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  1. Chapter 22

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    December 4, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    We must always remember to be better than bears ~ Saydrie’s dreams were full of phantoms – his family being sent to the four coasts, his mother living up in the iciest parts of the north, being separated from his friends by a thick wall of bars and sometimes by …
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  2. Chapter 21

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    November 27, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    You Find Your Family in Your Tent House Monitor Libkazaari had not been all that interested in punishing any of them, and had made sure they reached their next class in plenty of time.  Discussions of the Bitrani possible-rebellion during their classes and some whispers of trouble in the upper …
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  3. Chapter 20

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    November 8, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    To be an enemy, you must be an actual threat  ~ “I still think that you have absolutely no sense of self-preservation.” Riensin had been going on about the same thing since left the princess behind. “Do you think I could paint her?  Do you think she’d say yes if …
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  4. Chapter 19

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    November 6, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Think of Your Own Goat, Your Own Tent, Your Own Soul First “It doesn’t make sense,” Taikie complained.  “Although everything connected to Humanic Aether seems like a bunch of – of philosophy – to me.” Saydrie winced.  She was going to offend the Princess.  They didn’t want that, couldn’t afford …
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  5. Chapter 18

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    November 1, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bow Today, Bow Tomorrow, But Always Stand Straight in the End “Thank you, your Highness.”  Saydrie stood and bowed at the same time and somehow managed not to topple over.  The Calenyena had far too much bowing in their lives. “Saydrie!” He shifted, caught himself, and straightened up, barely managing …
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  6. Chapter 17

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    October 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    What Everyone Knows is most often not true “I know that you have dinner soon, but perhaps you could spare  me a few moments? There is a table right over here,” she gestured. “And I promise you that I will make sure you’re still to dinner on time.” Saydrie swallowed. …
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  7. Interlude: Backstage

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    October 25, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The thing about Her Ladyship was that she was immensely, ridiculously convincing – when you were listening to her.  When you were looking at her, talking to her, more importantly, hearing her, everything she said made perfect sense. It was just when you stopped listening, when you went home and …
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  8. Interlude: Trouble Rising?

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    October 23, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    A contemporary newspaper article re. Bithrain relations The spectre of Bitrani rebellion has always hung over the Empire of Calenta, ever since the first days of our nation.  And yet, in the centuries since the peace accord was finally signed, we as a nation, we as Calenyena, have become complacent. …
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  9. Chapter 16

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    October 18, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    What Causes Bad Aether? ~ They each had a list.  Saydrie thought it was a little strange, but it had made both fo his teammates happy, so he had written it off as a Calenyena trait and taken his third of the list. The questions were: Why do the Bitrani …
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  10. Chapter 15

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    October 16, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There is nothing in blood except everything ~ They met in their little hide-out after dinner.  Enrie had vanished into the library for several hours; Taikie had vanished and he didn’t know where to.  Saydrie, trying to hide from everyone who seemed to want to follow him around, had run …
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  11. Chapter 14

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    October 11, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Care not what your enemies think of you, Only what they do to you ~ Saydrie slipped into class just as Instructor was about to close the door.  He got seated between Taikie and Enrie with barely a heartbeat to spare, Instructor Tiemaktamiek glaring at him the whole time. “Class. …
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  12. Chapter 13

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    October 4, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Nothing Stinks as bad as Betrayal ~ Saydrie had been having nightmares since Taikie showed him the newspaper.  The discussion with Falvia – and three with other Cevati Bitrani that he hadn’t sought ought but had ended up being corned by anyway – were doing nothing to alleviate his fears …
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  13. Chapter 12

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    October 2, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Are We Bitrani? ~ The paper – the Ilelteddez Whispers – thought there was a serious chance of a Bitrani uprising in the far south.  Saydrie read the paper three times during class – he was better at being sneaky than Taikie was, at least – and another two times …
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  14. Chapter 11

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    September 27, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Good News and Bad News Look the same from a distance ~ The day was already strange enough.  Saydrie would have been content if he got through the rest of it with, perhaps, one Cevati Bitrani complaining about his lack of faith and one Calenyena student muttering about “dirty Byitties.” …
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  15. Chapter 10

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    September 20, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    A Friend and an Enemy can wear the same coat ~ The hall was clear; he was almost there.  Saydrie breathed a sigh of relief. He had made it.  It had taken some weird turns, and he was going to have to start running sprints to get in shape for …
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  16. Chapter 9

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    September 18, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “If you can’t find my office, you don’t deserve answers.” Saydrie had been taking a new route to class every day. He kept catching glances of the woman who had been following him, always just on the edge of his sight, heading towards him.  And so he continued to find …
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  17. Interlude 4

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    August 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    On Sira From approx. 100 years after the separation (i.e., when the proto-Bitrani & proto-Calenyena were stranded on Reiassan by an abrupt weather-pattern change) It is both quite understandable and somewhat lamentable that our ancestors, those who first came to this land (as it is said in the oldest writings, …
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  18. Interlude 3

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    August 28, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Instructor Dainanan knew that she was more than able to hide in plain sight.  She had never been the most notable of students in her own school days, and now that she was an instructor, she found that students very often simply ignored her.  Basic Textiles, she supposed, was a …
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  19. Interlude 2

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    August 16, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Editor’s note: This interlude was originally intended to post between Chapters 4 and 5. Formation of the Bitrani Enclaves It will be allowed for up to 22% of the Bitrani population (that number to be determined by those identified as Bitrani on the census) to live in what will hereafter …
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  20. Interlude 1

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    August 14, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Editor’s note: This interlude was originally intended to post between Chapters 4 and 5. Maireana stood to the back of the group of Cevati Bitrani, watching, wishing she knew what to say. It wasn’t as if Piadro and Falivia didn’t have a valid point.  The longer Saydrie spent with the …
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