Dramatis Personae [Characters]

The JandariansHuman Inhabitants of Planet  Janaidar

Alahna—Adept in the 12th Circle, member of the Council-of-Four, Keeper of the Archives, who gets raised into the 13th Circle when current High Priestess Lilith abdicates prior to passing away.

Cailinn—Adept in the 10th Circle, who takes charge of the Cavern Keep after Yenara secretly murders Lilith. Cailinn wins the esteem and affection of her Sisters by exactness to duty; her sweet temperament; and gentle and confiding disposition.

Conrad Hunter—Alahna’s go-to man and arranger in Riverbend

Deheune—Senior-Song-Master replacing Old Nebhet after her death

Dorak—Hostler’s son in Riverbend, a casualty of Yenara’s Baneful Chaos

Elijah the Stolen Man—Stolen from Earth through a wormhole, transformed by the WuShi as The-Creeping-Darkness, and empowered by the Flaming Pearl of Wisdom. Eli eventually comes to care for the people of Planet Janaidar and helps them fight the alien invasion.

Esau—Conrad’s Friend, falls in love with Selene

Lilith—The always-and-only Adept of the 13th circle, elderly and doddering, High Priestess of the Huan Long Shui Sisteren and their Mother Matriarch, Holder of the last ShahRen

Maxfield—The Huan Long Shui hostler in Riverbend

Myrna—One of the two girls sent to Riverbend for help by Cailinn

Old Nehbet—Adept of the 12th circle, senior most Song Master of the Sisteren for 20 years and member of the Council-of-Four. She is also secretly Keeper of the Curses, a dark role held by a single Sister such that the power-of-cursing is not lost

Oren—Old One-eyed Oren, Captain of the Dragon’s Breath Caravel, a four-masted schooner, Oren first brings the news to High Adept Alahna of Takings in the Northern Steppes

Adept Selene—Alahna’s acolyte and Adept in the 10th Circle, later becomes the Chantress Sh’mayette or Chantress of Thoth for helping the Guardian Dragons bring the The-Creeping-Darkness WuShi into full charge for the first time in over 5,000-years

Sisteren—The Huan Long Shui Sisteren, meaning Sisters of the Magical Dragon Waters

Teewan—One of the two girls sent to Riverbend from the Cavern keep by Adept Cailinn. Teewan has eyes for Tarik

Tarik—Conrad’s Friend Yenara—Adept in the 12th circle, member of the council of four, and Kulapti (or chancellor) of the Huan Long Shui Order,  and technically High Adept Alahna’s superior. When High Priestess Lilith lies near death, Yenara steals the Shuyi ShahRen before Lilith’s life-elixir fades and usurps the black-energy  weapon for herself. When she misuses the ShahRen, she falls into the Baneful Chaos.

Creeping Darkness  of the WuShi

WuShi (aka TheChenmo De Showang Zhe)—An Artificial Sapience that slumbers beneath The-Sleeping-City .  Built over 5,000-years ago by the NuliZhu Tech-Masters. Long forgotten by them, it is held in the first state of consciousness by the Guardian Dragons and the Sisteren. Alahna’s ritual-of-awakening triggers the WuShi to power up the Pillar’s of Toth at the Plaza-of-the-Forbidden-Gate to generate a transdimensional-arc. Thus bringing it into the highest level of consciousness known as The-Creeping-Darkness.

The WuShi states of consciousness: 1st  state as That-Which-Abides, 2nd  state as The-Sleeping-Evil, 3rd  state as The-Silent-watcher, 4th  state as The-Creeping-Darkness . In The-Creeping-Darkness state, the WuShi has full control over its incredible powers, but needs a power-master to imbibe power for its vast accumulators. This is the state of intelligence the NuliZhu Tech-Masters feared most, for it might enslave the multiverse.

Water Beast—In the 4th State as The-Creeping-Darkness, the WuShi is able to manifest a water-beast. Five or six times the size of the helpless Elijah, it holds him in its ethereal grasp as a three-eyed alien demon of pure blackness whose red-and-glowing  orbs scintillate like bright coals in a forge. It’s fangs drip black ethereal venom from a gaping maw. The demon’s impossible body is blue-blackness with flame-red outlines knitting waves of boiling, steaming water into an unimaginable form.

Dragons of Orion on Planet Janaidar

Bo YouYong—Guardian of the Western Sentinel’s Watch, a Water Dragon and long-dragon

Meili Chuan—Guardian of the Eastern Sentinel’s Watch, an Air Dragon and long-dragon

Quang Huo Yan—Guardian of the Southern Sentinel’s Watch, a Fire Dragon and winged-dragon

Tai Deren—Guardian of the Northern Sentinel’s Watch, an Aerthe Dragon and winged-dragon

HuoJi—Offspring of Quang HuoYan and Tianmi De Huo, also a Fire Dragon. Bound to Elijah by The-Creeping-Darkness WuShi

Tianmi DeHuo—HuoJi’s dame and Quang’s forever-mate

YuLong—The old one, who is the last Imperial  Golden Dragon. A long-dragon who’s long slumber got awakened by the presence of Elijah in The-Sleeping-City.  He gives Eli the Flaming Pearl of Wisdom

Jade Queen—The dark sorcery of the Baneful Chaos transformed this jade-green long dragon into a feng-long, a wind dragon that awakens after centuries of slumber and tries to kill Elijah and HuoJi.  Eventually Elijah makes his swords from her dark magic imbued fangs.

YueLiang Nushen—Star Dragon Moon Goddess, Guardian of the Void and Lunar Sentinel’s Watch, she is the one and only time-dragon.  She sleeps in deep time inside the hollow Riven Moon.  Her fabled presence as Star Dragon Moon Goddess  is the basis of the NuliZhu technisans religion.

Fire Dragons on Ta Shemau– the NuliZhu royalty and pures, in their decadence, had become interested in the fire-kind for sporting and gambling tournaments as fire-breathing steeds for aerobatic tournaments. Thusly, a brave contingent of the fire-kind willingly gave themselves up and departed Janaidar for Ta Shemau. In that capacity, they secretly muddled the minds of the NuliZhu Tech Masters, and any others of the NuliZhu—especially the Sem Priests of Ra—to interfere with their knowledge and conceal the galactic location of Janaidar. Their sacrifice shall never be forgotten.

NuliZhu Long-headed Aliens and Their Genetically Modified War-Breds

Amenakh—Ship’s Lord of the Ophois Asenath. He is an anubisen or jackal-headed war-bred

Khutenptah—The Mighty Vizier, cousin to the Pharoah, the slaving expedition’s sponsor, a long-headed humanoid

Sethnakhtei—Dreaded Holy One, the Sem Priest of Ra, an ascetic and fanatic of the Holy Order of Ra, a long-headed humanoid

Sitkamose—A fire control technician, in charge of weapons control aboard the Asenath, an anubisen jackal-head.  In orbit around Janaidar, she is the alien who first sees activity on a long-dead console of the Ophois Asenath—the ancient spacecraft-carrier.

Nakhtmin—Commander of the saucer-destroyer YuanFen, a lion-headed sekhmeten war-bred

Anubisen—Jackle-headed war-bred, third down in the tiered subcaste system of genetically designed warriors  

Sekmeten—Lion-headed war-bred, fourth down from the top of the tiered subcaste system of purpose-designed war-breds.

Sobeksen—Crocodile-headed war-breds at the bottom of the tiered subcaste system. Well known for their vengeful and bellicose nature, making them excellent shock troops, their true purpose when properly assigned.

Tech-Masters—The NuliZhu who originally forced the Dragons of Orion into slavery and forced them to help build the WuShi five millennia ago

The Technisans (aka JishuYan)

Technisans—Humans enslaved by the NuliZhu five millennia ago after being enslaved on Earth, Abducted through the transdimensional-portal at the Plaza-of-the-Forbidden-Gate, and selectively-bred across the centuries into the technical caste that now run the great space ships and perform all the work of the Empire of Ra.  They also run the great industrial complexes and mines on all the planets which the NuliZhu have enslaved. They are the finest craftsman and technologist in the Empire of Ra.  They comprise the greater segment of the Asenath’s complement  making everything operational, including: engines, propulsion and maneuvering; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning; plumbing, sewer and water purification systems; weapons systems; gravity-generators; as well as all maintenance and janitorial functions—most especially including firefighting.

Remy—Ship’s Maintence Senior Officer (SMSO) aboard the NuliZhu ancient spacecraft-carrier Ophois Asenath.  From the Shipwide-Operations-Center One (SOC1) she manages all the functions of the great spaceship   

Mernebtah—A technisan who is raped and killed by  Commander Nakhtimin, lover of Genubeth and Remy

Genubeth—Cargo and Manifest Officer, like all technisans he wears Hathor’s Crown, lover of Mernebtah and Remy

Djedhor—SMSO of the YuanFen, minor but pivotal role in taking the YuanFen from the NuliZhu and war-breds

Tjuyu—Ship’s Maintenance Junior Officer who takes over for Remy when  Remy gets taken by exhaustion during the battle aboard the Asenath

Human Technisans of The Empire of Ra

also known as The JishuYan

Technisans—Humans enslaved by the NuliZhu five millennia ago after being enslaved on Earth, Abducted through the transdimensional-portal at the Plaza-of-the-Forbidden-Gate, and selectively-bred across the centuries into the technical caste that now run the great space ships and perform all the work of the Empire of Ra.  They also run the great industrial complexes and mines on all the planets which the NuliZhu have enslaved. They are the finest craftsman and technologist in the Empire of Ra.  They comprise the greater segment of the Asenath’s complement  making everything operational, including: engines, propulsion and maneuvering; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning; plumbing, sewer and water purification systems; weapons systems; gravity-generators; as well as all maintenance and janitorial functions—most especially including firefighting.

Remy—Ship’s Maintence Senior Officer (SMSO) aboard the NuliZhu ancient spacecraft-carrier Ophois Asenath.  From the Shipwide-Operations-Center One (SOC1) she manages all the functions of the great spaceship   

Mernebtah—A technisan who is raped and killed by  Commander Nakhtimin, lover of Genubeth and Remy

Genubeth—Cargo and Manifest Officer, like all technisans he wears Hathor’s Crown, lover of Mernebtah and Remy

Djedhor—SMSO of the YuanFen, minor but pivotal role in taking the YuanFen from the NuliZhu and war-breds

Tjuyu—Ship’s Maintenance Junior Officer who takes over for Remy when  Remy gets taken by exhaustion during the battle aboard the Asenath