In the Hall of the Mountain King
Enter Talizea, Miri, Jeeves, Val Con, the Tree, clowders of cats and kindles of kittens
In which the house is unsettled.
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” is the title of a famous piece of music by Edvard Grieg, originally written as incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. The relevant bit of the play tells how Peer Gynt visited the court of the Mountain King and formed a connection with one of the King’s daughters, not entirely to the satisfaction of anybody involved. The supernatural and inhuman Mountain King’s most famous moment has him proclaiming a philosophy of supreme selfishness that regards everyone and everything else as inconsequential.
…and I’ve said all this before on the blog, because Crystal Dragon used “In the Hall of the Mountain Kings” as a chapter title when it had a sequence set in the domain of the Great Enemy. To have the same metaphor now applied to Jelaza Kazone is, to say the least, disconcerting.
At this point, we can guess who the two guests are that the Tree is anticipating, but it is still not clear what Toragin and Chelada want with the Tree.
Also unclear, as Val Con complains, is the whole business of how the Tree and the cats and Jeeves communicate with each other. There are some hints in “Intelligent Design”, Jeeves’s origin story (and in that connection, it’s interesting that Merlin is named as a cat in whose lineage the Tree has taken an interest), but those are no more than hints.
“Clowders” is a fun word.
Mr Mulvaney and Surebleak Transport have not appeared before. It seems like every time we get a scene with the Road Boss dealing with a problem, it’s a new problem; that’s progress, I guess.