March 29, 2012
Page 100 Book 5: The War Diaries
A return, a milestone, and perhaps it’s time for a bit of explanation.
So we’ve finally reached page 100 of War Diaries (page 460 of Remember overall, which though mildly less so is still rather impressive), and the second of the Minoblendy daughters has made her reappearance. Tala’s is understandably less subtle than Maeter’s, since she’s working on the front lines rather than from the rear support lines and her abilities are a lot more, shall we say, “obvious” in their application.
But what exactly is Tala? She’s been called a few things, “absentialord demon” and “godkiller” being popular among them.
Well, to start off, I’m going to need to expound a bit on Avbaroy’s universe. It was created by a group of beings, known as overdeities, beings so powerful they don’t need worshipers to wield supreme deific powers. Overdeities generally don’t interfere with the universe at all beyond observing it, and their reasons for creating the universe are best left to speculation. The Sovices refer to them as “absentialords” due to the hands-off approach they take.
But when you make something as intricately dynamic and complicated as an entire multiverse, with its many planes of existence, many intelligent races, magic and gods, etc. you’re wise to install a few safety measures, and so too Avbaroy’s realm has its own failsafes. These are known as the Ediction Protocols, or godkillers, and as the name implies they are entities of substantial power and ability created with the sole purpose of extinguishing all life in the multiverse and returning it to a much less dynamic state. The godkillers are an alternative to simply destroying the entire multiverse should things go south in the eyes of the overdeities, and whilst there are many of them in existence, we are fortunate that their masters haven’t seen fit to actually ever use them yet.
All their masters save one, however, who thinks the intelligent races of the multiverse have gotten too diverse and complex. The Sovice hivemind for example is bordering on such grand complexity as to require a significant amount of effort for an overdeity to fully comprehend at each passing moment. That overdeity, who for the time being at least shall remain unnamed, unleashed a handful (four, to be precise) of the godkillers onto the multiverse, among whom was Neisan, whom we met in Book 3. The Sovices despise the absentialords and their demons (notable in that the Sovices have no concept of an afterlife even in their religious division, the godkillers are the only creatures they refer to as “demons”) because they represent someone with no real investment in the multiverse deeming all life within it simultaneously undeserving of existence, like a child with an ant farm deciding to toss it into a fireplace.
A good chunk after then is history in the eyes of Remember. Neisan crashed to Avbaroy’s surface with a concussion the literal size of a meteor strike and acquired dissociative amnesia, ultimately re-awakening her pre-programmed mentality when some of her incarnum returned following the demise of her final necrocarnum zombie. The conflict of her developed amnesia personality, Tala, with her original personality, Neisan, resulted in a distinct dissociative identity disorder.
Tala left Avbaroy at the end of Book 3 to almost literally find herself, learn more about her nature and how she could control Neisan, a facet of herself that is unlikely to ever go away. Using her godkiller abilities carries the significant risk of allowing Neisan the opportunity to regain dominance, hence Maeter’s distaste for calling on Tala’s assistance in page 97. Tala has made a lot of progress in the intervening years between Book 3 and now, but she’s by no means cured, and minimising the usage of her abilities is one of the larger steps to keeping Neisan locked away in her mind.
Though she does have at least one stabilising element in her life, which we’ll talk about later on.