The Islanders Week 4: All Free to Fragrant Spring
EMMERET (ALL FREE)
- Emmeret is home of the Seigniory of the same name. Many of the historical Seigniors were known for their eccentricities, including children banners, naturists, debauchers, clergy, and landscapers.
- The 15th Seignior Emmeret was a drafter of the Covenant of Neutrality. The current Seignior is the 33rd - so 18 generations have passed.
- The 26th Seignior Emmeret hosted an artist's colony.
- Mesterlinian poet KAL KAPES attended the colony.
- Painter DRYD BATHURST also attended, and painted The Wool-Comber's Return. This apparently depicted a minute but salacious image of the Seignoress and 15-y-o Seignorina. For this Bathurst was rewarded with a dead thryme in his bed, and was never seen on the island again.
- Bathurst donated his self portrait, The Shroud, to the family for private display, but after the incident above it was peremptorily returned.
FELLENSTEL (SPOILED SAND)
- A large island divided by a mountain range and subject to The Herbean Black Squall.
- Strict erotomane laws
- Search for the killers of COMMIS began here, despite it being far from the scene. 2 men and 2 women were questioned but eventually released.
- The fact that they wrote negative reviews of Commis and other artists made them look suspect in the eyes of the public.
FERREDY ATOLL (HANGING HEAD)
- This entry consists of a number of letters from one aspiring author named MOYLITA KAINE to the established author, CHASTER KAMMESTON.
- [Kammeston wrote this book's introductory, and a biography of artist Dryd Bathurst. Several of his works of fiction are named here]
- The replies from Kammeston to Kaine were apparently burned at his request.
- Kammeston comes off looking pretty fickle.
- Kaine has written a novel called The Affirmation - based on the character of social theorist, E.E. CAURER.
- [Christopher Priest's first novel in this setting is also called The Affirmation, but isn't the same story as Kaine's novel.]
FOORT (BE WELCOME)
- The author of this entry of the guide refers to this as a fake place, and believes 'Island of Condominium' would be a better name.
- It is mainly occupied be well-to-do, over-indulged and well-served by drink ex-pats - any mainly seniors, by the sound of it.
- A landscape artist may have made a glowing dune on one end of the island.
- Erotomanes are not tolerated. Havenic regulations don't exist, but shelterate laws do, and anti-importunate rules are strict.
GANNTEN ASEMENT (FRAGRANT SPRING)
- This small island is most famous for hosting an exclusive exhibition of the works of DRYD BATHURST.
- This event was the only time all five of Bathurst's large canvasses of the Havoc Sequence were shown at the same time. Several other (now famous) smaller pieces were shown.
- We learn that Bathurst was a lothario - something we already suspected. He was described as an exhibitionist, a dauber, a plagiarist, a populist, a coxcomb, an obscuritanist, and an opportunist as well.
- Bathurst was media shy, and there's only one photo of him. His one self-portrait, The Shroud, is based on this photo.
- Another famous small portrait - E.M. The Singer of Airs - is an alluring and moving portrait of wind researcher, ESPHOVEN MUY (first introduce to us in the entry for the island of Aay).
- We know about the event because local reporter, DANT WILLER, attended discretely and wrote about it. She also took clandestine photographs.
- Willer's gender is not revealed in this entry, but she (or he) was previously introduced to us as E.E. CAURER's double in the Derril entries.
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION
- Connections are being drawn between various characters - Esphoven Muy was painted by Dryd Bathurst. This was reported on by Dant Willer, who later became E.E. Caurer's double. Caurer frequently referenced the books of Chaster Kammeston, who exchanged letters with a Moylita Kaine, who featured Caurer in her novel. Caurer also investigated the Commis murder and its trial.
- Apart from these 'seven degrees of separation' type connections, can we draw any other conclusions about this group of characters yet?
- What do you make of the apparent exchange between Kammeston and Kaine?
- Does Foort remind you of any place you've been? In this entry, is Priest telling us about the Dream Archipelago or our world?