Fan Q&A: Why Don’t the Swordmasters Die?

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Fan Q: Why don’t the sword masters die?

Answer: I assure you that they do. There is quite a long list of the dead. Sword masters named in TAOM: TA who die are Nathan of Anthama, Zaelen and Nemara of Nemea (died before TAOM: TA), and (*Spoilers* Zibiah and Zaedrif of Nemea, and Skye is for all practical purposes dead–though Malik would disagree–more discussion on this later when my Reference Library website opens up (when I finish it))and *further spoilers* the problem with Eleya/Merris is explained a bit in TAOM:TA and will be much further explained in TAOM: ROTNM.
Perhaps an easier explanation is to consider The Great Chain of Being.  Humans were lower than angels, which were lower than God.  Non sword masters are like the humans, sword masters are like the angels, and the Serafin is God.  So, what can kill a lowly human cannot kill a sword master (or perhaps certain Malik allies)?  However, since sword masters are not angels, they can die.  Just not as easily as others.

Also, the Regina has a great influence in prolonging the life of the master–including slowing the aging process and being hard to kill in general.  This mainly comes from an early idea from TAOM:TA version one (version three is the published one).