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Tales from the Flat Earth is a fantasy series by Tanith Lee, consisting of novels and short stories.

The setting is a world that is flat and square, and floats amid formless chaos. Its cosmology consists of four "layers"; apart from the Flat Earth itself, they are the Underearth (realm of the demons), the Upperearth (realm of the gods), and the Innerearth (realm of the dead). The central character is Azhrarn, Night's Master and the Prince of Demons. The stories concern the Lords of Darkness, especially Azhrarn, and the effect that they have on the mortals of the Flat Earth.


This series contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Zhirek attempts this by placing the immortal Simmu in the Earth Flame, expecting Simmu to burn forever. But because of Simmu's childhood with the demonic Eshva and his actions as an adult, he's so spiritually corrupted that he's instantly reduced to ashes. Simmu's adopted Eshva parents then rescue his ashes and have him restored as an artificial Eshva, which Azhrarn then transforms into a true Eshva. Meanwhile, the rest of Simmurad's inhabitants calcify in coral as their city floods, presumably still alive and conscious.
  • And Then What?:
    Zhirek: But after the conquest, what? A sedentary world of clockwork immortals.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: All of the Lords of Darkness are anthropomorphic personifications of whatever it is they rule or represent — Azhrarn is the personification of Wickedness, Uhlume of Death, Chuz of Madness, and so on.
  • Apparently Human Merfolk: The sea peoples were once human, but used their powerful magic to survive beneath the sea when the gods of Upperearth unleashed The Great Flood. They have a thriving underwater civilization, and are still powerful magicians, and Nay-Theists to boot. They do not have tails, but their Half-Human Hybrid slaves are half-human and half-fish, whale, or shark.
  • Artifact of Attraction: A collar made from the gems that were Ferazhin's tears. Any mortal who sees it has to have it, causing murder and mayhem.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Poor, poor Qebba. He was once the handsome lover of Bisuneh, but Azhrarn had a Drin turn him into a mismatched beast. He spent about eighty years in this state and almost lost his humanity. Once he gets it back, his resentment knows no bounds.
  • The Bard: Kazir, who makes his living by traveling from town to town and singing. He goes To Hell and Back to Ferazhin, and even Azhrarn is haunted by the song that Kazir sings.
  • Barrier Maiden: Kassafeh and the other sacred virgins are linked to the Well of Immortality on Earth and the one in Upper Earth directly above. When Simmu deflowers all of them, this cracks the crystal lake above and some of the Water of Immortality falls into the well on Earth.
  • Becoming the Mask: Lylas pledged to serve Narasen in Innerearth, both to get back at Death and also in the hopes that Narasen would not punish Lylas for having had her killed. But her devotion to Narasen ends up becoming genuine.
    And, from acting adoration, adoration stole over Lylas. And, from acting a seduction, she was seduced.
  • Bed Trick: Simmu takes advantage of their Gender Bender powers to rape eight women in order to access the Well of Immortality. (This could be taken as the moment when they cross the Moral Event Horizon.)
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The demons perceive the absolute mayhem they cause on Earth as being the equivalent of harmless pranks.
  • Body to Jewel: Ferazhin, who was created from a flower, has tears that turn into gems.
  • Born from Plants: Ferazhin was born from a magical flower that Azhrarn conjured for Sivesh. This is also why Kazir is able to bring her Back from the Dead.
  • Butch Lesbian: Narasen is a lesbian woman who was raised to rule Mehr in her own right, as a man would, and therefore occupies a masculine social role. When she is cursed by Issak, she becomes "a man forced to play at motherhood."
  • Chekhov's Gun: The green Eshva jewel that Simmu wears, which Azhrarn promised would call him if it was ever thrown in fire. When Simmu is pushed into the Well of Flame by Zhirek, Azhrarn responds to the burning jewel, and demons rescue Simmu.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe:
    • Much of Uhlume's behavior is determined by what humans expect Death to be like. It is possible that the only reason he is threatened by the notion of immortal humans is because humans expect him to be.
    • The reason why Simmu's raping of the nine virgins has the power to crack the Well of Immortality is because the virgins have associated their own virginity with the well's sanctity. They had actual Virgin Power only because their culture believed that they did.
  • Creative Sterility: In Death's Master, the immortal inhabitants of Simmurad stagnate because they're not driven by the awareness of having a limited amount of time in which to achieve.
  • Curse Escape Clause: The cursed diamonds that Jurim and Mirrash inherit will gruesomely kill anyone who steals them, but giving them sincerely as a gift negates the effect. Zorayas weaponizes her beauty to manipulate Jurim into giving her all of them.
  • Does Not Wear Shoes
    • Zhirem, from Death's Master, grew up barefoot and was Nigh-Invulnerable from childhood exposure to the supernatural Earth Flame; and after he has grown up into the powerful (and pretty evil) sorcerer Zhirek, he dresses in rich vestments, but still goes barefoot, as he is used to it. Later on, after he had become the philosopher Dathanja, a kind-hearted princess gave him shoes, "which he even wore sometimes".
    • Azhriaz, Night's Daughter, usually wanders barefoot as she scorns human convention and is completely indestructible so isn't inconvenienced by stepping on anything sharp.
  • Disability Superpower: Kazir can know the entire history of an object just by touching it. He is blind, and therefore unaffected by the Artifact of Attraction powers of the silver collar, but he still falls madly in love with Ferazhin just by touching the jewels on it.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: The poor woman whom Bayash kills after indulging her services.
  • Divine Date: Azhrarn with Sivesh, Zorayas, and Dunizel.
  • Does Not Like Men:
    • Narasen was never attracted to men, but when she is cursed to be raped by every man in her kingdom, she begins to (understandably) detest them.
    Narasen: thinking, in labor ...all men I will kill tomorrow. All men, who with their lusts cause this.
  • Driven to Suicide: Zhirem tries to take his own life, but his Nigh-Invulnerability prevents Death from taking him. All Uhlume can do for him is give him a death-like sleep.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: The undead man that Narasen sleeps with. She’s a lesbian who has been cursed to sleep with men, and Uhlume decides to help her tolerate having to sleep with a dead man by having him be as feminine as possible.
  • The Fair Folk: Azhrarn is more along these lines than Demon Lords and Archdevils. He and his demon subjects play cruel tricks on mortals because of their Blue-and-Orange Morality, not because they're necessarily malicious. Sometimes they even show kindness to mortals they favor.
  • Fat Bastard: Bayash, a Dirty Old Monk who steals a silver cup to pay a prostitute and then murders her. He frames Zhirem for the crime, but Simmu sends a bird to make sure he gets his comeuppance. In the same book, Jornadesh is also an example, having murdered Narasen to seize power, and then being unceremoniously killed by Narasen's ghost. Yolsippa is a downplayed example, being a little more sympathetic.
  • Fisher King: In Death's Master, Narasen's kingdom is cursed to be as barren as she was. After her death, she returns and reinvokes the curse in jealous revenge, contaminating the land with the poison that killed her.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
    • Zorayas was just a healer living in the forest, raised by a holy man. Though she was a daughter of an evil emperor, she would have been content as she was. But after her ugliness was mocked by a king and she was cruelly raped by a peasant, she starts obsessing over reclaiming her father's throne. She eventually does, and becomes a terrifying Vamp and Sorcerous Overlord.
    • Zhirem would have been a humble priest who only wanted to help and heal people, but he was falsely accused of a crime and felt betrayed by his friend and lover, leading to a spectacular downward slide. He becomes the Evil Sorcerer Zhirek, and his cruelty distracts him from his depression.
  • Gender Bender: Simmu, one of the main characters of Death's Master, has the ability to shift easily between male and female.
  • Gilded Cage: Simmurad seems like a standard Shining City, and is certainly marketed as such — an idyllic and beautiful city of the dawn where an elect of intelligent and skilled immortal humans live in peace and happiness. It's actually this trope, and its inhabitants are compared to wax or clockwork dolls who have no motivation or drive. Simmu quickly becomes a shadow of his former self and does nothing but read in his library, or play war games, regarding everything with indifference.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: While the series definitely has Gods, they're Neglectful Precursors who created the universe, got bored with it, and now do nothing but stand around contemplating their own greatness. They've intervened in the world approximately three times, all of which were to deliver smack-downs on anyone who dared to challenge them. The primary protagonists of the series are chief demons/personifications of dark forces named the "Lords of Darkness," particularly Azhrarn, the Lord of Evil, who has a Blue-and-Orange Morality, and is probably as old as the Gods themselves. Much of the series is devoted to showing how he manipulates humanity for his own pleasure, but is still (arguably) a friendlier force to humanity than the Gods. In the first book, after inadvertently beginning a chain of events leading to the Apocalypse, he enters Heaven to ask the Gods to do something, which they point-blank refuse, after which he proceeds to save the world himself.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Lords of Darkness are personifications of human ideas such as Death and Madness, and most would cease to exist without human belief; the first Lord, the personification of Wickedness, is stated to be older than humanity, but it's implied even he would be diminished without humans around. The Gods themselves don't seem to care one bit whether humans die or not, and regard a very real threat to humanity with a nonchalant shrug.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!:
    • Zorayas rules a vast empire with an iron fist, executes anyone who displeases her in cruel fashions, and even begins hunting her slaves and sleeping with animals as she slips further into ennui.
    • Narasen becomes this in the Innerearth (if she wasn’t already), and gains the epithet Queen Death.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Azhrarn is basically this in Death's Master, having caused Simmu to forget Zhirem, turning Zhirem into Simmu's Arch-Enemy instead of their friend and lover. He also also encouraged Simmu to seek immortality, and built Simmurad for him, mostly because he figured Simmu's war against Uhlume would be entertaining.
  • The Grim Reaper: Uhlume, Lord of Death.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kazir, Ferazhin, Jurim, and Bisuneh all have golden hair and kind hearts. Kazir and Ferazhin Earn Their Happy Ending, but Jurim falls at the mercy of The Vamp and Bisuneh is utterly destroyed by Azhrarn.
  • Hate Plague: The first book ends with a Hatred born from Qebba that grows and festers into an Eldritch Abomination, causing humans to turn on each other and destroy the world around them. No one can stop it but Azhrarn.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: The Flat Earth is still in a time of legend and myth, so many legendary beauties exist in the stories. There's far more headturners of both sexes than there are ugly people. Examples range from Sivesh (who is so beautiful that Azhrarn keeps him as a lover) and Queen Zorayas, to Simmu and Zhirem, to Azhriaz, Night's Daughter.
  • Hell Has New Management: In Death's Master, the Queen of Innerearth was a human queen, Narasen, who owed Death a thousand years of servitude. However, she was too much of a queen to act as anyone's servant, and Uhlume, lord of Death, instead abdicated much of his role to her. He decided he liked roaming the Earth, but the inhabitants of Hell want him to come back and relieve them of Narasen's harsh rule.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game:
    • The demons hunt human souls on the banks of the river of Sleep. Downplayed; they only catch the dying or insane, and these are eventually let go.
    • Zorayas plays this trope much straighter by hunting slaves who displease her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Azhrarn, of all people, allows himself to get burned into ash by the sun in order to destroy Hate and Save the World.
  • If I Can't Have You…: After Sivesh leaves Azhrarn for the sun, Azhrarn tricks him into drowning.
  • I Love the Dead: Zig-zagged. Narasen is hardly a necrophiliac, but realizes she has no choice but to conceive a child by a dead man to end her Fisher King curse.
  • Immortality Inducer: The Waters of Immortality, the ironic thing is that it's in Upper Earth and only accessible by the gods who are naturally immortal and never needed the waters. That is, until Simmu finds a way to make a few drops fall to Earth…
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Whether male or female, Simmu frequently goes naked. Being raised by Eshva means they have No Nudity Taboo.
  • It Amused Me: This is Azhrarn’s sole motivation for the majority of the chaos he causes among mortals. He screws with their lives just to entertain himself, and Kazir rightly points out that if Azhrarn could not do this, he would have nothing to live for.
  • Life Drain: In Death's Master, there's a Drin who takes on an apprentice and charges only one fee for his magic lessons: he gets to bugger the kid every night. When the apprentice finally quits, the Drin reveals that the sex was draining off years of the boy’s life (which were transferred to the Drin); and that to add insult to injury, for the few years left of the boy's life, he will act more like the lustful old Drin himself.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Lylas' Eden-like Garden of the Golden Daughters is actually this. It's created entirely by Lylas' magic, and is so wonderful that all the women who ever live in it are Driven to Suicide upon leaving. Only Kassafeh, whose personality is similar to that of Lylas (she literally bleats like a sheep at the other girls, all but actually using the word "sheeple"), is unimpressed with the garden. Therefore, she can see through the illusion of it.
    • Innerearth can also function as this for the souls that are trapped there, who can all cast fantastic illusions to make it more bearable and pleasurable than it actually is.
  • Lover and Beloved: Azhrarn's relationship with Sivesh seems to have this dynamic - Azhrarn raises Sivesh in his palace and teaches him the ways of demonkind, and also has a sexual relationship with him once he grows up. Doubles as Mayfly–December Romance.
  • Jerkass God: Becoming lazy is actually a moral improvement for the gods. Before they make one member take action against Azhriaz, the gods mention that back when they were active in the world they liked to murder and rape just because they could.
  • Mark Of The Supernatural: Kassafeh's eyes change color to indicate her emotions, which is a sign that she had a third supernatural father — a sky elemental.
  • Mortality Phobia: Simmu’s Fatal Flaw. Having been left in a tomb as an infant made them terrified of Death to the point of wanting to destroy Death by becoming immortal. It doesn’t work out quite as well as they had hoped.
  • Mystical Pregnancy:
    • Seven virgin women all become pregnant by Azhrarn when Azhrarn's ashes blow on them as they dance around the tree where he died. They then proceed to all give birth to him, each delivering a different piece of his body.
    • Narasen becomes pregnant by a dead man.
    • Dunizel is still a virgin when she's pregnant carrying Azhriaz, since Azhrarn impregnated Dunizel by giving her his blood. Initially Azhriaz is seen as a miracle from the gods, but is later decryed as an Enfant Terrible when it was discovered that Azhrarn is the father. A hysterical mob then claimed Dunizel was only technically a virgin because she was getting sodomized by Azhrarn and she gave birth anally.
  • Mystical White Hair: Dunizel's hair is "naturally" the silver or platinum described to her. She was born with it, as her mother Sunfire was pregnant with her when she came in contact with a magical comet.
  • Nature Hero: Simmu was this as a child from having been raised by Eshva, which gave them the power to charm animals (amongst other things). When living as an adolescent in a monastery, Simmu frequently escapes into the forest at night, where they feel more comfortable. Simmu starts to lose this affinity as they get older and become more humanlike, culminating in their role as king of the city of Simmurad.
  • Neglectful Precursors: The Gods created the universe, got bored with it, and now do nothing but stand around contemplating their own greatness. They've intervened in the world approximately three times, all of which were to deliver smack-downs on anyone who dared to challenge them.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: This is Zhirem's blessing and curse. His mother held him in the Well of Flame to burn away his ability to feel any more pain for the rest of his life — weapons refuse to touch him, animals cannot kill him, and even natural forms of death like drowning have no effect on him. Zhirem was believed to be possessed and rejected from his nomad family, then tortured by fanatical priests. Removing his ability to be harmed also prevented him from being able to feel any joy or pleasure, either.
  • Nude Nature Dance: Simmu does one of these, Eshva-style. With unicorns, no less!
  • Our Demons Are Different: There's three demonic castes. The Vazdru are the aristocratic demons, the Eshva are their servants, and the Drin are miners and smiths at the bottom of the social ladder. Demons behave similarly to The Fair Folk, and Drin are obviously dwarves.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: The Drin are the lowest-ranking demons, who are all jewelers and miners making glorious treasures out of metals and gemstones. They are also all male, take pride in their ugliness, and lust after reptiles.
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: Ghouls are powerful supernatural beings that appear as beautiful humans and are incredibly gifted at love-making. They are an evil race and enjoy eating humans as a delicacy. Ghouls can interbreed with humans though the resulting offspring are weaker than a pure ghoul with succeeding generations further degenerating. The mightiest ghouls are nearly indestructible as no spell or physical force can harm them, a way to defeat one is to shine a light at it and then cut out its shadow. Its supernatural nature makes the shadow a corporeal thing and without a shadow, a ghoul is helpless and can be killed with normal means. The entire race meet their end when they annoy the demon princess, Azhriaz the Night's Daughter, who magically seals them within their city and they turn on each other, succumbing eventually to cannibalism or starvation.
  • The Power of Hate: One character in Night's Master hates so greatly that when he dies, his hate lingers and grows into a Tulpa so powerful that it threatens the world and is only destroyed by Azhrarn's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: "Zhirek, the Dark Magician" is this, chronicling Zhirem's descent into becoming an Evil Sorcerer and swearing to destroy Simmu.
  • Raised by the Supernatural: Simmu was rescued from their mother's tomb by two Eshva women, who raised them and gave them their name. Simmu therefore had an air of the supernatural about them throughout their entire life, spoke little, and could do Eshva magic. It also gave them more control over their genderfluidity in their early life. Simmu literally becomes an Eshva man at the end of their life.
  • Rape by Proxy: Issak allowed a Drin to have sex with him as payment for magic lessons, but the Drin corrupted him to be just as vile and lustful, which compels him to rape Narasen. When Narasen kills him after his Face–Monster Turn, he curses her to continue having sex with men despite her attraction to women.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: Zorayas would have taken up being a healer, just like the recently dead hermit that took her in as mutilated baby. But getting raped by a brutal vagrant pushed Zorayas, who was already dealing with anger and resentment, over the edge. Zorayas instead devotes herself to Black Magic (the vagrant being her first victim) and becomes a Sorcerous Overlord.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Lylas, the witch of the House of the Blue Dog, is two hundred years old but has not aged past fifteen.
  • Rescued from the Underworld: Kazir travels to the Underworld in dream to rescue Ferazhin.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: Zhirek calls the sea to flood Simmurad, trapping the immortals underwater forever. Kassafeh and Yolsippa escape in the nick of time.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: If Lylas hadn't surrounded the earthly Well of Immortality with fantastic monsters and illusions, and hadn't chosen a culture to guard it and build a city there, the Well would just be a muddy hole in the ground which no one would care about. If the virgins of the garden hadn't believed in their own Virgin Power, Simmu would never have accessed the Elixir of Life.
    A bizarre paradox: After two hundred and nineteen years, there really was something to be guarded at last, positive Immortality in the second well, and no proper safeguard remained to keep it.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Zorayas, who uses Black Magic to steal back her father's kingdom and acquire more and more power for herself. She even has extremely low-ranking demons to serve her, and manages to trap and threaten the life of Azhrarn.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Deconstructed in Death's Master. Simmu becomes king of the Shining City of Simmurad, and marries the beautiful Kassafeh, all while planning to bring humanity into a new age of immortality. However, Simmu's city is really a Gilded Cage full of indolent, glassy-eyed immortals, and Simmu is actually plotting to Take Over the World (whether they realize it or not). It doesn't end well.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: The Tales have many of them, perhaps the biggest example is Chuz (the incarnation of Delusion) and Azhriaz who are kept apart by her father Azhrarn who was in turn starcrossed lovers with Azhriaz's mother, Dunizel.
  • Start of Darkness
    • Zorayas gets hers when a handsome king rejected her for being too ugly, and she learned of her true origins as an emperor’s daughter.
    • Qebba got his when he was turned into a beast through no fault of his own.
    • Zhirem assumes that his was his initial tryst with Simmu, but it was actually when Bayush accused him of having stolen a silver cup and murdered a prostitute.
  • Super Weight: The gods (Tier 6) and the Lords of Darkness (Tier 5) are in the cosmic tier, though the gods are far more powerful and capable of creating the cosmos. Azhrarn is the foremost of the Lords of Darkness, and the only thing he could do to a god is make its clothes burn a little before the effect is undone. The 3 angels that a single god created to kill Azhriaz are stated to be only a little bit less powerful than Azhrarn, and that god barely made an effort in their creation. Azhriaz herself clocks in at upper 4 or lower 5, being somewhat less powerful than a Lord of Darkness, but far beyond any other being in the world.
  • Technical Pacifist: Simmu refuses to kill anyone, not because of any moral reason, but because they don’t want to give Death any “gifts.” This becomes a genuine roadblock when they begin plotting to Take Over the World and “liberate” humanity from Death — how do you fight a war without taking life?
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: This is Zhirek's attitude. He was raised by the fanatical monks to fear evil at all costs, but after losing Simmu left him with nothing to live for, he nosedives into evil just to occupy his life with something.
    Why then had Zhirek not returned to his spoiled innocence, tried to mend the torn garment? Because he had never done any good save through a fear of doing evil. Evil no longer a threat, paradoxically evil was all he could set himself to practice.
  • Tin Tyrant: Zorayas wears imposing iron armor and hides her mangled face behind an impassive iron mask. That is, until Azhrarn gives her supernatural beauty.
  • Tragedy: Death's Master is this for Simmu and Zhirem, two demigod-like young people who loved each other, and could have done a great deal of good in the world. But Simmu’s vendetta against Death, Zhirem’s depression and ill luck, and some intervention from Azhrarn lead them both to a bitter downfall.
  • Tragic Hero: Simmu and Zhirem are both this, but Simmu in particular is this trope because their fear of death makes them into a deconstruction of The Hero. They start out as a Nature Hero with supernatural powers granted to them by their upbringing, but their Mortality Phobia leads them to declare themself Death's enemy, and seek immortality. They succeed, and become the king of what appears to be a glorious Shining City, but by then they have raped eight women and began plotting to literally Take Over the World. They still consider themself heroic, because they intend to "liberate" humanity from Death by offering immortality to a select few. What prevents them from following through with this plan is that they have become apathetic and and listless in their immortality.
    And [Simmu] told [Kassafeh] of the two wells and the breaching of the glass cistern had been mathematically reduced to the breaching of nine maiden-heads, and that Immortality would descend as a result and he should steal it.
    Kassafeh: Why, you are a hero!
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor, poor Zhirem. He endures torture in the Well of Flame, then is cast out of his tribe for being demonic, is conditioned to believe various harmful ideas by religious fanatics, is accused of a heinous crime, loses his friend and lover, feels betrayed, almost drowns, and finally becomes an Evil Sorcerer and goes to destroy Simmu to distract him from his depression.
  • Underwater City: The city of Sabhel, from which Zhirem steals the magic of the sea people.
  • The Vamp: After Azhrarn gives Zorayas divine-level beauty, Zorayas starts using her beauty to force any man to submit to her and do what she wants. Mirrash tries to avoid this effect by rubbing salt in his eyes or blindfolding himself, but she eventually gets him. Mirrash ultimately has the last laugh.
  • Virgin Power: Implemented by Lylas when she created the Garden of the Golden Daughters. She put nine virgins in the middle of the garden to guard the earthly well, because she Does Not Like Men and wants to protect the nine worthy girls from them, as well as symbolically preserving her own lost virginity. The virgins' belief in their sanctity gives them an actual sympathetic connection to the Well of Upperearth, so Simmu deduces that he can access the Elixir of Life by raping them.
  • Weakened by the Light: Sunlight destroys demonic beings like Azhrarn and his people.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Aesop of Death's Master is that Death is a necessary force that provides the motivation to live. The immortals of Simmurad become like puppets, dead behind the eyes. If you cannot die, you cannot really live either.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: The half-human Kassafeh can only love a hero. She falls out of love with her husband Simmu after their immortality makes them both lethargic. Kassafeh regains her liveliness when she meets Uhlume and falls in love with him, as there's no greater hero than Death himself. She becomes his immortal mistress after that.
  • Wonder Child: A foolish girl who wants a child steals a kiss from an angel-like sky elemental. He tells her that she'll conceive their child the next time she and her husband are together after the wedded couple already have 4 children; she does, and thereby hangs the tale.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Azhrarn makes Queen Zorayas the most beautiful woman in the world. She's so beautiful that armies surrender to her. Because the Tales takes place over thousands of years, there are others for their particular time period. Special note goes to an intergenerational trio of superhumanly beautiful young women: Sunfire gives birth to Dunizel and ascends to the stars shortly after, Dunizel grows up and gives birth to Azhriaz the Night's Daughter and she's murdered shortly after, Azhriaz would grow up and be worshipped as a goddess as she has a reign of terror on Earth.

Alternative Title(s): Deaths Master, Nights Master