The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

by

N. K. Jemisin

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Alabaster Character Analysis

Alabaster is an incredibly powerful, ten-ringed orogene who becomes Syenite’s mentor, reluctant lover, and friend—though the two constantly bicker and never directly admit their closeness to each other. Alabaster is described as tall and thin with extremely dark skin, and is in his 40s when he first meets Syenite. The Fulcrum instructs the two to conceive a child together as they travel to Allia to unblock its harbor. Alabaster is the highest-ranked living orogene at the time of the novel, and as he travels with Syenite, he performs feats that she never knew were possible, such as drawing power from obelisks, using her orogeny to aid his own, and manipulating the molecules within his own body. While she is awed by his power, Syenite is also constantly irritated by Alabaster and his unwillingness to maintain the polite facades of the Fulcrum. Instead, Alabaster is direct about the fact that orogenes are all essentially slaves, no matter how much autonomy and respect they are given. Alabaster also questions everything that Syenite has been taught, most dramatically by showing her what node maintainers really are—not orogenes condemned to a boring life, but his own incredibly powerful children who have been lobotomized to serve whoever is in power. He also reveals new details about stonelore and the story of Misalem and Shemshena. While he is gifted with incredible power, what Alabaster seems to want most is to live a normal life where he can be treated as a human being, fall in love, and have a family. He briefly finds this with Syenite and Innon in Meov, and has several relationships with men before this (other than the 10 Fulcrum-mandated relationships that he had with women in order to conceive children). But this is destroyed when the Guardians attack Meov, and Antimony, the stone eater who is especially fixated on Alabaster, drags him into the earth. Later, Alabaster is the one who breaks the Stillness in half, causing the current Fifth Season that will last for thousands of years. His motivations for this are left mysterious, but are at least partly born of the fact that his society’s treatment of orogenes is fundamentally evil and the Sanzed Empire deserves to be destroyed. At the novel’s end, Alabaster reunites with Essun in Castrima, and after his destruction of the continent his own body seems to be turning into stone, which Antimony is slowly eating.

Alabaster Quotes in The Fifth Season

The The Fifth Season quotes below are all either spoken by Alabaster or refer to Alabaster. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Prologue Quotes

And then he reaches forth with all the fine control that the world has brainwashed and backstabbed and brutalized out of him, and all the sensitivity that his masters have bred into him through generations of rape and coercion and highly unnatural selection. His fingers spread and twitch as he feels several reverberating points on the map of his awareness: his fellow slaves. […]

So he reaches deep and takes hold of the humming tapping bustling reverberating rippling vastness of the city, and the quieter bedrock beneath it, and the roiling churn of heat and pressure beneath that. Then he reaches wide, taking hold of the great sliding-puzzle piece of earthshell on which the continent sits.

Lastly, he reaches up. For power.

He takes all that, the strata and the magma and the people and the power, in his imaginary hands. Everything. He holds it. He is not alone. The earth is with him.

Then he breaks it.

Related Characters: Alabaster
Related Symbols: The Obelisks
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 4 Quotes

If the problem is that ferals are not predictable…well, orogenes have to prove themselves reliable. The Fulcrum has a reputation to maintain; that’s part of this. So’s the training, and the uniform, and the endless rules they must follow, but the breeding is part of it too, or why is she here?

It's somewhat flattering to think that despite her feral status, they actually want something of her infused into their breeding lines. Then she wonders why a part of her is trying to find value in degradation.

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite, Alabaster
Page Number: 73
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But this is what it means to be civilized—doing what her betters say she should, for the ostensible good of all. […] With the experience and boost to her reputation, she’ll be that much closer to her fifth ring. That means her own apartment; no more roommates. Better missions, longer leave, more say in her own life. That’s worth it. Earthfire yes, it’s worth it.

She tells herself this all the way back to her room. Then she packs to leave, tidies up so she’ll come home to order and neatness, and takes a shower, methodically scrubbing every bit of flesh she can reach until her skin burns.

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite, Alabaster
Page Number: 75
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“They kill us because they’ve got stonelore telling them at every turn that we’re born evil—some kind of agents of Father Earth, monsters that barely qualify as human.”

“Yes, but you can’t change stonelore.”

“Stonelore changes all the time, Syenite.” He doesn’t say her name often, either. It gets her attention. “Every civilization adds to it; parts that don’t matter to the people of the time are forgotten. There’s a reason Tablet Two is so damaged: someone, somewhere back in time, decided that it wasn’t important or was wrong, and didn’t bother to take care of it. Or maybe they even deliberately tried to obliterate it, which is why so many of the early copies are damaged in exactly the same way.”

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Alabaster (speaker)
Related Symbols: Stonelore
Page Number: 124
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“You think you matter?” All at once he smiles. It’s an ugly thing, cold as the vapor that curls off ice. “You think any of us matter beyond what we can do for them? Whether we obey or not.” He jerks his head toward the body of the abused, murdered child. “You think he mattered, after what they did to him? The only reason they don’t do this to all of us is because we’re more versatile, more useful, if we control ourselves. But each of us is just another weapon, to them. Just a useful monster, just a bit of new blood to add to the breeding lines. Just another fucking rogga.”

She has never heard so much hate put into one word before.

Related Characters: Alabaster (speaker), Essun/Damaya/Syenite, The Node Maintainer
Page Number: 143
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Alabaster smiles, though the muscles of his jaw flex repeatedly. “I would’ve thought you’d like being treated like a human being for a change.”

“I do. But what difference does it make? Even if you pull rank now, it won’t change how they feel about us—”

“No, it won’t. And I don’t care how they feel. They don’t have to rusting like us. What matters is what they do.”

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Alabaster (speaker), Asael Leadership Allia
Page Number: 159-160
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Chapter 16 Quotes

There’re so many ways to die in this place. But they know about all of them—seriously—and as far as I can tell, they don’t care. At least they’ll die free, they say.”

“Free of what? Living?”

“Sanze.” Alabaster grins when Syen’s mouth falls open.

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Alabaster (speaker)
Page Number: 294
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Chapter 20 Quotes

And what do they even call this? It’s not a threesome, or a love triangle. It’s a two-and-a-half-some, an affection dihedron. (And, well, maybe it’s love.) She should worry about another pregnancy, maybe from Alabaster again given how messy things get between the three of them, but she can’t bring herself to worry because it doesn’t matter. Someone will love her children no matter what. Just as she doesn’t think overmuch about what she does with her bed time or how this thing between them works; no one in Meov will care, no matter what. That’s another turn-on, probably: the utter lack of fear. Imagine that.

Page Number: 372
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“Heh.” Innon sounds odd, and Syenite glances at him in surprise to see an almost regretful look on his face. “Sometimes, when I see what you and he can do, I wish I had gone to this Fulcrum of yours.”

“No, you don’t.” She doesn’t even want to think about what he would be like if he had grown up in captivity with the rest of them. Innon, but without his booming laugh or vivacious hedonism or cheerful confidence. Innon, with his graceful strong hands weaker and clumsier for having been broken. Not Innon.

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Innon Resistant Meov (speaker), Alabaster
Page Number: 386
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Chapter 22 Quotes

“All the accounts differ on the details, but they agree on one thing: Misalem was the only survivor when his family was taken in a raid. Supposedly his children were slaughtered for Anafumeth’s own table, though I suspect that’s a bit of dramatic embellishment.” Alabaster sighs. “Regardless, they died, and it was Anafumeth’s fault, and he wanted Anafumeth dead for it. Like any man would.”

But a rogga is not any man. Roggas have no right to get angry, to want justice, to protect what they love. For his presumption, Shemshena had killed him—and became a hero for doing it.

Page Number: 418
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“Freedom means we get to control what we do now. No one else.”

“Yes. But now that I can think about what I want…” He shrugs as if nonchalant, but there’s an intensity in his gaze at he looks at Innon and Coru. “I’ve never wanted much from life. Just to be able to live it, really. I’m not like you, Syen. I don’t need to prove myself. I don’t want to change the world, or help people, or be anything great. I just want…this.”

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Alabaster (speaker), Corundum, Innon Resistant Meov
Page Number: 422
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Promise, Alabaster had said.

Do whatever you have to, Innon had tried to say.

And Syenite says: “No, you fucker.”

Coru is crying. She puts her hand over his mouth and nose, to silence him, to comfort him. She will keep him safe. She will not let them take him, enslave him, turn his body into a tool and his mind into a weapon and his life into a travesty of freedom.

[…]

Better that a child never have lived at all than live as a slave.

Better that he die.

Better that she die. Alabaster will hate her for this, for leaving him alone, but Alabaster is not here, and survival is not the same thing as living.

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Alabaster (speaker), Innon Resistant Meov (speaker), Corundum, Schaffa Guardian Warrant
Page Number: 76
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Chapter 23 Quotes

“After Meov. I was…” You’re not sure how to say it. There are griefs too deep to be borne, and yet you have borne them again and again. “I needed to be different.”

It makes no sense. Alabaster makes a soft affirmative sound, though, as if he understands. “You stayed free, at least.”

If hiding everything you are is free. “Yes.”

[…]

“I understand why you killed Corundum,” Alabaster says, very softly. And then, while you sway in your crouch, literally reeling from the blow of that sentence, he finishes you. “But I’ll never forgive you for doing it.”

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Alabaster (speaker), Corundum
Page Number: 446
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Alabaster Character Timeline in The Fifth Season

The timeline below shows where the character Alabaster appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Syenite on the highroad
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...the road toward Allia with her new “mentor,” Syenite finally learns that his name is Alabaster. As they travel, he often falls asleep in his saddle, and he snaps at her... (full context)
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...incredibly boring. Any travelers they meet avoid speaking to them when they notice Syen and Alabaster’s black Fulcrum uniforms, and every night the two have sex for a few minutes and... (full context)
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...but she imagines that it must be an incredibly boring job. She says this to Alabaster—that maybe he should let the node maintainers do their jobs to keep them from dying... (full context)
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Alabaster asks Syenite if she has ever been to a node, and she responds that of... (full context)
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...hear this—as it’s significantly out of their way—but she also knows that her hatred of Alabaster is irrational, and that she should be trying to get on his good side, as... (full context)
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The next morning, the two have sex, and afterwards Alabaster asks Syenite why she seems to hate him so much. Syen knows that if he... (full context)
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Syenite argues that those other civilizations failed, and so they must have been wrong, but Alabaster counters that “survival doesn’t mean rightness.” He suggests that society could instead let orogenes be... (full context)
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...as intelligence” and that anyone who tries to go against it inevitably fails. She asks Alabaster where he heard about the ancient, excavated tablets, and he says that he has been... (full context)
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Syenite starts to ask Alabaster another question, but then she notices that he is suddenly distracted. She follows his attention... (full context)
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Suddenly Alabaster uses his orogeny to make a kind of “punch,” and Syenite can feel all the... (full context)
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Shaking, Syenite crawls over to Alabaster to see that his body is clenched, but he is alive. Syenite tries to understand... (full context)
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...out and waters the horses. She crawls back to the bedroll and falls asleep beside Alabaster for a while. When she wakes, he is awake too, and he says that they... (full context)
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Alabaster stops his preparations and gazes off into the distance for a while, still seeming agitated.... (full context)
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Alabaster plans for their trip—they’ll leave before dawn, he says, and push the horses as fast... (full context)
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Alabaster immediately notes that no one has come out to meet them, and he can’t hear... (full context)
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Syenite ties up the horses and then follows Alabaster, though he’s out of sight by now. Beyond the gates, everything is silent and seems... (full context)
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Syenite approaches and examines the chair, noticing that Alabaster is there as well. When she realizes what she’s actually seeing, she curses to herself.... (full context)
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Syenite is shocked and horrified. Alabaster shows her something else—a scar at the base of the node maintainer’s neck. Orogenes’ sessapinae... (full context)
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Alabaster explains that the problem must have been that someone let this node maintainer wake up.... (full context)
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Alabaster says that this is why he was so insistent that every orogene should see a... (full context)
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Alabaster and Syenite make camp in the node station’s courtyard. They sit beside the fire for... (full context)
...child, and then it could grow up to be seen as a real human being. Alabaster says that he still wouldn’t want a non-orogenic child. No comm would accept them, he... (full context)
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Alabaster’s laughter lasts a long time, to the point that Syenite can feel the earth moving... (full context)
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After a while Alabaster speaks again, saying that he knows he’s crazy, but that Syenite will become crazy too... (full context)
Chapter 9: Syenite among the enemy
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After another week of traveling, Syenite and Alabaster reach Allia, their destination. At the outskirts of the city, a young man starts following... (full context)
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Alabaster and Syenite arrive at the governor’s mansion, which is similarly ornate and not especially sturdy.... (full context)
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Going on, Alabaster says that he can sess the coral obstruction in the harbor already, and that they... (full context)
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Alabaster then requests that he and Syenite stay at the (expensive-looking) inn they passed nearby and... (full context)
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At the inn, Alabaster takes a bath, and then the two of them order food delivered to their room.... (full context)
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Syenite suddenly wakes up to the feeling that something is wrong. She looks over at Alabaster and realizes that he is paralyzed and panicking, while she can feel the strength of... (full context)
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Her orogeny now bound to Alabaster’s, Syenite can feel him flailing about and searching for something with his eyes, but she... (full context)
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Alabaster drags Syenite up through this faceted world of light, and then she feels a sudden... (full context)
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Still dazed, Syenite gets Alabaster some water and props him up in the bed, then sits down and asks him... (full context)
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Calming down now, Syenite realizes that Alabaster has just been using whatever means he has at his disposal to save himself tonight,... (full context)
Chapter 12: Syenite finds a new toy
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The day after Alabaster’s poisoning, Syenite returns to the governor’s mansion alone, telling Asael that Alabaster is sick. Asael... (full context)
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...with Asael. Syen asks about seeing the governor again and decides to double down on Alabaster’s demand to meet him—she now understands “why Alabaster is such an ass about this.” They... (full context)
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After a few more analogies, Asael seems to understand why Syenite and Alabaster are so angry. She offers a weak apology but also says that orogenes mustn’t expect... (full context)
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...the coral. She then suggests that they could do nothing about the problem—send Syen and Alabaster back to the Fulcrum and get most of their money refunded, then use the extra... (full context)
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...by a power that is not her own. It feels similar to what happened with Alabaster the night before, but she can’t sense Alabaster’s presence at all, and the place she’s... (full context)
Chapter 14: Syenite breaks her toys
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Syenite and Alabaster are in their room, having just had their usual daily sex, when they receive a... (full context)
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Alabaster says that it’s likely the Fulcrum wants Syenite to stay in Allia so that she... (full context)
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Still frustrated and confused, Syenite says she’s going for a walk. Alabaster invites himself along, though she clearly wants to be alone, as he notes that someone... (full context)
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The obelisk is still hovering over the harbor, and both Alabaster and Syenite can sense it emitting occasional weak pulses of energy. Alabaster suddenly starts acting... (full context)
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Alabaster continues, saying that it’s too risky to speak in their room. The Fulcrum is keeping... (full context)
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Syenite asks why Alabaster is being so cautious about speaking when there’s clearly no one else around. He explains... (full context)
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This revelation horrifies Syenite. Alabaster then tells her that it’s really the Guardians that they have to worry about, not... (full context)
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Alabaster greets the Guardian, who jumps down from the railing and introduces himself as Edki Guardian... (full context)
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Edki mentions Alabaster’s old Guardian, Leshet, and says that they have found her and need to talk about... (full context)
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Time seems to stop. Syenite still cannot sess anything, and she can see Alabaster convulsing in agony nearby. Suddenly she becomes incredibly angry, feeling that it’s not her duty... (full context)
Chapter 16: Syen in the hidden land
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...tectonic plate beneath her but finds that she can hardly feel anything. Then she notices Alabaster curled up nearby, alive, and a white-robed woman standing beyond him, looking away. (full context)
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Behind them, Alabaster groans, and Syenite asks the stone eater why she brought them to this island. She... (full context)
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As Syenite and Alabaster recover their strength and examine the island further, they find that there is a village... (full context)
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Alabaster says that the stone eaters can move through rock as if it were air—Antimony is... (full context)
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Still frustrated and confused about everything, Syenite asks Alabaster to explain what happened with the Guardian back at Allia. Alabaster admits that he doesn’t... (full context)
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Thinking again about how Alabaster used the obelisk to remove the poison from his body at the inn, Syenite asks... (full context)
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Alabaster goes on, explaining that Guardians are all children of roggas but not roggas themselves, and... (full context)
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Syenite asks why Alabaster warned her not to let the Guardian’s skin touch her, and he falls silent for... (full context)
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After a moment, Alabaster suggests that they continue on to the village and Syenite reluctantly agrees, despite their currently... (full context)
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...of them respond. Examining them, she thinks that they are “Eastcoasters,” tall and dark like Alabaster. A man who seems to be the leader approaches and speaks in an unfamiliar language—the... (full context)
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Later the people of Meov have invited Alabaster and Syenite into their comm, and Alabaster continues to explain to Syen everything they’ve told... (full context)
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Alabaster says that part of how the Meovites have survived is because life in the ocean... (full context)
Chapter 19: Syenite on the lookout
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Alabaster and Syenite have now been in Meov for three days. Syen still hasn’t learned any... (full context)
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Alabaster seems delighted to finally be free of the Fulcrum, even if it means staying on... (full context)
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...of magma behind that has destroyed everything. Because of this, Syenite feels especially angered by Alabaster’s apparent joy. He again assures her that their Guardians can’t track them, because of whatever... (full context)
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Syen continues to be angry, and Alabaster then reminds her how many times they’ve had sex even though neither of them wanted... (full context)
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Glaring at each other but then walking together again, Syenite and Alabaster head back down to the village, where a large ship called the Clalsu arrived two... (full context)
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As Syenite and Alabaster enter Meov’s caverns, they can immediately hear Innon’s booming voice where everyone has gathered for... (full context)
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Alabaster translates Innon’s story some for Syenite, and finally asks her directly if she wants Innon... (full context)
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Syenite says that Alabaster can have Innon if he wants him. Alabaster recognizes that Syen wants Innon too, but... (full context)
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...her. She quickly admits that she likes Innon, but she says that she’s here on Alabaster’s behalf. Innon asks if they mean to share him, which throws Syen off until Innon... (full context)
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...to her that they all survive only because of orogenes. The woman then suggested that Alabaster and Syenite should have a baby and give it to Meov so that they don’t... (full context)
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After a few hours, Syenite goes back into her room where she can hear Alabaster crying very quietly. She passes through the curtain that’s been put up for privacy and... (full context)
Chapter 20: Syenite, stretched and snapped back
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...Innon if she can join his crew. The baby, Corundum, is mostly cared for by Alabaster and other mothers in the comm—as everything in Meov is communal—and Syen now feels like... (full context)
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On the docks, Syenite argues with Innon, saying that she’s bored. He reminds her that Alabaster is happy to stay quietly in Meov, either with Corundum or alone, but Syenite says... (full context)
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...in his presence. Innon finally relents, but he says that Syen will have to tell Alabaster that they will both be leaving him. Pleased, Syen goes to find Alabaster. Eventually she... (full context)
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Alabaster already seems to know what has happened, and he asks Syenite if she will ever... (full context)
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Syenite assures Alabaster that she will come back, and she explains that she’s not being useful on the... (full context)
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...down to her room, which now has a bigger bed to accommodate Innon as well. Alabaster is there with Corundum, and Syen gets into bed and holds Alabaster, who apologizes to... (full context)
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Syenite falls asleep and wakes up to the sounds of Alabaster having sex with Innon. Syenite finds them “beautiful together” and is aroused herself, and Innon... (full context)
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...many people just because of her own mistake. Innon tells her that it is for Alabaster and Corundum’s sake, and Syenite agrees to do as he asks. Syenite tells Innon to... (full context)
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...time, Syenite despairs until suddenly an external force arrives and calms the gathering waves. It’s Alabaster, using his orogeny even a hundred miles away. Afterwards, the volcano that was Allia is... (full context)
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...he had gone to the Fulcrum, so that he could have power like Syenite and Alabaster do. Syen assures him that he doesn’t, and she grows sad imagining how the Fulcrum... (full context)
Chapter 21: you’re getting the band back together
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...also said that Essun owes him, for Corundum’s sake. Essun freezes and realizes that it’s Alabaster. Hoa confirms this and says that Alabaster is dying. (full context)
Chapter 22: Syenite, fractured
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...celebrating all the mass murders she’s committed, both in Allia and with the two ships. Alabaster has stayed with Syen during this time, telling her that he understands what it means... (full context)
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...are free of the Fulcrum now, and so they don’t need rings or uniforms anymore. Alabaster says that one of them will eventually have to train Corundum, but Syenite suggests that... (full context)
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Alabaster says that the story took place soon after the Fifth Season called the Season of... (full context)
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Alabaster continues: during the Season of Teeth almost everyone in the Stillness starved, and the Sanzed... (full context)
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...aren’t allowed the luxury of rage, and Shemshena was made a hero for killing him. Alabaster presses the two new rings into her hands, telling her that orogenes are what built... (full context)
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...clifftops to enjoy it, bringing food and blankets with them. Innon brings a musical instrument, Alabaster carries Corundum, and Syen brings a terrible but enjoyable novel from the looted cargo ship.... (full context)
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Looking around at the Meovites, with Innon tossing Corundum into the air as Alabaster looks on nervously, Syenite feels like she might really love these people. Alabaster then starts... (full context)
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Syenite wakes to see Innon holding Corundum and looking worriedly at Alabaster, who is on his feet and tensed, clearly sessing something in the distance. Syenite sends... (full context)
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...that she touches inevitably dies. Today, Syen had put on her six rings to show Alabaster her appreciation, and she now resolves to use whatever new power she has to defend... (full context)
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...sealing off the harbor so that none of the ships can leave. This is obviously Alabaster’s doing, and Syen sees an amethyst obelisk approaching in the distance, which he must be... (full context)
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With his orogeny Innon breaks down a section of Alabaster’s wall, but more rock immediately replaces it. Meanwhile Syenite has to carry Corundum and also... (full context)
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...that one of the four ships has boulders piled on its deck and is now sinking—Alabaster must have been dropping rocks onto it. Syenite tries to destroy one of the other... (full context)
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...and curses the Guardian, grinning to herself. Then she gets up and continues on toward Alabaster. As she gets nearer, however, something suddenly explodes all around him—Syenite realizes that it’s a... (full context)
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Syenite reaches Alabaster and can tell that he’s hurt. She lingers at the edge of his torus for... (full context)
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Syenite grabs Alabaster and tries to pull him up, cursing the stone eater and sending her orogeny down... (full context)
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...a huge amount of power, and then Syen realizes what they mean to do—bring down Alabaster’s wall around the harbor. She can sess the rogga’s attack on the wall as she... (full context)
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As Syenite reaches Innon and Corundum on the deck of the Clalsu, a section of Alabaster’s wall finally breaks apart. Innon tells Syen that they’re going to sail out and fight... (full context)
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...Corundum and backs away as he approaches. Schaffa sees the baby and asks if it’s Alabaster’s, and then he asks where Alabaster himself is. Instinctively answering whatever Schaffa asks, Syen tells... (full context)
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...say no to him. Moments seem to flash by, as Syen thinks of Innon and Alabaster at their last moments. She puts her hand over Corundum’s mouth and nose, vowing to... (full context)
Chapter 23: you’re all you need
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...at each other and then declare themselves only interested in their respective humans: Antimony with Alabaster, and Hoa with Essun. Essun shakes her head and keeps walking. Atop a pile of... (full context)
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Alabaster greets her as Syenite, and she replies that her name is Essun now. Alabaster says... (full context)
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Alabaster asks about Essun’s life, and she says that after Meov she needed to become a... (full context)
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Essun tells Alabaster that he can kill her, but he has to wait until she kills her husband... (full context)
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Essun now realizes that Alabaster is the one who tore the continent in half and started the Fifth Season. Alabaster... (full context)