Just finished reading The Fall of Hyperion , and I have a 2-part question - both tightly connected to the same event and to each other:
- One on hand, it seems that the Shrike's ability to teleport in space-time continuum was ineffective against Kassad due to the powers of the skin-suit given to him by Moneta, as hinted by the reference to the time when Kassad, Moneta and the Shrike battled together against the Ousters, and as hinted by the following excerpts:
The Shrike did not disappear in its usual manner, did not cease being there to suddenly be here.
The Shrike moved, quickly but not impossibly.
- On the other hand, it still teleported once near Kassad during that battle:
The Shrike ceased being there and came into existance here, next to Kassad, on top of Kassad, it's arms already around him in a terminal hug.
So how come?
That leads to the next part - how could Kassad, who had an extremely slim chance defeating the Shrike on even terms, could have defeated it eventually if it (being able to decimate entire armies because of it's movement through time abilities) seemed to retain those abilities during the battle with Kassad after all?
(NOTE: I'm not implying that it doesn't make sense, just pondering if I'm missing something, since only the outcome of the second part of the battle is described, not it's course).