Fire, Wind & Yesterday

O that my words might be inscribed —
O that they might be engraved —
cut with an iron tool in a hard rock
and filled forever with lead!
But in my heart I know that my vindicator lives
and that he will rise last to speak in court.
And I shall discern my witness standing at my side
and see my defending counsel, even God himself,
whom I shall see with my own eyes,
I myself and no other.  -Job-

Translator’s Foreword
PreludeKolyek, Etil

A.D. 841-853

One — Latchek and Drukov, Perenemansk and Pinea

A.D. 861

Two — Yomo and Turgey, Pinea
Three — Sadruk and the Lady, Pinea
Four — the Lady and the Butcher, Pinea
Five — Gonashi and Turgey, Pinea
Six — Laïsha and Davnoy, Kiev and Pinea
Seven — the Sufferers and the Three Horsemen, Pinea
Eight — Raznoy, Bugra-dezhu, and the Wolves, Pinea
Nine — Sadruk-the-Physician and Kolyek-the-Physician, Pinea and Greece
Ten — Euthymios and Simonos, (the Parabolani), Pinea
Eleven — Marhya and Abru, Kiev and Pinea
Twelve — the Dregovichian Hunter and the Pig, Perenemansk and Pinea
Thirteen — Laïsha and Kolyek, Pinea
Fourteen — the Dead: Sadruk and Davnoy, the Resurrected: Yeshua, Pinea
Fifteen — Gonashi, the Horse, and Drukov, Pinea
Sixteen — Vlatislav and Askold, Pinea
Seventeen — Kolyek and the Magyars, Pinea, the Swamp, the Steppe, and Drizha
Eighteen — Russack and Abru, Pinea
Nineteen — Nagalyeva and Gian-Pietro, Pinea and Drizha
Twenty — Konstantin and Mefhodi, the Steppe
Twenty-one — Foredya and the other Magyar, Atelkuzu (the Steppe) and the Dnepr
Twenty-two — Abru and the Camp Guards, Atelkuzu and the Dnepr
Twenty-three — Euthymios, Gian-Pietro, Abru, Combriedo de Palma, the Dnepr and Granitsu
Twenty-four — Combriedo and the Missionaries, Granitsu
Twenty-five — the Missionaries, Granitsu
Twenty-six — Laïsha and the Seamen, Granitsu
Twenty-seven — Euthymios and Simonos, the Dnepr
Twenty-eight — Laïsha-the-Khazar, Turgey, and the Khazars, the Steppe
Twenty-nine — No-eyes and Maggot-ears, Khazar Encampment
Thirty — Grom and Kolyek, Khazar Encampment
Thirty-one — Kolyek, Laïsha, and Little Marhya, Khazar Encampment
Thirty-two — the Jackal and Kolyek, Khazar Encampment
Thirty-three — Kolyek and Laïsha, the Steppe
Thirty-four — the Magyars and Abru, the Don Steppe
Thirty-five — Abru, Aaron ben Nisi, Daryetta, Natti, and Marhya, the Don Steppe
Thirty-six — Voronyonok and Pyoss, Russak and Cleo, the Don Steppe
Thirty-seven — Laïsha and Vennamar, Khazaria

A.D. 862, 863

Thirty-eight — Nisi ben Menasseh and Atye, Etil
Thirty-nine — Darus and Yomo, Etil

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So many deadly mistakes and the lies to cover them…  Is there more to fear if faith be bold and the truth be told? A 9th-century Russian peasant, fancying himself a physician, crosses the steppe together with a fugitive woman and two Greek holy men in pursuit of an elusive rendezvous.  While the physician awakens to the Greeks’ advanced culture, the holy men discover the rudiments of what is now the Cyrillic alphabet.

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Her perspective: Laïsha sees the chance and claims her freedom, fleeing alone down a cold Russian river.  Her escape is thwarted, but perhaps she can manipulate Kolyek, a naïve, nearsighted, and bumbling healer deep in the woods of ancient Ukraine, to shield her until she finds another way home.  But the forest rings with the howls of wolves.  Wait… no, not wolves: holy men from Greece.  They are headed in the right direction.  Will they take a young woman along or does the healer have to come too?

His perspective: Kolyek, a 9th-century Russian peasant fancying himself a physician, crosses the steppe together with a fugitive woman and two Greek holy men in pursuit of an elusive rendezvous.  While Kolyek awakens to the Greeks’ advanced culture, becomes an unwitting hero in his near-fatal defiance of a nomadic chieftain, and decides whether he is a man to whom things happen or a man who makes things happen, the holy men discover in the humble peasant’s cottage the rudiments of what is now the Cyrillic alphabet.

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