November 2, 2009
Page 72 Book 3: Awkward Alliances
Ah, once again we reach the end of a book, another catalogue of events all neatly tied up while other, more far-reaching, events continue to wait patiently for their conclusion.To give a brief summary of what transpired in this book would of course be a rather fruitless endeavour, especially if I was to also try and summarise their long-reaching consequences. But there is one thing that I suppose I should confront at this point.
That is the relevance of this book in the overall storyline of Remember.
Considering it skips 17 years at the start, and then focuses on Tala & Maeter, two characters seemingly dropped into the world (almost literally), without any motion towards the grander plot of downing the Empire and avenging Arcania, Oscar, Stephanie, etc., it may be difficult at first to see the reasoning for it’s inclusion.
To really recognise why it’s important, we need to consider a few things.
Firstly and perhaps most importantly, is the actual reason that Remember is made. Whilst retelling the period of Avbaroy’s history is important, it is first and foremost a story about Igon Minoblendy’s life. Therefore, it focuses predominantly on him, his friends, and his family, throughout it’s run.
Secondly, we should look at other elements that were seemingly dropped in, like Tala & Maeter were. It’s a somewhat short list, but upon it we can include Kilzu the Imp, Igon’s deal with Levistus, Azul Bufon and the Plotgoblins, and even right down to the Grisgol themselves.
In the latter case of the Grisgol, it could be seen that they served to push Igon to finally confront his anger that his homeworld was not only attacked and occupied, but desecrated beyond all recognition, but this would certainly not be the biggest affect they had on the story. Remember: The Grisgol are born from the Erenatl, and the Erenatl helped the resistance in the battle, and were slaughtered. The Grisgol can take centuries to reach a majority decision, but they have motivation now that the basis of their civilisation (The Erenatl that choose not to be Grisgol-ised) is on a ticking timer.
Azul and the Plotgoblins is a whole other kettle of fish, because unlike them, his purpose in the grand scheme of things was his entire reason for being included in Book 2. He’s essentially an example of Chekov’s Gun, in that his purpose will only become clear in the final moments of the story. That said, certain connections he has (Through the Plotgoblins) will see him wield influence behind the scenes throughout a large portion of the story. Azul though supercedes Chekov a bit, since his very origin and reason for being at all is something that’s going to have to wait until after Remember concludes, a story of sizeable proportions in and of itself.
Levistus is a shady one, because it was fairly obvious from his inclusion that he’ll only see fruition once Igon gets into a position to kill Sildyu. But remember what it was he said in the last couple frames of his appearance? Someone else put Sildyu in power, and he intends to find them. For what purpose, we’ll have to see.
Kilzu is a very good example. He effectively replaced Azul in the lineup, having been introduced in the very last page of Book 2, but thus far throughout Book 3 he hasn’t seen much use, other than as a family pet for Maeter & Tala (And there are certainly some “dress-up” photos he doesn’t want to see the light of day). But just like Chekov’s Gun, he’s got a time and a place to be used, and it’s coming up shortly.
So yes, it may seem like much of this past book has been irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. But we haven’t seen how it all ends, and until you really start seeing things coming together, threads being wound up, needles spinning together, how do you really know what importance a single shade of blue, or purple, or red, or yellow has in the overall tapestry?
Who knows, maybe there’s some parts of this book that you haven’t even realised yet. Maybe there’s a loose thread hanging around, right under your nose…