Chapter 1: The Light-fairies
Dozens of wax candles light up the monastery’s big library, projecting a flickering warm light on the high walls, packed full of books. Precariously balanced on the final intact step of an antique ladder, Lys tries to grab the precious volume of Essential Annotations of Plankton Photocells by Isodor Marafol. The elderly lady has finally found the book, on the last level of shelving in the Geography section. In order to seize it, she’s fabricated a very long makeshift pole grabber by assembling two broomsticks, some tongs and a complicated system of elastic cables.
This work should go in the Zoology section in the Marine department. Who could have possibly stacked it in such a place? Geography! What a ludicrous idea! And this ladder, missing at least five steps, I should have had it repaired a long time ago. There are at least six sets of shelves that I can’t access – so many precious works to be found surely!
Stretched to the extreme on the tips of her blue suede ankle boots, she reaches out her knobbly arm, lofting the improbable tool as high as possible, when Nostromo clatters into the room. He’s jumping up and down, holding a bottle in his hand.
‘Lys, Lys, my noble friend, the light-fairies are back! The jellyfish have returned! They’re here!’
Moon is singular and a bit of magician.
Windy languages & Birds' confidant.
Her crystal locket.
All of them, except Nostromo' frog.
But I'm not asking for the moon!
Red is a young man, brash, bold and fearless.
Bad deals and heir of a famous pirate.
The gift of the gab and his poisoned dagger.
The wonderful and elusive Moon.
Chance is a dish best savoured cold.
Siana est independent and explosive. She is never at a loss for words.
Poisonous monitor lizards hunting & occasional burglars.
Her nets and her switchblade grapnel.
Nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Teasing Ulrich and asking awkward questions.
Ulrich is a grumpy retired soldier. Man of few words, he is kind-hearted.
Body-guarding Red & ex-first mate on the Intrepid ship.
His sword inlaid with a dragon teeth.
First rush, then talk.
This unbearable she-devil: Siana.
Lys is a bossy and surly scholar, who hides her real feelings.
Specialist in nothing but knows about everything.
A full library by herself.
Better knowing nothing than half the knowledge!
Finding an explanation for everything.
Nostromo is a beared druid, who enjoys life.
Revitalizing potions & elixir of life.
Overlasting jellyfish soup.
His mirabilis pet frog.
Surprise Frog eggs. His sens of humour.