The Petiani


The last of Faeron’s children, Petyna, either because of her own subconscious reluctance to leave or a poor sense of direction, led her husband, children, and people further into Dwarven territory.  On the verge of being caught by the Dwarven army, inspiration and necessity led Petyna to the solution of size-shifting.  Then when the Dwarves’ war feelings waned, Petyna opened a dialogue with them and established a symbiotic relationship.  In return for letting them stay in the area, Petyna promised to use their size-shifting not only to limit their need for resources, but also to watch over their shared crops.  Like the Waerani, since their size-shifting is a product of Spirit, they do not tie their identity to an element, and instead tie it to the concept of Life.  They see it as their place in the world to protect the little things in life.

As for looks, it was their admiration of the Dwarves’ colorful appearances that influenced them. As a result, they, like the Dwarves, have no uniform skin or hair color.  However, after the Petiani divided further with Petyna’s three children, there are recognizable traits that set the Petiani apart.


Petyna’s eldest, Sparitina, founded the nurturing pastel-colored butterfly-winged Sprites.


Pix founded the inquisitive electric-bright dragon-fly-winged Pixies.


The protective Brownyth founded the earthy-colored lady-bug-winged Brownies.

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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