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  1. Interlude – Meals at Edally Academy

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    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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  2. Interlude – Scents of Home

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    December 17, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Gaikvya, you have to eat something.” Her teammate, Kelmoor, prodded her gently with a finger. “I know that you don’t like it  but you have barely eaten all day, or yesterday.” Gaikvya wrinkled her nose. “I know that I must eat the food to continue to do well.” She didn’t …
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  3. Interlude: Some Things Fly and Others Float

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    October 29, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hey, Zhadrie.” Pozhvetradov leaned in through the doorway of their room, beaded braids bouncing against his chest. “Aren’t you usually off with your friends – your teammates – this time of day?” Saydrie looked up from his homework. “I can clear out if you want the room.” “No, no, you’re …
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  4. Interlude: Maiku Hall

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    October 22, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I wonder why it’s called Maiku Hall1.” Riensin had only known his three-team for a few days but he’d already learned that getting her to talk about things she liked was the easiest way to get Kekdela to pay attention to him, and getting Taztyag to talk at all was useful – …
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  5. Interlude: A Brief History of the Empress Edaledalende Academy of Higher Learning at Ileltedez

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    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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  6. Interlude: From the Stables to the Home

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    September 16, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Late evening.” Korten’s wife greeted him at the door with a warm, damp towel and a smile. “Ah, yes.” He took the towel and started with his face, scrubbing off the accumulated grit of a day in the Academy’s stables. “I have a new set of stable-dwellers  and I wanted …
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  7. Interlude: A New Look at History

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    September 9, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Instructor Pelnyen is feeling under-the-stables.” The woman in the front of the class was short, made shorter-looking by the poof of the skirts she was wearing and the equally poofy jackets, with braids gone steel-and-ice coiled around her head like a hat. “I am Instructor Emeritus Taablessa, and I am …
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  8. Interlude: In the Onadyano Tower Dorms

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie’s roommates were talking when he slipped into their shared dorm room for the first time. He knew it was his room; his name (or an approximation of it in the Calenyen alphabet, “Zhadrie”) was on the door, along with the other two. Taigmyor and Pozhvetradov were, presumably, the two …
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  9. Interlude: The Dormitories

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    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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  10. Very Nearly There (Enerenarie)

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    July 19, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Now, remember, Enrie, you’ve got to get good grades at the Academy, and you can’t goof off the way you did at the provincial schools.” Enerenarie’s mother fussed with Enrie’s braids, the lay of her vest, the way her shirt sleeves sat, and, finally, with the triple poof of her …
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  11. Almost There (Enerenarie)

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    July 17, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You’ll do fine, you know.” Enerenarie’s mother patted her leg gently. “And look, we’re coming out of the pass.” The sides of the pass looked as if they had been cut out of the stone like a slice of cake. “The Pass of Kivvak, right? That was the Treaty of… …
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  12. Almost There (Saydrie)

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    July 16, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “We’re only a day out. You’ll be a student of the Edally Academy soon.” The guard passed Saydrie a jacket – it was in a dark purple, trimmed with red and teal. “Those are the Bitrani versions of your House colors.” It was getting cold already, or at least chillier …
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  13. Almost There (Tairiekie)

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    July 15, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Look, Tai-tai, there’s the Capitol.” Tairieke’s father pointed out the window of their carriage, rather unnecessarily, as the Calenyen capitol rose up out the cliffs on the Lannamer River like it was trying to touch the sky. “You can see the palace from here, see the spires?” Dutifully, Tairiekie leaned …
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  14. Getting in (Kinyozhanya’s)

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    July 14, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The letter was delivered by public courier with the last day of Kinyozhanya’’s secondary schooling. She had been looking for it, dreading it, hoping it. “I got in!” She flapped the letter around as she ran into the back yard, then caught herself, folded the letter. “I was accepted.” “Into …
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  15. Getting Ready (Enerenarie)

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    July 13, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “I have every faith in you, Enerenarie.”  Enrie’s mother smoothed a pair of pants into the loaded satchel.  “You’re going to do us proud; you’re going to do your family proud.” “Of course I am.”  Enrie picked up the last pair of boots and slotted them into their accustomed place …
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  16. Getting Ready (Saydrie)

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    July 12, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “It’s almost time. Do you have everything?” The soldier was looming in the doorway to Saydrie’s parents’ house. “Remember, the winters are much colder in the North. You’ll need warm clothes, mittens, boots.” “He has everything.” Saydrie’s mother stood watch over his valise and his trunk as if the soldier …
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  17. Getting Ready (Tairiekie)

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    July 11, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Do you have everything packed?” Tairiekie’s mother dropped a handful of dresses on top of Tairiekie’s luggage. “I thought you might want something for a formal event; they had a few of those when I was in school.” “Thank you.” She folded the dresses carefully into her luggage. It was …
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  18. Pre-story: Tairiekie a year earlier

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    July 9, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    This story is set in  the cold-season before school begins for Tairiekie. “Tai-tai, hurry up.” It wasn’t so much that Tairiekie’s father was rushing her as that he’d called three times in the last half an hour, and that he kept using her baby-name. She was at least a little past …
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  19. Character Profile: Saydrie

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    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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  20. Character Profile: Tairiekie

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    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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