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From the cover of Transformation
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(Also commonly written as Rai-Kirah). A fantasy series of three books by Carol Berg.

  • Transformation (2000)
  • Revelation (2001)
  • Restoration (2002)

The Rai Kirah series contains examples of:

  • A Taste of the Lash: Seyonne gets this a few times, mostly as part of his time in slavery. He also has scars on his back from previous occasions.
  • Fiery Redhead: Both Aleksander and Lydia, though, unlike Aleksander, Lydia seems to generally limit herself to carefully aimed words and carefully aimed thrown furniture, rather than physical torture and death threats.
  • Guile Hero: Lydia turns out to be rather good at this. Seyonne occasionally engages in it as well by making use of his position or appearance as a slave. Given the circumstance, this tends to be combined with drawing some amount of torture on himself.
  • I Know Your True Name: For Ezzarians their own names are true names, not to be shared lightly, and sharing them is an act of connection and trust. This is because Ezzarian culture is centered around their war with demons, and a demon knowing one's name is dangerous. Someone's name is also needed to help them magically, including for examination. This also means that being required to share one's name in slavery is a major violation.
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  • Made a Slave: Seyonne has this as his backstory. Also several other characters, since there was something of a campaign for a long time.
  • Morph Weapon: The Warden's silver knife can "be changed to whatever weapon [is] needed" (Transformation). Some we see include a spear, a scythe, and a sword.
  • Multitasked Conversation: Seyonne series has a few of these as part of his Guile Hero moments.
    • In Transformation, he, as Prince Aleksander's slave, is trying to remind him of the danger posed by a visiting noble while said noble is in the room.
    Seyonne: [knocks an inkwell over onto the noble, then throws himself on the floor] My clumsiness is inexcusable, my lord, especially after your warnings to be exceptionally careful around our guests.
    Aleksander: [after attempting to deal with the rest of the resulting situation] The warning should have been heeded, slave. One must always carry warnings in the front of one’s mind. The consequences of failure to do so are unfortunate.
    • Later in Revelation Seyonne realizes the outlaws they are chasing are eavesdropping on them, and decides to pretend to be a runaway slave so they'll 'rescue' him. He sets this off by cutting Aleksander with his own sword. Once Aleksander has him tied to a tree to be beaten and abandoned, he attempts to check if Seyonne is sure about this plan.
    Seyonne: Tell your Prince that his empire will not survive as long as injustice rules, but if he heeds those who cry out to him, trusts those who have faith in him, his glory will never end.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Derzhi, of the 'probably based on the Mongols' flavor. Their warrior braids, showing them as blooded warriors, are of high social/cultural importance, and those who do not earn them are relegated to life as underlings. At this point in their history they also have an empire.
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  • Slave Brand: Slaves are branded with a crossed circle, though many of them can be recognized racially as well. Runaways (and occasionally others) may also be branded on the face.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: the silver Warden's knife, which can "slice through the incorporeal body of a demon" (Transformation), and is also the only weapon that can be taken beyond a portal, which is where demon combats take place.

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