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Quick Ben...gay or celibate?

#1 User is offline   Chiggerflea 

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 01:07 AM

When QB, Trull and Onrack are leaving the Shadow Realm, the former tries to find a gate through magicky means and discovers this...

"He began to apply more pressure, seeking... soft spots, weaknesses - I know you exist. Ah, you are now aware of me - I can feel that. Curious, you feel almost feminine. Well, a first time for everything. What had been clammy beneath his touch was now simply cool. Hood's breath, I'm not sure I like the images accompanying this thought of pushing through."

To me, this suggests that QB has never been intimate with a woman, and even queasy at the thought of the details. I don't recall him expressing an attraction to anyone in any of the books.

Or maybe he was just trying to be funny (as in, "Hehe, I'm gettin' freaky with a female Warren"). Or maybe I'm reading too much into this and he was just surprised because he's never seen a Warren as being gendered.

Thoughts on this oblique passage?
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 01:14 AM

He totally nailed Lostara Yil back before GOTM occurred. But really, what difference does it make?
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 01:30 AM

Wasn't one of the souls that he absorbed, while being chased by Whiskyjack, female? I forget which book this was described in but I've only read the series twice through. Plus as Illuyankas pointed out he nailed Lostra Yil. He's just busy trying to out maneuver everyone else that he does not have the time for a little bedroll action.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 01:39 AM

Maybe he's just nervous. They call him Quick Ben for a reason.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 02:00 AM

lol worrywort, Ya I just think SE's adding another little funny bit.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:22 AM

Or maybe the "...first time for everything." part was not referring to him, but was instead referring to the warren or whatever being feminine.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:53 AM

i think that may be it. compound that onto the fact that the realm they enter is the refugium which has a female soul sealing its gate... well, there you are.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:08 AM

I never really thought about it, but Quick is as gay as a rainbow.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:05 AM

Haha indeed!
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:06 AM

 Defiance, on 03 June 2010 - 05:08 AM, said:

I never really thought about it, but Quick is as gay as a rainbow.



I would go with confused....unless the women souls in him were gay in which case he would be....perfectly happy?

As to lostara yil she talks about his delicate hands but i dont think they got it on and it was when she was younger.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:12 AM

Quick Ben and Kalam sitting in a tree... K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:24 AM

No Apt...not with THAT avatar!!!

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:28 AM

The only thing I remember is him thinking that it's been a long time since he'd lain with a woman. I think that was in MoI when he was thinking about the relationship between Korlat and Whiskeyjack.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 07:31 AM

I remember Quick getting turned on by silverfox...he was staring at her curves and junk, he had to snap out of it and remind himself what/who she is.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 08:43 AM

Quick Bender was his original name.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:22 PM

Quick Ben has become so talented that he is probably having sex with himself
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:34 PM

Quick Ben, Lord of High Dicktion.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 04:56 PM

With his twelve souls...he is easily bi...or L n Bi...and because we dont know some souls, he can be hetero, homo, bi, L and maybe something completely special...

Damn, he must be really confused about his sexuality.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:02 PM

 Illuyankas, on 03 June 2010 - 01:14 AM, said:

He totally nailed Lostara Yil back before GOTM occurred. ...



I don't think he did actually. IIRC the flashback in HoC, they only spotted each other while she was doing the shadowdance and had a 'moment'.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:07 PM

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'Pray let the Dance continue,' he said, his eyes finding Lostara's own. 'The Song of
the Reeds has never been performed in quite this manner before. No gentle breeze here,
eh, Bidithal? Oh no, a veritable gale. The Dancers are virgins, yes?' His laugh was low
yet full. 'Yet there is nothing virginal about this dance, now, is there? Oh, storm of
desire!'
And those eyes held Lostara still, in fullest recognition of the desire that
overwhelmed her - that gave shape to her shadow's wild cavort. Recognition, and a
certain pleased, but cool… acknowledgement. As if flattered, but with no invitation offered in return.
The stranger had other tasks that night - and in the nights that followed - or so
Lostara would come to realize much later. At the moment, however, her face burned
with shame, and she had broken off her dance to flee the chamber.
Of course, Delat had not come to steal the heart of a Caster. He had come to destroy
Rashan.
Delat, who, it proved, was both a High Priest and a Bridgeburner, and whatever the
Emperor's reason for annihilating the cult, his was the hand that delivered the
death-blow.
Although not alone. The night of the killings, at the bell of the third hour - two past
midnight - after the Song of Reeds, there had been another, hidden in the black clothes
of an assassin…
Lostara knew more of what had happened that night in the Rashan Temple of
Ehrlitan than anyone else barring the players themselves, for Lostara had been the only
resident to be spared. Or so she had believed for a long time, until the name of Bidithal
rose once more, from Sha'ik's Apocalypse army.
Ah, I was more than spared that night, wasn't I?
Delat's lovely, long-fingered hands…


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EDIT - massive deja vu just now...

This post has been edited by MTS: 03 June 2010 - 05:07 PM

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