|This is an illustration I made showing|
Mor'gwai (the Argo) sailing away from
the fortress of Vok'seit'chet. I considered
adapting this for the cover of v.6, but I settled
on the Point of the Monster instead.
(Click for larger view)
And -- oh, dear! -- I just discovered an error In the book people are always mixing up the twins because they really are identical. Now it appears even I mixed them up. I made Ti'a'toig'a (Polydeuces) the wrestler, when it should have been Ti'a'gwol'a (Castor). Oh, well, if I'm that confused, the readers aren't going to know the difference. I don't believe I ever wrote about the meaning of the names.
Sigh. Moving on ...
Hylas, squire to Heracles: This character is, of course, Twa'sei. Enough said on that.
Tiphys, the Helmsman: The name means "from the pool" and the minor character Ao'gwai, helmsman for the Quest ship, reflects that; its name means "pool."
And there you have the Argonauts -- the mor'gwai'zei| -- denizens of the ship Mor'gwai, which means "Bright Water." This reflects the name of its shipwright, Mo'wiv, even as the Argo reflects the name Argus.
One other note: a second pair of twins sailed on the Argo -- Idas and Lynceus. Expect to see this pair turn up in the sequel, assuming I ever get it written!
And a further afternote:
Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape) has reviewed v.6 The Revenge of the Dead Enemy as follows (thanks, Chris! You're my true-blue fan!)
There are a lot of prophecies fulfilled, resulting in the loss of great companions and it is the last book of the series.
The final few chapters not only gripped me with sadness, they helped me reconcile with the losses (Ki'shto'ba's final moments were an astounding fulfilment of a prophecy AND achieved the 12th and final Wonder in a way that is unparalleled by any Shi'Shi) AND gave me hope that another remarkable series may be penned by the author....
I certainly hope so...