The Islanders Week 3a: Rain Shadow + Silent Rain
Week 3 was supposed to feature 4 entries, but after reading them, I realized that the first two entries make a logical topic, and the second two entries belong with the first entry of the following week. Rather than revise the schedule, I'm going to introduce a separate intermediary topic for the DERILL islands to follow this one, which you can jump into when you have read the 3 DERRIL entries.
CHEONER (RAIN SHADOW)
- This island's entry contains no description of the island itself, but instead introduces us to a mystery involving the death of a mime.
- The entry opens with a confession by Kerrith Sington which appears to be derived from a police interrogation.
We learn that a 'performer' named Akal Drester Comissah (who performs under the name 'Commis') died on stage at the Teater Sjokaptein on Goorn (CHILL WIND) when a large piece of glass fell on him. Kerrith Sington claims responsibility.
A brief report posted in the Cheoner Chronicle at the time of Sington's execution gives more context. Sington was found guilty and executed. Commis was a mime.
The final excerpt is from a judicial enquiry report into the case, written by Seignior Putan Themper.
- It reveals how the case has subsequently been re-examined more than once, and how there are irregularities to the confession and handling of the case.
- We are introduced to a 'social visionary' by the name of Caurer (no first name given) who previously raised concerns about the case.
- We learn about Sington's early life, and that he was involved in a shipping collision shortly before the death of the mime. The same police officer ('Sarjeant A') investigated both events, though they took place on different islands.
- A street brawl involving a mysterious '3rd bystander' and four labourers took place before the death of the mime.
- The four labourers later entered the theatre and may have had a motive to harm the mime.
- There is no evidence that Sington was one of the labourers - in fact, the evidence suggests he was being questioned on Muriseay at the time of the mime's death.
- The report concludes that Sington's trial was a miscarriage of justice, but the facts of the crime (if it was a crime) remain unsolved.
COLLAGO (SILENT RAIN)
- Collago is briefly described as a quiet and pleasant island.
- It is a centre for 'Athanasia' treatments - that is, gene therapy treatments that prolong life indefinitely.
- Some advantages, drawbacks, and social implications are discussed.
- The process wipes the memory of the person undergoing it. Extensive rehabilitation is available to help recover it.
- The Lotterie Collago gifts the treatment to random people.
- We learn that Caurer (here called a 'social theorist') wrote a critique of the lotterie called 'Lottery of Fools'. As a result, a committee was put together to choose worthy people for the treatment.
- One of these worthies, philosopher Visker Deloinne, refused his gift and wrote about it in a book called 'Renunciation'. This caused Caurer to change her position on the matter.
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
- In a previous discussion, @NeilNjae wondered if a book called 'The Islanders' should be more about Islanders than Islands. How to these entries influence this discussion?
- The Cheoner entry reveals quite a bit about the mysterious incident of the mime, but raises at least as many questions than it answers. Does this work for you?
- Unlike the entries to date, this one does not have anything directly to say about Cheoner. How do you feel about the difference in approach?
- The Collago entry also doesn't have much to say about Collago, but introduces us to an aspect of the setting: immortality treatments. What does this entry tell us about The Archipelago? about The Islanders?
- Social theorist Caurer and philosopher Deloinne seem to settle on Deloinne's point of view that robbing someone of their death will also rob them of their life. Do you agree?