The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

by

N. K. Jemisin

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Safe is a drink made from a plant that reacts in response to any foreign substance. The drink is thus traditionally served at diplomatic meetings, as a formal way of signifying that neither party is trying to poison the other.
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Safe Term Timeline in The Fifth Season

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Chapter 4: Syenite, cut and polished
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A young woman named Syenite sits drinking safe at a meeting with her “assigned senior,” an older woman named Feldspar. Syenite has just... (full context)
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...she gets up, Feldspar tells her that she herself has six children. Syen finishes her safe and leaves. (full context)
Chapter 10: you walk beside the beast
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...something to test for contaminants in the water. It’s made from the same plant as safe, but it works better. Essun argues that safe catches everything, but the woman argues back,... (full context)