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The Book of Ataniel

Deceased Pactarsus

Killed in combat.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Palithstone, Lord


Palmer Khan

A gladiator from Rimbor City, Palmer Khan became a wanted man after inexplicably pushing an unarmed lab assistant down a flight of stairs. He was devastated to find this had killed her, but skipped bail and fled rather than face murder charges. Javert, the Rimbor City Head of Police, tracked him down obsessively and returned him to custody.
--Who's Who V2

Palmer Khan was, like Luthien, an ex-gladiator, and they joined the Sewer Tour together. Palmer had a 19 constitution and tended to behave in foolhardy ways that had probably played well at the arena. One of his favorite tricks was to lasso an opponent and jump out windows or off tall things. (He also once lassoed and briefly rode a giant shark, avoiding the loss of his testicles only by a lucky saving throw.) He was the paragon of laid-back goodwill, but his total inability to consider the possible consequences of his own actions kept him something of an outsider.
--from the Chronicles of the Sunfighter

Palm-hair gets a bad rap. Sure, he's not exactly the sharpest utensil in the drawer, but so what? He was always down when the Tour needed him. Just lay off them goofballs, P-guy!

Palmer spent two years working off his debt to society for Javert, during which time he met and married Tria, a cleric of a foreign sea god. He settled down with her and now has a two-year-old boy, named Jake.
--Edward Einhorn

Deceased Paninaro

Dead halfling god of parties and alcohol, worshipped by Schneider.
--Who's Who V2

Killed in Ragnarok.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Paris Family

Powerful organized crime family based in the Montas Archipelago.
--Who's Who V2

Paris Island

The hidden resort and home base of the Paris family of organized crime, located in the Montas Archipelago.
--Who's Who V2

Passage, the

A dimensional shortcut between Ataniel and Starcross Station controlled by the Paris family, the Passage was collapsed by Jack Paris to imprison lwyn.
--Who's Who V2


Deceased Patty Spivot

Patty Spivot was a lab technician killed by Palmer Khan in a burst of whatever it is that makes Palmer do just about anything. He cornered her at the top of a flight of stairs, Tila yelled "Kiss her, Palmer!", and for some reason he pushed her down the stairs. He was distraught to find that this had killed her. Palmer's wisdom was not the highest in the world.

Ah plead not guilty.
--Palmer Khan

Pushed to her death from a great height.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn


A friend of Schneiders, son of the god Paninaro and hero of the Little Folk.
--Who's Who V2

Perfect Being, the


Persephone is a Nylevian druidess. She often works with a small group of nature-oriented adventurers. She's had several notable lovers, including Silverblade, Praxis and Kieran Talbot.
--Jonah Cohen

She's very different from the druids we had back in Bryttainwych. I try to picture any of them in a tie-dyed t-shirt and I just can't.


One of the Seven Princedoms of Fossia, the eastern country of Peteser--much abused by pirates--still boasts the most cosmopolitan city in the Princedoms in its capital (also named Peteser). (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Phasewall of Ataniel, the

The Great Ataniel Phasewall was a magical construct between the Dalencian Empire and lands north and Nylevia, Diaria, Cynystra, the Shadowlands, etc. It was created at the end of the Shadowwars by Warp to protect Dalencia. It was destroyed when Warp was brought back by the Sewer Tour.
--Who's Who V1

Dead Pieret

Okay, he may be calling himself "Pieret" these days, but seven years ago, he was calling himself Kardia Blackfeather, and he was a priest of Lucifer working for Omeria in Bloodscar. How do I know? I, uh, worked in the post office. His picture was, um, on the wall there.

I don't know what he was doing in Bloodscar using the name "Kardia Blackfeather", either. I met the man over a quarter of a century ago in Cynystra as the youngest uncle of Miyrr Minarye, who married my brother Karellion. He was head of the Minarye merchant house, and he was a close friend of Eric's. Ixhriy poisoned him over sixteen years ago.
His various identities aren't really any more surprising than the fact he's ALIVE. Pieret was like that.

Man of many identities, including Pieret Minarye, Khyrisses uncle; Kardia Blackfeather, priest of Lucifer and member of Bloodscar; Pieret Laird-Clowes, professional anarchist; and Karihito Mamasu, Shikinti hero. Pieret was killed by the Beast shortly after releasing Bloodscar from Hell and trying to strand Cori in the Lower Planes.
--Who's Who V2

Died of poisoning but escaped from Hell; killed in combat, returned to custody.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Plateau, the

The greatest mystery about the continent of Ataniel is the large plateau that exists directly east of the Doomlands. The Plateau (as it is called because of commonly held belief that the surface above the clouds is flat) appears to be a giant mountain, thousands of times larger than Mt. Mindlin, that stretches up into the sky. It is always surrounded by clouds, and guesses at what exists upon its top have ranged from the birthplace of the gods to the temples of madness. No one has ever successfully scaled the Plateau, and a zone of anti-magic around it negates any attempt to use magic to ascend. (Click here for a map.)
--Charles Colombus, "A Working Guide to Ataniel Geography"

Charles, take my word. You DON'T want to know what is on top of the Plateau.

Pluvious Sturoster

The head of an intelligence agency named P.E.A.N.U.T.B.U.T.T.E.R., Pluvious was an oft-ally of Sway and the Sewer Tour, known for his MacGyver-like ability to fashion effective tools and weapons out of everyday items at hand. During the Madness, Pluvious was a member of the resistance group Quattro.
--Who's Who V2

Pluvious Sturoster is a Red-Purple Hawk, but we like him anyway.

Rumor has it that Pluv (not Scott Adams) authored a little tome called "Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies."

Polly Reinhoffer

A bounty hunter with a cadre of trained blink dogs.
--Who's Who V2


The largest city in the Montas Archipelago, also one of the poorest and most dangerous. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813


Praxis, the de facto leader of Sway, was the young psionicist from Brytannwch who singlehandedly averted the path of the evil moon Bane. (Well, he had some help getting to that point, of course.) He was a sure and steady hand in times of peace and trouble alike, and his coordination of Sway via a psychic mind link was the secret behind their unusual tandem in battle.
--from the Chronicles of the Sunfighter

Don't get me wrong, Praxis has proven himself to be trustworthy. However, there is just something wrong about a non-Diarian psionic.

Price Girls

Comic relief squadron often working with Vickie Dare, the Price Girls--Fancy, Chipper, Nasty, Soldier, and Cinnamon--are Atanielite analogs of the Spice Girls.
--Who's Who V2


Don't forget! Sailor Moon is now on the USA Network at 8:30 am!!!

Purple-Red Hawks, the

Also known as the Red-Purple Hawks, they are a brilliant set of philosophers who set the basis of my later teaching on Significance. Many of them are teaching at the Significant Institute, right now. By the way, my book, the "Significance of Significants", is available at a store near you.
--Ulmo Glub

The second lamest cult in known existence.

Status in Question Pysyri

Pysyri is a major Diari goddess. She was the one who gave Corwin the sacred Stone of Pysyri and thus gave him the gift of psionics, marking the dawn of Diari civilization.

Diari goddess of psionics, Pysyri sort-of-survived the Madness by fragmenting into psychic shards which lodged in the collective Diari consciousness.
--Who's Who V2

I respect a lot about Pysyri... but that move she pulled during Ragnarok... yegads!

Fragmented in Ragnarok; currently a psychic collective.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn


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