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Epilogue Part One
This last epigraph is actually out of order. Most of them were chronological as Vin read from the logbook. This one, however, doesn’t actually come after the one before it. I just put it here because it felt like it belonged at the end.
I did, actually, write most of these epigraphs (or bumps–or whatever you want to call the things at the beginnings of chapters) in one lump, then cut them apart, as I think I’ve mentioned. I did the same thing for book two, actually, where there’s a different kind of puzzle going on in the narratives.
Yes, Elend is chosen as king. I wondered if this would be seen as a stretch or not, which is one of the reasons I didn’t put it in scene. I think it’s easier to believe if I simply explain that it happened, rather than trying to make it work in narrative. The problem is, after the big climax with Vin and the Lord Ruler, I think anything involving Elend’s actual speech would have been a distraction.
So, I leave it at this. It’s a foreboding ending, I know. Elend is king, but honestly, none of these people have ever done anything like this before. The crew has no experience with government, and Elend has very little. (Though he at least knows a lot of theory.) So, then, this is set-up for the next book, where I wanted to ask some very tough questions. It seems to me that overthrowing the empire would actually be easier than trying to make it run smoothly. This is what the group is going to have to deal with.