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"Sometimes all you can do is protect those you love. And sometimes you can't even do that."
Tamox
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Medallion is a work by Meredith Foster about coming-of-age, loyalty, trust, and a medallion. It can be downloaded free of charge here.

Set in an unnamed world, the story mostly takes place in an immense forest. Andreya Orifax, queen of the Ilviren people, is frustrated with her life and the responsibilities her position gives her; at the same time, her people are under threat of extinction from Kespa, who killed the previous rulers and is ruling with an iron hand. Dreya doesn't want anything to do with heroism, though - all she wants is to be left to do as she wishes. But after she meets a unique individual named Tamox, she finds herself facing the maturity she never wanted to possess.

The story has two halves, both of which can be enjoyed as a standalone work. One is the novella itself, the other is a series of vignettes and short stories featuring characters from the book and detailing events that happened before or during the story. Dreya, Anshi, and Saela's family feature prominently. The free download contains only the novella, but a deluxe edition of the ebook will contain both halves of the project.

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Not to be confused with the Jackie Chan movie The Medallion.

Characters are here.


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  • All There in the Manual: the in-progress premium edition of the novel contains illustrations, notes on character, and canonical tidbits not found in the story. Things mentioned include:
    • The truth about various characters' sexualities
    • The full account of the Battle of the Two Streams mentioned in chapter nine of Medallion proper
    • How Anshi encountered the Xarn on her way back to Tralnrt from the above-mentioned battle
    • An account of the Fall of Norigoth, detailing how Mayara, Darys, Melane, and Aora escaped from the city with the infant Dreya
    • The events leading up to the capture of Saela's mother
    • Kespa's journals on her various living experiments
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: the Medallion of the title. It's so awesome you don't even need to touch it to use it.
  • Appeal to Force: Kespa's preferred negotiation technique.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Justified to an extent. Xarn and Ilverin have their own fashions and preferences for clothing and color, so a few characters wear things that wouldn't be out of place in a Star Trek episode despite their societies existing in a vaguely Middle Ages setting.
    • Dreya's boots are rubber-soled, with a tread designed to resemble leaves. Also her "traveling dress" has a very modern-looking pleated skirt.
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  • Backstab Backfire: Krysty attempts to kill both Tamox and Dreya and succeeds in wounding Cassy. That fails, so she attempts to send them to Kespa via a complicated spell, but then Dreya shoots her, preventing her from successfully completing her mission.
  • Badass in Distress: Dreya, Anshi, and Tamox all have a turn at this role.
  • Bad Dreams: Make up the prologue.
  • Battle in the Rain: Averted. Even though Chapter Six contains both a fight with a serpentine monster and a downpour, the two do not occur simultaneously.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Subverted. Dreya disguises herself as Kespa in order to escape from a dungeon, but when one of the Myrl questions her orders she decides it isn't worth it and just slaughters them.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The able-bodied populations of two races fight against Kespa and her Myrl near the end of the book.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Tamox and Saela, before the battle gets worse.
  • Big "NO!"
  • Bio-Augmentation: How Kespa gets her army and Tamox.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Dreya, Anshi, Kespa
  • Bloodless Carnage: Averted. Characters are wounded and bleed in amounts normal for their injury.
    • Also justified with the Myrl and other creatures created by Kespa - they're kept alive by magic, there's no reason for them to have blood.
  • Bound and Gagged: The Myrl do this to Dreya when she's captured.
    • Averted with Anshi, as she's left completely unrestrained in her cell. Granted, she was very injured, so they probably didn't think she'd attempt to escape or survive for long if she succeeded.
  • Bridal Carry Dreya carrying Anshi's dead body
  • Bring News Back: Dreya must take a message to Sirold because the Xarn culture is such that only authority figures are trusted by the king.
  • Broken Pedestal
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": A poor translation of Dreya's species name, Ilvir (plural Ilviren, adjective Ilverin) into Integra resulted in most other races calling them "elves".
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Averted. There are no humans in this story, neither are there dwarves. The one mortal race that is around, the Xarn, argue quite passionately with the elf-like Ilviren. And the Ilviren themselves are much more humanlike.
  • Chekhov's Gun: the Prolythe
  • Chekhov's Skill: shows up when Tamox teaches Saela how to fight.
  • Collapsing Lair: Averted, actually. Kespa's fortress doesn't self-destruct, Dreya has to do it for her.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Dreya's need to explore led to her capture and near-death. Tamox's need to explore revealed an illegal Portal Pool that ultimately saves the day.
  • David vs. Goliath: The final fight against Kespa, with Dreya struggling to survive.
  • Despite the Plan Dreya manages to ensure escape from Kespa's castle.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Dreya inherited her mother's Seer abilities, but only in a slightly dysfunctional way. She can't control them, and the one time she does dream of the future she has to struggle to figure it out.
    • Mayara, on the other hand, as revealed in her short story, only dreams of the future. It nearly drives her mad before she discovers the Prolythe and uses it to rewatch her dreams while conscious.
  • Dressing as the Enemy and the villain herself, in order to escape.
  • Duel to the Death: Attempted with Krysty and Tamox, played straight with Krysty and Dreya and Kespa and Anshi.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Averted with Dreya and Melane, played straight with the other courtiers.
    • Especially Valeria.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Dreya vs. Tamox in chapter six. She wants to see what he can do.
  • Final Battle: The above-mentioned clash where all of the Xarn and Ilverin team up to fight Kespa's armies. Unique in that this is the literal final battle for them - they're expending all their energy and resources in one last stand.
  • Find the Cure!: Anshi searching for the antidote that could save Dreya
  • Forging Scene: To an extent in Aora's armory. Not as awesome as it could be though.
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