‘The Storyteller’s Tale’ has made it. Ellen and Bix, with their children and friend Jack, have moved out in to the countryside to open up Trade Routes, we still have Blaisemill and those we met before in ‘Ellen’s Tale’ but the story is opening up to slowly encompass the wider world around the village.
Our Feral group takes on Keira Baha to help them; she is the black sheep of the village and, at first sight, doesn’t seem to be any asset to the group. She is a completely different character from Ellen – bad-tempered, suspicious, unfriendly and unwanted by Blaisemill. This is her story as well as the story group’s first endeavours to live in this new world. It would seem Keira is likely to be more of a handicap than a help but Jack, who rescued her, is convinced she has what they need and sets out to help her find a way to belong to the group.
Although Keira is all things objectionable I grew attached to her during the writing of ‘The Storyteller’s Tale’. There could not be two very good heroines and Ellen, I felt, could be left to satisfy goodness. Keira attracts trouble to herself like a magnet, a constant disaster waiting to happen and for every step forward she manages there are at least one or two backwards.
Now they are in the countryside there are many points to be considered in the writing of this episode. Marooned as the villages have been behind land mines for fifty years they have particular problems. Population control is paramount, with no way of moving out to new lands, no way of growing more than they have land for, this has to be a given. Food supplies also would be reliant on so many things beyond their control such as weather and pests, things we take for granted, such as modern medicines and technology, are non-existent. What this world has is knowledge, gleaned from before the Wars, books and the remnants of the modern world. Without people disturbing it the land has been swiftly reclaimed by nature making the task of de-mining even more problematical.
However, those who have survived are survivors in the true sense and maybe it is not always good to enquire too closely as to how they did!