<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by B5_Obsessed:
Ahhh, THAT question!
The way I see it, is that the whole Lorien by the fire thing was actually in Sheridan's mind. I prefer to think that Lorien in his natural state, picked up and studied this dead or dying thing that fell into his living room. He probed the thoughts in it's brain, and all of the events seen occurred "in between moments".
After their mental communication, Lorien decided that he liked and was intrigued by this man, and decided to resurrect him and accompany him on his journey.
JMS has a small thing going with the whole death thing in B5, doesn't he? The Psi-thing where you can't get too close to someone dieing while you are in rapport with them, or you might just go over with them, or "lose your soul".
Since Lorien did state that he cannot create life, I think we are to assume he caught Sheridan just before Sheridan died. I also think he could not bring him back to functioning form without motivating him. I never saw Lorien’s questions as being “answer correctly and live; answer incorrectly and die”. I saw it more as: Lorien saw an opportunity to end the Shadow/Vorlon craziness. He saw the man who could do the job, with just a bit more guidance. He “prodded” Sheridan enough to get the old adrenalin going, and did what he could do to patch up Sheridan.
"I do not believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense,
reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."-- Galileo
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