Saturday, 5 November 2016
Arinnian And Eyath
In The People Of The Wind, Eyath's parents are Lythran and Blawsa. (Rise of The Terran Empire, p. 443) When Poul Anderson collected the remaining Polesotechnic League stories as The Earth Book Of Stormgate, he created a framing device based on The People Of The Wind. Thus, The People... is set on the planet Avalon; The Earth Book... is compiled and introduced by Hloch of Stormgate Choth on Avalon shortly after the events of The People...
Hloch, referring to himself in the third person, explains that:
"His Wyvan, Tariat son of Lythran and Blawsa, has asked this." (The Van Rijn Method, p. 75)
Arinnian is the son of Marchwarden Daniel Holm while his childhood friend, Eyath, is the sister of the Wyvan of their choth, Stormgate. This does not make them a prince and princess but that is what they would be if Avalon were ruled by royalty.
For the benefit of any blog readers who have not read Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization or who have not read previous posts, Arinnian and Eyath cannot be more than friends because they are of different species.