Come to think of it, do you reckon that Wendy and Richard 'forgot' about death gentling elven spirits? I'm sure that I (and other people) have brought this up before, but Winnowill was, and is one single soul, and I wouldn't have thought that even she was capable of 'contaminating' the entire Palace! Look how nasty Kureel was in life, then after being released, he was sleeping, and forgave Strongbow almost instantly, so why is Winnie so much worse? I love nearly every aspect of EQ (including New Blood ), but that part of Shards always felt a bit wrong. And why did they let Rayek wander away? Leetah, Timmain, Savah and Suntop were there, and they certainly could have helped him with the Black Snake - he didn't have to shoulder the burden all by himself, its not like Winnowill is his fault!