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On the Age of Silence
The Age of Silence refers to the novel’s title, which I oft abbreviate to TAoS. If you’ve checked the Patreon page, you’ll have gotten an idea of what the story’s about, namely:
The Age of Silence follows a young Syrilae girl known as Aneskia in her quest to right a terrible wrong that has befallen her home. On her way she will meet unlikely friends and lethal enemies, while her very existence unravels with seemingly every step she takes.
With madness closing in and threats revealing themselves to her new-gained senses, will Aneskia find a way to mend what has been broken? Will she rise beyond herself and find the strength to oppose the growing darkness? And who, among all foreign faces she will meet, will side with her when the time comes to make the hard decisions?
The plot in itself I shorten to this: it’s a story about Love, Sacrifice, and Death. These words hold a lot more meaning than readily apparent. Today, I will be discussing my favourite aspect: Death.
TAoS and Death
But nothing shaped my fascination quite like my early depression. In fact, I daresay that without it, I would neither be the person I am today, nor would I have Aeyuu. That depression, and that one moment where I contemplated what it would be like to die, set the gears in motion for further evolution of my fascination. My favourite horror movies are ghost stories – powerful stories such as the original Ringu or Ju-On the Grudge, psychological movies like the Sixth Sense… Terrifying stories like Paranormal Activity Tokyo. Or movies that made me ponder Death’s own personality, as so well interpreted in Meet Joe Black.
In truth, I have always wondered what lies just beyond reach. And on Aeyuu, all deaths intertwine – be they physical or mental, living or dead. There are many ways to die, and even more than one Death roaming the world…
Death, black and absolute;
Death, insidious and grey.
At her side will stand Nalyn, an Elshir man whose purpose in life was to kill, yet he never found the courage to die; the Syrilae Kristofa, who never quite recovered from Aneskia’s mother’s untimely end; even a Black Death might choose to take a stand against the Grey and help Aneskia along. But in the end, this child will still have to decide: is the life of one worth the death of a thousand more?
Perhaps the choice will be made for her by Devon, a Vampire whose long experience fighting the Grey Death has left him bitter and vengeful.
And what of the dead themselves, who aspire for but one outcome?
Beyond death as we understand it, there is death as the 13th arcana teaches us: transformation. The end of one aspect, so another may take its place. Choices to be made, paths taken or perhaps ignored; in a world where darkness gains a little more weight with every passing day, even Death itself will have to transform and adapt in order to survive annihilation.
Choose to be more than you are;
or follow your course and spiral towards destruction.
With Love in her heart and Sacrifice guiding her feet, Aneskia will face Death without and within until her own life but hang by a thread. Will she submit, or wield?
Or will the prophesized Age of Silence first come to pass?
And that is the final part of TAoS’ thematic tryptich. Next week Sunday, I’ll delve into Aneskia’s race, the Syrilae, and the connection between Syrilae, Ansai, and Aberviohn. It’ll all make sense then, I promise 😉
Originally posted on Blogger, on July 23, 2017
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