The Islanders Week 3b: Sharp Rocks + Large Home + Dark Home
This entry is for the 3 DERRIL islands - two of which I had mistakenly included in Week 3, and the third in Week 4. I'm putting them all together here as 'Week 3b'. For CHEONER and COLLAGO, see the Week 3a discussion. https://ttrpbc.com/discussion/555/the-islanders-week-3a-rain-shadow-silent-rain/p1?new=1
SHARP ROCKS (DERILL-TORQUIN)
- This seems to be a single island (rather than part of a chain) previously named OSLY
- The authors don't seem to know anything about this island, nor do they care about it.
LARGE HOME/SERENE DEPTHS (DERRIL-TORQUI)
- There is much confusion between this island and the next. The confusion stems from their similarities in name, island chain, coordinates, and the fact that they each have military bases from opposing forces dominating parts of them.
- This Derril is the home of the signing of The Covenant, which we first learned about in Chester Kammeston's Introductory. A brief history of it is given.
- The military base, built on land leased by Glaund, is described.
- The artist Dryd Bathurst makes another appearance in this book, first introduced in the entry on Aay. One of his pieces, Derril Nymphs in Succour, is described. It's considered to be too risque for public display.
DARK HOME/HER HOME/EVENING WIND (DERRIL-TORQUIL
- The last of the three Derril/Derill islands is described briefly. Coal mining was once a thing, but this has now been cleaned up. There is a Faiandland military base located here.
- The island's main claim to fame is as the location of the so-called Manifestation of E.E. Caurer. We were introduced to her in two of the previous entries (see Week 3a). Only her last name has been used to date, but we now learn her first two initials from the name of the airport.
- As the legend goes, two girls with disabilities disappeared for a time. When they returned a few days later with their disabilities removed, they credited the miracle to a vision of Caurer.
- Caurer denied any involvement, but admitted to sometimes using a double of herself named Dant Willer.
- Upon her death, Caurer's diary revealed her true thoughts - that the girls made up the vision as a cover for something clandestine.
- A large tourism industry has grown up around the Caurer Shrine.
- There's also a Caurer Foundation located on Rawthersay. The two organizations are at odds.
QUESTIONS / DISCUSSON
- About the Introductory, @BurnAfterRunning wondered why it was included in the book if the person writing it didn't know anything? It's a fair question, and one that will be answered as we keep going through The Islanders. It's very easy to ask the same question about the DERILL / TORQUI entry - if the authors of the guide don't care, why is it here? In fact, we learn as much, maybe more, about this Derill in the entry for the third Derril.
- Thoughts? Does Priest have a long game, or what it's inclusion just a whim? Is he messing with us? What do we gain from having this confusion of islands in the book?
- It seems to me that the various entries have different unnamed authors. Do you agree? This is not uncommon in real guidebooks, where different authors are sent to different islands and all their entries are compiled.
- Now that we've learned a little more about The Covenant, do we know anything more about The Islanders?
- We're seeing several personages (could they be described as 'characters'?) coming back again. E.E. Caurer and Dryd Bathurst, to name a few. Is this slowly becoming a book about Islanders?
- Any thoughts on the Caurer Manifestation mystery? Any evolving thoughts on Caurer as an evolving personality?
- The names of several islands have been dropped which the index tells us have entries coming up later in the book, including Rawthersay and Goorn. I think it's safe to assume we'll be revisiting some of the characters again.