the story behind the world

Temple Boy

Aurel

Temple boy in the remote Hanging Gardens Monastery in Mantua, Aurel is sheltered from the world both figuratively and literally. Having to come to terms with witches, wizards, and multiple deities is bad enough, but digesting that he’s a god too is more than he can manage. Though if it means he gets to be with Chakide, he might be able to be persuaded a little easier….

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Chakide

Necromancer for the Zamoan tribe though he's originally from a now-extinct tribe deep in Tansia. He's also a shard of the Goddess. He is drawn to Aurel immediately, but it's tricky, wooing someone whose language you don't speak a word of.

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Alys D’Marja Katurna

Martyred head of the Catalian P'dka, Alys isn't exactly sure why she's been brought back, but she's prepared to do what she has always done: protect and honor Catal and do her duty as its chief protector.

But it's difficult to protect a country that lies in ruins, and leading the P'dka without her sister rulers weighs heavily on her heart. Normally she wouldn't give two seconds' time to rough tribal women like the Zamoans, no matter how much she admires them in theory. But they fight bravely, their leader more so than any other. Alys is attracted to many things in women, but bravery in battle is almost irresistible...

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Nara

Once the Zamoans were a mighty nation of many, many tribes; now they are little more than a handful. By rights Nara should be retired and indulgent, not fighting Cloister monks across the desert, but there is no one else to lead, and so lead she shall.

Nara doesn't know what to do with the strange refuges she rescues from the desert, but if they prove to be a threat she won't wonder any longer.

Alys, however, might be a threat of an entirely different kind.

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James Gibbs

Engagement Ring pirate and captain of the Merry Sue, he never bargained for getting wrapped up in a mess with the head of the P'dka, and he sure as hell didn't sign up to cart around a talking severed head. Even if it is a very pretty one.

Captain Gibbs isn't shy about declaring what he wants, and he won't hesitate to run from danger if he has the chance. There'll be no sticking around to be a noble sacrifice, either—he learned long ago that in this world it's every man for himself. He'll be getting out of Rounders Oasis and away from the mad Zamoans the first chance he gets.

He wouldn't mind a taste of sweet Madeline Elliott before he goes, though, and if she wanted to bring her sweetheart along, he wouldn't object to that, either.

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Charles Perry

Charles knows there isn't a more pathetic god in all creation. He ought to know, as the one who created it. All he wants is to find his lost love, Timothy, once more, but he has no idea how to get started. And being beheaded just as he gets his first good idea isn't going to help a damn bit.

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Bassam

A powerful androghenie, Bassam has a deep grudge against his father Charles and serious designs on taking over his job and doing it right. He's even enlisted one of the Goddess shards and resurrected the most powerful assassin ever known to get the job done. Trouble is, if he succeeds, the world isn't going to be much of a place to live in, which is a shame, because every living soul inside it will be trapped in his hell with him, forever.

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Madeline Elliott

Madeline has made her peace with being the only witch in the world cut off from the collective source of magic; of course, she's also the only one whose half brother is a god. She's trying hard to settle in to her new life, but she really doesn't like Catal. She hates the customs, she hates the food, and she hates the clothes. But then she meets the Zamoan warriors and finds out her culture shock is just beginning. And if she doesn't let go of her stifling Etsian morals soon, she might well end up dead.

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Jonathan Perry

Jonathan is Madeline's lover, and he will never betray her. Not again, anyway. This becomes a problem when he's whisked away to help Timothy and Timothy explains that the kind of help to maintain his energy field is very specific and rather...awkward, at least for an Etsian.

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Timothy Fielding/Raturjula Naike

He cannot take corporeal form, but Timothy is still one half of the Goddess, and he will not let his lover go down without a fight. If only the fate of his lover weren't in the hands of an ingenue from a monastery, he might be able to pull this off.

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Emily Elliott

Timothy’s locum on earth, Emily minds the Lady's garden back in Etsey.

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Stephen Perry

Emily’s consort, Stephen stays with Emily, helping her keep track of wayward androghenie.

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