Fighting Tyranny is the first episode in my perma free Neo Skyehawk Series, which serves as a group of novelettes and novellas that are a predecessor to the Lord of Columbia Series, where the first two episodes can be viewed in further detail here and here.
Neo Skyehawk and Seneca LaSalle could not have come from different backgrounds. While Neo was born and raised as the crown prince in the land of Ddraigoch, Seneca lived most of her life as an Untouchable in the neighboring nation of Tamuria.
Since moving into the Palace at Radyr in the seaside capital city in Ddraigoch, Seneca has dreamed of rescuing her parents and sister from the corrupt clutches of Tamuria.
Upon discovering growing tensions between Ddraigoch and Tamuria, which Neo is responsible for as seen in the prequel Eurean Kingdom, he leads Seneca back into Tamuria on a rescue mission.
But things aren’t at all what they believed to be.
Tamuria is capturing and jailing Ddraigoch traders, whom they believe to be spies sent by Neo’s father, King Irvin. Anyone wandering in Tamuria of Ddraigoch descent are at risk of facing imprisonment or worse, a painful death sentence.
Neo and Seneca must evade Tamurian soldiers and mercenaries, all the way back to Seneca’s hometown of Tamuria City, which sits right below the Palace of Tamuria, where the Tamurian military has instituted martial law.
Will the duo succeed in rescuing Seneca’s parents, or will their presence spark greater division between the two powerful nations of Ddraigoch and Tamuria?
The main character in Fighting Tyranny and crown prince to the Ddraigoch Throne. Despite his social status, Neo just wants to live like one of the average townspeople and promote his invention, the sport of shotball. Sadly, the stars never align for Neo and his sometimes reckless antics tend to set the story in motion.
Neo is a Stoicheion, the name for an individual possessing ability to control at least one of the five classical elements. His primary element is fire but is also proficient in wind control.
Discovered by Neo in the prequel Eurean Kingdom, Seneca grew up as an Untouchable in Tamuria, oppressed by the nation’s elite class led by the hostile Tamurian King Ruslan Romanoff. Despite her initial hatred for Neo, she grew close to him over the events of the prequel and ultimately moving in with his royal family. Her desire is to rescue her parents from Tamuria’s brutal regime and live a normal life in Ddraigoch.
Despite possessing Stoicheion ability, Seneca had to be careful about practicing her craft in Tamuria due to laws against Untouchables utilizing such ability. However, she managed to master wind control and is also accomplished in controlling Spirit, one of few Untouchables to do so.
King Irvin Skyehawk
King of Ddraigoch, Irvin was once known as running a tight ship reminiscent of the Tamurian regime but lightened up upon meeting and taking Seneca into his custody. Upon witnessing Neo’s friendship with Seneca, he immediately cut taxes throughout Ddraigoch and withdrew Ddraigoch soldiers from reinforcing Tamurian soldiers in the continent of Eura. His actions caused tensions between himself and Tamuria’s King Ruslan Romanoff.
King Ruslan Romanoff
The brutal King of Tamuria and would-be father-in-law to Neo had the latter never come across Seneca. Ruslan’s greatest ally was once Irvin before Seneca entered the picture. Ruslan’s policies include high taxes among the poor and middle classes while utilizing tax dollars to fuel and expand a powerful military force to annex areas of Eura, the continent of Afrikaana, and other areas into Tamuria for his own interests.
Santo ap Leuan
Leader of the Ddraigoch Knights. A wind master, Santo was one of the first Knights to arrive back in Ddraigoch as Irvin ordered desertion from Tamurian forces. He is loyal without question to King Irvin and was initially confused about the King’s abrupt order to disband.
Santo owns both a Sword of Stoicheion, which is given to one who masters all five classical elements, and a Sword of Destiny, one of five rare objects placed throughout the world. A mysterious object, little is known at the day and age of Neo Skyehawk regarding them. They’re something for Neo and Seneca, and later Cain Riscattare in the Lord of Columbia Series to find out.
Santo is also the father of David ap Santos, who is mentioned in passing in Northern Knights and whose descendants emigrated from Ddraigoch and into the New World hundreds of years after. Santos Complex in Northern Knights is named after Santo and David’s descendant, George Santos y Seafarer.