The Orb is the “answer”….

In the end of the book, Anwar is left with a question of how to make a program that predicts the movements of his game’s prey while the prey is making the decision. Basically how to predict the near future/present. He then mentions how Mefisto would know how to code for that in his sleep.

We also see in the Orb section the mention of a Sorcerer that knows Anwar and Xanther. In class some of us hypothesized that the reason the Sorcerer knew Anwar and Xanther was because he was Mefisto. I took that hypothesis one step further in my head.

I think that Mefisto knows so much about coding because he built the Orb and the Orb is some kind of device that can allow someone to see the past, present, and future. Anwar needs a code that can predict the present and/or the near future in his game for the predator to be able to catch his prey. Mefisto has the ability to do this because of the Orb.

The reason we have to met Mefisto is because he is on the run from VEM. Which in itself is a predator and prey sort of game. Just like the “answer” is escaping Anwar, Mefisto is escaping VEM. They cannot predict where he is going or when he will appear, much like Anwar’s gaming problem.

I think someone posted on here about how the entire novel is a cat and mouse game so to speak. That there is an overall theme of predator and prey. I started thinking more on this and began to realize that it was. That post helped me come up with the hypothesis on what the Orb is and the power it could hold. VEM does not want anyone to know everything but them, so that is why they are hunting the Orb holders. The Orb’s coding is the answer to Anwar’s dilemma, but as of now he does not know about the Orb or at least we do not know if he does. The Orb is the only power over VEM that the characters of this story have. VEM controls them but with the Orb they would have the same power that VEM does.

It all comes back to the Orb. It is the key to power, and my theory is that Xanther has some special connection to it all because she is special and as the series unfolds we will figure out just how special she really is.

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2 responses to “The Orb is the “answer”….”

  1. atodd102015 says :

    Interesting. Most of the time, the hunter is something dangerous (even just in the connotation of predator/prey), so do you think this makes Mefisto potentially villainous? His relationship with Anwar is vexed, but Cas and Bobby see him as an ally, so maybe he’s hiding something.

    This would also raise the potential theme that there’s always a greater hunter. Mefisto seems to know the movements of the various S’s out there, but he himself is being hunted by Recluse (cleverly named, since the hunters are hidden, recluse-like).

  2. xoebien says :

    I really like that you are trying to puzzle through the controlling forces of the book , especially VEM because I don’t know if we every really get to find out what/who/where it is. The unknown hunter, as you have alluded to through Anwar’s game. I also like that you’ve introduced Mefisto into the mix; I think sometimes we forget he is apart of the narrative because he is such an external and illusive character. He may just be the prick that has played a cruel joke on Anwar and his family, but he is certainly someone with interconnecting computer power, and with that comes fear…of an even greater power (VEM).
    Interestingly enough Mefisto, or Mephisto is the name of a common demon or devil figure in German folklore and fiction. So there’s something sinister there, but also related to the word is Mr. Mistoffelees, which is a character in T.S. Eliot’s collection called “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” I know that T.S. Eliot is an influential writer for The Familiar, and other works by Mark Z, so this connections seems random but plausible. An excerpt from the poem about Mr. Mistoffelees follows:

    He is quiet and small, he is black
    From his ears to the tip of his tail;
    He can creep through the tiniest crack,
    He can walk on the narrowest rail.
    He can pick any card from a pack,
    He is equally cunning with dice;
    He is always deceiving you into believing
    That he’s only hunting for mice.
    He can play any trick with a cork
    Or a spoon and a bit of fish-paste;
    If you look for a knife or a fork
    And you think it is merely misplaced–
    You have seen it one moment, and then it is gawn!
    But you’ll find it next week lying out on the lawn.

    T. S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

    So maybe its Mefisto and he’s on the prowl with a plan. I’m certain his character will become more prominent in the later volumes as we may, perhaps, follow his trail of [paw] tracks to see where he’s sneaking off to..or away from.

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