The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

by

N. K. Jemisin

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Innon, the second-in-command but de facto leader of Meov, is a massive and gregarious man who is also a “feral” orogene. The captain of the island’s main pirating ship the Clalsu, Innon is extremely tall and broad, with his hair in braids and always wearing garish clothing. He has a booming voice and loves to boast and tell stories, but is also kind and wise and seemingly beloved by all in Meov. Upon their arrival, Innon is clearly attracted to both Syenite and Alabaster, and soon the three begin a polyamorous relationship, with both Syenite and Alabaster primarily being directly sexual with Innon but also all sharing a bed and eventually co-parenting Alabaster and Syenite’s child, Corundum. As a relatively untrained orogene, Innon’s powers are crude compared to Alabaster and Syenite’s, but Syenite is extremely glad that he was never taken to the Fulcrum, as the place would have robbed him of all the outsized humanity that she loves. Innon is brutally murdered by a Guardian in their attack on Meov, as a shirtless Guardian turns Innon’s orogeny inward and tears him apart.

Innon Resistant Meov Quotes in The Fifth Season

The The Fifth Season quotes below are all either spoken by Innon Resistant Meov or refer to Innon Resistant Meov. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:

“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
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 22 Quotes

“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
Explanation and Analysis:

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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Innon Resistant Meov Character Timeline in The Fifth Season

The timeline below shows where the character Innon Resistant Meov appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: Syenite on the lookout
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...the village, where a large ship called the Clalsu arrived two days previously. Its captain, Innon, is technically second-in-command to the headman, Harlas, but he is clearly a leader and beloved... (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 their evening meal. He greets them both and... (full context)
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Alabaster translates Innon’s story some for Syenite, and finally asks her directly if she wants Innon for herself.... (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 he says that... (full context)
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Syenite leaves and finds her way to Innon, who leans against the wall beside her. She quickly admits that she likes Innon, but... (full context)
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...very quietly. She passes through the curtain that’s been put up for privacy and sees Innon holding the weeping Alabaster, both of them naked and clearly having just had sex. Innon... (full context)
Chapter 20: Syenite, stretched and snapped back
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...she starts to feel useless and bored in her life on Meov, so she asks Innon if she can join his crew. The baby, Corundum, is mostly cared for by Alabaster... (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... (full context)
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Finally, Innon asks if Syenite even loves Corundum, given that she wants so badly to leave him.... (full context)
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...back to Meov once she leaves. He says that she has her freedom now, since Innon has his rogga child, and Alabaster will always stay to train Corundum better than anyone... (full context)
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...she goes back 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,... (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 then shifts over to... (full context)
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The next day Syenite sets sail with Innon and his crew on the Clalsu. Days pass, and she is fascinated to see whales... (full context)
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...the cargo ship. The Clalsu then sweeps in and attaches itself to the cargo ship, Innon’s crew leap aboard, and the fighting begins. Syen is ushered belowdecks for this part, but... (full context)
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When the cargo ship’s hold is emptied, Innon finds Syenite. She expects him to be angry with her, but instead he seems awed... (full context)
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Syenite has promised to obey Innon’s orders, but she is reluctant to kill so many people just because of her own... (full context)
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...surely dead, and the hot spots keep growing and spawning new vents. Standing beside Syenite, Innon tries to reassure her that many people on the outskirts of Allia managed to escape,... (full context)
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...the vents of magma until, finally, every crack is sealed. She then wakes up in Innon’s arms, with the Clalsu bucking against enormous waves. Everyone aboard seems terrified at what she... (full context)
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Unable to make Innon understand in time, Syenite despairs until suddenly an external force arrives and calms the gathering... (full context)
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Innon seems somber and says that sometimes he wishes that he had gone to the Fulcrum,... (full context)
Chapter 22: Syenite, fractured
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...to go up to the 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... (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... (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... (full context)
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Syenite explains this to Innon, who tells her to give Corundum to someone else, as they will need Syen’s help.... (full context)
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...obelisk approaching in the distance, which he must be using to wield all this power. Innon and Syen feel that he is being overprotective, though, and that they should be able... (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... (full context)
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...on the wall as she runs back down to the docks where the Clalsu and Innon are still there, getting ready to sail. (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... (full context)
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...and murdering everyone aboard. Surrounded by screaming and death, Syenite goes belowdecks and finally finds Innon and Corundum in the captain’s cabin. Innon tells her that he has to go back... (full context)
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...never to 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,... (full context)