Adagio 13 – The Pathfinders
It was difficult enough to piece the whole story together before Artran left his parents, but it’s about to become even more difficult to follow. Let me try to straighten you out about the plot of this history. Well, maybe straighten out isn’t such a good term. It’s more like having a giant Gordian Knot of colored pipe cleaners without being able to cut it apart with a sword. Instead, you have to follow the ins and outs of the different colored strands and try like hell to make out how it all fits together. That is by way of analogy, mind you. Don’t go thinking that this entire history is made of literal pipe cleaners.
The thing is, it started out as a straight-forward tale with two brothers leaving Imperial space because of persecution. They were determined to make a new and better home somewhere out in unknown space.
It’s surprising, though, how quickly the unknown becomes a part of the known, and how the known can become a heavy anchor that pulls you back to weighty things.
When Ged sent Ham in the wrong direction, back into the Galtorr Imperium, we have the first fork in the plot. Then came the Corsairs’ determination to work together, all except for the evil Monopoly Brigade, and then, following that, Tron and Arkin and Razor and the rest all get split up again. More forks in the path. In fact, everything gets pretty much all forked up.
I see the story going plot-wise in two directions at once, then with a couple of curly-cues, a loop-the-loop, and a full back flip. It gets even more complicated as Dr. Hooey and the Time Knights get involved. I mean, they started meddling with events themselves, backwards and forwards in time. It gets pretty hairy in an ugly, back-hair sort of way.
So, even though I started this chapter in my history as a way to clarify how and where things are going, I am more confused than ever myself. You’ll have to forgive me.
Anyway, little Artran leaving his parents for the first time is important because of the result. He would fly off from the impending Battle of Outpost and into history as one of the most important explorers since Martin Faulkner himself. You’ll see what I mean as the story goes along, that is, if I don’t get so balled up in it that I meet myself going the opposite way and forget to tell you that part.
This is not just a record of the doings of the famous safari masters, Ged and Ham Aero. It is not just a record of the rebellion by pirates and politicians. It is a story of how a small boy gets separated from his parents and discovers worlds undreamed of in our philosophy. Oh, and don’t forget about the “Teachers in Space” parts of the story. That’s important too.
But this Adagio is entitled “Pathfinders” for a reason. Admittedly, not a very good reason, as the path is very hard to follow. But hang in there. The story gets better later. I promise. For one thing, I myself, Professor Googol Marou, am about to enter this story.