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Alexandre Juliao

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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: How old should The Mandarin be?
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 03:22:35 pm EDT (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: How old should The Mandarin be?
Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 at 09:43:28 pm EDT (Viewed 127 times)

    His origin as an aristocrat who squanders the money he inherited from his parents does not seem to be tied to a specific date at its core. In some ways it works better as the story of a present day fuerdai than it does as an old timey story.

    Heck, I skype with a woman who seems to live sort of this way. Nice woman, but she is constantly sending me pictures of her endless travels to various international tourist destinations, and her quite lavish apartment, especially considering Shanghai prices. And she recently was sad about losing a fortune on the stock market, which hasn't seemed to affect her lifestyle at all.

    She's never stated it outright that she's a fuerdai, because most of our conversations are about me teaching her English and her teaching me Chinese. Mostly we talk about grammar choices and tones(which are a huge pain in fast conversations) and equivalent colloquial phrases for things that are gibberish if translated literally. But even the little snatches of information about her life paint quite a picture. A picture that makes me think that Mandarin might work even better as a modern fuerdai than he does as an old timey aristocrat.


    But then again, there are little details like the clothing shown in the flashback that suggests it happened long ago. It's also hard to imagine any modern fuerdai caring in the slightest about descended from Genghis Khan, something that's always been very important to The Mandarin, and adds an interesting flavor to the character.

    What do you guys think? How old should The Mandarin be?

Personally I like the concept that the Mandarin can use the rings to transfer his consciousness to other bodies and change their appearance. So his origin can remain intact, still between 1949/1950 and no one needs to worry about his physical appearance. He may seem to have always been at the same age or even to be anyone.

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