[QUOTE]I wonder if he might not be the necromancer. It would certainly be a hidden aspect...And something about the fact that the witch doesn't like him keeps nagging at me - so I have been wondering if his abilities on the necromancy front might be why. [/QUOTE]
I thought the Witch didn't like him because he stole his magical powers rather than having them taught to him, perhaps she is just fond of the old ways and prefers the idea of the Elders bestowing their gifts on the worthy rather than them being stolen by the able! Although...I think your theory about him being a necromancer is cool though! It could well be that through talking to the dead he learnt the secret of avoiding death...although surely that is something Perry would know too as her experiences of talking with the dead is surely more prolific?
[QUOTE=Zephfire]I wonder if the two immortals living in Paris aren't more familiar with each other than we may realise..[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE =The Magician ]
"And we know they haven't been in the city since the
eighteenth century, so let us limit our search to immortals who were around
then." His fingers tapped the keys, filtering the results.
"Seven only. Five are loyal to us."
"And the other two?"
"Catherine de Medici is living off the Rue du Dragon."
"She's not French," Dagon mumbled stickily.
"Well, she was the mother of three French kings," Machiavelli said with a
rare smile. "But she is loyal only to herself ". [/QUOTE]
So it would seem that Catherine, just like Saint Germain is immortal by her own hand since she is loyal to no Elder...and that Saint Germain may have been a student of one of her relatives...
[QUOTE =David Hunter]
"While his birth and upbringing have yet to be fully clarified, it is possible that he was a protege of Gian Gastone, Grand Duke of Tuscany and last of the Medici's"
from http://www.jstor.org/pss/3650726 [/QUOTE]
That is interesting too...they must surely know each other at least in passing...although both Dee and Machiavell's alleged 'files of knowledge' are woefully short as neither accounts for Joan being at home when they are planning their ambush...neither mentions her at all!
I wonder could the Medici's be responsible for Germain's immortality somehow, they are widely acknowledged for being very advanced in both the arts and the science...perhaps Catherine and Germain had a relationship at one time and that is how one passed their knowledge to the other. After all, Joan and Germain have been together for a relatively short amount of time. If Germain was involved with Catherine though it must have ended amicably as they inhabit the same city...I get the impression Immortals and Elders don't tolerate the presence of those who've crossed them a la the Witch and Mars, and the Witch and Germain.
[QUOTE]On rereading The Magician I came across these quotes:
* The man in the black coat was closer now, and the twins could see that he had a small, almost round face, deeply tanned and piercing blue eyes.
* The man blinked, eyes moist, and for an instant the pupils winked red.
* Looking into the helmet, Josh saw Mars Ultor's eyes turn blue and wet, and he felt his own eyes fill with tears in sympathy. Then the god's tears hissed to steam as his eyes blazed red again.
The first two are descriptors of Francis St-Germain; the last is of Mars. I wonder is there a connection here? [/QUOTE]
I agree with Baksh I'm afraid, I think Germain's eyes are related to the power in him and not the curse...although (and I know I keep saying although!) Germain knew Mars was beneath the city and was worried about their approach to him...could he have a deeper knowledge of Mars than previously thought?
Goodness, for a large post I've said nothing concrete have I? Get off the fence Mel and commit to an opinion...typical Libran