Chapter 23 of SirenSong is out!

The new chapter is out! This one has a little bit more of political intrigue to it than the former, more action-packed ones. I’m not going to lie, it’s one of the ones I had the most fun writing! Though I doubt the Aurean siblings are having any fun…
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Introducing Nox! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Nox

Age: 31
Height: 1’85 m
Weight: 120 kg

Siren Gift:
Sapphire Necklace

Likes:  ???
Dislikes: ???

Nox was once a great man and a kind brother. Sol and Luna looked up to him, Stella adored him, and Lux thought of him as a role model.

But then, one day, he left for the surface.

By the time he returned, he was not himself. He had torn his own hair off and bruised his body all over. Suffering from what has come to be known as the Siren’s Plague, he stopped being able to form coherent sentences and started spending all his time doing nothing but eating and crying.

No one knows what the Siren’s Plague is or why all the people who tried to leave for the surface suffer it. Whether there is any way to cure it is an even bigger mystery.

But his siblings don’t forget Nox. Despite falling victim to a terrible illness, they still look after him, in the hopes that one day he will come back…

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Introducing Sol! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Sol

Age: 28
Height: 1’90 m
Weight: 90 kg

Siren Gift:
Ruby Ring

Likes:  Training, monotony, politics
Dislikes: Arrogance, surprises, Gaius

Sol was, after Lux, the first Aurean royal sibling to be introduced, and the one who irritates her the most. Being the stricter and the most severe, as well as the most prone to fits of anger, he’s Lux’s least favourite brother.

One could argue that he’s the one in charge of the tasks no one else wants to do. He trains the warriors that protect the royal family and the aristocracy, and he’s the one enforcing the law. Whether he likes these duties or not doesn’t mean that he’s any less efficient at them.

What makes him so unlikeable in the eyes of his younger siblings is his short temper and his fits of violence. What they don’t know is that he’s extremely ashamed of them and has a number of routines to keep his emotions in check.

Whatever his faults may be, he does care about his family more than they know…

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Introducing Luna! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Luna

Age: 28
Height: 1’80 m
Weight: 72 kg

Siren Gift:
Amethyst Ring

Likes: Patricians, wit, high-class dinners
Dislikes: Plebeians, vulgarity, Gaius

From her very first appearance in the prologue, Luna comes out as a ruthless enforcer of the law who will do anything to uphold the status quo.

Unlike Gaius, she doesn’t think that the proper way of helping Aureans is by mingling with the plebeians and solving their everyday problems. She has a top-bottom view of the world where the aristocracy plays a pivotal role: if the people in the higher positions are happy, money will flow into the city. Only then can it be invested in improving the citizens’ life.

Whether this makes her a more effective ruler than Gaius would ever be, or a sycophant who will stop at nothing to gain reputation and wealth, depends on your perspective of the problems that Aurea faces.

Her younger siblings, at any rate, don’t seem to hold her in the highest regard…

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Introducing Gaius! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Gaius

Age: 20
Height: 1’78 m
Weight: 65 kg

Siren Gift:
Topaz Bracelet

Likes: Drinking, conversing, love-making
Dislikes: Privilege, snobbishness, arrogance

The first mention in SirenSong of Gaius is in chapter 1, when Lux remarks that no-one likes Gaius. Since he’s the butt of every joke and the target of many insults, one would expect him to be a rather dislikable man.

Until you get to meet him.

Lux herself, who had always disliked Gaius because of the fact that he had received a Siren Gift while she hadn’t, had to admit she had been too quick to judge him. Foul-mouthed and abrasive on the surface, he turned out to be a very tender and generous man… with those people he cares about, that is.

From a very early age, Gaius took to escaping from Aurea’s royal palace and into the city, where he got to meet the plebeians and learn from them. It wasn’t long before he decided that he preferred their company to that of the Patricians and his own family.

His main objective, now, is to lead the Aureans into the surface in order to improve their way of life—a dream which just happens to be closely intertwined with that of Lux’s…

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Introducing Stella! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Stella

Age: 25
Height: 1’62 m
Weight: 41 kg

Siren Gift:
Lapis Lazuli Diadem

Likes: Books, playing with magic, her family
Dislikes: Untidiness, unreasonable people

Chapter 3 of SirenSong introduced Lux’s older sister, Stella. As the librarian of Aurea, she keeps every book of the underwater kingdom in her dome-shaped home, which she rarely leaves.

The power of her diadem confers the ability to control the air. It is this power that keeps the waters at bay and permits life in Aurea. If she were to stop using her magic for even one second, the waters would flood the kingdom and destroy everything within.

Because of this, Stella can’t even allow herself to fall asleep. To ensure that that doesn’t happen, the Sirens gave her a concoction that keeps her constantly awake. Although she’s grateful for this, having to stay vigilant at all times has taken a toll on her, making her body thin and weak.

Loving and caring as she is, she never lets her family to worry about her state. She carries her responsibility with a smile, even when she’s hurting. Unable to sleep or leave her home, all she does is read all day, every day…

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Introducing Alba! #SirenSong

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Alba

Age: 16
Height: 1’54 m
Weight: 47 kg

Siren Gift:
Emerald Ankle Bracelet

Likes: Gardening, playing with dolls, fancy dresses, Lux
Dislikes: Anything and anyone that stands in Lux’s way

In SirenSong‘s chapter 2 we met Alba, Lux’s youngest sister, as she danced through the fields to bring a new harvest. She is the owner of the Emerald Ankle Bracelet, which grants its user dominion over nature and vegetation. Because of this power, the whole kingdom of Aurea depends on Alba for sustenance.

She is, however, the least politically inclined of all her siblings. As far as Lux can remember, Alba has never shown any emotion, wearing always a blank, expresionless mask on her face. It is only during periods of exceptional emotional duress that she reveals her true feelings—with a slight tremble or an almost imperceptible twitch of the eye.

It is unknown whether Alba thinks much of her father or her other siblings (other than Stella, whose books she frequently borrows), but she admires and idolizes Lux. Unable as she is of feeling very strong emotions, she wishes for the time when will feel as passionately and intensely about life as Lux does.

In the meantime, she is more than happy to stand by her sister’s side and help her fulfil all her dreams, being the voice of reason in a world that seems to be going insane…

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