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Main Characters

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Enel
Apen Shephard
Velvare Bamidele
Claims he’s an orphan. Had a fancy book. Cries like a girl. Was adopted by Marcus Lanum. Is rumored to be Velvare’s illegitimate son. Often goes to the capitol and hangs out with Avidan by Velvare’s bidding. Saved Velvare’s life in the incident when he got the scar on his neck. Has a crush on Chara Alvarado. Is annoying like a happy puppy all the time.
[EN-ell] Means ‘Three’.
Has a spiffy telescope and an angsty hairdo. Attacks redheads at random. Doesn’t like libraries. Isn’t allowed in the capital. Is the son of Joshua Shephard, and sometimes goes by the name Josh Alfero. Was found near the Deadlands by the Alvarados, and was adopted into their family. Has a dog named Melly who usually follows him everywhere but sometimes runs away into the capital and gets him in trouble.
[AY-pen] or [UH-pen] Means ‘free’ or ‘open’.
Acts as a sort of steward of Gallitan. Adopted Avidan, the prince of Gallitan. Always wears a mask. When Enel was seven, Velvare found him and arranged for him to be Avidan’s playmate. Velvare’s hair turned white in the same incident when he got the scar in his neck.[VELL-vare] Basically means to be veiled or covered up.
[bam-A-DEAL] Means ‘follow me home’
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Berlyne Alvarado
Melete Dolan
Bhatair Hollingsworth
A ranch girl who likes carving. She is very practical and finds Enel and Chara to be obnoxiously annoying. She is bitter ever since Apen tried to jump off the bridge at the capitol. Friend to Apen. Sister to Chara. Daughter of Joe.
[ber-LIN] Said just like the capitol of Germany, and doesn’t mean anything.
Goes by the name ‘Blue’ or ‘Blue Dolan’ to everyone but Bhatair. Melete is one of the original Nedarians. She ran away from her husband, Syllor. Her hatred for him was so severe that she cursed herself. She would live forever to prevent any chance of meeting him again in the afterlife. Ancestor of Apen and the Shephards. Calls Bhaitar ‘Bay’. AKA, Young Velvare. Is the king of a country in Levant called Bellingrath. Always tries to pose as a threat to Joshua Shephard, attempting to prove that Bellingrath is no longer weak. Is constantly afraid Cedulan will try to conquer Bellingrath. Has a son he brags to Joshua about. Is married to the lovely Gudrun.
[BAY-tar] Variant of ‘Walter’, means ‘ruler of the army’

 

Minor Characters

 

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Marcus Lanum
Idony St. Claire
Noah St. Claire
Chara Alvarado
Is an unsocialized hermit hipster librarian. Thinks kids are the worst invention ever. Can’t focus on what he reads unless he reads aloud, and has gained a fanclub of kids at the library because they like to listen to him. Lent Enel Velvare’s the fancy book. Has a mustache. Adopted Enel. Hates Apen above all others.
[LAN-um] Means ‘long’.
Is blind. Is the daughter of the headmistress of Enel’s orphanage, Mrs. St. Claire, the sister of Noah St. Claire, and the cousin of Avidan Leto. She takes after her mother with her love of children. She brings the orphans on regular field trips to the library so they can hear Marcus read. She has a crush on Marcus because of his awesome voice, but can’t stand his dislike for children, which is a deal-breaker for their relationship.
[eye-DONE-ee] Means ‘to love again’.
Is like a military surgeon/messenger/kinda spy. He wanted to be a doctor, but it didn’t work out. He is both Velvare’s and Avidan’s right hand man. Noah is like a bigger scarier version of Avidan. He is Avidan’s cousin and the oldest child in the St. Claire family. Can’t stand conflict. Is rather an air head. Joe’s daughter, Berlyne’s sister, and Enel’s love interest.
Means ‘happiness, joy’.
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Joe Alvarado
Avidan Leto
Aetius Nimrod
Melly
A rancher dude who lives outside the capital. Found Apen and adopted him. Is the father of Berlyne and Chara. Is divorced, and his ex doesn’t really come into the picture, in case you’re wondering where Berlyne and Chara’s mother is. Both of his parents – the king and queen of Gallitan – died within the week of his birth. He was adopted by Velvare, who is supposed to be raising him to be the next king of Gallitan. Avidan is bitter because everyone likes Enel more than him, and his status as prince of Gallitan is majorly overshadowed by Velvare’s awesome.
[a-vi­-DAN] Means ‘my father is judge’.[LET-oh] Means ‘forgotten’.
Has a fancy axe and knows how to use it for decapitation purposes.
[AY-she-us] Means ‘eagle’ (‘Aetius’ in Italian happens to be ‘Ezio’).[NIM-rahd] Means ‘mighty hunter’.
Melly is Melly.
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April Shephard
Joshua Shephard
Gudrun
Delaney Hollingsworth
Joshua’s youngest daughter. Apen’s favorite sister. Was the only one with her mother Isis when she died and is still haunted by it. Always has a feather in her hair. Is the king of a country in Levant called Cedulan. From oldest to youngest his children are: Aphra, Adara, April, and Apen. Josh tries hard to tolerate Bhatair, but there’s only so much he can take. He raises kid Apen to be better than Bhatair’s son at everything. Was married to Isis, but was she died a year after Apen’s birth. Bhatair’s wife. Bhatair’s beloved daughter. Her favorite thing to do was listening to her father tell stories of his adventures. She also liked to have her own adventures with her brother and a councilor’s son named Alex Sato.

Mini Glossary

 

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The Silver Eye
Nedaria
The Deadlands
Is a telescope made out of gleipnir. Though other objects made from gleipnir exist, the ability to break curses belongs uniquely to The Silver Eye. It was crafted by Nedarians and originally belonged to Melete Dolan. Melete gave The Silver Eye to her daughter as a wedding gift and it has been an heirloom in their family ever since. It was given to the heir to the throne of Cedulan once they were deemed worthy of it. A civilization that existed around eight centuries ago. Nedarians had power that allowed them to create curses and blessings. There is little to no history left of the Nedarians, and the only signs of their existence is a bit of their written language, The Silver Eye, and empty cities and buildings scattered across the continent. The Shephard and Hollingsworth bloodlines are supposedly descended from Nedarians and even though they lack the ability to give curses, sometimes a bit of their ancestors shows through. An area in the center of the continent that separates the East and West. Dragon-like creatures called weavers guard the Deadlands and kill anyone who enters them. They are called weavers because of the way they kill. In the East, they send people out into the Deadlands as a form of execution. It is their highest punishment. Like the Deadlands, the Deadwaters are guarded by weavers. Ships can sail out as far as the continental shelf, but if they go further the weavers will sink them.