The Islanders Week 8: Drifting Water to Steep Hillside
Mesterline (Drifting Water)
- Birthplace of KAL KAPES, the poet, who resided with his partner, SEBENN HELADI, in Mester Town.
- The island is considered a refuge. It's inhabitants are open minded, tolerant, and incurious, making it a good place to hide.
- The island is popular with deserters. Lack of shelterate laws supposedly make it easier to desert, there. But Black Cap escouades are active.
- There are daily rain showers.
- The spring water has a soporific effect. There are 3 public springs and 2 family-run not-for-profit bottling operations.
- A hundred years ago, the local Seignior decided to exploit the spring water for profit. He created a large industrial complex and sold the water overseas, leaving none left for locals.
- KAL KAPES returned from an overseas trip and missed his sopor, so he used his poetic words to rile up the locals into revolt. Some mobs and explosions later, the Seignior found himself exiled to another island. The industrial ruins are now tourist attractions of dubious quality.
Muriseay (Red Jungle / Threshold of Love / Big Island / Yard of Bones)
- Muriseay is the largest island in The Archipelago, but not the capital. It is constitutionally neutral.
- It has a large polultion of poor immigrants, with the usual attendant problems.
- Two illegal military bases have been established (and maintained by force) in different parts of the island.
- The island has rumours of 'lost tribes', natural heritage, and a vibrant arts scene. Artists live tax free, but pay tithes in art.
- CHASTER KAMMESTON is one artist who refused association with Muriseay.
- COMMIS THE MIME was another. He was booked for an run of shows on the island by his booking agent, who soon afterward died under mysterious circumstances. Commis himself died on Goorn before the engagement. Some say he staged his own death to avoid the contract.
- DRYD BATHURST the painter and JORDENN YO the tunneler were both refused entry onto Muriseay.
Nelquay (Slow Tide)
- Mainly agrarian, but someone is trying to build a marina/hotel/casino on the island. The project is currently on hold while the identity and motive of the owners is being investigated.
- Suspects in the COMMIS murder were sought here. Some evidence was found, but the suspects never were.
- KAL KAPES stayed here for a time, but found the island inhospitable. It wasn't the paradise he imagined.
Orphpon (Steep Hillside)
- Wine and olives are grown here.
- The island is attractive to visitors, but strict laws restrict stays to 2 weeks, and prevent returns before 2-years are up.
- Breaking the law has a good chance of landing a person in prison. The author of the entry speaks from personal experience.
- The island is a family-run fiefdom. The Monseignior is wealthy and holds controlling interest in two inter-island ferry companies and some arms manufacturies.
- DRYD BATHURST the painter stayed for a year when young as a guest of the Monseignior. During that time he painted his famous Orphpon Sequence, and possibly got involved with the Monseignior's neice (as he does).
- I'm not sure we learned a lot new in this set of chapters. What did we learn that seems relevant?
- The Mesterline entry opines: "There is always some outside influence ready to try to ruin everything." Is this a theme of the book, a comment about writing, or something else?
- Also in the Mesterline entry, KAL KAPES is spoken of in both the present tense and the past tense. In a previous entry the circumstances of his death were described.
- Any other thoughts on this group? Did I miss anything?