Shine Cycle Character Profile: Honora

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Honora – Knight and herald, in the King’s service in the Imperial Service. When she arrived she applied to the Academy nearly immediately, intending to take a purely academic route but finding herself unexpectedly good at every subject needed for the knighthood track. During her tour as a squire, when separated from her knight-master, she very quickly put together a successful investigation into a smuggling operation on her authority alone; when the news of this reached the King after her graduation, he made her a herald and one of his Voices and expedited her application to the Imperial Service, where she rose through the ranks quickly. Continue reading

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Shine Cycle Character Profile: Aerin of Aldaria

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Aerin – Duchess of Aldaria, princess at large, knight, and bard. She consistently coaxes those under her into something approaching greatness, but always under-estimates her own abilities. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Elaine

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Elaine – Great-mage and a senior analyst in the Queen’s service in the Imperial Service. While she proved her courage and good sense on the battlefield more than once in the Fifth War of the Dragon, after the war her analysis of the events made her even more valuable and caused the Service to request that she not go onto the battlefield again. She agreed to their request, which was coupled to a job offer with an unusual immediate promotion, but took an immediate leave of absence to go to the Academy. In her studies there she discovered an affinity for the academic aspects of the Power, and a respectable (though not unusual) practical aptitude. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Opal

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Opal is a knight and a royal adviser, listed high in the Queen’s service, in the Imperial Service. In the Sixth War of the Dragon she scraped together a brigade from the ruins of a battle gone wrong deep in enemy territory and brought it, and a large collection of captured enemy equipment, back to the Empire. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Eliezer

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Eliezer is a native-born knight of the Shine and Wild Empire. As soon as he can get over his tendencies toward “textbook generalship,” he will perhaps be the best native-born general in the Empire—a military genius. However, that will probably take a while, since he usually achieves success even with textbook techniques. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Henry

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Henry – Knight and journeyman mage, brother of Batea. Imperial commanders and analysts consider him one of the most likely candidates to revive the Sky Knights’ Order of the Shooting Star after it was dissolved under Duncan‘s leadership. Continue reading

Shine Cycle Character Profile: Lauren

This is the next in the series of profiles of characters who will appear in the Shine Cycle, my fantasy-series-in-preparation.

Lauren – A knight of the Empire and a high-level aide to the King in the Imperial Service. She is one of the few “desk knights” to use that as a cover: her position as aide to the King is primarily so that she can be a first bodyguard in his offices, a position she volunteered for to protect the more important aides.

A tall, slender, athletic woman with straight chestnut hair falling to curl around her shoulders. She wears a light chain shirt and either carries a short sword under a thin grey robe or wears it openly at her hip with a costume more suitable for strenuous activity. Her bearing can only be described as “stately,” with an air of determination, but at need she moves smoothly from a calm walking pace to a run. Continue reading