cabbagehead wrote:Vetinari's age: His young version was about 18 in Nightwatch (final year of school), he was in his early 50s in Thud!, is in his mid-to-late 50s by the time of Snuff. Vimes is close to his age, and showing signs of aging himself, so I don't see him as a viable replacement. Vetinari was probably in his early 20s when he became Patrician assuming he was the Patrician celebrating the 10th year of his ascendancy in Mort, but then he had his aunt working behind the scenes. Maybe if *he* decides he wants Young Sam as his heir he can also arrange for him to have the right kind of background and support, because we know he has influence on Sybil. This does mean he has to stick around as Patrician well into his 70s. People who are in view now and can be prepared for the task in shorter time would be Moist or maybe William. Harry King is also interesting, but I think he is a bit too old, considering he has been taking the piss since the 1960s and his daughter was getting married in The Truth already. Other options would be less visible (or not even visible) characters - perhaps a head of one of the many new guilds that formed under Vetinari's regime.
alicenanjing wrote:I don't think any human gets to be old enough to see his offspring by a vampire become adult. With the lifespans they've got, they must have childhoods that last for a century or so. Spending sixty years as a teenager - now that's an idea for a horror movie.
I can't ever see Vetinari stepping aside though, i heard about this world leader that suffered a stroke and could not do the job anymore, but instead of telling him he had been replaced, a team of people were employed to keep him in a room and give him paperwork to sign and pretend he was still in charge. If Vetinari does need to be replaced for health/ageing reasons id like to think this would be a good way to do it, rather than retiring him against his will and leaving him with nothing to do.
Ziriath wrote:There's his Great Project (dunno how it's called in the original version) in the underground of Ankh-Morpork (Is something about it written in Snuff? I haven't read it yet. Maybe it's going to be subway?). He surely does not want to die, until The Project is finished. If he dies, I think he would become a vampire- cos zombies suffer from losing body parts and from various parasites, which fact he would find quite disgusting. When he already looks like a vampire, the actual BEING a vampire is the only last step.
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