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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 2:16 pm    Post subject: Did Saddith deserve what she got? Reply with quote

Did she deserved what Lebbick did to her? I don't think she did... she was a nasty slut... no doubt... but she didn't deserve what happened to her. What do you people think?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one deserves to be beaten until they are permanantly disfigured, scarred, and probably crippled (her hands...)... Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly.

There's certainly a lot to ask/say/discuss about the implications of Saddith's 'punishment' and about the role of ('good' vs. 'bad') sexuality in the Mordant books. This is a very difficult topic, in my opinion. For example, you could ask why Lebbick, who nearly rapes Terisa, gets such a lot of understanding, while Saddith doesn't. And I could ask why nearly every villain in the books is either 'perverted' (Eremis, Festten?) or homosexual.

I don't think there's such an easy answer to these questions though.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No she doesn't--it's Eeremis who really deserves it--and Joyse in a way deserves it too... Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saddith was trying to get power the only way a woman in her position could... I don't really blame her for anything.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: Did Saddith deserve what she got? Reply with quote

Lord Revan wrote:
Did she deserved what Lebbick did to her? I don't think she did... she was a nasty slut... no doubt... but she didn't deserve what happened to her. What do you people think?


poor saddith. no, she didn't deserve to be so beaten, and ultimately killed. she never meant to bring harm to Terisa, she mearly told Ersmes what he wanted to know. She was the victim of his plotting, and her own need to sleep her way to something better. As for what Lebbic did to her, no, she deserved none of it, but he doesn't deserve blame either. he was halfway insane, and what he learned from her very well saved the kingdom by giving him something true to hold onto his sanity: the fact that terisa and gareden were innocent.

btw, i probably butchered the spelling of character names, i appologize.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent point siaho!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:41 am    Post subject: re Reply with quote

I know a lot of people with her mindset, only they're not even doing it for power...I see them as just very very sexual and full of joie de vivre....and unethical, but that's personal, I don't judge them or shun them. I would have hung out with Saddith and blushed at her ribbing like Terisa...I AM Saddith to a friend of mine, I harass her about her sex life or lack of it constantly, to see her change color...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: re Reply with quote

fightingmyinstincts wrote:
I AM Saddith to a friend of mine


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, Saddith didn't deserve it; but doing things they way she did, she should have expected sooner or later there'd be some price to pay, like STD or jealous ex-lover things. Too bad she was the moth to Eremis' flame...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right-Saddith was playing a game, alright. But someone else playing a bigger game used her and blindsided her-Eremis should have taken her beating-what a s.o.b! Cussing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, now Eremis was a nasty character. More Razz Truly evil, IMHO. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes, now Eremis was a nasty character. More Razz Truly evil, IMHO. Evil or Very Mad


I think Gilbur was more evil... well... maybe not more evil, but seemed like it because Eremis had brains and he didn't, Gilbur did everything brutally. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree--Saddith definitely got the beating that was coming to Eremis. It was really Eremis who Lebbick wanted to pound into mulch.

But I can't help but feel that Saddith deserved something. Her actions were definitely not those of a good guy. She manipulated everyone to gain her own ends. The scale of the crime is the only thing that differentiates her from Eremis. He wanted the world--she wanted to be a "lady."

I think they both, in the end, got punished for their crimes--in Eremis's case, I'd have to say the punishment fit. Saddith's didn't, because she got punished for her own, and for Eremis's. Not fair really. But then, that's Elega's complaint through the whole thing, isn't it?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think Saddith deserved what she happened to her, but IMO she brought it on herself. She let her ambition blind her to the danger of what she was doing for Eremis, let alone the morality of it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not exactly sure Mordant's need is exactly all about wrong- retribution. Donaldson said himself that Mordant's need was a stepping stone between Chrons and GAP, and I think assigning blame to these characters is only an exercise for our own minds, not an objective analysis.

My opinion? Saddith was just being used. Her own vaunted sexual gift was reversed and turned against her by Eremis. It all comes back to him. Is saddith blameless? No. But she was just a tool of despite- *cough* I mean Eremis' plots.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2004 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saddith isn't a particularly "nice" character, but I would agree that she is manipulated and used by a Master. As far as I know, before this her relationships with men were fairly straightforward (or at least I get the impressio nthat they are)-- I sleep with you, you give me a step up the ladder in return. I don't think she had a clue about what she was getting into when she got into a relationship with Eremis.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we're not supposed to judge here, but I guess my opinion can't hurt, here, with all these other opinions to keep it company.

Saddith surely didn't deserve to be beaten half to death for her part in the plot... She deserved something, but her treachery was less than say, the Armigite's, who got ignored for his desire for ignorance.

But for the moral crime she was committing, the punishment perfectly fitted the crime. (poetic justice?)

Saddith was wielding what some would call," the ultimate power a woman can wield over a man," She was flaunting and wielding it carelessly like Drool with the Staff of Law, using it as a weapon for her own power.

She thought nothing of others, and never grew like other characters did.

She got, as her punishment. "the ultimate power a man wields over a woman." Hers was an extreme situation. One one hand, she exploited the fundamental weakness of men, but in turn, she suffered the weakness of women.

The interesting thing is that after the beating by Lebbick, she couldn't go on. She was SO empty as a person, that living was pointless without the weapon of her beauty (which Lebbick merely removed from her, disarming her, not killing her) she never found out how pointless it all was.

All the people she had used did her nothing once she was spiked through and dead. They dispersed, abandoning her, after hearing that 94 of them might be a guard in disguise. (Or perhaps, it was supposed to mean that many of the outraged people could be just like Lebbick under their 'disguise' of outrage)

I think that if pushed, I would say that yes, poetically, she deserved to be disfigured (disarmed of her weapon of beauty, which she has used evilly) and she deserved to be betrayed by all the men she'd used (when they didn't lynch Lebbick)

But I think she was killed because she once again forgot herself, and attacked the Castellan with a knife, surely a guard would kill her in his defense? I dont think she actually 'deserved' this, but it was inevitable. Having lost her beauty, she was dead. She was not one to ever live with her damage.

Yes, she was manipulated by Eremis to performing certain acts. But the crime for which she was ultimately punished was something she was doing long before she ever met Eremis. And manipulation was HER game, she should have been less ambitious, and more cautious. She had to understand the possibility of being manipulated, after all, she's been manipulating all her life. She got careless, and over-bold.

So I'll say she deserved disfigurement, but maybe not death. Her death was to show that she was too shallow to live without her weapon of looks.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really have anything to contribute on the subject, just wanted to say "Great post" again. Smile

On the whole, yes, in terms of poetic justice, she did get a "suitable" punishment. Of course, it could be argued that nobody ever deserves something like that, but we're not concerned with the moral implications here, simply good story-telling.

The "punishment" fitted the "crime" perfectly, as was no doubt the intention.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On the whole, yes, in terms of poetic justice, she did get a "suitable" punishment. Of course, it could be argued that nobody ever deserves something like that, but we're not concerned with the moral implications here, simply good story-telling.


I do see the point about the "suitability" of this punishment. Mordant's Need is full of appropriate revenges. (See the "Crappy Deaths in Book 2" thread.)

But just to play Devil's Advocate here Twisted Evil--since I also think Saddith was a baddy, if not on the scale of Eremis & Co.--I would say that we are, in fact, concerned with moral implications here. "Did Saddith get what she deserved?" is the name of this thread... How do we discuss what she "deserved" without making moral judgments concerning her behavior?
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