The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

by

N. K. Jemisin

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Asael Leadership Allia Character Analysis

Asael is a deputy governor at Allia. She’s a very tall, dark-skinned woman who immediately scorns Alabaster and Syenite upon their arrival to the comm, treating them like servants rather than experts come to save her city’s livelihood. It takes several arguments and a subtle power struggle between her and the orogenes to finally make her realize that the way she treats them is dehumanizing. In this way Asael is another example of how most people in the Stillness view orogenes, and how hard it is to make them understand that their views are dehumanizing and harmful. Along with the rest of Allia, Asael is killed when Allia’s obelisk shatters, pierces the earth, and causes a spontaneous volcano.

Asael Leadership Allia Quotes in The Fifth Season

The The Fifth Season quotes below are all either spoken by Asael Leadership Allia or refer to Asael Leadership Allia. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Orbit edition of The Fifth Season published in 2015.
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
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 12 Quotes

“What do you want? An apology? Then I apologize. You must remember, though, that most normal people have never seen an orogene, let alone had to do business with one and—” She spreads her hands. “Isn’t it understandable that we might be…uncomfortable?”

“Discomfort is understandable. It’s the rudeness that isn’t.” Rust this. This woman doesn’t deserve the effort of her explanation. Syen decides to save that for someone who matters. “And that’s a really shitty apology. ‘I’m sorry you’re so abnormal that I can’t manage to treat you like a human being.’”

“You’re a rogga,” Asael snaps, and then has the gall to look surprised at herself.

“Well.” Syenite makes herself smile. “At least that’s out in the open.”

Related Characters: Essun/Damaya/Syenite (speaker), Asael Leadership Allia (speaker)
Page Number: 216
Explanation and Analysis:
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Asael Leadership Allia Character Timeline in The Fifth Season

The timeline below shows where the character Asael Leadership Allia appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9: Syenite among the enemy
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...Alabaster suddenly stops her and asks who she is exactly, and she introduces herself as Asael Leadership Allia, a deputy governor. Alabaster says that he expected to be met by the... (full context)
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...and friendliness and treat them like notable officials who have traveled a very long way. Asael freezes in response to this, but she finally nods and says that she will request... (full context)
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...Syenite stay at the (expensive-looking) inn they passed nearby and meet again the next day. Asael looks worried—Syenite assumes that she has no authority to request funds for their stay at... (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 is clearly skeptical that Syen will be capable of unblocking... (full context)
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Asael still seems uneasy, and Syenite knows that it’s a Fulcrum orogene’s job to make sure... (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... (full context)
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After a long while, Asael returns with an older woman who introduces herself as Heresmith Leadership Allia. She shakes Syenite’s... (full context)
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...they can see her physically doing something. She then tries to explain to her companions—Heresmith, Asael, and a group of men who look like clerks—what she has discovered. If she clears... (full context)
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...among Allia’s leadership that Syenite should go ahead and move the obstruction despite the risks. Asael asks if she is really capable of doing this, which sounds like a challenge to... (full context)
Chapter 14: Syenite breaks her toys
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...to believe that it was a result of incompetence in the kitchen, or at worst Asael getting back at the man who humiliated her. The two leave the room and walk... (full context)