We know that the Amyr are not human, none of them ever were, and Bast tells us that there are no such things as demons, only ‘my kind,’ Only mortals and fae.
In The Lightning Tree Bast also tells us a secret…
‘The fae folk look nearly like we do, but nor exactly. Most have something that makes them different. Their Eyes, their Ears, the colour of their hair or skin. Sometimes they are taller than normal, or shorter, or stronger, or more beautiful.’
Lorren is exceptionally tall and as unblinking as a pillar of marble, (although Kvothe manages to make him do this twice!) he certainly has something suspicious about him. He has long hands, long fingers and a long face. Ten Gold marks if you can make him laugh, Manet calls him ‘Old Lore!’ When Kvothe asks a scriv for a book on the chandrian, one is provided quickly (well found that scriv!) but finding information on the Order Amyr takes the scriv much longer, why? Probably because there isn’t any as we are to discover for ourselves. Books on the Amyr have been removed by persons unknown. So what does our scriv do?
He asks for help and eventually Lorren gets involved. An Amyr in the library would need to discourage such investigations at the source which he does by telling kvothe the basic lie package of the church amyr. But this is not proof, Master Lorren may well be simply a strange teacher who is ignorant of the truth. To uncover real proof, we need to look at the 10th anniverasry edition, and especially to some corrections to the original print which I carefully uncovered.
The alterations were made by Pat, to tidy up small discrepancies in the tale. The answer to master Brandeur’s triangle question is one example. (see Maps of Temerant) But a few pages later, some dates have been changed. Hard, solid changes that leave their mark. We are also given a calendar to help us count.
Pat’s world has eight months, and they all have forty-four days. They are, in order, Thaw, Caitelyn, Equis, Solace, Lannis, Fallow, Reaping and Dearth. Each term is two months long. A month is four span of eleven days each. Luten, Shuden, Theden, Feochen, Orden, Hepten, Chaen, Felling, Reaving, Cendling and Mourning. (Trapis tale also has a change in the new edition. Chaen has replaced Caenin as the lucky seventh day. I suspect this may be a tema/temic alteration.) Earlier we proposed a theory that Mourning is a day of rest much like our Sunday. A quote from the Broken Binding in Seaward Square further tells us…
‘What day is it?’ “Shuden. The Thirty-fifth.”‘I had fallen out of the habit of keeping track of the date. On the streets, one day is largely the same as the next, save that people are a little more drunk on Hepten and a little more generous on Mourning. But if it was the Thirty-Fifth then I only had five days to get to the University. I knew from Ben that admissions only lasted until Cendling. If I missed them I would have to wait two months for the next term to start.
There is something wrong here, 35 plus 5 = 40. Cendling is the 43rd so in order to arrive on the correct date the line should read ‘Orden. The thirty-eighth.’ In the new edition this is now exactly what is printed. An honest mistake has been rectified. Well done to the proofreaders.
. Our next information comes from Roent, the cealdish merchant. Tarbean to Imre takes four days by wagon train, six if it’s raining. It doesnt rain so Kvothe makes his original journey in four days. Later, when Kvothe returns to Tarbean he hires a two horse fetter cart. This faster transport still takes a whole day, nearly all of Reaving. Keth-Selhan might make the trip faster but only in the most exceptional circumstances. It is not a short trip.
He arrives just in time for the final slot for Spring term admissions on Cendling and this is recorded as the forty-third of Equis. Here is an alteration, and an incorrect one. The original printing stated the month, correctly, as Caitelyn. Proof readers are not infallible. His acceptance is reliant on master Lorren collecting Kvothe’s book from Tarbean, but this is not a problem as the master archivist already has a trip planned and informs the Chancellor that ‘I will be leaving for Tarbean tomorrow to fetch necessary materials for the coming term. If it is there, I will bring it back.’ A journey we know will take at least two days if he hurries, the first day being Mourning, a day of rest, when it seems unlikely that the bookshop would be open. The earliest we can expect him to do his business would be the next morning before heading back making his earliest time of arrival to be late on Luten, the first day of Equis and the first day of the new term. He could have sent one of his gillers, but he didn’t. He had already arranged to go himself.
Kvothe has his first lesson of term with master Hemme which lasts two and a half hours, then goes straight to the archives and asks for books. Before the day is out, Master Lorren speaks with him in his office about his book requests concerning the chandrian and the Amyr. But master Lorren should not be at the university today, he has gone to Tarbean and cannot make it back much before nightfall. He claims that he was ‘assisting one of the newer scriv’s with his duties and noticed Kvothe’s request’ before he disuaded him from any further searches.
The next day Kvothe’s lesson with Hemme lands him on the horns later that same night. The date of this is also recorded …
‘On the second of Caitelyn, Hemme called the masters together.’
This is another alteration. The original reads…
‘On the fourth of Caitelyn, Hemme called the masters together.’
A correct correction that is also incorrect at the same time. It is actually the second of Equis. The same mistake that was altered before has also been incorrectly re-corrected. It’s not easy being a proof reader sometimes. Unklike the Amyr, we are only human !
There were no unnecessary alterations. In the whole reissue I only found four. This was deliberately done by Pat, who felt it important enough to change the date backwards by two days. The month, whilst also incorrect, has remained unaltered in this instance.
A proofreaders error? That would account for the month, but the physical changing of the date means it was Not an error. The date is the second day of term and Pat wanted us to know this.
This has a knock on effect of telling us that not only that lessons did indeed start on the first day of the month, it also confirms that master Lorren should not have been in his office when he was.
Under the old printing, four days is not anything especial. But this alteration proves that at best he might have made if halfway back from Tarbean with his supplies when he spoke to Kvothe. Master Lorren does not come across as the sort of man who would ride a horse into the ground as part of an organised trip to collect necessary materials, especially not straight after a hard week of admissions. Master Lorren would not have been helping a scriv with his duties upon his immediate return. Even in an emergency situation, he should not have been on campus to be summoned. Perhaps this newer scriv was having trouble searching the archives for books on the Amyr, Good luck with that one mate. Maybe there are standing instructions among the older scrivs to report anything unusual to Master Lorren’s office immediately as we see during the candle scene. But if master Lorren was to be available for duty on the first day of term, something that would be expected of any master, with all his necessary supplies in place then he would have already dispatched someone else to fetch his supplies prior to kvothe’s interview. But he didn’t, he went himself. With Kvothe’s admission depending upon this mission, this did happen Proving that he made his trip to Tarbean and back in a day!
Master Lorren is either a liar or a time traveler.
This one day in question would also have been the infamous Mourning, when we suspect no bar is allowed to open. Although a bookshop isn’t a bar, we can assume the buying of supplies would add time to the mission too, and some form of rest for the master in the city. Options on how exactly alerting him that his presence is required has been explained elsewhere. Possibly a bit of sygaldry may have alerted him like a bell made to ring, or sympathy, a broken twig in his pocket is a one method we know of. But none of these things would alter the fact he couldn’t have gone any faster if the building was on fire. So how did he do it? I don’t know. But it would take an act ofsome power to achieve, the kind of power I would normally associate with someone like Selitos and his ilk. Ivare Enim Euge.