Thursday, 27 October 2016

Falkayn's Age III

David Falkayn broke his oath of fealty to Nicholas van Rijn  not in the first part of "Lodestar" but later when he discovered Mirkheim but concealed it from van Rijn and instead gave the planet to those who needed its industrial wealth more. Falkayn tells us that he did this eighteen years before Mirkheim, Chapter I. The second part of "Lodestar" occurs ten years after the first. In the second part, Supermetals has been selling supermetals from Mirkheim for three years. Therefore, there were five years between the discovery of Mirkheim and the launch of the Supermetals company.

David Falkayn appears in:

Falkayn stories
"The Three-Cornered Wheel"
"A Sun Invisible"

Trader Team stories
"The Trouble Twisters"
"Day of Burning"

Van Rijn and Trader Team stories
Satan's World
"Lodestar"
Mirkheim

In "The Three-Cornered Wheel," Falkayn is a seventeen year old apprentice to Martin Schuster of the Polesotechnic League. (The Van Rijn Method, p. 204)

In "A Sun Invisible," Falkayn is a twenty year old factor for van Rijn's Solar Spice & Liquors Company. (p. 270)

I will have to check "The Trouble Twisters."

Having recently reread both "Day of Burning" and Satan's World, I do not think that either text tells us anything about Falkayn's age but will gladly publish any corrections.

In the first part of "Lodestar," Falkayn is thirty three (David Falkayn: Star Trader, p, 637). Therefore, he must be forty three in the second part, ten years later.

However, later again, in Mirkheim, Prologue Y minus 9, he is forty one. (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p. 14).

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