Characterson August 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm
WARNING: “Spoilers” really are contained in these images and character descriptions. Please scroll responsibly.
CONIA (SHO-nya) is Avvu’s mother. She has never quite fit into typical Pærth society. A rebel and a passionate friend to all, she especially has a fondness for animals. Sonia’s bravery allows three very important eggs to enter the world safely.
Aop (AY-ohp) is Avvu’s lore guardian – not Avvu’s “Mama” (Mom) or “Gaga” (Dad) but a convention on Kaian (known intuitively by babies) as “Lala”. (See WORLD for more on gender distinctive words and pronouns). Aop was born on a distant island in the West of Ondo, where ze escaped torture and slavery through partially real and partially well-acted spiritual practice. It is through the Church that Aop found zer way to Pærth and fell in love with the unconventional couple of Sonia and Ilon.
ILAN (EE-lahn) is Avvu’s male guardian. He is proud of climbing out of the gutter and rising up in city society to management and ownership of a popular bar, but urbanity can be too much for someone as “in tune” to nature as Ilon.
AVVU (AH-voo) is the champion love of the story. (see: WORLD for an explanation of the sexes male, female and lale on Kaian) Bright and wary of authority, ze has little trouble finding trouble. Being intuitive in spiritual matters helps zem get out of some messes, but others – such as zer ambition to re-balance the planet – may require a spirit of adventure (and magnanimity).
TDUS (th-DZOO-ss) is difficult to pronounce in any translation. Feel free to call him Doose or Zeus. Since he is the favorite of Tyz, it doesn’t matter much what you call him as you obey his every order.
FIonNa (fee-OH-nah) exists on the periphery of Avvu’s experiences in Stragaia, and apparently has some connection to the continent. But the animal people do not normally come this far West, do they?
Aderik (EH-der-eek) is Becky’s former man, whose extreme nature found a new home in Ninam. There is more to say about the Wildlanders, but it is too much for first-time readers. (read: spoilers)
Duca (DZOO-shah) is Becky’s former lore with Aderik. Dzusha intrigued Aderik with zer stories of Ninam’s fate, and ultimately convinced him (quite on accident) to move their partnership there.
SÔri (SEE-ih-ree) is a feminine lore partner of Aderik and Dzusha. Ze is a combat paramedic, and a sweet – if simple – follower of the couple’s dreams.
Vul (VOO-l) are a race of Jeenare who find themselves on their own ice continent, East of trouble. Isolationist, and warlike enough to keep it that way, the Vuul have been uninvolved in the last major wars of Kaian, but that is about to change.
Li (LEE) may be a Wildlander.
Majo (MAH-joe) may also be a Wildlander. Obviously, I’m not telling here.
IkyS (EE-kuhs) is an enigmatic but charming Robin Hood figure of North Ninam. As one of the rarer Ægridzhi (Animal Cousins) who socialize with Jeenare, Eekas is popularly loved despite his clear stance against them.
U fezigon (oo-FEHZ-ih-gahn) is Kira’s die-hard assistant and partner. She doesn’t say much that Avvu can understand. But everyone understands the language of her guns.
Sanekx (SHAW-nekts) is a highly trusted triple-agent of Georgia’s spy network.
ZUZANNY (zoo-ZAH-nuh) is Shanex’s girlfriend from Dzhuula. Although the lovers are in search of a third female partner, few can stand up to the couple’s unique passion and disjointed communication.
E mened (EHM-neh-nahd) is Georgia’s left hand commander. Malicious when need-be, she is the perfect embodiment of Georgia’s power – keeping the queen’s image untarnished and yet invulnerable.
Jila (JIH-lah) is Georgia’s right hand commander. Perfectly effective at oblivious cruelty, Jilla is used for tasks involving the Queendom’s need for acquisitions outside the scope of the royal guard.