Hey everybody!! I have theories 🙂
So, I recently finished A Crystal of Time 3 or 4 days ago (I’ve kind of been in a haze, I don’t exactly remember), and there was ssoooooo much to unpack, I sort of started taking notes. So I’m just going to dump my favorite theory here.
Oh yeah, and SPOILER ALERT (in case you hadn’t already assumed).
The two main antagonists of Book 5 are Rhian and Japeth and, as you all probably know, Rhian and Japeth are twin brothers. They care for each other and protect one another, Japeth becoming (basically) Rhian’s general and protector, while Rhian rules over Camelot (and, eventually, the rest of the Woods).
The twins work together to have the happy ending that they both want, balancing their powers so they may reach a point of harmony, a perfect balance between Good and Evil.
Funny thing is, we’ve seen this story line once before. Between the two brothers who ruled over the School for Good and Evil. Remember them? Rhian and Rafal.
Another funny thing is, a boy named Rhian in both of these scenarios acts as the “Good” brother (as partially revealed in the Ever Never Handbook).
Rafal is the name of the Evil brother who aided in ruling over the School for Good and Evil, which, you might say, is not a parallel. “After all, Jamie,” you tell me. “Japeth’s name is not Rafal.”
But I’m going to have to stop you right there, sir or madam.
In Book 5, there is a letter addressed to R. Japeth of Foxwood. Which means, dear reader, that “R” is the first initial of Japeth’s full name. How interesting, that Japeth would go by his middle name.
An additional clue to this is revealed in the theme of ACT, something the characters say over and over: “Past is Present and Present is Past.” Because history is repeating itself constantly through the book. Such as it is probably doing with a certain two brothers we all know (but probably don’t love)?
However, the most telling addition to this theory is the events that occur at the end of Book 5, between the twins. When Rhian reveals that he will most definitely not be bringing Aric back to life, Japeth (or should I say “Rafal”) loses his head and goes after his brother. In a rather confusing turn of affairs, Japeth eventually murders Rhian.
But even further, he murders Rhian over Rhian’s plan on how to wield the pen. Such as what happened very long ago, between the brothers who protected Good and Evil.
That’s right, dear reader. That is what I am saying.
The most likely scenario is that Japeth’s name is Rafal, making him the Evil brother of this story.
While the events that take place after Book 5 might not be in exactly the same order or style as the Tale of Two Brothers long ago, it’s likely that they will be along the same guidelines. This theory will (hopefully) aid in predicting what will happen in the yet-to-be-named Book 6, in case you’re into that sort of stuff.
Thanks for reading, everyone <3
Well, they certainly don’t look like the original Rhian and Rafal…
You’re sure? We never actually saw past Rhian, and Japeth is described as having “milky white skin” (even if the ****** features aren’t the same). Of course, there are a lot of past instances that repeat in Book 5 through people who didn’t look exactly like their past selves so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But Rhian is pale skinned he just has a fake tan (i think)
You might be right! However, I’d honestly be surprised if Rhian’s tan was fake. There’s virtually no reason for it, and he’s been tan since QFG, when he wouldn’t really have access to a tanning salon since he was off “fighting” the Snake. But who knows?
WHOA you might be right!! Otherwise why would Sophie mention Rhian being the Good School Master’s name in QFG?
my first thought when i read the book was that Japeth’s first name was Rhian for some reason and then i realized 2 seconds later that that makes no sense
i’m stupid lol
oh yeah someone commented the same thing before, also because evelyn their mother was close to rafal and stuff. also @jamieparker don’t you think in the front cover of the actual book, rhian look’s very orange? It doesnt look very orange in the picture right over there >>>>> but like I got the paperback and I was surprise that all the character’s faces especially rhian’s was darker and more orangey, and also rhian was described as good looking which he looks decent in this picture >> but in the paperback cover, ehhhh… i dont know if this applies to all the editions like hardcover and stuff, so..
For me, the hardback didn’t seem to look out of the ordinary, but that could be because I just wasn’t looking very closely. It’s very likely that Rhian’s skin is a little off-color, and I simply didn’t notice it. The only thing that I doubt about the theory that Rhian’s tan is fake is that there doesn’t really seem to be a reason for it. Why would Rhian hide his true skin color? Or if he’s regularly pale, and he’s become tan from all of his time in the sun, why would it matter to the plot? Of course, there could be something I’m missing, so I would never want to discredit any of you guys. 🙂
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