So, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating Character Spotlights for the characters in ‘The Elementalists’ for a while now. There’s just so much history and backstory that I want to delve into, but there isn’t really a place for the information (. . . yet) in the books to date. Really, I’m just hella nosy about my characters’ lives 🙂
So, I thought I’d kick the series off with a spotlight on someone you might not expect: General Ena Jinaka.
Ena Jinaka was born into a dairy-farming family in the impoverished County of Huŏ, Haosing. He grew up with only a basic level of public education, but was a feverish reader, spending most of his spare time in the Haosing County library under the watchful eye of the elderly librarian, Mistress Watanabe, who taught him history, geography, mathematics and science. He was born mid-way through the Nuclear Wars in the year 875, and worked on his uncle’s cattle field until its destruction by the hands of the Northern Amarish, when Haosing was caught in an airstrike that decimated the surrounding counties below. Ena and his uncle were lucky to survive; the rest of his family, along with his beloved Mistress Watanabe, did not share their fate.
By the time Ena reached 30, the countries of Tellus were in a dire state. The four Tellun superpowers—Northern Amariland, Caeltanica, the Counties of Huŏ and Slavskanistan—were fast destroying each other, with the smaller powers of Sǝhrazona, The Mist Archipelago and Southern Amariland caught in the cross-fire and struggling to defend themselves. Tellus’s wormhole infrastructure had taken a huge hit, nuclear power was running low, and after so many years of suffering, propaganda was no longer enough to control down-trodden civilians.
Ena wasn’t the first to raise a rebellion against the atrocities, but there was a certain charisma about him that captivated civilians across all the counties of Huŏ. It was shockingly fast how quickly his rebellion took hold, and within a year, he was able to overthrow the crippled Huan government with the overwhelming support of the country and little resistance. It was only too easy to take gain a foothold in the nearby Mist Archipelago, a nation exhausted and eager to embrace Jinaka’s peaceful rhetoric—and gaining the support of the Archipelago gave Ena’s movement full control of the oceans.
It was only a matter of time before the Southern Amarish joined his cause, and this created a gateway into overthrowing the Northern Amarish government. From there, the fall of the final continent became inevitable. The Sǝhrazons welcomed Jinaka with open arms, and Slavskanistan, who’s citizens by now were nearly all living on the brink of starvation, surrendered within the year. The last to fall was Caeltanica, who resisted stubbornly for a full year until their President Crannach was found dead in his home in the capital city Eriligh. Some said it was suicide. Some said assassination. Some cast a suspicious eye on Ena.
But Ena Jinaka made one of his most famous speeches through hologram transmission on the morning of Caeltanican surrender. It was broadcast by Jinaka’s ambassadors throughout the country, and his supporters claim this speech truly highlighted the purity of Ena’s ambitions.
“I was never an important man. A simple farmer from a Huan county nobody had ever heard of. Had we not been in this position, that is exactly where I would have stayed. My name is Ena Jinaka—and I ended the war. People have been dying for too long. We have been killing our lands for too long. Enough. Your resources are starved—your people, starved. Your armies are so weak, all it took was for this simple farmer to rebel. There is no more power, no food, or quality of life . . . Do you even remember what you were fighting for? We fought for lies. We fought for betrayal. Are we not all skin and bone? Sacks of blood and guts? What makes an Amarish better than a Huan? What makes a Caeltanican better than a Slavskani? I have made a better world for us all: FUTURE. A Futurist Utopia. A Utopia of Tellus. And I call it: Singavere.”
Additional fact: Jinaka originally wanted to create the new Tellun capital in his hometown of Haosing, but the impracticalities of using such a small county proved too many. Instead, he chose the poorest county, a large sprawling marshland with over a million refugees, and renamed it ‘Singavere’. ‘Sing’ in reference to his home county. ‘Vere’ in reference to how it would soon grow to be revered around the world.