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So, let’s take a moment to discuss The Traveler. As I mentioned in Part 2, Evan dreamed up this character as a counterpoint to The Fold. The difference in their perspectives lies in the fact that The Fold oversees its jurisdiction with a strict set of rules based on The Ten Commandments. It is they who are responsible for keeping galactic order and espousing peace, yet The Fold’s mission is sometimes at odds with itself, most especially in the case of Neutralization. Their agenda causes them to shape galactic history by removing its most bellicose elements (like the Eelshakians), while nurturing those who adhere to The Ten Laws.
On the other hand, The Traveler believes the universe should be left alone to evolve naturally and views The Fold as ‘meddlesome’. The Traveler exists outside of time and space as we understand it. He, It, isn’t evil and isn’t an analogue for the devil or Satan, The Traveler is much more like Loki, often dubbed a trickster god, the shapeshifter. The chaos he unfurls is less like an epic Marvel finale fight sequence, and more like the gradual expansion of the universe. It is planned out millennia in advance and executed through the portal of time itself.
The Traveler is a phantom that is far older than The Fold, which is itself more than 100,000 years old in its current rendition, and he exerts his will on the universe in a very gentle way, by bending it through the actions of others: Jett, Hazbog, The Aaptuuans, and so on.
At the end of Rise of The Boe, Jett disappears into the bloodmist when Hazbog triggers the Quantum Swapper. Book 2.5, reveals that The Traveler has plucked Jett out of quantum space and put him to work as his accomplice. This is why (spoiler alert!) Jett is absent from most of The Javelin Divide and the narrative shifts to his twin brother Jack. He’s with The Traveler while Jack is with The Fold, thus, the ‘divide'.
The beauty of The Traveler for us was that we were able to weave him back into the rewrites of the first two installments and hide a number of Easter Eggs along the way. This new character became the thread that sowed the trilogy together and allowed us to create the Black Mirror ending we were looking for. He allowed us to include a few haunted house scenes at the Winchester Mystery House that would be out of place in a Space Opera (though the Doctor Who episode Hide managed a wonderful take on this concept). Mostly, The Traveler became the vehicle we needed to explore the gray complexity that comprises a good deal of what we term morality.
In the end, the story arc of The Tinker and The Fold follows Evan’s own emotional and spiritual growth from the fourth to eleventh grades, both as he experienced it in real time, and later through the lens of age during several rewrites and the subsequent completion of the series.
At seventeen, Evan’s interests continue to evolve and currently he and his ‘creative team’ (which no longer includes me) are working on his second original theatrical production Keep it PG, An ‘R’ Rated Musical. His first, Souvenirs, enjoyed a sold out run at Camino Real Playhouse. He’s even toyed with the idea of a Tinker musical. Never know, but there just might be something there…