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Character Profile: Julia Delvichi

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Image of Julia Delvichi made using Azalea's Doll Maker App.  You can find their website at   https://azaleasdolls.com/ Name: Julia Leonarda Delvichi (later Halloran and Cesario) Origin: Varathusian (descended from Carpathians) Appearance: Tall slim build.   Dark eyes and long dark hair.   Light brown skin.   She knows how to make the best of her appearance and cultivates an air of understated elegance. Personality: Mostly cheerful and optimistic, with a strong sense of practicality and realism.   Can sometimes be cynical, due to having lived on the streets. Family: Parents abandoned her when she was little.   She was brought up by her uncle Leonardo.   After his passing, she learned to fend for herself.   Later she married Ari Halloran and had a daughter, Caaryta, and a son, Marco. Abilities: Street skills and pleasure arts learned due to necessity.   Drawing and fashion design learned due to personal interest.   Good judge of character from her time working in a drug d

Fifth Author Interview

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    This interview was conducted by Robb Wallace (no relation!)  You can find the actual interview on his website at Robb Wallace About (Who, why, when, where, what) Tell us something about your books, including your genre and your characters and/or themes. I write epic and urban fantasy in contemporary settings, often blended with elements of other genres, such as sci-fi, courtroom and prison dramas, detective mysteries, espionage thrillers, gangster sagas and multi-generational family tales. Although I write fantasy, many of the themes are related to the real world.   I include issues such as bribery and corruption, manipulation of the news media, political rivalries and power-plays, poverty, racism, substance abuse and slavery. My books are all set in a fictional universe known as the Fenian Galaxy.   I’ve spent over 30 years building this universe and each novel I write brings something new to it. While my books are presented in series, each one can be read as a

Iraevesh - Goddess of Justice

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    Image of the Goddess Iraevesh made using Pastelkatto games.  You can find their website at  Pastelkatto Games In the modern era, Iraevesh, Goddess of Justice, is worshipped by the Carpathian population of the planet Varathusia.  However, worship of her pre-dates the formation of the Carpathian Movement.  The original Varahs held her in high regard and worshipped her alongside Varagord, God of Wisdom. Iraevesh is often depicted in paintings and statues as a winged woman.  There are variants on the theme, including a reptilian version of her.  All iconic representations contain the same two artefacts — the Book of Truth and the Blade of Justice.  Most often the figure of the Goddess is shown carrying them, but in some instances, they may be woven into her clothing or tattooed on her skin. In bygone eras, the guilt or innocence of a person charged of a crime was determined by having them place their hand inside a jar and select a stone.  The jar would be empty until the person placed

Meherq

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The Meherq is more than a mere building.  It represents the essence of the Carpathian Way and serves as a meeting place for the Ten Leading Families to debate issues and decide on points of law.  It is used as both a courtroom and a parliamentary assembly. The main meeting hall is built in a circle.  The word Meherq is derived from an ancient term meaning ring or circle.  The floor of the hall is split into ten sectors, one for each of the Leading Families. There are prescribed protocols for the various debates and hearings which take place in the Meherq.  These include criminal trials, policy decisions and votes on which families get promoted and which families get demoted. All meetings are recorded for posterity and entered in the Meherq's archives as well as the relevant archives for the families whose business is discussed there.

Character Profile: Remyn Saavut

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  Image of Remyn Saaavut made using Azalea's Doll Maker App.  You can find their website at   https://azaleasdolls.com/ Name: Remyn Saavut Origin: Malvanian Appearance: Tall, more muscular than the average Malvanian.   Pale skin, long dark hair usually worn in braids.   When teaching his students, he wears traditional black robes, but for his wild nights out, he prefers to dress in women’s clothing. Personality: Intense, can be overly formal and serious at times, although he has a rebellious streak.   Quietly assertive.   Loyal and loving. Family: Little is known about them.   He fell out with his parents during a rebellious stage in his early teens.   They disapprove of his homosexual nature.   He is married to Nye Halloran and they have an adopted daughter, Yadzah. Strengths: Skilled healer, very knowledgeable and resourceful.   Usually polite and diplomatic, but can be brutally honest at times.   Expert in crystal theory, telepathy and martial arts. Weaknesses: Can

Character Profile: Nyraldin Halloran

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  Image of Nyraldin Halloran made using Azalea's Doll Maker App.  You can find their website at   https://azaleasdolls.com/ Name: Nyraldin Halloran (prefers to be called Nye or Uncle Nye) Origin: Virian Appearance: Tall, muscular build, pale skin, intense green eyes, long red hair usually worn in braids and long red snakelocked beard.   Eccentric dresser, often wearing mismatched clothing in bright, clashing colours, rather than the traditional black robes worn by most sorcerers. Personality: Friendly, cheerful, approachable.   Lively sense of humour.   Prefers to be a friend to his students as well as a teacher and mentor. Family: Mother, Justeen Halloran, is a priestess of Scherza, Goddess of Wisdom.   Father Josiah Halloran, died when Nye was only a child.   Nye has a twin brother, Aravind, who is a Carpathian Spy Master.   Nye is married to Remyn Saavut and they have an adopted daughter, Yadzah, who is apprenticed to the desert shaman, Erroll Ohrivaal. Strengths: Pa

Character Profile: Aravind Halloran

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  Image of Aravind Halloran made using Azalea's Doll Maker App.  You can find their website at   https://azaleasdolls.com/ Name: Aravind Halloran (prefers to be called Ari or Uncle Ari) Origin: Virian Appearance: Tall, muscular build, pale skin, intense reddish-brown eyes, long red hair tied back in a tail for formal occasions and left loose when at leisure.   Wears traditional black sorcerer’s robes or tailored suits while working and casual attire consisting of flannel shirts, jeans and sneakers for leisure. Personality: Friendly, cheerful and helpful. Family: Mother, Justeen Halloran, is a priestess of Scherza, Goddess of Wisdom.   Father Josiah Halloran, died when Ari was only a child.   Ari has a twin brother, Nyraldin, who is a teacher of personal alchemy.   Ari is married to Lady Julia Delvichi and they have a daughter, Caaryta, and a son, Marco. Strengths: Friendliness, loving and caring nature.   Easy to talk to and very approachable.   Skilled at martial arts