The Laughing God said:
Excellent post Logister!
Allow me to reply:
where exactly in Tattered Fates does the Widower say that it is 'stolen light' when it talks about the Black sun?
- I don't think Halo Artefacts should be thrown in to the equation of Haarlock and the Tyrant Star. They seem to have an alltogether different theme to them: physical corruption and unholy metamorphosis, than time manipulation and revenge.
- Agreed that it does not seem that Haarlock can control the Tyrant Star. It seems more like a force of nature. But the two are definitely entwined. Just now in DotDG on p15 it reads:
The herald shall return from that great and echoing place (death? the past? outerspace? The herald is obviously Haarlock)
He will return and there will be great power with him (does this refer directly to the Tyrant Star?)
But his power shall be that of the lost and other, even the damned, shall know it not (the damned seems to refer to those in the thrall of Chaos, lending weight to your theory that Komus is not associated to Chaos as they 'shall know it not')
Fools will be his bearers, his coming will be the coming of ruin and death though not of his own making (but of Komus' making?)
And so with all in motley and blood the players shall wait and the darkness shall pour, clawing from out of a dark sun and vomit darkness into the offering bowl.
I am especially intrigued by these references to fools and players. It seems to suggest some kind of madman's carnivale, a great unholy feast or an orgy at the end of the world.
When the widower reveals himself and fights heron mask during the eclipse, he claims that the 'light was stolen' or something to that effect.
I agree that the halo artifacts are a weak point in my theory. There is no necessary connection between them and the tyrant star. I just think that they are cool and Haarlocks definately have access to them (there is one for auction in the house of dust and ash, as well as the spider bride having one). However, the tyrant star is known to cause mutation and madness and so do halo artifacts... (but really, what doesn't cause mutation and madness?)
I think that the great and echoing place is probably the 'blind tresseracht' (or whatever) that the daemon in the mirror refered to at the end of shattered cities.
There is an interesting quote in the Radicals Handbook (I think) by ex-Inquisitor Nephratities (the one who was excommunicated and killed by Rhykuss for her obsession with extending her life unaturally and vowed 'I'll be back') that goes something along the lines of:
'Behind the forbidden gates and broken chains there is a throne that even gods fear to take'
I'm going to take a shot in the dark here and say that that throne that she is reffering to is the same thing that Erasmus sought.
'He will return and there will be a great power with him' I agree with graver. This obviously reffers to Erasmus and the Tyrant Star.
'But his power shall be that of the lost and the other, even the damned, shall know it not' This just makes it more clear that the power is that of Komus.
'Fools will be his bearers, his coming will be the coming of ruin and death though not of his own making' I interpret this to mean that the fools are the damned whose presence will bring about the star as per my theory. And Haarlock's presence, being one of the 7, will also serve to awaken the star thus causing ruin and death that is not of his own making.
The last line, however, is beyond me. Either my theory is wrong/incomplete, or I just dont understand what it is trying to get at.