The Birshandi and the Waerani


The fifth born, Birshara, was loathe to leave the mountains whose peaks touched the skies, so she moved her people along the mountain paths to the farthest end from the Dwarven kingdom, using the rock face itself for their homes.  The birds of the mountains became their friends, and by their influence, her tribe changed.  Becoming tawny-haired with tanned golden-skin, they found their strength in Wind.


The twins, Waeron and Launa, were the closest of Faeron’s children, and could not bear to be parted, so together they took their portion of the Faerani to in the plains west of the mountains.  There they found humans and wolves warring against each other for resources and land.  Befriending both species who shared the twins’ love of family and neighbor, Waeron and Launa learned to shape-shift between their humanoid form and that of a wolf.  In this way, they acted as ambassadors between both species and created a peace between them.

Since Spirit is the element that allows shape-shifting, their identity is not tied to a specific element like the other Faerani.  Instead they see their affinity and thereby identity tied to the concept of Peace.  Like the Elviani, the Waerani’s appearance began to resemble that of their human neighbors.  Their pale skin became more sun-touched, and their hair darker.  Reflecting their wolf coats, their hair is usually black, brown, or gray.

About Amy Britton Mendoza

Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Amy grew up traveling every three or four years, going to Florida, to England, to Delaware, to Australia, and then back to Florida. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Florida. There she also met her wonderful husband through the serendipitous combination of Latin textbooks, a Dragon Ball Z shirt, and Shakespeare class. She earned a Master of Arts in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a writer, an adjunct in the English Department at Seminole State College in Florida, and the mother of two sweet crazy girls. She is currently editing two novels, Magic's Apprentice, a MG fantasy adventure set in the world of Ryunin and, Fate-Bound, a YA epic fantasy set in the world of Farwynth. Although stories are her obsession, particularly of the Fantasy variety, she also likes anime, sushi, J-pop, and K-dramas.
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