Apr 24


Side effects of magic, especially mindmagic and lifemagic. Dwarven Magic has its own safeguards built in for the practitioner.

In the case of positive, healing magic, splashback is primarily beneficial. Mindhealers become saner and more mature, healers are healthy and live long lives. Maliciously meant magic, though, even if it skirts the Protocols of Hesh, tends to lead to negative splashback, in which the caster gets the consequences they intended for others.

Apr 23

Brain Machine

The Master-Mage Amiable and his graduate students built a brain machine that could read and record patterns of brain activity, based on sophistications of the blood-flow spell discovered by Hope at Merrybourne. Hope and Dignified Printer improved this machine and enabled it to feed back in the other direction in an unsuccessful attempt to reverse Hope's curse.

Apr 23


Gnome, Senior Planner at the Clever Man's Works until he replaced Gizmo as manager. In the process, he transformed the Works staff into a company which he headed.

His father was a dwarf, a fact that he kept quiet until the family was forced to reveal it. His stepfather Valve is relatively wealthy. Bucket courts his sister Braise.

Apr 23

Western Bird

A large island at the western end of the Gulf of Koskant, almost the westernmost point of Koskant. It is so named because its shape looks like a bird in flight.

Birthplace of Hope at Merrybourne, it is the seat of the Countygold of the Western Isles. His manor, Merrybourne, is built in the elven style, and looks like a hill with windows.

One of the villages on the island is called Oakdown.

Mar 02

Rosie Printer

Born Industry of Rosewall. Rosie was originally a byname, based both on her name of affiliation and also on the fact that she is unusually pale-skinned and blushes readily.

Her great-grandmother on her mother's side was the inventor of the pressure gun, and she is descended on her father's side from a localgold of Rosewall (not closely enough to count as Gold Class).

She is first seen as an investor in the airhorse. She manages some of her family's money, very competently.

Gave up her family connections and wealth and changed her name in order to oathbond with Dignified Printer.

Associated Characters

  • Mother: Admiration Merchant
  • Father: Punctual of Rosewall (called "Early" by his oathmate) - when parents are interrogating her (or, presumably, her siblings) they speak in turn as a double act
  • Siblings: Punctual, Opportunity and Constant
  • Family butler: Courageous

She is thin and awkward, with flyaway hair and large spectacles. Speaks, as do all her family, in a "high" style using a large vocabulary. Good mathematician and competent inventor (trained in engineering at the University of Illene), creator of an adding machine and a calculating machine.

Briar Heathlake and Hope at Merrybourne helped her with a makeover, after which she gave up wearing the fashionable but unflattering clothes her mother bought for her in favour of outfits created by Mistress Pintuck.

Mar 02


Village north of Gulfport, home to Patient Carver.

As well as his shop, it has a tavern (which serves a decent lunch), a post for the wardens, and a post office.

Mar 02

Realmgold’s Creatives

The Realmgold's Creatives are artists, inventors, innovators, philosophers and the like who are supported by Victory in order that they may dedicate themselves to their creative work without worrying about where their next meal is coming from. She provides housing, medical care, and assistants whose job it is to make the creativity practical and, preferably, profitable.

The creatives may sell their works to anyone, but the Realmgold has first option, and takes an eighth of their profit if they sell to anyone else (as cost recovery). If a creative comes up with something that can be replicated, like an invention, they get license income - standard is 1/32nd of retail.

The Realmgold's representative to and from the creatives is her factor, a cheerfully out-of-shape, casual, matter-of-fact middle-aged man named Hardy Fuller.

Dignified Printer is initially under this scheme, until he is transferred to the Research Institute. So is the political philosopher Perspicacity Weaver.

Mar 02


A pretty gnome woman with short chestnut hair. Worked as a hairdresser while a member of the Underground around Gnome Day; later a candidate for the Gnome Party. Angry, and not a fan of Bucket and Briar.
Bucket had a crush on her when she was his contact in the Underground, but it never led to anything.

Mar 02

Perspicacity Weaver

Perspicacity Weaver (known as Persy) is a political philosopher, one of the Realmgold's Creatives, responsible for the voting system for the Assembly.

Rosie Printer notes, on meeting her, that she is younger and better looking than Rosie herself (who is 27 at the time).

She wears neat, good-quality clothing that falls short of being a Victory suit mainly because it isn’t all the same colour, and has her straight black hair pulled back into a tidy tail at the back with a velvet band. She wears small, round, wire-framed eyeglasses.

She has a tendency to overexplain, especially when asked about her voting system.