Authors: Chris Willrich
ALSO BY CHRIS WILLRICH
The Scroll of Years
The Silk Map
Published 2015 by Pyr®, an imprint of Prometheus Books
The Chart of Tomorrows: A Gaunt and Bone Novel.
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Willrich, Chris, 1967-
The chart of tomorrows : a Gaunt and Bone novel/Chris Willrich.
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In memory of Jane Eades, Georgia Grytness, and Anne Rohweder
IMAGO BONE’S NOTES ON PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS BECAUSE HE IS GETTING OLDER
AND HIS MEMORY IS TAXED
Also, Joy Snøsdatter, Joy. Daughter of Snow Pine. Chosen to be the Runethane, champion of the Bladed Isles. It might have gone easier for her if she hadn’t.
A Tumult of Trees on Peculiar Peaks:
Also known as the Scroll of Years. A landscape painting that either contains or accesses a pocket dimension of accelerated time. You see, Gaunt? I can use magical jargon too.
A headwoman of the Vuos people. I heard of her much later, yet somehow I feel she belongs here.
A former wizardly apprentice, my comrade at the Gull-Jarl’s steading.
A human raised as one of the fey uldra-folk. A princess of the uldra, no less. It seems to have affected her mind.
Mirabad term for the compassionate creator of the universe.
An exploratory ship from Kpalamaa.
One of the Nine Wolves. You may notice a theme in their names.
One of the Nine Wolves.
Ash-lad, or Askelad:
A peasant hero from folktales.
Jewelwolf’s horse. There was something very wrong with that horse.
A fool. No, that’s not all. An old fool.
A young woman of Larderland. It hurts to think of her now.
A troll-inhabited island beside Spydbanen.
A Chooser of the Slain.
A troll or uldra child, left in place of a kidnapped human child.
Chart of Tomorrows, The
The Winterjarl’s protean book, full of cryptic passages and alarming maps.
Chooser of the Slain:
An agent of the old gods of the Bladed Isles.
Grand Khan of the Karvaks.
Princess, later queen, of Soderland. I was never sure where we stood with her, but I was always sure she was in charge.
A magic sword Gaunt wielded for a time. I hate magic swords.
A sapient magic carpet. Before I met it, those words would not have seemed frightening.
An exiled warrior of Xembala. For a time she helped my son. I am grateful.
A spirit creature found upon the sea and within the Straits of Tid. Draugar can take the forms of dead folk you’ve known.
An unnatural, gigantic maelstrom. It has Draugar in it.
Einar Bringer of Wailing:
One of the Nine Wolves.
A slowly crumbling but still mighty continental empire.
A foamreaver and Larderman.
Priestess, wanderer, warrior, spy. Possibly our employer.
Rabble-rouser of Soderland. Quite good at it.
Independent-minded islands founded by fishermen, nominally part of Oxiland, periodically filled with itinerant workers. I came from a family of fishermen, and the scent was like home.
A shaky alliance of the towns of Lillefosna, Vestvjell, Vesthall, Grimgard, and Regnheim.
Can be a seafarer, trader, raider, or all of them together.
An old tavernkeeper and Runewalker. Husband of Nan. Kind to Innocence, he was a good companion when we sailed aboard
A region governed by old laws under which steadings are the unit of civilization, not nations. Takes in Svardmark from the Morkskag to the Chained Straits, and all of Spydbanen.
A mountain pass connecting Garmstad territory to northern Svardmark.
A town and territory allied to Soderland.
What I call Persimmon when we’re about our errands. The other half of my mind.
An Oxiland chieftain.
Gold-Jarl, or Gull-Jarl:
Ruler of the small country of Gullvik.
The steading of Ottmar Bloodslake.
Great Chain of Unbeing:
A huge artifact absorbing the power of the dragons whose immense bodies gave form to the Bladed Isles.
A town paying tribute to the Gull-Jarl.
Name of a town and a small domain in Svardmark.
An overseer at the Gull-Jarl’s steading.
An efrit, a spirit of the desert.
The retired king of Soderland.
Harald the Far-Traveled:
Chieftain of the Laksfjord region.
A slave in the Gull-Jarl’s steading. May his name be honored.
Haytham ibn Zakwan ibn Rihab:
Inventor and gentleman of Mirabad, daring to combine natural philosophy and magic. He gave the world ballooning. I might regret that, had I never flown.
Vast fortifications of Qiangguo—and beyond!—which somehow channel the land’s vital breath.
Huginn Sharpspear’s companion. I think she was more formidable than he.
A chieftain, lawyer, and tale-teller of Oxiland.