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21.08.2013 @ 14:28So, I'm puzzled with this magical leash thing Cynthia's supposed to be on.
If I remember and understand correctly, a leash is designed for mages in training, not fully qualified sorcresses, and basically it's the type of relationship in which the apprentice is under the master's command regarding his/her power, spells and all sorts of magical actions in exchange for the right to use the master's power.
And this got me wondering whether there's some sort of inconsitency or if it's logical and justified in the lore.
In Vergen, as we learn from Shilard's letter, in reality Cynthia is on Vanhemar's leash. My first question: Philippa believes Cynthia to be an apprentice on her leash. Is it possible for a trainee to be connected to two different masters? If so, is it a usual business?
Because if the connection to Philippa is as real and powerful as the one to Vanhemar's powers, shouldn't Philippa (being an extremely shrewd, skillful and experienced sorceress) realise there is a second master? If two leashes aren't a common thing, I find it hard to believe Philippa would agree to such a deal (assuming she knew in the first place) - both out of caution and out of pride (anyway, I can't even imagine Cynthia,a supposedely innocent and a bit starstruck trainee, approaching Philippa and asking her to be merely her co-mistress).
Second question: whose leash is Cynthia on after Vanhemar's death? Is she actually a trainee after all or does she posess full powers and qualifications? And an apprentice is only a useful agent's mask, even among fellow Nilfgaardians (Shilard doesn't realise, but her intelligence superiors of course do)?
I've been wondering this because in the Secrets of Loc Muinne she seems too powerful and confident for a fresh woman, especially in comparison to Adalbert, who resorts to pitiful second-year tricks. /> (Although maybe this impression comes from her unusual spying business skills, not actual spells...)
Of course maybe it doesn't matter which Nilfgaardian mage holds the leash, or maybe she's completed her training in the meantime (doesn't seem very likely).
But that Philippa thing is odd nevertheless. An explicable complication or a plot hole?