The Islanders Week 6: Peace Earned to Half Completed
Junno (Peace Earned)
* A prosperous group of 3 islands, difficult to get to by plane or ferry, and unattractive for travellers.
* The main island is the principle source of pollution in the Archipelago.
* Faiand leases the airport and runs it.
* The island has many workers from other islands. They are paid well, but not allowed to make contact with the outside and their work conditions are unknown.
* The island group is considered 'open' and has unrestricted havenic regulation.
* The island also has no shelterate legislation, and thus attracts deserters.
* Black-cap escouades try to catch deserters at the airport and re-educate them. Faiand deserters are sent back to the front. Glaundian soldiers are offered a choice of joining the Faiand army or may undergo further 're-education'.
* The citizens are armed to the teeth and participate in (voluntary) 'range wars' against the foreign workers.
* Reporter DANT WILLER lifted the veil on conditions here, somewhat, with award-winning reportage.
Keeilen (Grey Soreness)
* Initially developed as a neutral garrison island with a base for each side.
* Now is little more than a prison and re-fueling stop. The 'vicious killer' KERRITH SINGTON was to be incarcerated here, but was executed instead.
* Tidal Flood Cells are mentioned.
* Shelterate provisions are defined by the Covenant as guaranteeing deserters a safe haven should they reach any of the free Archipelago islands by their own volition. Keeilen is not technically free; residents try to welcome deserters but encourage them to move on.
* Black-cap escouades search for deserters here, in violation of the Covenant.
* Tunneling is one of the few 'attractions'.
Lanna (Two Horse)
* Bisected north-to-south by high mountains, creating two climates.
* Lanna Town, a port on the west side, attracts poets, painters, and composers.
* Poet KAL KAPES and his wife Sebenn moved here. They invited their friend DRYD BATHURST to visit.
* After a week, Bathurst was spotted leaving quietly leaving the island. Ten days later, Kapes and Sebenn were found dead.
* Sebenn was strangled, and Kapes died of thryme poison.
* A poem, Undreon's Way, found in Kapes notebook, points to a love triangle gone wrong.
Luice (Remembered Love)
* Another Faiand outpost and military base. Faiand claims they were there first, but archaeology suggests otherwise.
* Military approval must be granted to access the island.
* Two troop transport planes once collided here when descending from vortical altitudes.
* Relatives were allowed to come and claim the bodies. Author MOYLITA KAINE (Kammeston's correspondent in an earlier chapter) came to claim the body of a friend, despite not being a relative and being persona-non-grata with Faiand authorities for expose of war crimes.
* She pointed out her friend was not a soldier, but a fellow author and a draftee.
Manlayl (Half Completed / Half Started)
* At one time a Glaundian missile base. They dug the first holes.
* Tunneling then became a popular activity, opposed by locals for the damage it causes. JORDENN YO, who we met early in the book, was an early tunneling pioneer.
* Tunneling is not legal here anymore. The activity has caused a lot of damage, and tunnelers are persona-non-grata on the island.
* Several themes that have been touched on elsewhere have re-emerged here: The warlike aspect of the world, the activities of artists, and the nature of tunneling are all explored.
* Shelterate and Havenic regulations are further defined. Shelterate regulations are specific to deserters. Havenic regulations seem to pertain to civilian travellers. A new term: 'black-cap escouade' is introduced. Escouade is simply French for 'squad' or 'squadron'.
* What does Priest have to say about freedom and neutrality?
* What does Priest have to say about the nature of artists?
* We can cross off Moylita Kaine herself as a figment of Kammeston's imagination - but his correspondence from her may well still be completely made up.