BDH has all the questions. Some were paraphrased slightly for clarity and conciseness.
I’m wondering how much this massive redecorating is draining the Inn’s resources. Hopefully the magic of the 300 guests will more than make up for it? Or will the Dominion pay for the upgrades in addition to giving access to Karron?Emily
The inn had many powerful visitors since Dina started, and Dina and Sean have been feeding it raw materials on regular basis. The Dominion will, of course, generously compensate the innkeepers, simply because it would be below their dignity to cheap out, but Gertrude Hunt is more than capable of supporting the remodel.
Is Miralitt related to Lord Soren? Will they develop a connection? (Robin) Will she get along with Karat?Robin
Miralitt’s mother wasn’t from House Krahr. Keep reading to find out more. ::winky face::
Is it easier to decorate older Inns, since they accumulate stuff as guests come and they have a wider inventory?
Yes. The older the inn is, the more rooted it is, the faster and easier it is for it to adjust its environment. And as you have seen through the series, Dina is a pack rat. Most innkeepers are the same way. They squirrel stuff away for later use.
Can the inn feed on garbage from a landfill?
Garbage in, garbage out. The inn occasionally requires raw materials like wood, for example, or fabrics. Usually this happens when the innkeeper wants to conserve the inn’s resources or during the times when time is of the essence. It’s faster to feed a load of marble to the inn then for the inn to synthesize it out of something else. The items that an inn could find at a landfill are likely to be tainted by chemicals. The wood would rot quickly. “Cleaning” and absorbing the core materials from a landfill would take a lot of energy and defeat the purpose of trying to save resources in the first place. Now, if an inn somehow got access to a construction site, it would have a field day gobbling stuff up.
If DIna brings a part of the Inn with her, like her broom, would some of her Innkeeper power travel outside of the Inn’s bounds?Jenna
Your answer is in Clean Sweep.
Why wouldn’t the inn try to form a portal to Dayson?Jenna
We don’t know where the new door goes. We’ll have to wait and see.
Does an Inn resist a separation from the Innkeeper, like the one the Assembly threatened Dina with? Does it automatically go dormant after it? What is the process to awaken it and link it with another?Jenna
The inn that loses its innkeeper would go dormant and hibernate like Gertrude Hunt has done before. It’s not a step the Assembly would take lightly, but they cannot permit a public figure of Sovereign’s renown to die at an inn. That event would threaten the safety of an entire planet. They really didn’t want her to do this, but the autonomy of individual inns is very important.
As an aside, you know when Dina’s name comes up during these Assembly sessions, the innkeepers’ eyes start twitching.
“So, Gertrude Hunt…”
Everyone braces themselves.
The process of awakening the inn is described in the series over the course of several books.
How old is the oldest inn? During the previous book about Treaty stay it sounded like the oldest inn was at least hundreds of years old, maybe thousands? I’d have to check back for the specifics……what I’m asking is, if the outside of the inn never changes then how does a structure that was build hundreds or thousands of years ago and hasn’t crumbled or decayed like the rest of the surrounding structures not stand out (assuming that it hasn’t gone dormant and is still a functioning inn)? Also…if one of the older inns was in North America….then what does that structure look like? Especially if most North American human societies were either nomadic or didn’t engage in large scale building projects when it was built? Can you explain a little bit about the oldest inns, what they look like, and how they don’t stand out if their outer “shell” has remained the same for many many years?Jenna
Jenna, I’m guessing you’re probably from US.
Oldest building still in use in US and territories after the “discovery” of North America.
Oldest building in US that has been continuously occupied.
One of the oldest buildings in Europe still in use.
Inns did not begin with colonial US. There are inns all over the world. They did not originate in North America.
Why do you assume that the inn can’t alter its façade? If the inn can build new rooms to exact specifications, why can’t the inn change the outer walls?
Especially if most North American human societies were either nomadic or didn’t engage in large scale building projects when it was built?
To summarize: the idea that Native American populations lived in tent-like structures and never engaged in agriculture, or never built cities, or never created cultural monuments is very outdated. We know they farmed and built cities. We know that many of their structures were made of timber and therefore didn’t survive the passage of time, but we also know that they cut dwellings into the living rock. Native American history is a story of vibrant diverse populations. They were not homogenous.
I mean, Cherokees right there in Blue Ridge Mountains had gardens and fields and practiced advanced agriculture. The Three Sisters, corn, beans, and squash, all of those are native to North America. Tomatoes. Potatoes. Peppers. Why do we have those things? Because Native American people grew these crops. Farming necessitates staying in a single spot and the creation of an infrastructure. It requires irrigation, storage facilities, and markets, and leads to formation of gathering places and designated places of worship. Even the Plains Tribes did not become significantly nomadic until the horses became widely available, which occurred in 17th century.
To give us a different perspective, we know with 100% certainty that China had an abundance of large architectural structures well before the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) but almost none of it survived. Why? The ancient monuments that did survive like the pyramids, Egyptian and South American, were made of stone, while the marvels of ancient Chinese architecture were “made with wood, soil, and brick.” Fires, rodents, rot, natural disasters, all of that tends to destroy non-stone architecture.
If you would like to know more about Native American agriculture and societies, this article is a good jumping off point, Eastern Woodland Cultures. Here is the list of oldest buildings in what is currently US.
It is absolutely possible for an inn to exist in pre-Columbian North America.
How come it has 9 star systems if it’s called the Seven Star Dominion?Winnie
How do you name the aliens? Not the names of the races but the given names? Since they aren’t Earth names you can exactly research?
I shall reveal the secret. Are you ready?
That’s it. We roll it until we hit on a combination of letters that we can alter enough to make a decent name. That doesn’t mean that there is not a pattern for naming members of a particular species. There is and we keep it in mind. And then we check it against google, just in case.
Did you plan that George&co would make it in other series when you were writing the Edge?Amanda
No. The Innkeeper Chronicles were conceived and written after the Edge. We didn’t plan the Innkeeper series while working on the Edge series. We were still writing KD and the Edge parallel to each other and our small brains were very full. ::smiley face::