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Background

Homo Sapiens are extinct. Four species of altered humans still survive: bears, dragons, tigers, and merpeople. Each adapted to the inhabitable planets discovered before the Earthan’s sun died. Genetic experimentation turned each species into a shape-shifter, or wereanimal. While not the traditional concept of wereanimals that ancient Earthans had imagined, they can change at will between animal and humanoid forms. Unlike the myths of old Earth, their human form does not completely hide their genetically altered state.

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Characters

Adriana: Weredragon. Daughter of the ruling Matriarch on Harena. Heroine of In the Tempest. Mated to Baleel.
Baleel: Weredragon. Hero of In the Tempest. Mated to Adriana.
Bretton Hahn: Ambassador for the merpeople of Aquatilis. Hero of In Mist. Mated to Sera Gibbons.
Cuthbert Hahn: Merman. Counselor to the Aquatilian Senate. Father of Bretton Hahn.
Cynric Laddon: Merman. Aquatilian Senator. .
Devani: Weretiger. Mate of Taymullah Mohan. Princess of the weretigers of Vesperi.
Ebba Fane: Mermaid. Shopkeeper and producer of saltwater silk in Aquatilis’ capital city, Atlantis. Grandmother of Oeric Fane.
Elia Iden: Ambassador for the merpeople of Aquatilis. Mated to Oeric Fane.
Gyan: Weretiger. Former betrothed of Devani.
Imnek: Werebear. Soldier for the Arctic Bears of Alysius.
Jain Roberts: Teacher/Loremistress. One of the last two unaltered humans left alive. Survived a spaceship crash on the planet Alysius after 500 years in cryogenic sleep. Heroine of In Ice. Mated to Kesuk.
Jeevan: Deceased. Son of Varad and Mahlia Mohan. Late heir to the Vesperi throne.
Katryn: Daughter of the weredragon ambassador to Vesperi. Heroine of In Smoke. Mated to Nadir and Tarkesh.
Kesuk: Werebear. Clan Leader of the Arctic Bears of Alysius. Lord of Sea Den. Hero of In Ice. Mated to Jain Roberts.
Mahlia Najla Mohan: White tigress. Amira of the weretigers of Vesperi. Heroine of In Heat. Mated to Varad Mohan.
Miki: Werebear. Daughter of Kesuk.
Nadir: Ambassador for the weredragons of Harena. Hero of In Smoke. Mated to Katryn and Tarkesh.
Nara: Mermaid. Owner of the Ariel Ranch on Aquatilis.
Nukilik: Werebear. Son and heir of Kesuk.
Oeric Fane: Merman. Mechanic and scientist. Assistant to Sera Gibbons. Mated to Elia Iden.
Rakin: Weredragon. Former betrothed of Adriana.
Razak: Weretiger. Son of Varad and Mahlia Mohan. Heir to the Vesperi throne.
Sakari: Werebear. Daughter of Jain Roberts and Kesuk.
Sera Gibbons: Scientist. One of the last two unaltered humans left alive. Survived a spaceship crash on the planet Alysius after 500 years in cryogenic sleep. Heroine of In Mist. Mated to Bretton Hahn.
Tarkesh: Ambassador for the weredragons of Harena. Hero of In Smoke. Mated to Katryn and Nadir.
Taymullah Mohan: Weretiger. Younger brother to Varad Mohan. Prince of the weretigers of Vesperi.
Varad Mohan: Weretiger. Amir of the weretigers of Vesperi. Hero of In Heat. Mated to Mahlia Najla Mohan.
Varana: Weretiger. Daughter of Varad and Mahlia Mohan. Princess of the weretigers of Vesperi.
Yola: Weredragon. Ruling Matriach of Harena. Mother of Adriana. Aunt of Katryn.
Zanna Pell: Mermaid. Chancellor of the Aquatilian Senate.

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Glossary

Alysius: Home planet of the three werebear clans. To avoid predators, they live in the icy northern reaches of the planet. Shares a solar system with Aquatilis.
Aquatilis: Home planet of the merpeople. The world is covered in H2O, but the air above the water is unbreathable CO2. Merpeople exist in domes beneath the ocean. Shares a solar system with Alysius.
Atlantis: Capital city of Aquatilis. Eight sectors make up the octopus shaped city, with a main dome at city center, including: Undine, Titan, Poseidon, Thetis, Nereus, Aegean, Sedna, and Tangaroa.
Dead Sea: An underground ocean that provides water to desalinate for Vesperi.
Dune racer: A small motorcycle-like speeder that skims over the deserts of Vesperi and Harena.
Harena: Home planet of the weredragons. A desert planet with two suns. Neighboring solar system with Vesperi.
Harim: A three-way mating for weredragons.
High Den: Home of the Brown Bear Clan of Alysius.
Gila Beast: Enormous rideable reptiles on Harena, named for the Ancient Earthan lizards Gila Monsters.
Glowlight: Solar-powered lighting on Vesperi.
Loremaster/mistress: A teacher and keeper of records, history, legend, myth, and lore for the Bear Clans of Alysius.
Meadow Den: Home of the Black Bear Clan of Alysius.
Moonlight Market: The marketplace to trade on Vesperi.
Moonrise: The beginning of the weretiger waking period where it is safe to venture outside. The three moons of the planet block the sun and make it possible for humans to survive on a planet that is too close to the sun. Also a way to mark the passage of time, i.e. first moonrise, second moonrise, third moonrise.
Nude Gardens: Carved nude statues that populate an area of the lower gardens of the Vesperi palace.
Pacifica: Former “lost” city of Aquatilis. Four sectors make up the octopus shaped city, with a main dome at city center, including: Nereids, Enuma, Ceta, and Matsu.
Predator: Large gray and black striped animal that preys on the Bear Clans of Alysius.
Rim Ranch: Sea cow ranches situated on a volcanic rim between Pacifica and Atlantis.
Saltwater silk: Expensive fabric created on Aquatilis as an export product.
Sea cow: A colloquial misnomer for manatees and dugongs that make up the major protein food source for merpeople.
Sea Den: Home of the Arctic Bear Clan of Alysius.
Sea skimmer: A helicopter shaped underwater form of transportation used on Aquatilis.
Sproket: A multi-functional tool.
The Mermaid’s Purse: A tailor shop in Atlantis that specializes in saltwater silk garments.
Turn: A standard year. Varies for each of the four inhabited planets.
Vesperi: Home of the weretigers. A small desert and grassland planet that would be too close to the sun for human survival if not for the three moons to block the light. Neighboring solar system with Harena.