I am so pleased to announce that I have a novella in the works, a small project that I work on when Faehunter gives me agida.
Potentially titled Into the House of Souls, it will be set in the same world as Faehunter but far away up in the mountains of the south with characters completely unrelated to Mara, Deaglan, Finnian, and Shannon. My tentative release date will be some time in November for another Pippi Longstocking birthday gift to all you dear readers!
Instead, it focuses on The Tuann (too-ahn), a loose group of people who gather in family clans and travel from place to place as it pleases them, inhabiting houses and castles left behind by others, are known for being skilled craftsmen and artisans, and operate with a very loose set or rules and laws. The Tuann do as they please.
Looking For Group
Tuann clans can be as small as 20 and as many as 200 people, generally big extended families with long histories together.
Each Clan has its own colors, banners, and sigils, although these vary wildly. Some Clans may adopt elaborate coats of arms like the nobility in the North, while others may carry flags with simple stripes or checkered patterns with their family colors.
One simple way to distinguish which Clan someone belongs to is by their cloak, or taeocai (tay-oh-kai), huge quilted fabric pieces designed to keep the Southern chill at bay. Each one is sewn and dyed with the family’s crest and colors and are worn at all kinds of Tuann gatherings – or whenever it’s cold.
The main character of my upcoming novella, Hopper, belongs to Clan Dennach who wear orange and blue.
Say What You Want to Say
While most Tuann have since learned the Common Language of the North, there are many words that lack translation. These words are often spoken in Tual (too-ahl), their unique language.
Few speak it fully, however, aside from some remote Clans with little outside contact.
What’s In a Name?
Tuann names generally refer to a characteristic, talent, or appearance of the person. These names are given by the Canneral (can-uh-rul), the head of the Clan on the person’s fifth birthday but can be changed at their fifteenth and fiftieth or with specific petition. Until their first Naming, children are often called various terms of endearment (“my dear”, “sweetheart”) or by their relationship with others (“Potter’s daughter”, “Fletcher’s son”).
Tuann names include Hopper, Weaver, Mason, Tailor, and Walker.
Heavy is the Head
Tuann may lack a central organization or government, but one Clan has been the representative of the Clans to the nations of the North for generations. Generally, the Clans accept this but some – often the more wild or remote groups – resent the “oppression”.
The Canneral of this Clan and his closely chosen allies help settle inter-Clan disputes, visit with foreign dignitaries, maintain a roll of all recognized Clans and record and legitimize new ones.
The Tuann are much closer with their local faery Firelights Court than the other peoples of the North. Faeries will often travel and trade with mortal merchants, entertain the children, offer healing to the sick or elderly, and are known to be generous gift-givers.
Unlike the mortals of Twinefold that see the closeness of the fae as a curse, there is a much more benevolent relationship between the two among the Clans.
Tensions can sometimes be high, however, Hopper and her Clan struggle with a local faery noblewoman who has less than good intentions for her people.
Stay tuned for upcoming news on the Tuann, Hopper, and Into the House of Souls!