Character Profile: Jane

“I could be an anentropic zombie, ” Jenna proposes. “Instead of rotting, I’d grow ever more beautiful! And I could be a mime!”

“I don’t want you to be a mime.”

Jenna pretends to be an anentropic zombie trapped in an invisible box. “Look! I?m inside an invisible box! It’s a sealed system, so the order constantly increases. That’s my noncompliance with the principle of entropy at work!”
The Tunnels (I/IV)

Jenna has straight black hair to mid-back and dark brown eyes. If one assumes a birth in 1969, she would be 35 at present. She has the physical characteristics of the people of salt: a thin lower jaw, bordering on deformity; pointed ears; and a gray undertone to her skin, which is sandy in color.

Her mother is Tara; her father Ben; her brother Sebastien, the hero. Her last name is unknown.

In the early 1970s, the monster started looking for her. To evade him, she died, revived herself, and hid in the tunnels. The tunnels seem surprisingly populous, as she met Ninja Tathagata, Dukkha, Mei Ming, Vicious Lily, and Evasive A there, in addition to a number of giant spiders, demons, Duck, Boar, Cow, and Coyote. At some point, the monster found her.

In 1989, she was living in a cold place. The monster had renamed her Jane. She had a mother and a brother named Bob. Unhappy, she fled to the firewood world and tried to make her life there. It didn’t work, and sometime between then and now, Martin found her and remade her. He kept the name Jane.

“Let’s visit everyone in the universe and fix their lives!” Jane says.

“I’m busy,” Martin says.
Jane Confronts the Problem of Martin

In the histories, Jane has straight black hair to mid-back. She has dark brown eyes. She is six years old. She has some of the physical characteristics of the people of salt, to a lesser degree than Jenna: a thin lower jaw, slightly pointed ears, and a gray undertone to her sandy complexion.

In the legends, her age, color scheme, and degree of evident inhumanity varies. The chin, hair, facial expressions, and attitudes are the primary constants. She’s been a lot of different girls in the legends, but they’re all Jane. (The ears are explicitly round in most legends and pointed in a few. Your humble author would probably have made the skin and eye color consistent, but there’s fan art already in the works from a less complete description. One must hope that this ultimately inspires cool collages of Jane-girls in future works.)

In the histories, Jane attributes her nature to monster-inflicted wounds, but does not consider him the source of her being. She was waiting—until the last moment of Chapter One—for the wind to change, so that she could change the world.

Legends specifically featuring Jane are probably the best reference point for why the legends are important: even though they haven’t really “happened,” and even though Jane remakes herself a little for most of them, they’re the lion’s share of her life experience (as herself) to date. They’re also the clearest indicator of what she’s thinking about.

A list of Jane legends in Chapter One includes:
Two Great Tastes Scanning Things Stomping The Awa Classifying Things Jane’s Father
You won’t get much out of Dumping Glue on a Log, Avoiding the Use of Exclamation Points, and Static right now. That will change.

If there’s more you want to add, feel free to post it in comments, either now or over the course of the next chapter!

2 thoughts on “Character Profile: Jane

  1. Are the legends, either all of them or a significant number, written by Jane?

    Some of the aspects of the last two posts suggest this. One is the description of the December 4 entry as a self-insertation story due to Jane’s presence in it*. Another is the strong implication that the legends that refer to Jane are her work. Since stylistically similar elements seem to persist across many (though not all) legends, one possible interpretation is that they’re to be seen as mostly the work of the same in-world author.

    Of course, the comment that “The set of characters is pretty carefully constructed so that your humble author can provide almost anything she wants to write as an in-character production, but that doesn’t mean that they’re always talking about important stuff.” suggests that all the entries are written by specific characters from the stories and histories.

    If this is the case, would it be productive or interesting to attempt to determine which character wrote each entry, or at least some entries? Also, are there enough indicators to authorship that one could do so?

    Finally, are any legends written/told by more than one character?

    Oh, wait, one other thing. Thanks for providing us with all this great writing, oh Hitherby Author. It’s entertaining, and it has an interesting taste in my head.

    *This is, of course, assuming that some or all of the legends are not being written by Alton Brown. I choose to ignore this possibility, because, were it true, then my head would explode.

  2. It’s been my assumption that the legends are ‘directed’ potentially by Martin, and acted out by the crew in the Tower. I’m sort of imagining it like a tv-show about a tv-show now. Sports Night, or something. Sometimes some characters do something, sometimes others.

    What I want to know is, “Is Ink one of the crew on special assignment?” She has goggles!

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