Voice of Memory
A short story by M. E. Allen
- Tales of the Witch World 3, Tor, 1989
- p5. Sibley writes: "…And on this day, did Logrin, brother to Lady Alyss, die, having completed his fifty-third year, and some three months and also two days." 'When Lady Alyss's elder brother died six years ago, Master Logrin had filled half a page of the commonplace book recording Geran's bravery on the battlefield.' 'Logrin had noted every raid by the Alizon…'
- p6. 'Sibley paused at one entry written nearly eighteen years earlier: "For fostering, Sibley from Ithrypt. The girl is some two years of age and seems completely without hearing; she makes no cry." [That makes her about 20 years old] 'Her mother, the youngest daughter of the lord of Ithrypt, died bearing a bastard daughter. She never named the father of her infant.' 'When Sibley was less than two, robbers killed her nurse…'
- p7. Sibley was 13 when 'neighbor's young son asked permission to court her.' but didn't when he found out she was deaf & mute. Ten years ago Sibley became friends with Jenneth who was 12 then. [Sibley would have been around 10] 'But Jenneth had left three years ago to marry a widowed lord…' [Sibley would have been 17] Jenneth sends her the jade armlet.
- p9. Sibley calls upon Neave that the raiders don't hear her. [Isn't Neave a goddess in Arvon? She's never been mentioned in High Hallack before.]
- p10. 'Many of the men were dark—were they from Alizon?' [Not likely, as Alizon men are usually platinum blond.]
- p13. Herol: "I was born about there near Kalaven Port…"
- p14. Herol: "My father was off a Sulcar ship, my mother a chandler's daughter. My father wintered with us each year, and when my mother died—I was eight—he took me to sea with him." "But, little maid, you're not to let them know I'm of High Hallack. They think I'm Sulcar, and that suits me." [How a half-Sulcar, half-Dalesfolk child could be born with cat's eyes is an interesting mystery.]
- p15. "Herol. But they call me Woldor, a good Sulcar name, or Boy."
- p16-17. Herol: '"Less than a week ago, the horn was sounded thrice against the Old Race. I have the blood of the Old Ones in me." He pointed to his eyes. "These let me see in the dark, but in Alizon it would be taken as a mark of the Old Race." He paused. "I was in Alizon when it happened, drinking wine with my father and a merchant, a friend of his near the docks. Suddenly there was a hue and cry in the streets. Before I could make out the cause, my father had pushed me out the back door. He was—he died in the street trying to bar the front door." [Horning in Alizon? When?]
- p19. Herol: "and over there, hidden in the fog, are the Long Sisters. The wind is driving us onto them." "But we may get washed over The Hands, the low bit that joins the two big reefs. If so we'll be driven onto the shore." 'She [Sibley] had never heard of the Long Sisters: they must be off the Alizon coast.'
- p21. Herol: "I have a plan: we were blown off course, almost as far south as Estcarp." "Yes, but they won't hunt the Old Race, it would be like killing their own people." "Both Estcarp and High Hallack stand against Kolder and Alizon." [Kolder still in Alizon?]
- p22. 'It was only the fifth morning she [Sibley] had woken on the ship…'
- p23. Herol: "When you're outlawed in your own land, it's had to find a safe bay, and I'll be driving him [Captain Estban] away from one he likes." [Which land is Estban from? Karsten maybe, going by Sibley's description? Or Gorm even?]
- p26. 'Sooner or later someone would come onto the beach, and be they Alizon, witches or moss wives, Sibley would be glad to see them.' [It's possible they heard tales of the moss wives in High Hallack from the Sulcar. That might place this after Warlock of the Witch World.]
- This is after the invasion of High Hallack by the Hounds of Alizon. Since the "robbers" weren't called Hounds, her nurse and foster brother's murder may have happened in either the Year of the Hornet or the Unicorn in the unrest after the war.
- The Horning in Alizon may have taken place just after the Turning which would certainly have put them into a panic seeing what that did to Karsten. Considering there probably weren't many of the Old Race (or any foreigners for that matter) living in Alizon to begin with, it may have been more of a ceremonial gesture than an actual hunt. The few people affected would probably have been, like Herol (aka "Cat"), in the port cities. Considering Sibley is about 20 in this story and was "less than two" when the robbers killed her nurse and foster brother, that brings this story pretty close to the time of the Turning.
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