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06.02.2013 , 06:50 PM |
Notes to Chapter III
This chapter's title is from
a Two Steps From Hell track
. Although the music's not bad, it's less about the music capturing the scene and more about the title. The Sith's identity - still one chapter to go before you guys find out her name
- and her goal are the "revelation" in question, and that holo footage put Jaesa on the path there.
Our quote this time is actually that Rankean saying I mentioned in the notes to Chapter I about "historicism". This is where it's from, the Foreword to Ranke's
History of the Roman and German Peoples from 1494 to 1514
, his analysis of
the process of state formation
under Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Literally translated, it means "it [the book] wants simply to say, how it actually was". Jaesa herself references
wie es eigentlich gewesen
near the end of the chapter: "no tricks, no mental editing, no intermediary parties". Regardless of what Master Karr, or Gesselle Organa, or Master Volryder, or Yonlach has to say about all this, twice Jaesa's seen this Sith for herself, and both times she's been unable to find anything evil in what the other has done.
Oh, and if you think that's as esoteric as the history references in this story get, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
If you couldn't figure out what the Sith is singing from just those lyrics, it's
my favorite song
. It'll come up again, along with some other Michelle Branch references. It's...well, it's appropriate for this story in a lot of ways, some of which will become apparent later. Like, say, five or six chapters from now.
Vette's muttering about Quinn, in case you don't remember. He claims it's a trap; she thinks that Jaesa's being honest. To be fair, when Jaesa made the recording she
totally earnest about it.
Wint and Kidd are two "ambiguously" gay henchmen in the 1971 Bond movie
Diamonds are Forever
. They have...similarly dumb dialogues during their appearances in the movie (attempting to kill Bond with a "bombe surprise", for instance). The caricature is pretty offensive even to me, and I'm not even a gay man. But anyway, Ulldin and Zylixx reminded me of them.
If that little fight scene was a little unsatisfying after the extended one in Chapter I, don't worry. It'll pick up. A
. My proofreaders - editors? - really pushed me to add moar fites. The story doesn't really allow for it for awhile, but...well. You'll see. In my defense, I was simply trying to reflect how unsatisfying the fight itself was. Zylixx is just a Strong, for crying out loud.
(n., Greek) - "mirth, merriment"
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