Partasah hired Tal because he would resist Zefonith and Alu trying to take control of Tethys.Whatever the plan is that Alu and Zefonith had, Partasah despised it enough to throw Alu through a window and banish them both — and whatever it is seems to be connected to this office specifically. ("It wouldn't have been such a problem if he'd just stayed off Tethys.") No-one seem to give a straight answer to Tal about it ("Zefonith's out of date, Alu's out of touch, and Gilou has no experience"; "Humans think some things are important enough to die for. So do Aquaans. Leave it at that."), but as governor Tal has two traits to an unusual degree that Partasah may have recognized as early as his job application:
- He is dutiful — given a body of rules and a set of responsibilities, he will adhere to the former while executing the latter.
- He is a good person — honest, caring, and brave enough to defy the system to protect people.
Aquaans are related to, or are Yogzarthu.
- They don't remember their past - they might have been an unusually cooperative and peaceful offshoot of the Yogzarthu. Or maybe they shared a common ancestor in their past and evolved in completely different directions.