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  East

Avvu’s Family

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.
UORJ (WOHR-j) is the firstborn of the family. Worj is punctual, self-disciplining and skeptical of wastes of time. She has an incredibly intimidating brain that startles her parents and worries her siblings. It’s all in good humor, of course, that others just don’t understand. Deep down, Worj is a compassionate soul who wishes to craft a world of liberty and justice. She won’t let her childhood get in the way of it.
TUFK (TOO-sfk) is Worj’s baby brother (by a few days). He is a little obsessive compulsive, and a whole lot of orderly. Tuusk imagines disaster frequently, and feels a cosmic draw to the security industry that his voler Aop resents. Perhaps it’s just a phase, but perhaps it’s his destiny to help Pærth society integrate incredible new forces of technology. Perhaps I’ve already said too much.
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).

Family Friends

Bekka (BEH-ka) is Chama’s mother. She is the only guardian to stay with Chama, but even so she finds plenty of time for leisure. Hailing from Dolphin Island, she is as frivolous and as happy as one without stable partners can be – that is to say, the epitome of gregarious bachelorette living. Perhaps she is not as caught up in “world affairs” as her best friend Sonia, but those things only seem to take time away from water sports.
CAMY (CHAH-muh) is the son of Sonia’s best friend Becka. Being older than the disinterested Worj and Tuusk, Avvu was the only one to return his questions and dream with him. Mostly, Chama spends time tinkering with obsolete technology (he calls “cute”) but a secret identity (his alter-ego Drake) knows better what to do with such power, when the time comes.
Qik (KWEEk) is a Shuvar from the sentient squid culture of the same name. She has been curious about Avvu since she watched zem hatch into a baby. A little sarcastic and domineering with others, she still knows her place as potential stew for the more brutal Jeenare, and knows when to stop her curiosity about the dominant species from getting the best of her.
KRYM (KRUH-m) is an almost unbearable Tulrat, if you happen to like politeness, pleasantness or kindness. Bigoted and cynical, Krumb seems to find equal pleasure in following Avvu around with incessant quips, and annoying Queek because of them. The little duo seem to be drawn to one another like magnets of opposite polarity, but lonely Avvu has learned to tune out the irritating details and hear the squabble as reassuring companionship.

Mændægæ

(PER-see) is the cool and collected chair of a Storykeeping council on the sacred Mændægæ continent – one that is in constant tension with the rest of the Eastern hemisphere. He seems not to particularly excel at his position, but he doesn’t ruin its good name either, and intuits on a deeper level that this might not be the time for reckless noise.
(JOOK-tay-ROH-n) is a strong-minded friend who believes ze knows what unorthodox, even offensive, experiences are best for Avvu’s visit to Mændæ Mountain. An average protective parent, unconcerned with fate’s twisted ride, would probably disagree with fisticuffs.
(LEE-sah) is the wife of Percy’s lovey (like a lale “wifey” or “hubby”). The three of them deal with Lisa as one might with a severe handicap. It just so happens this handicap is more like a superpowered connection to natural order that must be kept in check. Percy acts as though too much connection with outsiders to Lisa, or their unnamed lale partner, would cause a storm to destroy them. All signs point to this actually being the case, which may partially explain their role in the legend of Lor’Avvu.
(PAH-lee) is Jukteron’s male friend, who – while honoring their culture’s requirement of a lale intermediary – seems impatient for Jukteron to find one so they can hurry up and marry a woman. He means well, regardless of his ignorance of Juke’s “big picture”.

Others

TeryzÕx (tehr-AYE-zee-oosh) also known as TAIZ (t-AYE-z) in Ataga, is the infamous President of Pærth City. The populace is just relieved that Tyz is no longer a mayor, and his power is more in check by the representative parliament. Yet there is something unsettling about how comfortable he appears in his new supposedly “subdued” role. Taryzius is a fine leader of men, but not other forms of Jeenare … or life.
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.
LYND Doctor Lund (LUH-ndz) evades description, for being a somewhat conventional resident of Pærth City. As a woman in a male-dominated government, her position is rapidly approaching closure, but she’ll ride the wave happily, with a kind of manic optimism. She also knows much more than she lets on. Or at least, she lets on that she does. Confusing, I know. Evasive, this one!
Bun (b-OO-n, formerly mv-OO-n) is skeptical of the men’s army life and longs to see his hedonistic side fulfilled before dying of national pride. Which is probably why he got himself relieved of duty for too many consecutive streaking sessions down the jumpship tarmac. Or maybe it was the morose pleasure he got from his punishment. Boon may privately note Kaian’s fruition of prophecy, but he’s a little more preoccupied with women. And the punishments they might offer in Ondo’s slave fatums (like harems for males).
Stalkers move in ostensibly loose gangs of Jeenare living on the periphery of society, plucking lives from the forest with no malice or, seemingly, forethought. But if it’s a hunt, why do the Stalkers seem to survive on particularly political meat? Rumors indicate a relationship to the anarchist animal people of North Ninam, but beyond that, conventional knowledge merely says: stay away from dark places at night. Especially the woods. Especially if your name is published.

  North

Deathlanders (Stragaia)

ANaKa (AH-nah-kah) is the grumbling leader of the lore society of Stragaia, and the spiritual leader of the World Temple. Ze takes most everything with a grain of salt, a resignment and a lot of wise-isms to keep up the local chatter. Anaka is more than good for morale, but is traditional in ways ze sometimes cannot see in zemself.
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?

Wildlanders (Ninam)

MORGEN (MOHR-gehn) is as enthusiastic and penetrating as Anaka is cryptic. With an almost offensive zeal for life, Morgan is young to be the see of the Global Church, but unfortunately nobody else could do it better while containing the myriad incendiary opinions of Ninam continent.
   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.

Others

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.
   E brad &    E hdby (EH-brad dray EHD-buh) are inseparable elephant siblings (not twins!) sometimes called “Bredd-Bredd” by friends. They are constantly discussing the pitfalls and merits of everything in sight whether or not anyone is paying attention. They are avid loyalists of Eekas, if just because they keep finding themselves busier around him. Abrad claims it’s because it’s the most efficient option, while Edba believes it’s the most compassionate.

  West

Ondokehe (Ondo)

JÒrjÓ (JYOH-rrr-jya) is the leader of the women and sole ruler of the Queendom. Her rule is mighty and fierce, but she commands respect from her subjects with laws dutiful to egalitarianism and equality (as long as you are a woman). Georgia is also the highest intellectual and personally pursues a spirituality that can evolve collectively with the studies of her subjects. Compounded meanings intended.
Kira (KEE-rah) is an honor warrior from Ondo who feels slighted by the Queendom, but is nevertheless striving to achieve dominance in the dying field of melee combat. Ufezigon is her sidearm. Kira is a serious individual who takes an interest in Avvu for her own personal reasons that have nothing at all to do with an inherent need to throw herself directly into the most dangerous situations available.
   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.
RËnaf (rrr-WEEN-ah-fh) would be pleased with the alliteration of her name. As a lale who identifies as a female, her struggle to communicate her unique sense of self has given her a love of challenging others and giving them ideas to chew on. She is the pioneer of a school theorizing that links between the Ondoko and Lore languages may bring a new era of communication between the warring East and West. But the truths Avvu and the professor discover together could rock Kaian entirely … and cost more than some are willing to spend.

Others

Vidvad (VIH-d-VAH-d) is one of Eekas’ “top level” activists – with a perfect public record of innocence and goodness. Of course, ze also has the most intricate network of loopholes, traps and relationships stored in zer anarchist mind, but ze prefers to garden and nap than go totally “underground”.
Niko (NEE-koe) doesn’t fuck around. As a fellow anarchist, he helps to keep Vidvod – and everyone – serious. Even when people are laughing at him for doing so, they leave effected and drained of their frivolity. Niko merely prides himself on being effective.
Silvii (SILL-vee) is a butch woman doing her best to force her integration with the Animal Cousins. Unfortunately, she has some anger issues yet to deal with. Fortunately, the anarchists help her use these issues constructively. Giving and warm at heart, she feels hurt and rejected by the Jeenare and the Ægridzhi alike, and ultimately imagines redemptive action as her fate. Her animal state is a wolf.
Larc (LARCH) is an Ægridzhi friend of Silvy’s. Though he claims to be a “male lesbian”, he shows no outward signs of sexuality, outside of a sort of flirtation with everyone in the room. His natural form being a large cat, it might just be the nature of the beast.
The Iyoiith (ee-AYE-oh-eeth) give the forbidden waters of the Trurp Sea their terrible reputation. With incredible technology beyond anything Kaian has seen before, the Iyoiith came with no warning and no explanation. Separating not just the West from the East, but themselves from all of Kaian, their moves are as frustratingly oblique as their body suits. The powerful queendoms and kingdoms know too little about them, so – like flying saucers and other blatant mysteries – they are left the largest elephant in the room to try to ignore. (Most Jeenare surprisingly do so just fine.)