In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North...
Dr. Justin March: A ex-Servitor for the SCI unit in RUNA. He was exiled for unknown reasons and has been living in Panama for four years. Justin is a Plebeian with dark hair, eyes and extremely good looks. He is extremely observant and very smart which he can't seem to turn off. He often partake in a number of vices (excessive drinking, drugs and sleeping with women). He is a fairly logical guy who needs proof before believing something. He has two invisible ravens in his head, giving him advice and more often grief.
Mae Koskinen: Mae is a RUNA's praetorian who comes from an caste family and Justin's body guard. She is a rare blonde in a society of dark haired people. She is very beautiful and dangerous as a praetorian. She has amazing athletic ability and is highly trained. As a praetorian, she has an implant which increases her hormones giving her super strength and speed. It also messes with Mae's sex life. She doesn't like talking about her personal life and likes control. Despite a cold exterior, Mae can be very friendly and kind.
Teresa "Tessa" Cruz: Tessa is from Panama, a province, and is Justin March's ward. He sponsored her visa to RUNA. Tessa is very smart, almost as observant as Justin, but naive. She grew up away outside of the RUNA high tech society and is fascinated but overwhelmed by it. She is sixteen.
Horatio: One of the raven's in Justin's head. He is the more outspoken one, often commenting on various aspects of Justin's life.
Magnus: The second raven in Justin's head. A little quieter than Horatio but seems to care about what happens to Justin.
Leo Chan: Justin's tech guy. He is a genius with video and code and Justin believes he can solve anything tech related. He used to be a party animal like Justin but after four years, he has settled down. Justin drags him into another adventure
Porfirio: Mae's deceased lover. He was a caste Praetorian from the Mediterranean land grant. He had dark features and was extremely handsome.
Cynthia: Justin March's younger sister. She still resents her brother for leaving RUNA without any notice. She is a single mother and is working for her tertiary schooling (College level). She is very smart with numbers and a good cook. She lives with Justin and tolerates his vices.
Val: Mae's Scarlet cohort sister. She is one of Mae's best friend who befriend her on the first day of training. She has short black hair and dark eyes.
Francis Kyle: A early fifty-year old head of SCI with a bubbly and friendly attitude. He was the one who requested Justin returns to RUNA and working for SCI and the mysterious case.
Geraki: Justin's favorite Megalomaniac. He's a smug guy who SCI has been trying to capture for being a leader of a cult but there is no evidence. He annoys Justin to no ends with his cryptic messages.
Dag: Mae's Scarlet cohort brother and best friend.
Republic of United North America (RUNA): Commonly called the RUNA. A country formed from Canada and parts of the former United States during the Decline. It is the most stable and technologically advanced country in the world. Its primary language is English, followed secondarily by Spanish. Its official colors are maroon and dark purple. Pronounced "roo-na"
Internal Security: The ministry within the RUNA that handles threats and security inside the country's borders. The Division of Sect and Cult Investigation, which the servitors work out of, is part of it.
Praetorian, Praetorians: The RUNA's "super soldiers." Praetorians have a small positive feedback implant in their arms that will increase whatever neurotransmitter is being actively produced in the body. For example, when adrenaline is naturally produced in a fight, the implant will increase the body's production, enhancing the praetorian's abilities. Praetorians are divided into color-coded cohorts and serve for eighteen years, from age 22-40.
Servitor: From the Latin "servitor veritatis" or "servant of the truth." Government employees of Internal Security who license and investigate religious groups. Although much of the job is paperwork and interviews, some situations become volatile, and servitors have quick access to law enforcement and military resources. Their sub-department is the Division of Sect and Cult Investigation.
Plebeian, Pleveians: Term for most of the RUNA's population, those created from its genetic mixing programs. Most plebeians have dark hair and eyes, with tanned skin.
Patriarchy, Patrician, Patricians: Those who clung to their ethnic heritage and were exempted from genetic mandates after the Decline because of financial contributions to the early government. Patricians identify with a particular culture (Irish, Egyptian, etc.) and select for features associated with that culture. Many patricians still live off of that early wealth and have established aristocratic mini-societies on special regions allocated to them, called land grants. "Caste" and "castal" are slang terms for patricians used by the rest of the country.
Arcadia: Post-Decline country formed by part of the southern and southeastern former United States. It possesses moderate technology and a religion-centric government. There's a lot of tension between it and the RUNA, both because of current border disputes and Arcadia feeling as though it was abandoned after the Decline.
Eastern Alliance (EA): Called EA. The RUNA's sister country, formed from parts of former China and Russia. It shared many genetic policies with the RUNA, including population swapping, but has a looser stance on religion. It nearly matches the RUNA in technology and order. Its primary language is Mandarin, followed secondarily by Russian.
Chapter 1: She Usually Wears Black Chapter 2: A Beggar at the Door Chapter 3: A Few Less Problems Chapter 4: Each Other’s Undoing Chapter 5: A Burning Bridge Chapter 6: Genius, Con Artist Chapter 7: Fairyland Chapter 8: Not Cool Chapter 9: The Deadly Warriors That Keep Us Safe Chapter 10: Master and Apprentice Chapter 11: License to Worship Chapter 12: Miracles Chapter 13: Two Percent Chapter 14: Justin’s Favorite Megalomaniac Chapter 15: He’s Taller Chapter 16: The Principle and Stuff Chapter 17: The Most Dangerous Man in the Republic Chapter 18: A Church Without a God Chapter 19: Grateful to Be in the Folds of Civilization Chapter 20: A Ticking Time Bomb Chapter 21: Conflict of Interest Chapter 22: The Miscreant Terrorist Girls’ Reform Camp Chapter 23: The Ballad of Mae and Porfirio Chapter 24: Therapy Chapter 25: How Mae Got Her Purpose Chapter 26: Everyone’s So Blond Chapter 27: Koskinen Decorum Chapter 28: Her Drug Chapter 29: Technicalities Chapter 30: The Ramblings of a Madman Chapter 31: Avenging Valkyrie Chapter 32: Desperate Times and All That Chapter 33: Mortal Weapons Chapter 34: No One Ever Expects the Knife Chapter 35: A Recluse and a Technical Genius Chapter 36: The Other Pattern Chapter 37: Stephanotis Acknowledgments About the Author
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