Though I kind of want to talk about “Among Bright Stars…” I don’t want to spoil anything for a few people. So I’ll talk about Bishop Styx and his Budjah Monks.
The monks are not supposed to be bad guys, though they are however supposed to be a nuisance and, or obstacle at times within the Neo-human universe. Lets recall it was they who kicked off the events of the first book! :)
Bishop Styx in fact is based on a person I once knew, he was always swinging back and forth between Paganism (Asatru) and his Catholicism with a bit of Eastern Mysticism thrown in for good measure. Much of that is reflected in the monks truly ‘universal theology’ as envisioned by Bishop Styx and presented in their holy book. In the context of the Neo-human ‘Verse, Styx (a name he chose because he exists between life and death) is equal in stature to a pope, only he prefers to not use that title.
As I’ve said, the monks can largely be considered a meddlesome nuisance but they have a greater role to play in the destiny of what is to come as well. I hint at what their greater role will be in “Among Bright Stars…”
“I’m a genius, not omniscient…”
— Nadia Korelia-Drakonis to Kvaltar Vron
Date of Birth: August 12, 1980 Calcutta India.
Morningstar ID: IL-Series, #0001.
Hair Color: Brown-reddish (auburn).
Eye color: Bright-blue.
Height: 5’ 8”
Daak-Naam: Her father named her Nadezhda – “hope” in Russian, Sharr’s calls her something similar T’Kara, though there’s an ironic subtext involved.
Favorite color: purple and blue.
Favorite Book: “Thus Spoke Zarathrustra” by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Favorite Movie: “The Sound of Music”
Distinguishing Features: Nadia has a mole on her right shoulder.
Primary Hand: Ambidextrous.
Marital Status: Sharr Khan Mingh Drakonis
Parents: Doctors Turhan Korelia & Ambika Sen.
Children: Daughters Princesses Sitara & Ariel & son Prince Shikar.
Special Skills: Telepathy. Genetic Engineer, leader of the Valküri. Kathak style of dance, opera soprano, and the martial art Kalari Payattu. Notably skilled with the Urumi a very dangerous flexible sword.
Fluent in: English, Bengali, Skora, Greek, Latin, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Finnish & Russian as well as French. Reads Sanskrit.
Titles: Doctor, Queen, Prime Mother.
Styles of address: Her Imperial Highness, Maharani T’Kara, My Lady.
Biography: First of the Morningstars, biorobotic lifeforms which mimic human systems in almost every manner, but are both more sophisticated, and yet surprisingly less complicated Nadia Korelia is the Eve of Neo-humanity, while also being mother of Stormangels.
History says that without Nadia there would be no Falcanians. The first Shotar named his mate “T’Kara” hope and though she at first was resistant to the irony of the nickname Nadia soon came to embrace it as it came to be her “official name” in Falcanian genealogical records.
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