An Interlude
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At this juncture, dear reader, I believe it would be pertinent to introduce you to the children of the Seasons, all of whom are major players in this story.

The Frozen Godlings

Winter’s children, like winter itself, are both beings of shapeless cold, birthed just after the moment of creation. Whether or not they have another parent besides Winter is a fact lost to time. Both are abstract, inhuman beings that operate on a scale that is virtually inconceivable by mortal minds.

Polari, The Black Midday: Born moments after the creation of the world, Polari is perhaps the oldest being in existence other than The Four. It is a savage, instinctive being, driven primarily by an intense loathing of its brother. The source of this hatred remains a mystery, but it seems to be the creatures only motivation in this life. Polari typically manifests as a crawling pillar of thick black smoke, and is immensely powerful, capable of flash-freezing entire fields on a whim, and even extinguishing the light of the sun momentarily.

Polarus, The Bright Midnight: The younger of Winter’s spawn (by mere minutes), Polarus is in many ways the opposite of his sibling; good natured, incredibly wise, and almost entirely pacifistic. While he bears no great love for Polari, he is not consumed by the hatred that his sibling is. Polari appears as a great glowing cloud of white vapor, though occasionally condenses into a featureless humanoid shape. He is often reluctant to exercise his considerable power, but is believed to rival his brother in that aspect.

The Wind Whelps

Spring is by far the most fruitful of The Four, having given rise to six children, affectionately dubbed “wind whelps”. Like spring itself, their temperaments alternate from gentle to tempestuous, often many times in an hour. Each has the unique ability to transform into a gust of wind. All six children were born by different mothers (aside from siblings Kiri and Barasatta), as Lord Spring is nothing if not amorous.

Barasatta, The Raindancer: Of all Spring’s children, Barasatta is most like him, and perhaps the most imposing. Barasatta towers at a well-muscled 8 feet tall, with dark red skin and a pair of mighty boar’s tusks jutting from his jaw. Where Barasatta goes, a storm is not far behind, and the being earned his title from his habit of “dancing” from world to world, bringing rains in his wake. He is notably one of the only beings in creation freely able to traverse the worlds without outside assistance. Like his brother Kiri, the raindancer possesses mild precognitive ability, which he uses generously, much to the chagrin of others.

Kiri, The Cloudsinger: Standing nigh as tall as his brother, and almost twice as wide, Kiri is difficult to miss, and his pale green skin and great antelope’s horns only exacerbate this. Despite this, Kiri is very stealthy, and his title derives from his ability to move quietly as a cloud. He and his brother Barasatta are quite close, and share much. There are even rumors that the two have some ability to share thoughts, though they have frequently laughed off such speculation, and dismissed it as “brotherly intuition”. Kiri is quite fond of music, and is oft found in the company of travelling musicians.

Preverna, Usher of the Gale: Eldest daughter of Spring, and one of his closest advisors, Preverna has long since shed her royal status in favor of an administrative one (though her father does not allow her to take the title of equinox). She is wise, prudent, and most importantly compassionate. She takes the form of a slight young woman, with wildflower-yellow skin and a pair of small horns, like those of a young goat. Preverna commonly serves as a much needed foil to spring, tempering his fury and discouraging his excessive hedonism.

Lecana, Princess of the Gentle Breeze: Lecana has always been fairly aloof, but exceptionally loyal to her father and siblings. She is quiet, and most often keeps to herself, though the rare friend and philosopher has been known to crack the surface. Such conversations were held in confidence, however, and are not suited for such a public forum as this. Lecana bears little resemblance to her siblings, with dark oak skin much like her mother. She can be identified as one of Spring’s children, however, by the pair of long curving horns.

Hurricane, Prince of the Whirling Wind: Most folk regard Spring’s eldest, Hurricane, as more animal than man, and while this is unfair it is understandable. Taking the shape of a massive storm-grey moose, nigh 10 feet to the shoulder, Hurricane is easy to mistake for a beast of the wild. His hooves boom like thunder, and his snorts and cries can blow away small trees. Underneath his bestial façade, however, lies a cunning intelligence. Hurricane is a dependable and strategic being, and often serves as general for the eastern armies, and charges into battle wearing silver armor, with blades fitted to his antlers.

Monsoon, Prince of the Shifting Storm: Monsoon is the youngest child of Spring, and many consider him to be the most human. Monsoon looks much like a man, with olive skin and an average build, identifiable as divine only through a small pair of horns. Monsoon is pragmatic, if not slightly brooding, and is often seen working on behalf of his father. He is much beloved by the people, and is seen as a champion of the common man.

The Burning Twins

Sovereign Summer’s children, a pair of twins, take largely after their forebear. Both are taciturn, nigh unreadable, and glow with the same golden power. There is little affection between the three, as Summer uses both merely as tools of their will, and each twin feels little but rivalry towards the other. Both beings are shaped like natural born humans, and aside from their otherworldly radiance are rather indistinguishable. The identity of their mother is not known, and it is unwise to pry into Summer’s personal matters.

Seco, Sword of the Sun: Seco appears as a young man, not quite yet in his prime, with red-brown skin accented by dark black hair. Unlike his sister he typically avoids his sire, and has little interest in helping him do anything. Most attribute this to his time spent as ambassador in Spring’s court, which has tempered him, and inspired a sense of morality not found in Summer. It is clear to most that Seco is made uncomfortable by much of what Summer does, and there are those that seek to turn the two against each other.

Serotina, Shadow of the Sun: Serotina is known as one of Summer’s closer advisors, and she assists her sovereign with most aspects of governance. She is slow to trust, and slower to befriend. Serotina takes after Summer in regards to disposition; fickle, dispassionate, and perhaps more than incidentally cruel. Tall, with dark brown skin and amber hair, Serotina is beautiful like a desert or mountain is beautiful, in a way that also carries an air of harshness.

A Lone Wanderer

In all of time, Lady Autumn has had only one child, a son. His parentage is a little-known secret, though it is sometimes claimed that his father was a court philosopher, an old friend of Autumn’s.

Harmattan: By far the youngest demigod, at only 27 (barely a tenth as old as Monsoon, the next youngest). Harmattan has little interest in the workings of the court, instead preferring to spend much of his time alone in the wilderness, meditating on one thing or another. His relationship with his mother is strained, and the two have not spoken in some time. He is lean and well built, with sandy skin. On his brow he bears a pair of unusual horns, like those of a giraffe. Harmattan bears no royal title by choice, though was previously styled as 'Lord of the Dry Western Wind'.

-Excerpt from Mónos’s 'Life Of The Seasons'

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