In which the Healers plan to excise the Department of the Interior from the healthy body of the universe.
It’s interesting sometimes considering how we think of fictional characters, as in what name we call them by. I generally refer to characters like Shan and Priscilla by their first names, because the narrative encourages us to think of them as people we know and are friendly with; on the other hand, I would probably call Mr dea’Gauss “Mr dea’Gauss” even if we knew what his first name was, because he has that sense of formality about him.
So far I keep finding myself always referring to Tarona Rusk by her full name, because it doesn’t feel right to just call her “Tarona”. (I might use a formal title and surname, like with Mr dea’Gauss, except I’m not sure she has a title that we know of.)
Kethi vay’Elin, who speaks for the Healers of the Department, is someone we’ve met before — or after, chronologically speaking — when she and Claidyne joined forces in Accepting the Lance. That was another chapter where it can be seen in retrospect that the authors were drawing on events they knew about but hadn’t had a chance to share with the audience until now. (In that case, if memory serves, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything important at the time, only that I can see additional layers and details now that I’ve read this chapter.)
It’s interesting that the other Healer who speaks most in opposition to Tarona is not given a name. (There’s another name mentioned — Valisa dea’Manz — but it’s not established which of the people at the meeting it belongs to.) This might be symbolic, showing that the things she says are not so much individual opinions as things that needed to be said and would have been said by somebody in any case.