightblood’s nature or motivations may ultimately be?

From witnessing Vasher’s own perspective and how he tries to avoid lethal force where possible, I am inclined to say that he is one of the good guys.

However, he’s certainly not afraid to loose Nightblood — or allow for someone to loose it against themselves! — either.

But then we hear from Denth that Vasher killed one of their crew; and apparently one they cared for considerably given Denth’s reaction.

Is this perhaps a misunderstanding? Did Denth see Vasher do it, or is it similar to the servant who was left alive by Vasher but then killed after the fact by a mysterious third party?

It’s all a bit of a mystery to me at this point. I like the Vasher chapters very much and want to see more. As I said, I’m inclined at this point to believe he is doing something he believes to be ‘right’.

Nightblood I believe to be a rather strongly awakened object; but there will be something ‘special’ about it, whether it simply be some ridiculous number of breaths imbued to make it happen or perhaps it may be a ‘special’ breath, from a Returned or former Godking. At first I thought Nightblood’s Awakening command may have simply been to ‘Kill Things’, but there is a quote — which I rather regret not marking (blasted paper book) — saying how easily protection can turn to destruction. This made me wonder if the command may not have been altogether more altruistic and complex.

2) How about the mercenaries themselves? Denth seems to be spectacularly dangerous; more than we may have suspected. Then there is Tonk Fah and the recently introduced Jewels. Are they playing it level with Vivenna, do you think?

I’ve been a little bit wary of them from the beginning, just waiting for the other shoe to drop in some way. Then I began wondering if Sanderson simply hadn’t turned the whole Mercenary cliche on it’s head, ‘just because’.

Now, I’m not totally sure but I’m leaning toward the latter. I’m beginning to like them much more as characters that we’re starting to see hints of them having a little more depth than just being, ‘funny mercenaries’, although I still can’t help the feeling that the cliche subversion process was just a little too obvious and was the intent in and of itself.

Still, I wander away from the question there a little.

I think that they are for the most part what they seem to be, at least when it comes to their dealings with Vivenna. Denth is clearly far more skilled than we would have suspected for a ‘normal’ mercenary, which then does raise some questions about the company he is keeping. Are they all that special in one way or another?

Or is it more so that even in this story Mercenaries with some semblance of a conscience are rare and flocked together?

3) We – and Siri – were let in on (some of) the secrets surrounding the God King as well, and what has been done to him to keep him in check. Or at least; we’ve seen Siri’s thoughts on why it was done. Do you think she was right? What consequences do you perhaps see arising from her teaching the Godking?

My goodness. I think we all suspected something was up with the Godking and that things simply couldn’t be how they seemed. Some even mentioned already they thought that he may be a prisoner rather than in power.

Yet, I’m not sure anyone saw quite to what extent. At the very least, I certainly didn’t. Hacking off a child’s tongue to keep them from ever being able to speak? That goes quite far beyond brutal.

I suspect Siri was correct in her suppositions and I simply cannot wait to see the Priest’s get their comeuppance. Bastards.

Although I suppose it does raise the question of quite how far down the corruption trickles. Are there Priests unaware of this who truly believe the religious dogma? What about the Priests of the other Returned? I struggle to see Llarimar (aka Scoot) going along with this.

As for the consequences… I wonder if it may lead the Godking to try wrest control of his life back, and if this might be what ultimately starts the War of the book. As for less ground shattering consequences; perhaps at last the Godking will be able to connect with someone which seems to have been something absent him for quite some time as he comes across as rather child-like.

4) Blushweaver seems to be working toward some end goal we’re not yet privy to, but we know she is after anyone with Lifeless commands. Any ideas what/who/where her target may be once control of the Lifeless is gained?

Blushweaver is being set up as a scheming tart, really. But for all that, we don’t really know where her loyalties or motivations lie.

Is it the case, perhaps, that she has somehow discovered the secret that Siri has? Is she, in fact, working to liberate the Godking from the control of his Priesthood? ((Or is this perhaps Vasher’s, goal? Was it the goal of the rebellion before him and the Priests have relabeled the actions after the fact?))

Of course, it’s entirely possible that she is just as bad as she (potentially) seems, and that she holds a strong belief that the black temple and attendant title would suit her much better.

In either scenario, control of the Lifeless would be important. Although if she is against the Priesthood, will the plan work? Assumably sans tongue it would be difficult for the Godking to give the Lifeless new security phrases himself, so wouldn’t it be logical that in fact the High Priest (or someone of that level) does so?

That being the case, it isn’t altogether too far of a leap, I don’t think, to assume that they would have the ability to either imprint a higher grade security phrase, or at the least change the phrase before any action can be taken against them.

Other Parts
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

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