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Question Answer, Book Signing in Austin

On this guest post on John Marco's blog:
Power in the World of the Raksura, there was a question, and WordPress has eaten my reply, so I'll post it here:

Michael Mock said In the books, one of the early challenges that Moon faces is being identified as a Solitary (a Raksura who's done something so unacceptable that he's been forced out of his birthcourt) instead of what he really is, which is basically an orphan who was essentially never part of a court in the first place. Later in the books, we're introduced to a Solitary who really was... I'm not sure whether "exiled" or "disowned" is more apt, here... who happens to be a Warrior - one of the Aeriat. This leads me to wonder: are solitary Raksura usually Aeriat? Always Aeriat? Or are the Arbora who are rogue solitaries as well? And, on a more relevant note, are solitaries formally exiled, or are they the ones who managed to leave their birth courts before the Queens' justice could catch up with them?

Paul Weimer said I wonder if Arbora aren't more functional as solitaries since they do handle a lot of the trade with other peoples. A rogue Arbora can break away from a Court and go to a more cosmopolitan place more easily than an Aeriat could--look how hard it was for Moon.

Solitaries would almost always be Aeriat. It would be pretty rare for one to be an Arbora. A warrior who did something that bad (like murder) would have to flee the court before being caught. Though there might be instances where they were caught, and the queen just didn't want to kill them, and exiled them instead. In The Siren Depths we saw it is possible for Arbora to commit crimes but it would be much harder for them to escape the court. If one was exiled for whatever reason, yes, it would be easier for them to fit into a groundling culture, if they could find a compatible one.

and Brannigan C said Thank you for the great post. I love reading about different governments that can be used in fantasy stories. I also get bored of the standard form of governments that are used. While reading about the Raksura government for some reason it made me think of a bee colony in a way with queens and infertile warriors.

Thank you very much!

Book signing in Austin this Saturday

* I'll be doing a signing for Blade Singer with Aaron de Orive, at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum in Austin, Texas, on Saturday November 15 at 2:00. So far it looks like they have Stories of the Raksura I and Star Wars: Razor's Edge in paperback, too.

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Oh, spiffy! Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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