by JL Mbewe
October 30th 2013 by AltWit Press
With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.
Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.
Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.
The three dwarf clans
When Nälu was known as Talesri, there were only two dwarf clans. Klovan and Igazin, and they both spoke Tarôc.
The Klovan dwarf clan call KvakricForest their home, with Stratuvec being the king’s city. These dwarves are darker skinned and prefer to wear practical, natural colored clothes, as opposed to the Igazin’s bold, frilly attire. They are most known for their decorative wood-carvings, although the Guardian Hadrian would claim they make the best goat-cheese. Of course, the desert elves would disagree. Too bland they would say.
During Stygian’s reign, the Klovan maintained a strong defense against the dwäza raids, but much of Stygian’s focus was on the Igazin. The masters of weaponry and “corrupting” a blade. A man bent on ruling the nations needed such as these and enslaved many of them. The rest fled to the mountain of Kha Vaaro and built the hidden city of Ta’vazi. Years after the fall of Stygian, the clan broke into civil war. The ones remaining in Ta’vazi called themselves the Stozic and cut themselves off from the rest of the clans.
The Igazin dwarves returned to Kvazkhun, rebuilt their city, and participated in the reconstruction of Talesri. The Igazin are known for their elaborate colorful mosaics and their bears. At one time, many of the dwarves rode the bear. As time passed the number of bears dwindled, and they became restricted to be used only for the king’s warriors. Each year, the Igazin dwarves hold a weeklong celebration called the Dakkarc na Klogs, filled with joisting tournaments, battle reenactments, and the king’s warriors demonstrating their skills with their bear mounts. There are even sporting events where civilians can test their own skill such as axe throwing, bear wrangling, and various strength tests, especially since the dwarves take pride in their extraordinary physical might, second only to the giants.
Years and bitterness have distanced the Stozic dwarves from their cousins in Kvazkhun. They do not venture far from the highlands, and they limit contact with the outside world. They maintain a working relationship with Arashel, especially anything involving their shared responsibility of a Perimeter post and the care of its Manoa Stone.
Their capital city, Ta’vazi, is built right into the side of the mountain much like the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Aside from the wonder of their magnificent city, they are also known for the precious stones and metal they mine from the mountains, exporting most of it.
The Guardians respect the Stozic dwarves split from Igazin, but hope they will return to the Council of Nations in the future. At this point, it’s not likely to happen anytime soon. Maybe give them another couple of hundred years. We shall see.
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