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'Does the moon look bigger to you tonight?'

The Book of Ataniel


I have no idea--but nine'll get you ten it was one of Shilree's lame-ass disguise names.


For on earth everything is at the point of collapse, nothing is sacred any longer, murder is paramount, brothers fight and slay one another, and the world is wicked. This is the age of swords, of the battleaxe that cleaves shields; this is the age of wind and the wolf, of the very day when the gods shall be no more.
--Voluspa ("What the Prophet Said"), Elder Eddas

The prophesied death of the Gods, Ragnarok actually came to pass over Memorial Day Weekend of 813, though not exactly in the way the sagas foretold it. The witch-queen Trillarillia threw her lot in with the returning forces of Shadow, and the gods of Ataniel were slain by them in a joint effort.
--Who's Who V2


Recent Norse eponym for Flicker.
--Who's Who V2

Raith, Sir

A knight assigned to night duty in the keep, he is now a member of the Trade Heroes Guild.
--Who's Who V1


The original Ralchar, Shilrees first lover, is dead. So is the second Ralchar, a doppelganger of the first who infiltrated and betrayed the Significants (and incidentally got Shilree pregnant). Third times the charm, as they say, and the current Ralchar, a refugee from an alternate universe where everything works out for the best, is preternaturally lucky. Like the other two, he is a lawyer/thief, but his primary talent is his ability to unconsciously alter probability fields to his advantage.
--Who's Who V2

He was the first non-Diari I met after my exile who showed me some kindness. He took me in and taught me the skills I needed to surive in the foreign lands. Ralchar was killed during a war between two rival thieves' guilds. I guess I was kind of foolish falling for the doppelganger, but I did care for him very much.

Randall Thrayn

This ex-bard and Objectivist philosopher has rebuilt Lianth in his philosophic image.
--Who's Who V2

He's not the best leader I've ever seen, but he's done some good things for the city. Brought some hope to people who needed it. And he rebuilt the town square. Just because he doesnt recognize my contributions doesnt mean I cant recognize his.


Half-breed psionicist and Rimbor City private eye, Rani has a chip on her shoulder the size of the Death Scar. Her primary psionic talent is the reading of psychometric auras.
--Who's Who V2

And small wonder she has a chip on her shoulder, with the way people treat her for no more than the elven blood in her veins. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

I tried to draw a picture of her here for Kris' pinup thing, but it didn't come out as well as I'd hoped. Her hair really is that shiny, but it looks kinda wiglike in the picture, and I couldn't get the eyebrows to work to save my life. So I'm a lousy artist; so sue me. The face and the gloves are right, anyway.

The Rat (Seeker of Places)

Apparently this is Jack Paris' boss. Looks like Tor isn't the only Montasi house losing a little bit of clout these days.
--Ebreth Tor

Okay, I know people think I'm stupid for listening to the Rat, but damn it, any creature that bothered to learn net topology deserves my ear. Besides, he's a hell of a lot better company than Tor.
--Jack Paris

*squeek* *clean whiskers* *lick fur* *sniff* *squeek* *squeek* *run in half circle* *scratch ear*
--The Rat

Rat Pack

A group of adventurers formed after the Second Shadow War. Their acknowledged leader is Mithril Dagger Hero Khyrisse Starshadow. Membership has been highly transitory. Members have included: The Rat (Seeker of Places), Jack Paris, Flicker, Skitch, Valende, Vastarin, Ariath, Pieret, Ebreth Tor, Tarrin, Cori Yoshida, Fred (the Pit Fiend), Asinus Paris, Alphred, Janice, Garal Tinderhook, Kit Branagh, Ixhriy, Princess Kristin, Schneider, Laelissa "Ember" Tor, Kerouac II, Marty Hu, Otter, Rani, Amatsu Mikaboshi, Mina Paris, Vickie Dare, Orlen, Kingfisher, and Aithne. (See individual listings.)
--Who's Who V2

They are somewhat like one of the riddles of old. They are named for a rodent. Their ranks have included a donkey who talks like a man. One of their members heeds the advice of a rock which he believes to be an egg. Their leader's apprentice is fascinated by mental disorders. I would say that my time with them will certainly be interesting; however, in Shikintu it is a curse to wish someone to live in interesting times.
--Amatsu Mikaboshi

The Rat Trap

Hotel and meeting hall in New Trade, built and maintained by Khyrisse Starshadow for the use of the Rat Pack.
--Who's Who V2

Rath, Evillest Cult of

Now hiring.
--Who's Who V1

Rauvin Paris

Asinus cousin, a psychologist and cleric who successfully infiltrated and betrayed the Remnant to the Parises.
--Who's Who V2

Ravagers, the

The Ravagers were a group of adventurers working for the evil wizard Malcar as a vanguard for invasions and a defense force for the castle. It consisted of Diver, Norn, Lotus, Firefall, and Wagner-Fume. With the defeat of Malcar, it has been disbanded.
--Who's Who V1

Ravenhill, Duke

The king's brother, he is insane, believing the King to be evil, seeking to a) enter another plane of existence, b) summon an army of vampires, c) have an illicit affair, and d) build a shelf. He does not read books that are not his own. He is the father of Quell, Scourge of All Demons. He is also very often right, and currently serves as an advisor to Queen Cailin, his niece.
--Who's Who V1


A sleepy town on the Nylevian side of the Dyved forest.
--Who's Who V2


Noncorporeal Diari god of knowledge.
--Who's Who V2

Relan Alliejin

The second son of Diari mafia ruler Don Alliejin, appointed ambassador to New Trade.
--Who's Who V2

The Remnant

A centuries-old curse upon the Paris family of organized crime, the Remnant is an cadre of undead made up of the animated corpses of those slain at the hands of Parises, dedicated to the destruction of their killers and their families.
--Who's Who V2

Deceased Renault Raimonde, Prince

Third son of King Laran, Renault has turned his back on his family to hang out with a street gang named the Egrets. He is also an alchemist, and went into business producing an addictive strength potion. He was finally defeated during the gang wars by Palmer Khan (who had previously financed the Egrets) and taken into custody.
--Who's Who V1

Killed during the Madness.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn


Longstanding PC, High Priestess of Arawn, husband of Luthien and founding member of the Bitches from Hell. Her wedding to Luthien was interrupted by an attack by Lotus and Edyric that left Luthien a zombie. The couple has a young son, Gordon.
--Who's Who V2

Rhynwa was one of the youngest of the major priests of Arawn. She was sixteen when she joined Signet and the Significants, seventeen when she wielded the Sigil of Power in the Demon Wars against Kala, eighteen when she freed Lord Warp from the Wall and defeated the fascist junta Tres, and only twenty-four when she joined the inner circle of Annwch, the same year Arawn himself met his end.
--from the Chronicles of the Sunfighter

Even though I never told her, Rhynwa amused me the most. Between Melvyn the teddy bear, the Death Dance of Joy and the endless refrains of "I've got the hat, dammit!", it made adventuring with Signet actually tolerable.

For a death priestess, she's way excellent. Owe her my life many times over, so as payback I'm giving her son my entire Lego collection. Love that death dance o' joy!

Richard Nett

Deceased Richard Tremayne

Killed during the Madness.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn


Interdimensional canyon cutting across the Doomlands, said to consign to oblivion anything to fall into its depths and drive any living being looking into it to madness.
--Who's Who V2


A strange figure who appeared to assist the Sewer Tour in rescuing Gdeon from the Cult of Returning Karanat. Rigg was, in reality, Shilree, coming back in time to assist Magnate in directing the Sewer Tour.
--Who's Who V1

Rigg was one of my best disguises. However now that everyone and his or her brother seem to know Rigg is me, I guess I will not be using him anymore.


Capped by the immense Riklandesbre glacier, this rugged northeastern country is inhabited primarily by Vikings, jotuns, and polar bears. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

I must protest this one-star rating. Not everyone comes from tropical islands, you know.
--Flicker, in Threnody's travel guide


Rimbor City

The largest and most vibrant city on Ataniel, Rimbor is renowned for both its social scene and its decidedly antisocial scene, being a favored meeting place of thieves, criminals, and assassins. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Scum center of Ataniel. Before the Cynystran occupation you just had to worry about getting your throat slit if a deal went bad. Now you just have worry about your throat getting slit.

A really good place to fence something, and some of the nightclubs are top-notch, but there's too much crime and human suffering around for it to rate as a vacation spot. It's also the hub of the slave trade. Someone tried to shanghai me once there and I had to kick his ass. Two stars. If you're looking for an undisciplined night life, head for the Archipelago: the weather's nicer and the people are less depressing.
--Threnody's travel guide

They say Cynystra is in charge now. But then they used to say Lucas was in charge. After that they said Javert was in charge. And I'll believe this one when I see it.
--Ebreth Tor

Rimbor City Arena

How did Lucas EVER make any money off this place?
--Ebreth Tor

It's cheaper to buy a ticket and watch slaves killing each other than it is to pay an assassin. I understand it's more entertaining, as well, but having been on the slave side of the equation, I never saw the attraction.


Small Riklandic city, Flickers hometown.
--Who's Who V2

Rip Hunter

Demigod of time, Rip oversees the timestreams of Ataniel from a mystomechanical craft called the Time Dome.
--Who's Who V2

Rip, baby, I owe you big time.

Rip, no offense... but if we're the only two left, Ataniel's in trouble!

Rissa Minarye

Fifteen-year-old niece of Khyrisse's, a young Cynystran bard with an intense intellectual curiosity. She is a member of the young Silver Bullets adventuring team.
--Who's Who V2

She belongs to a high-ranking house, and has been trained as a scholar. It seems she knows much about everything. Sometimes I regret that my life circumstances kept me from a Cynystran education.


Robin Goodfellow

A faerie trickster who had been trapped beneath the keep of Edimon after being banished from the realms of faerie. He was set free by the Sewer Tour, and is believed to be preparing an assault of the lands of faerie.
--Who's Who V1

Deceased Robinson Paris

Jacks father/creator, Asinus brother, a mathematician and scientist.
--Who's Who V2

Heart attack.
--Hillary Sturoster, filing clerk of Annwyn

Roses, white

Left with messages by an unknown party, later to be revealed as Schneider.
--Who's Who V1

Were they white? I hadn't noticed.
--Janther Moria


Rotting Toe Bar, the

Deceased Rowan Cwyleagh

King of Brytannwch after that country's recent revolution and transplant to Ansalia. Rowan's widow, Deirdre, ascended the throne after his death.
--Who's Who V2

A good man and a good ruler.
--Alain MacLir

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

Rowan, Sir

A knight assigned to the gate to the Upper Keep, he remains with the castle guard at Edimon.
--Who's Who V1

Roxana de la Metrie (Roxy)

Petite contortionist from a noble family who had been a charm-school buddy of Tilas, Roxy adventured occasionally with the Sewer Tour, eventually falling in love with Schneider. Their relationship fell apart after he got another woman pregnant, and her current whereabouts are unknown.
--Who's Who V2

Royal Order of Dalencian Knights

This is the sacred order of knights in Dalencia, sworn to the protection of Dalencia and its king. They have an oath not to reveal Order secrets to any outsiders. After the betrayal of King Laran and Sir Fatar, Sir Analie took charge of the Order and offered their services to the new Trade Heroes Guild in Trade.
--Who's Who V1


Small town in western Nylevia. (Click here for a map.)
--from the Reference Almanac of Ataniel, 813

Supposedly, Rumi is a small, ordinary, provincial little Nylevian port, where honest merchants like myself can do their business without too much trouble. Since I've come here, though, I've been attacked by a mob, rescued by some eclectic rat-worshippers, this woman punched this guy, this assassin tried to stab this other guy in the back, and now it looks like we're crawling into a sewer. I'd say Rumi has an undeserved reputation for normalcy.
--Ebreth Tor




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