Wednesday, 18 May 2016
In Ys, the Council is not elected. Each Councillor is an ex officio representative of a particular interest group. The single "Labour Councillor," Nagon Demari, has organized a longshoreman's guild. I am not sure whether he represents Labour in general and has organized the longshoremen in particular or whether he has organized a guild and is therefore Labour Councillor.
Is it inevitable that such a character play a villainous role? Nagon tries to force the carters into his guild and eventually has someone killed. Expelled from Ys by Gratillonius, he joins with Roman officials conspiring against Gratillonius and makes these intersting observations:
"'Of course I want that brotherfucker dead. Of course I've thought about how to do it...
"'Bring [Ys] to Christ. Right. I'm taking Christian instruction, sir.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Dahut, Chapter V, section 1, p. 107.
After Nagon's departure, Gratillonius wants the Nine to help with reconstructing the guild - but any guild must be independent of the rulers of Ys.