In this chapter, for the first time, I straight out mention that plants aren’t green. I hoped that this concept would come across in the first few chapters. However, this sort of thing is difficult to enforce in people’s minds. The fact that there are NO green plants in the world is something that most people will probably just skip over in their heads. So, I had to make Kelsier aware of the way that things should be, so that he can explain it to Vin, and therefore point out to the reader–in no uncertain terms–how the lanscape works.
The other thing to notice is, of course, that there are no flowers in this world. But, we’ll get to that later.
In this chapter, we get to meet Sazed–who ranks as one of my favorite characters in the entire series. (Alongside Vin and someone we haven’t met yet.) I like Sazed because he’s inherantly conflicted, yet acts so peaceful. He’s a member of a servant race, bred to be humble and submissive. Yet, he knows the one who directed all of that breeding is the Lord Ruler. Add in that he seeks to work with the rebellion, yet feels out of place unless he’s acting as a servant, and you get a really good character, in my opinion.
Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot of him.
Also, Sazed gives us our first real discussion of belief and religion. I think this is a very important aspect of this novel, since the Lord Ruler is–esentially–God. I’ll get more into this later, but I wanted it known that some members of the group are worried about religious concerns.