Chryne is a land of harsh contrasts, from the blistering infernos of the Barh Desert to the dense tropical jungles of Duuryn, from the misty lowlands of Tanza to the rolling plains and fields of Telby. West, over the Kiayr Ranges, is the most formidable terrain in all of Chryne—mountains draped with black ice and prowled by ominous creatures of an ancient past. Into this world, the reader is thrust.
Telling the story is Talon, a young warrior of nineteen whose immediate family have all but perished. He is a member of a faith called Kriites, who have magical gifts bestowed upon them by their god, Krii whose visible form on Chryne is that of a white wolf.
These gifts are known as the Astor (A: Anzaii, S: Sleffion, T: Tolite, R: Rada). They enable the bonding of Kriites with another being, a telepathic/empathic relationship that utilizes the waves (a level of consciousness or spirit realm). The Anzaii are the most gifted of all, reminiscent of the original twenty human beings who communicated telepathically.
These abilities are the Kriites’ best defence against their enemies, the Zeikas. The Zeikas are a race of immortals who receive their power and longevity from demons of Zeidarb. They are on a quest to dominate the world and the Kriites are all that stand in their way.
There are a number of Kriite groups spread across the world of Chryne and though they share the same beliefs, they are not united. There are the people of Tanza who possess the Sleffion gift of bonding with a skyearl (gigantic flying chimeras), the weapon-folk of Watercrag who possess the Tolite gift of weapon-bonding and the scattered groups who possess the Rada gift of animal-bonding.
Talon comes from Jaria, a secluded race of Rada, who bond with animals. Talon commences at a point in Talon’s life where his youth and time of preparation is coming to an end. He is presented with a new set of abilities and a call to strive for something greater than himself. Thus begins Talon’s Hero’s Journey.
It is an emotional and spiritual journey for him almost as much as it is a physical quest and adventure.
Talon: 19 year-old Jarian male, main character
Rekala: sentient icetiger female, Talon’s Rada-kin (animal partner)
Tiaro: sentient Anzaii artefact (an earring), Talon’s Anzaii-kin
Fyschs: blue longsword, Talon’s Tolite-kin (weapon partner)
Ciera: enormous blue skyearl (a winged water-chimera), Talon’s Sleffion-kin
Sarlice: 24 year-old Lythian female, Talon’s guide and close friend
Kestric: sentient firetiger male, Sarlice’s Rada-kin
Henter: black warbow, Sarlice’s Tolite-kin
Thita: tiny red skyearl, Sarlice’s Sleffion-kin
Other major characters
Lira: 18 year-old Telbion female, a travelling companion of Talon and Sarlice’s
Bal Harar: centuries-old Zeika male, the leader (Bal) of the Zeikas
Tyba: twenty-five year-old Tanzan male, crown prince of the realm of Tanza
Jaalta: sixy-two year-old Telbion female, Talon’s aunt