Lacunae (A to Z Challenge, L)

14 April, 2016

Where does it lead?A lacuna is a gap in space, time or an absent part in a book or other piece of writing, the Sea of Stars has many lacunae:

The history before the Sundering is, as best, patchily known, even the Gods War is known more by inference than by actual recorded fact, which has not stopped hundred of novels, songs, plays, operas and other forms of entertainment being based upon it.  The Gods War is especially favored as a setting for telling tragedies, romantic or otherwise. and veiled political commentary.  Some of the dragons dislike it being discussed at all by the lesser races, possibly for fear of giving them ideas, which only leads to underground performances and distribution of such stories.  The Empress, on the other claw, positively loves to see how the Gods War is interpreted by others and there are usually at least two plays set during the Gods War being preformed in the Capital at any one time.

Equally, knowledge of the gods themselves is at best fragmentary, the dragons purged temples, libraries and all types of religious communities.  Only the Sun cult survived with some continuity with the the faith before the Gods War.  All the others only have fragments of their legends and traditions, the knowledge of junior priests and priestesses and various tales, needless to say the secret cults that have sprung up in the aftermath of the Sundering have some very strange idea about their gods and religious practices.  Even the Moon Cult, which still has a living goddess, is a patchwork of beliefs and practices barely unified by the oppression they suffer.

Even the islands themselves suffer from these lacunae, with roads, bridges and canals that now lead nowhere, watchtowers situated with nothing to watch and so one.  The lands are filled with implied and unfinished stories.  And, of course, there are the spaces between the islands, another sort of lack.

Notes: Yes, just playing around with a concept today.  Nothing really concrete.

Photo by Arian Zwegers and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.





  1. I actually really like the abstract/thematic nature of this exercise. Lacunae — whether historical or personal — are really powerful narrative tools, and are the stock in trade of all kinds of fiction. Faulkner, James Joyce, Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day), Pat Barker (WWI trilogy) all come to mind.

    I also like thinking about the physical lacunae between the islands and how they might also be metaphorical/allegorical.

    • So do I. The Sea of Stars is fragmented is ways more than just the physical and this helps to underscore that fact.

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