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  1. Interlude: Planning the Meet

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    May 2, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Bureaucrat Tolekora was not pacing, because she was far too well-bred to pace, but she was watching a specific spot in the room with all of her attention while, in the back of her mind, she ran through her checklists one on top of another, over and over again. Moving …
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  2. Interlude: The Nature of Aether

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    April 30, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The force which is sometimes called sira and sometimes called aether runs all through the long mountain range down the eastern coast of Reiassan. It can literally be mined out of the ground – and, indeed, the smaller deposits on the west coast, near the first landing sites, are what …
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  3. Interlude: A Letter

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    April 4, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    On preparing for the Treaty Meet Bureaucrat Tolekora, You told us that we would have a Grand Meeting of  people from all over the Nation in five weeks, and we told you what we would need.  We began the preparations with that understanding, that we had five weeks to prepare …
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  4. Interlude: a Bitrani Mother

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    April 2, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You cannot pace all day, and, if you do, you won’t have anything to eat for dinner.” Kalia’s mother had been growing increasingly sharp with Kalia over the last few weeks.  Kalia did her best to ignore it – she was a woman grown and married, the de facto leader …
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  5. Interlude: The Treaty Meet

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    February 14, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Private notes of Diplomat Kagininonon It may have been better for everyone if this treaty had stayed buried.   I do not know what’s going to come of it, but regardless of its actual legality, whether it was ever signed, and why it was hidden for so long – and …
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  6. Interlude: Princess Oltyellalobtello

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    February 12, 2019 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The temple at Edally Academy was beautiful, in an ancient way, the stones still feeling the old dampness of the mountain or cliff they’d been pulled from, the brazier huge and burning away brightly, the plants two trees that stretched up in pots bigger than Oltello’s armspan in width and …
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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. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Prelude: Tesdes

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    July 14, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Tesdes was doing his best to be invisible, which, he was finding, was harder than it had been before. He had done a very good job of hiding in Kekla and Riensin’s rather bright shadows up until now.  But now, now it was getting trickier. He found himself in the …
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  14. Prelude: Riensin

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    July 12, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “And then what happened?” Kietsap was – well, not exactly jealous, more like irritated. Riensin knew why, although he didn’t know if his twin understood it.   “Well, then we talked to The Emperor’s Voice and Eyes, Elalekorra, and then Lirnilalie walked in.  It turns out she’s a Princess. Or …
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  15. Prelude: Kekdela

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    June 30, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Do you remember?”  She had quizzed Riensin until he refused to talk to her. She had pestered Tesdes until he had picked up a charcoal and a slip of paper and drawn his memory ot the Voice of the Emperor, which, it seemed, was seven lines and a raised eyebrow. …
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  16. Prelude: Saydrie

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    June 28, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie went to pray. This was not unusual, of course; he was in a strange place, surrounded by strangers, and strange things kept happening to him.  It said in all three of the books of the Three that one should seek solace in one’s knowledge of the Three when one …
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  17. Holiday Story: Tienaabaa’s Festival

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    December 30, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Happy Tienaabaa’s festival to all!  May it find you motivated to creativity and to thought.  If you are wondering, Bitrani and Calenyena spell Tienaabaa’s name differently (Tienebrah); the Bitrani pronounce that initial T-i-e-n as tee-en while the Calenyena say “Tie”. ❄️ It was nearly time for the festival, and the snow had already …
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  18. On Calenyena Naming Practices

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    March 2, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Calenyen names fall into three general categories: Names that have meaning in Calenyen, or in an old variant of Calenyen: a name that means Grace when jumping or the sun over the river. Names that have meaning in another language – Bitrani or Tabersi or the Arran tongue, for example, …
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  19. IetTienaabaa (Tienaabaa’s Day), a holiday special

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    December 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    This is a somewhat contemplative piece, set early in the time of human habitation on Reiassan.  The snow had stopped falling for the first time in two weeks. Pieparra had spent a hard half-hour shoveling out a clear space in front of the house and the goats were frolicking out there …
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  20. Interlude: Goats

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    November 25, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The goats in Reiassan come in at least as many types as goats do in ours, with a wider range of sizes and a higher top end in height and girth.  A riding goat can be any of several different breeds, selected for strength or dexterity, coloration or horn shape or disposition.  …
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