In Knight of Shadows we see that Borel (Logrus ghost) knows about Jurt (when Merlin and Jurt walk to the broken pattern):

...There were a number of them—roses of many sorts. I stopped and picked one up. Its color was almost silver…

"What are you doing here, dear boy?" I heard a familiar voice say. I straightened immediately, to see that the tall dark figure which had emerged from behind the block of ice was not addressing me. He was nodding to Jurt, smiling.

"A fool's errand, I'm sure," Jurt replied.

"And this must be the fool," the other responded, plucking that damnable flower.

"Silver rose of Amber—Lord Corwin's, I believe. Hello, Merlin. Looking for your father?" ...

The speaker was Lord Borel, a duke of the royal House of Swayvill and reputedly one of my mother's lovers of long ago.

So how can that be? Merlin was the first son of Dara. Later Dara married Sawall. At this point Borel is dead, and only after that Despil and Jurt are born. The only possible explanation is that Logrus somehow implanted that knowledge in Borel's mind. We can see that "implanted" memory in case of Caine's ghost:

Caine: "And this other one—his name is Jurt, isn't it?"

He gestured toward my brother, who had just gotten to his feet.

"How do you know that?" I asked.

He halted, furrowing his brow, narrowing his eyes. "I—I'm not certain," he said then.

Caine seems to be puzzled about that part of his memory, but in case of Borel it looks like he knows Jurt very well.

So what actually happened?


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Merlin and the Logrus ghost of Jurt never met Borel (who, as you noted, was dead before Jurt was born) -- they met a Logrus ghost of Borel which, being an apparition created by the Logrus, knew what the Logrus knew, not what Borel knew when he died (even though the Logrus ghosts and Pattern ghosts had to a greater or lesser extent the personality of the person they represented, they were not precise copies of the last time that person essayed the Logrus or walked the Pattern -- there are several cases where one of these ghosts exhibited knowledge that could not have been available to the prototype).

Further, ghost Borel's address to ghost Jurt doesn't seem to me to indicate he knew who Jurt was at all -- he was just being polite, courtly even, as befits one of the House of Swayvill.

There's a good timeline summary of the entire series here, with Knight of Shadows specifically on this page.

  • I think that Borel in that case knew Jurt very well, so it is not about being "polite": later Borel addresses Jurt as if he knew him. And the only explanation is that knowledge was implanted by the Logrus. Any other ideas? Aug 15, 2021 at 16:49

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