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Authors: Gail Dayton

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01 - The Compass Rose

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The Compass Rose

 

GAIL DAYTON

 

The Compass Rose

 

 

For Robert. Thanks for all the brainstorming help
and for paying attention when I told you
how much fun fantasy was. I’m glad you’re my kid.

And for Lindi. Keep at it. Dreams do come true.

CONTENTS

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

GLOSSARY

CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER TWO

CHAPTER THREE

CHAPTER FOUR

CHAPTER FIVE

CHAPTER SIX

CHAPTER SEVEN

CHAPTER EIGHT

CHAPTER NINE

CHAPTER TEN

CHAPTER ELEVEN

CHAPTER TWELVE

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

CHAPTER NINETEEN

CHAPTER TWENTY

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

CHAPTER THIRTY

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

Kallista Varyl-
captain in the Adaran army, naitan of the North, lightning thrower

 

Torchay Omvir-
Adaran sergeant, Kallista’s bodyguard

 

Stone, Warrior vo’Tsekrish-
Tibran warrior

 

Fox, Warrior vo’Tsekrish-
Tibran warrior, fighting partner to Stone

 

Aisse vo’Haav-
Tibran woman

 

Obed im-Shakiri-
Southron trader

 

Joh Suteny-
Adaran guard lieutenant

 

Serysta Reinine-
ruler of Adara, North naitan truthsayer

 

Viyelle Torvyll-
Adaran prinsipella of Shaluine

 

Belandra of Arikon-
the near legendary godstruck naitan who unified the first four prinsipalities to establish Adara, a thousand (or so) years ago

 

Huryl Kovallyk-
Serysta’s high steward

 

Erunde Nonnald-
Steward’s 4
th
undersecretary

 

Irysta Varyl-
Kallista’s birth mother, East naitan healer

 

Karyl & Kami Varyl-
Kallista’s twin sisters by blood

 

Mother Edyne-
Mother Temple prelate in Ukiny

 

Huyis Uskenda-
Adaran general in Ukiny

 

Merinda Kyndir-
Adaran East naitan healer

 

Mother Dardra-
Kallista’s 5
th
mother, Riverside temple prelate and administrator in Turysh

 

Domnia Varyl-
founder of the Varyl bloodline, West naitan and prelate

 

Oughrath, Bureaucrat vo’Haav-
docks and trading official in Haav

 

Beltis-
South naitan firethrower, Adaran trooper under Kallista’s command

 

Hamonn-
Beltis’s bodyguard

 

Adessay-
North naitan earthmover, trooper under Kallista’s command

 

Kadrey-
Adessay’s bodyguard

 

Iranda-
South naitan lightmaker, trooper under Kallista’s command

 

Rynver-
East naitan plantgrower, trooper under Kallista’s command

 

Mora-
South naitan foodspoiler, trooper under Kallista’s command

 

Borril-
Adaran guard sergeant

 

Smynthe-
Tibran female magic hunter

 

Gweric-
Tibran male magic hunter

 

GLOSSARY

 

Adara-
the nation occupying the northern half of the continent south of the Jeroan Sea

 

aila (aili)-
Sir or Madam, a title of respect in Adara

 

Alira River-
tributary of the Taolind, descending from the Shieldback Mountains near Arikon

 

Arikon-
capital of Adara at the edge of the Shieldback Mountains in western Adara

 

Athril River-
center, navigable branch of the two western arms of the Unified River

 

Boren-
town where the Alira becomes unnavigable, where the road to Arikon begins

 

Devil’s Neck-
impassable isthmus connecting Tibran continent to the Adaran

 

Devil’s Tooth Mountains-
the mountains that make the Devil’s Neck impassable, habitable only in the lower southern reaches, above the Empty Lands

 

Djoff-
Tibran port on the western coast, at the mouth of the Athril

 

Dzawa-
Tibran city where the Silixus descends from the central plateau to the coastal plain

 

Empty Lands-
an ancient lava-flow desert on the northern edge of Adara, thought to have been created in the Demon Wars 2000 years ago, habitable if one is careful

 

Filorne-
prinsipality north of Taolind, upriver from Turysh; coat of arms: crossed swords, black and silver

 

Gadrene-
Ukiny’s prinsipality; coat of arms: blue-and-white ship

 

Haav-
main port of Tibre, at the mouth of the Silixus River, easternmost of the rivers coming out of Tsekrish

 

Heldring Gap-
wide valley in west central Adara, famed for the mines on either flank, and the swords made there

 

ilian (iliani)-
four to twelve Adaran adults joined into a family unit, their version of marriage

 

ilias (iliasti)-
spouse (spouses)

 

Kishkim-
port city west of Ukiny, at the mouth of the Tunnassa River, known for its swamps and smugglers

 

Korbin-
northernmost Adaran prinsipality, just south of Devil’s Neck land bridge in the Devil’s Tooth Mountains and the Empty Lands, Torchay’s home prinsipality; coat of arms: red-and-gold stag

 

Mountains of the Wind, Mother Range-
mountain range that marks Adara’s southern border, Mother Range is Southron name; Mountains of the Wind is name used by Adarans

 

naitan (naitani)-
a person with a magical gift

 

Obre River-
westernmost branch of the Unified River, fast and full of rapids

 

Okreti di Vos Mountains-
the name means “Arms of God” in the ancient language; separated from the Devil’s Tooth range by a lava-flow desert and from the Shieldbacks by the Heldring Gap

 

prinsep (prinsipi)-
the ruler (male or female) of one of the once-independent governmental units now joined together to create Adara

 

prinsipality-
the province ruled by a prinsep

 

prinsipella-
the offspring (male or female) of a prinsep

 

Reinine-
the priestess-queen chosen by the collective Adaran prelates and prinsipi to rule Adara; a lifetime appointment, but not hereditary

 

Shaluine-
prinsipality north of Turysh, between Taolind and Tunassa Rivers; coat of arms: gold lion

 

Shieldback Mountains-
a western mountain range separated from the Mother Range by the Taolind and Alira River valleys and from the Okreti di Vos Mountains by the Heldring Gap, where Arikon is located

 

Silixus River-
important transport river in Tibre, easternmost of the three branches of the Unified River, the only one that empties into the Jeroan Sea

 

Taolind River-
Adara’s major river, leading from northern coast at Ukiny southwest deep into the interior

 

Tibre-
the nation made up of most of the continent north of the Jeroan Sea

 

Tsekrish-
capital of Tibre, on the high central plateau where the Unified River breaks into three

 

Tunassa River-
secondary river, north of the Taolind, rarely navigable, empties into Jeroan Sea at Kishkim, runs southwest to northeast

 

Turysh-
Kallista’s hometown, at the confluence of the Taolind and Alira Rivers, also the name of a prinsipality, coat of arms: green tree surmounted by a gold crown

 

Ukiny-
port city on Adara’s northern coast, at the mouth of the Taolind River

 

Unified River-
flows into Tsekrish from northern mountains, once considered sacred

CHAPTER ONE

 

T
he wind off the sea snapped the banners to attention on the city walls. It ripped at the edges of the captain’s tight queue and set the two white ribbons of her rank fluttering from her shoulders. Kallista Varyl tugged her tunic, blue for the direction of her magic, into better order. Yet one more time she wished that if she had to have North magic, she might have been given some more useful type. Directing winds, for instance.

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