The Islanders Week 5: Chill Wind
GOORN (Chill Wind)
- This entry in the gazetteer consists of a short story that takes place in the town of Omhuuv, on the island of Goorn.
- This town is home to the Teater Sjokaptain - The Seacaptain Theatre - which was previously mentioned in the entry on Cheoner (Rain Shadow) as the place where the mime COMMIS was killed by a plate of falling glass - an event the authorities believed was murder.
- Our point of view character is HIKE TOMMAS, a theatre arts student performing a work term during his gap year. As the story opens, he is new to town and beginning his contract at the theater.
- Hike's boss is Jayr, more established in the field and performing a management contract for the season.
- Hike is appointed to a number of technical jobs as a dogsbody until the actual technical crew arrives.
- He is warned that the theater has a ghost. They all do.
- Some one of the first acts is The Lord of Mystery, a stage magician who requires a large piece of glass which Hike is assigned to purchase.
- Another act is the mime artiste, COMMIS, who will follow The Lord of Mystery.
- One windy, wintery day, Hike has a pedestrian collision with a small, hunched man with a moustache. The man berates Hike and accepts no responsibility for himself.
- The very next day, the mustachioed man charges out of an alley and bowls Hike over, declaring his revenge. Hike tries to avoid further encounters.
- Hike starts to see a ghostly apparition while he working in dark parts of the theatre.
- Jayr soon introduces Hike to the mime-artiste, Commis, and it seems that Commis is actually the ghost that has been haunting Hike.
- Hike sets up the glass apparatus for The Lord of Mystery's act, which goes off without a hitch. After his stint is over, Hike stores the glass in the rigging of the theatre.
- Hike meets Commis in a corridor and slams an imaginary door in his face.
- Hike ends his work term. Jayr convinces him to say goodbye to Commis. He goes to Commis' room but finds he's not there. Instead, he finds a fake moustache and the clothing of the mustachioed man. He concludes Commis is his street harasser.
- Hike leaves and goes for a walk on the shore, and sees the Mustachioed man following him. Hike turns to run, but the man gives chase. As the man catches up, Hike turns and slams an imaginary door in his face, leaving the man injured on the path.
- Hike leaves town and never hears of Commis again.
- If you didn't care abut Commis before, you certainly don't now, amiright?
- How does his episode fit into Priest's usual themes, now that we've identified some of them?
- Which character, if any, can we identify with the author, and why?
- We've seen signs of multiple languages in the islands so far, mostly romance (Sudmaieure, Seigniory Systems, Lotterie-Collago, a ship called the Gallaton) which as made me think we're in Esperanzo type territory. But here, close to Faiandland, we've got Germano-Norse type names - Sjokaptain, Orsknes, etc. Thoughts?
- Any thoughts on the Patois names - Goorn means Chill Wind. Is Priest using them to signal something about the islands? Or are they just romantic sounding names?