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  1. Chapter 52c – When our Leaders Wore Red & Were Competent

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    December 5, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie rescued her. “…we forget that our Emperors’ ancestors once had to undergo seven tests to be considered worthy to even be in the succession, and that our Governors and Emperor all were once kalōkāt; war-leaders, leaders who had been proven both in battle and in peace.  We forget that …
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  2. Chapter 51b: Strangers and Friends

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    November 25, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie turned to look at Gianci.  Everyone else, she noticed, was doing the same.   He cleared his throat again.  He was looking over their heads, not at them. “Sometimes they tell people they can’t go back to the enclaves.  Banish them.  Some people leave on their own, sure, but …
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  3. Chapter 50b: Turn the Corner

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    November 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    She needed to see what they were facing.  She held on to the wagon very tightly, pressed her body against the frame and spread her feet to give herself a wider, more stable stance.  She leaned out around the body of the wagon carefully, mindful that these people, since they …
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  4. Chapter 47C: On the Road Again

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    October 24, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Their head of school might being blackmailed, but Enrie found herself worrying more about what to pack.  “I don’t have anything,” she complained to her roommates, who were sleepy and not inclined to help.  “I didn’t bring anything…” She was being very vague about where she was going, not because she …
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  5. Chapter 47B:

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    October 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie lifted her chin and met the Head of her Academy’s gaze without flinching.  “The original is safe, Head Wiltemika.  I didn’t dare have it anywhere it could be found while Lirnilalie and Ilonilarrona  were snooping around, talking about destroying it all.” Wiltemika’s chuckle now had a bit of an …
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  6. Chapter 47A: The Breadcrumbs and the Trail

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    October 17, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Well.”  Wiltemika sank down into a chair and held her head in her hands.  “May they be truly gone and not simply waiting for the right time to plague us again.” “Head Wiltemika,” Libkazaari protested.  “What is going on?” “With any luck, the evidence I have previously put forward against …
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  7. Chapter 46C: Leave When the Door Is Open

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    October 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Now that that little travelling curiosity show is over,” Lirnilalie muttered, “we can get back to business.  My papers–” “As I told you already,” LIbkazaari interrupted, “your papers aren’t here.  The only papers that are here belong to the Students here and to the school.” “Then you won’t mind if …
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  8. 46B: Do More Than Blow Steam

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    October 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie swallowed around a dry throat and watched the scene unfold.  Libkazaari stood up, watching Lirnilalie levelly. The woman, in turn, raised one eyebrow in clear doubt.  “I’ve never heard of a school project that led to students hiding, running away from adults and stealing things from rooms.” “Well as …
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  9. Chapter 46A: No Kissing, Mostly Shouting

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    October 12, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Was this good news?  It was pleasant to hear that Libkazaari didn’t like Lirinlalie, and yet… “House Monitor,” she said carefully, “I am concerned that, if Lirnilalie is being treated as royalty, if we reveal these papers here, there will be no pleasant result and a great deal of trouble.” …
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  10. Chapter 45C: What happens next?

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    October 10, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “We have some ideas about what it could mean,” Enrie offered. “The fact is, it’s not signed, and that’s huge.  And it doesn’t show up in normal history books, but I found references to it in at least one aether-embedded book in the treaties section.”  That one, she’d brought the …
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  11. Chapter 45B: a Nose for Trouble

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    October 7, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie stared at House Monitor Libkazaari’s door. She looked at her friends.  She swallowed around the bile in her throat and looked back at the door. “I can hear you out there.  Unless you’re here to discuss the merits of saddle-throwing positions, come in.” Enrie’s cheeks flushed and she ducked …
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  12. Chapter 45A: On Foot Or Over Goat-Back

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    October 5, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They were really doing it.  They were carrying everything they had found, and they were taking it to an adult.  Enrie swallowed around a lump in her throat. “There are so many ways that this could go wrong,” she whispered.  They’d picked the route to the House Monitor’s office least …
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  13. Chapter 44C: Consensus

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    October 3, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Who do we take it to? turned out to be a question of some contention.  The six of them collected had at least twelve ideas of people they could take their information to, ranging from the Emperor himself to regional Governors all the way down to the upperclassmen in any …
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  14. Chapter 44a: your jacket is loud…

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    September 27, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie made it through the rest of their textiles class by the skin of her teeth, paying far more attention to the conversation of embedded aether than she ever had before. If they could embed it in clothing… oh, and she knew they could put it in text already, there …
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  15. Chapter 43B: Wrong in the Aether

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    September 19, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Class,” Enrie agreed.  She took Saydrie’s offered hand, bowed to both women much as he had, and waited the half-second for Taikie to do the same before they strolled out of there. Holding Saydrie’s hand let her control the pace to that stroll; she was pretty sure if she hadn’t …
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  16. Chapter 43A: Studies and Distractions

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    September 16, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The day of classes seemed to stretch on interminably.  Once they reached the end, Enrie could see what Riensin had found. She could see what else they had to do.  She could figure out who they were supposed to take this to. But first she had to get through Biology …
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  17. Chapter 48C: Safety in Numbers

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    September 14, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “…and then Pieped suggested they could run interference.  Which is probably why there’s this very polite wall of Estyaa House colors by the doorway.  I don’t think Lady Ilonilarrona’s done with us.”  Enrie spared a glance for the nicely-composed line of purple, cyan-teal, & bright red by the main entrance, …
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  18. Chapter 41A: Bitrani and Calenyena

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    August 29, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They took all of their bits and pieces to a quiet lab in the back of the Philosophy classroom building.  There, in a room lit with the new safety lamps, they laid out everything they’d found so far, pages and notes.  Saydrie pulled out some fresh paper and a pen …
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  19. Chapter 40C: Dangerous Reading

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    August 26, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    They found Gianci and Taikie in the history section, holding an old tome whose bindings had crumbled with age, hidden off behind a pole in a far corner  near the books on Empress Otyeriotanerio .  The book itself was Bitrani Writings on the Early Wars, but, between two maps of …
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  20. Chapter 40a: Findings

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    August 23, 2016 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Enrie didn’t wait until Gianci and Taiki were gone before she started searching the shelves.  She’d been over many of these books before, but with Gianci’s new lullaby, they had a new direction to go in. Saydrie was muttering to himself as he flipped through books.  After a minute, he …
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