So, in the beginning of Prince of Chaos, Merlin is using the Spikard to examine the Jewel of Judgment in Coral's eye. He pushes through a void and ends up finding what he believes to be the entrance to the 3d pattern, according to what Corwin has told him about it. But he gets denied, and Coral is possessed and tells Merlin that he's been denied the higher initiation. My question is: Doesn't he already have that higher level, or is this something different?
He already projected himself through the Jewel after he repaired the broken pattern. He's been through the 3d pattern already. Did Roger forget that or am I missing something?
The way he described his examination with the Spikard, the way his father described it, makes it seem like this is his first time through it. Anyone have an idea?