Welcome to MÔvarin, where circumstance, choices and magic can turn a person into someone very different. Human to tengrem, villager to royalty, friend to foe, daughter to mother, magician to trader... the one thing you can count on in MÔvarin is that people change, one way or another.
The question of what makes us who we are lies at the heart of my first novel, Heirs of MÔvarin, and the trilogy that follows it, Mages of MÔvarin. MÔvarin is an "otherworld" equivalent of the Eastern United States, except that the River Misis is roughly where Appalachia ought to be. It is a place where magic works (for some people and against others), but literal monsters didn't exist until a generation ago. Most of all, it is the home of Rani Fost and his two best friends: Del Merden and Del's twin sister Crel. Their respective journeys have more to do with self-discovery than with surviving magic and treachery, finding a lost king or getting back to where they need to be—although there's plenty of that, too.
The aforementioned novels are not yet in stores, for the simple reason that I have not yet sold the first one, and am currently editing the second. I've also written a few scenes for the prequel, To Rule MÔvarin, and for a further sequel, tentatively titled The MÔvarin Revolutions. (The weekly serial Mall of MÔvarin, which appeared in two of my blogs in 2005, is most likely apocryphal.) I am determined that these books, my life's work, will be published. These characters deserve no less.
site is perpetually under construction, with a one-person crew that seldom shows up for work. It will eventually include a map, more background information on the setting and history of MÔvarin, and more information on the writing of the books. It will also be updated with publication info when there is any. Meanwhile, I've put in a sample scene from each completed book, along with some other items as a promise of things to come. The heart of the site is the character pages, which can be accessed below from a gallery of character drawings by the well-known sf/fantasy artist Sherlock. Some of these have
fictional journal entries by the characters, which do not appear in
the books themselves.
What is a tengrem?
twenty years ago, the mage Calezundi experimented on human beings to
create a six-limbed monster called a tengrem. Inspired by legendary
monsters of the Old World, Calezundi gave his tengremen equine bodies,
bear-like upper torsos, lupine heads with a single horn on the
forehead, fire breath, human speech and intelligence (at least
intermittently), and a highly variable, often savage temperament. Once
a human becomes a tengrem, he or she will never be fully human again.
However, the person can assume human form (and have a calmer, more stable
mind) with the use of a personalized magic necklace from a hidden lake. The necklaces aren't easy to get, and are easily stolen.
Most tengremen live in Gathmak, a forest in southern MÔvarin. There they do the bidding of the mages of MÔton, hoping to earn their necklaces and their freedom. Recently, however, an insane tengrem has left Gathmak, heading north with a talisman that could change everything--for the tengremen, for a teenaged boy named Rani Fost, and for the land of MÔvarin itself.
the MÔvarinű (and one MÔtonan)
Click on a name or a face for info on that character.
Art by Sherlock
Fayubi the Seer Crel / Cathma Del / Carli
Shela Cados King Jor Baku Dener
Li Ramet / Liru Rutana Prince Talber
A Note About Character Names
A significant portion of Mages of MÔvarintakes
place in an “otherworld” version of MÔvarin, Sanlodal and Londer.
Virtually everyone in Cathma's MÔvarin has a counterpart in that
other reality, but not necessarily with the same name. In addition,
certain characters undergo name changes as their own identities change over
time. Alternate names, if any, are listed on the individual character
profile pages. Sorry for the confusion, but it's thematically
important! Also, being a parallel world, it sometimes has names
that look or sound like names in our world. It was bound to happen:
don't worry about it.
The MÔvarin Series
As of January, 2009, the projected series is as follows:
In 2005 my all-fiction blog, Messages from MÔvarin, had a weekly serial, Mall of MÔvarin, set several months after the events of Mages of MÔvarin.
It's not the serious work that the novels are, but it does feature many
of the same characters. The same blog has also featured the first
two chapters of Heirs of MÔvarin (serialized in in early 2006), numerous works of MÔvarin-related short fiction (2004-present), and brief excerpts from To Rule MÔvarin and The MÔvarin Revolutions. All of these can be reached from the Messages from MÔvarin sidebar. Please note that the samples are from several major edits ago, and do not closely reflect the current draft.
Other Pages about MÔvarin:
Musings from MÔvarin (my old blog)
Other Pages on this Site:LOL Dogs: Because Dogs Don't Get Enough Attention Online
Karen's Credos and Curios
Karen's favorite quotes
Karen's Quantum Leap pages
Other Pages, originally on Mavarin.com:St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church
moved to http://smallangelstucson.org/
Karen, the Accountant:
Preferred email: AOL screen name Mavarin (@aol.com)