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  1. Interlude: The Nature of Aether


    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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  2. Interlude: A Letter


    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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  3. Interlude: The Treaty Meet


    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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  4. On Calenyena Naming Practices


    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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  5. Interlude: Goats


    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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  6. Interlude: News and Novels in Reiassan


    October 5, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    There are several newspapers in circulation throughout Reiassan. The most well-known and widely-circulated, the Empire’s Paper, comes out of Lannamer, from the Emperor’s own press, and covers primarily nation-wide events.  It is printed weekly and delivered to all corners of the land. Most everyday people, however, get their news from the local …
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  7. Interlude: Careers After Edally


    October 2, 2015 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Edally Academy and the other six schools of its sort were built for many purposes, not the least of which was to promulgate a consistent narrative about Calenta and its culture throughout the entire continent. The schools’ more commonly spoken-of goal, however, is to train up professionals in many fields. The …
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  8. Interlude – Meals at Edally Academy


    December 24, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Reiassan, as a continent, is grain-poor; this colors any number of things about the nation, but especially its diet. Most of the continent is ridged with glacial valleys and mountain crests, the valleys usually so rock-heavy that “moving rocks” is synonymous with “useless activity.” The South – the land that …
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  9. Interlude: A Brief History of the Empress Edaledalende Academy of Higher Learning at Ileltedez


    October 15, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The Edally Academy was built in one of the so-called Empirates of Peace. The Emperor Elareltiendol was a scholarly, thoughtful man, allowed to be so in part because his grandmother, the previous Empress, had thoroughly devastated all of their enemies. The nation would have decades to rest while those foes …
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  10. Interlude: The Dormitories


    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Each student in the Edally Academy is housed in a dormitory room with other members of their House and their year. In the time of Tairiekie and her friends, those dormitories are the Nine Towers. The Nine Towers of the Academy surround the central courtyard where once, a thousand years …
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  11. Character Profile: Saydrie


    July 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie – (SAY-dree) 15 years old Male Appearance: Saydrie is a blonde, as the far South people still tend to be – his hair is sandy blonde, his eyes are blue, and his skin is tanned, but still paler than either of the other two. He’s build tall and broad, …
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  12. Character Profile: Tairiekie


    July 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Appearance: Tairiekie has long black hair which she wears, generally, in a relatively simple double-plait. Her skin is a warm olive color, close to this. Her eyes are so dark a brown as to appear black. She has a short nose with a bit of an upturn, a very pointed chin, …
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