In honor of reaching the finish line on draft Numero Uno of Stream Pirates (yay!), I'm presenting the story to the world in a more detailed form than the one-liner I've been totting around. And I also didn't think it was very fair to ask for betas without betas knowing more about the story than said one-liner. So (stealing Jill's character-presentation-format), for your viewing pleasure, may I present a few of the main characters in Stream Pirates.
Yazoo Oxbow and his crew of sediment-stealing swashbucklers are known for their cunning ability to channel the rivers that make up the kingdom of Radial Stream. In a world where controlling the flow of a river means controlling all that river holds,
As the heir to Radial Stream, Alluvial Fan has spent her life dodging suitors and avoiding the kingdom flirt, Milo Vesic, all the while distracted by the adventure Radial Stream holds. When her father disappears the night of a ball, she isn't as quick to blame Yazoo Oxbow as her uncle and the other lords. Unbeknownst to the court, she seeks out Yazoo. The most notorious stream pirate would know of every hidden spot in Radial Stream -- and may be the only one who knows how to find her father.
Alluvium Fan has never been seen apart from his sister and twin, Alluvial. Always spoken to as "Alluvial's twin" or "the king's other child," he seems oddly unmoved when his father disappears. While Alluvial searches for their father, Alluvium becomes the foremost suspect in her mind. But did this lemon-sucking toothpick of a prince really plan to have his father killed?
Hours before Tombolo Fan disappeared, he promised Alluvial that she would be all right. These ominous words led her to believe he knew he would be kidnapped. But would a king who loved his land as much as Tom let himself be captured? Or, like Yazoo, is there more to this king than a desire to protect his people?
There are quite a few more characters, including Yazoo's crew and some underwater beasties, but I shall stop for now. I'll give out the call for betas some time later this week, as I want to do one more run-through edit on my own. But stay on your toes, mates -- here, there be pirates.
(And yes, I did use the man who plays Crusoe on the NBC show as Yazoo. Yes, I did put an eye patch on him as Yazoo is missing his right eye. And yes, that is Jeremy Irons as Tom, Bethany Joy-Galeotti as Alluvial, and that guy from The Tudors as Alluvium. Hey, I can dream.)