The signs as presented in the 'Tales of the Zodiac' series.
Aries - A chestnut-haired amnesiac known simply as ‘Ram’. He is so named for the mysterious Ram symbol tattooed on to his arm. A ferocious, passionate warrior with an abnormally high pain threshold, his tale is a voyage of self-discovery.
Taurus - A jolly, gargantuan tribal leader called Ser Torryan. Renowned throughout the kingdom as a great poet, singer, gourmand and warrior, he seems to be an impregnable force for good in this darkest of times. His tale begins when he is stirred from the safety of his fortress by a threat to his family.
Gemini - A silver-haired, silver tongued cleric called Brother Gemin. A quick-witted albino with a genius level IQ, he makes and breaks kings from the shadows. His tale begins on the fateful night he was born and abandoned to the wilderness as a freak.
Cancer - A moon-faced maiden called Selene. Raised as a playmate of the emperor, she becomes a stand-in mother figure to him. Capable of great ferocity and weakness, often in the same breath, her capacity for self-sacrifice and martyrdom means that her tale will play a pivotal role in the fate of civilisation.
Leo - The flamboyant child emperor of Brightstone called Leo, the son of the sun. He is kind-hearted child who’s ego has been distorted by the flatterers and deceivers that surround him. Possessed with nothing but a desire to lead people into brighter times, his tale concerns the conflict between the lies and the reality of Godhood, of the difference between saviours and charlatans.
Virgo - King Arthur’s sharp and severe adviser, Lady Vesta. She is a mysterious solemn character of almost indeterminate age and gender. As private as she is seemingly emotionless, her tale is a tale of someone who will do what most be done, irregardless of reputation.
Libra - King Arthur’s eldest son, the kind-hearted, high-minded prince Libran. He is a young man haunted by the desire to be fair. Stuck somewhere between kind-hearted idealist and scatter-brained procrastinator, he needs to pull himself together if he is going to lead his kingdom out of the darkness.
Scorpio - An enigmatic savage girl called Shara who seems to play by her own set of rules. Is she driven or is she obsessive? Is she the warmest person in existence? Or the coldest? No one seems to know. Her tale is a voyage of private passion, of fixation, of vengeance.
Sagittarius - A chivalrous adventuring knight called Ser Cai. He seems so handsome and charming that he may have just stepped out the pages of old-fashioned chivalric scripture. But this is also his weakness, for his tale lies in a world blurred between his idealist aspirations and the cold reality of life.
Capricorn - A miserable but socially-mobile peasant child called Gruff, latterly Ser Gruff. His dour dogmatism makes him an enemy of the king and pretty much everyone else he meets. However, his gutsy determination and unflinchingly fixed world-view help him to grind through whatever obstacles people place in his way. His tale is a tale of grim determination against all odds.
Aquarius - King Arthur’s eldest daughter, the rebellious ‘Lady of the Lake’. Disinherited by the king for her flagrant disobedience, she now provides one of the largest threats to the throne. Despite loving her brother, she refuses to accept the primogeniture custom of male inheritance and lingers aloof in her own independent lake-land state. Her tale is a tale of endeavour and innovation, of a fight for equality.
Pisces - A pure-hearted, kind-natured fish maid called Dynwen. When she meets Lord Leo for the first time she becomes his greatest devotee. Her tale is a tale of the places that love can take you.
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