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ELFLORD CUTS LOOSE

SYNOPSIS:
Hawk (Elflord volumes 1 & 2) returns to lead the elf army, with their steam-tech powered human allies, against goblin invaders. But with the goblins defeated, friction brews between the elven Empire, Kathay, and residents who long for their traditional isolation, and their human allies, who seek to conquer the elven lands.

CHARACTERS:
Warlord Hawk Erickson, youthful elf, dark-haired and lithe, classic hero material. He’s an expert fighter, uses two short (straight) blades in combat. He is celebrated as the leader of the Imperial elven army.

Captain Kritzler, a human airship captain allied to the elves. He has a sharp, pointed beard and dresses in an equally sharp uniform. He falls for Yue Xin on first sight and takes her from her island and leadership when his men capture her people as slaves. Promoted to general and ordered by the Kaiser to take the Emperor’s head, he leads the occupation of the Empire.

Blaylock, Kritzler’s human second in command. He has muttonchops and a bit of a paunch. He supports making profit by taking “wild” island elves (far away from the center of the mainland-based Empire) as slaves.

Falcon, an ally of Hawk’s from their youth, cousin to Purebreeze. Falcon has lost an eye, but he’s a well-dressed warrior popular with elven women. A member of Purebreeze’s Righteous Warriors.

Captain Purebreeze, an ally of Hawk’s from their youth and a formidable warrior, cousin to Falcon. A female member of the Imperial elven army. Purebreeze leads a contingent of the Righteous Warriors in an alliance with the royal council, led by the Mandarin, to oppose the human settlement of elven lands.

Hui Cheng, bald young Imperial warrior, guard to the Emperor and friend to Hawk (Asian-descent). Hui Cheng has some magical gifts and helps to return Hawk to his comrades after the humans bomb the capital city.

The Emperor/Po Yi, a bespectacled young ruler, of age with Hawk, who wears robes with Mandarin collars and speaks formally (Asian-descent). He is a believer in peace and learning rather than war but will fight to defend his people.

Bran, a youthful former mercenary (Elflord volume 1) now a loyal member of the Imperial elven army, (possibly of Asian descent). A member of Purebreeze’s Righteous Warriors.

Springstorm, a dark-skinned member of the Imperial elven army, who wears hoop earrings and keeps his long hair in corn-rows. A member of Purebreeze’s Righteous Warriors.

The Goblin King, enemy of the Emperor and leader of the goblins; captured by Hawk, he becomes the prisoner of the Empire.

The Mandarin, advisor to the Emperor and head of the royal council. He disagrees with the Emperor about the alliance with humans, and he allies with Purebreeze’s warriors in opposition of human settlement of elven lands.

Windblade Greensleeve, supposedly the last of the magical, white-haired elves (the sidhe). He is petite (even smaller than Falcon) and freckle-faced, and looks younger than the other elves, with a childlike demeanor. Hawk left his position once to travel with Windblade, when Windblade was cast out for his magic. The Empire is still prejudiced against sidhe and has outlawed practice of sidhe magic. Windblade, in trying to stop a rebellion, inadvertently causes the fighting to be started by humans rather than elves.

Lady Bai Mao/Yue Xin, a sidhe leader of isolated island elves. When the humans capture her people, Captain Kritzler takes her for himself. She is instantly subservient in appearance, and believes destiny has brought them together. She supports the human conquest, viewing it as revenge for the way the sidhe have been cast out of elven society.

Greylone, Windblade’s magic instructor, who in this series appears as a round-faced elf of Asian heritage (rather than the human he appeared to be in Elflord volume 2).

Cardinal of the Crescent Moon, a human missionary who intends to instruct the elves in a “proper” religion.

William Ashbless, a famous human writer.

The Kaiser, the ruler of the blighted human lands, intent on conquering and converting the elves.

Kim, a fighter and spy among Purebreeze’s Righteous Warriors. (Asian descent)

Kibu, the Mandarin’s pet warrior, who ultimately shoots and kills the Emperor.

Old Stinner, a human former missionary who lives in the watery sublevels beneath the Empire’s capital city. He rescues Hawk after Kritzler bombs the city.

Condor, Hawk’s brother and ruler of another elf city. He is under the control of a witch.