M G Kizzia
Avalon Season 8 Introduction
Season Eight brings the travelers into the common era where they find the Masters are actively trying to change history to come out to their liking. At the same time, it is a difficult time in the heavens where several wars in space spill over on to the Earth. The travelers have to defend the Earth before the space aliens break out in a nuclear war or worse. Aliens are at least something the Men in Black understand. Whether or not they can keep the Earth from being destroyed is the question.
Table of Contents
After 542 A.D. The Khyber Pass
Kairos lifetime 98: Sanyas, the Queen’s half-sister
8.1 Rain and Fire
After 606 A.D. Yucatan
Kairos 99: Yamaya, the Serpent Queen
8.2 Trouble Big and Small
After 640 A.D. Byzantium
Kairos 100: Nicholas, not Saint Nicholas
8.3 Above and Beyond
After 697 A.D. The Breton March
Kairos 101: Margueritte, the Bride
8.4 Happily Ever After
After 755 A.D. Basel, Switzerland
Kairos 102: Mistress Genevieve
8.5 Hiding from Them
After 820 A.D. Wessex
Kairos 103: Elgar, the Defender
8.6 Standing Still
After 883 A.D. Norway
Kairos 104: Kirstie, Shield Maiden
After 914 A.D. North Coast of Egypt
Kairos 105: Yasmina, Arabian Princess
8.8 The Bad Penny
After 979 A.D. The Black Forest
Kairos 106: Don Giovanni, Ringmaster.
8.9 Metal Men
After 1045 A.D. Normandy
Kairos 107: Blacksmith John.
After 1111 A.D. Japan
Kairos 108: Taira no Hideko
8.11 Tax Collectors and Other Thieves
After 1180 A.D. Nottinghamshire
Kairos 108: Helen de Lovetot of Sheffield
After 1245 A.D. between Kashgar and Aksu
Kairos 109: Sung-Ao, slave of Kublai Kahn
Introduction to the Avalon Series
The travelers came to Avalon in the Second Heavens so they could be transported instantly through the Heart of Time to the beginning of history. They went on a rescue mission, but things did not go as planned. The Kairos—the Storyteller, had to jump into the void before history and became lost in eternity. Now, to get home, the travelers must return the slow way, following the Amulet of Avalon that points the way from one time gate to the next. They cross dangerous time zones that center around the many lives of the Kairos, the Traveler in time, the Watcher over history, a person who never lives a quiet life.
They have unlimited vitamins and elf crackers for their health, and unlimited bullets which are needed far too often. They ride mustangs brought back from the old west, and wear fairy weave clothing that they can shape and change with a word in order to blend into the local culture. By a special gift of the Kairos, they can understand and be understood no matter the local language. Inevitably, they have to deal with thieves, brigands, armies and empires, gods and monsters, spirits and creatures, space aliens and the great unknown. They try hard not to disturb history along the way. That is not so easy.
To be sure, all they want is to get home in one piece, but they are not the only ones lost in time. Some people lost in time might want to follow them, or even go with them. Other people are not so friendly, and not everything lost in time is a person. Some want to fight the travelers. Some want to hunt them.
Robert Lockhart is a former police officer, now assistant director of the Men in Black. He commanded the rescue mission that left from 2010 and went from Avalon, through the Heart of Time, to the beginning of history. He is now charged with leading this expedition through time, though he has no idea how he is going to get everyone home alive. They have already lost Doctor Procter their guide, Mingus the kidnapper, and Mingus’ son Roland.
Major Katherine Harper-Lockhart (Katie) is a marine and an elect—a one-in-a-million warrior woman, with a doctorate is in ancient and medieval cultures and technologies. She is torn between her duty to the marines and her desire to be part of this larger universe she is discovering, though since she married Robert, her path seems set. She carries the prototype amulet once used to kidnap Alexis.
Boston (Mary Riley) is a Massachusetts redneck hunter, rodeo rider, and technological genius who finished her PhD in electrical engineering at age 23. She carries the Amulet of Avalon, a sophisticated combination electronic GPS and magical device that shows the way from one time gate to the next. She became an elf to marry Roland; but now Roland has disappeared, and may be dead, though she insists the Kairos managed to grab him at the last minute and brought him back into the future.
Benjamin Lincoln is a former C. I. A. office geek who keeps the database and a record of their journey. He tends to worry and is not the bravest soul, but sometimes that is an asset. His wife, Alexis, was kidnapped by her own father Mingus and dragged back to the beginning of history. This prompted the rescue mission which got everyone stuck in the past with the time gates in the time zones as the only option to get home—the long way around, as they say.
Alexis Lincoln was an elf, Roland’s sister, who became human to marry Benjamin. She retained her healing magic when she became human, but magic has its limits. It could not make her father happy with her choices. She was the one who got kidnapped and dragged into the deep past where she needed to be rescued. Unfortunately, the Kairos had to surrender his life to the void so she could return from the void. Now they are headed home the only way they can.
Elder Stow is a space traveling, technologically advanced Gott-Druk (Neanderthal) from the future who got thrown back into the past. He is forced, at first, to make a truce with these ‘humans’ to join them in their journey. He has since adjusted to the idea, and believes it is his only chance to get back to the future. He carries highly advanced technological devices that he calls trinkets such as a ship’s officer might carry. They do come in handy.
Sukki was a Gott-Druk (Neanderthal) from the before time. She was taken off planet to a new world at the time of the flood. She joined a small group determined to return to Earth. She is the sole survivor after thousands of years in cryogenic sleep. The travelers take her with them, knowing she cannot survive in the past. She prevailed upon the Kairos to make her fully human (Homo Sapiens) so she can fit in with her new human family but the goddesses who did the deed got a bit carried away and empowered her almost like a demigod
Colonel Decker is a trained navy seal, a marine special operations officer who will do all he can to keep everyone alive, even if it means shooting his way back to the twenty-first century. He is a skeptic who does not believe half of what they experience. An African American, he got gifted in the deep past by his eagle totem and can see beyond normal vision. He also got threatened by Aphrodite when she promised to find him a wife. At least he took it as a threat.
African American, she worked as Professor Fleming’s Administrative Assistant. She only willingly left the professor to go with the travelers when the professor got diagnosed with cancer. She has magic, rooted in telekinesis, when the Other Earth phases in and leaks magic energy into our universe. A brilliant woman, she is in love with Colonel Decker, thanks to Aphrodite. The Colonel, however, is resisting the goddess. He was married once before and, as he sees it, he is reluctant to make that same mistake twice.
Tony (Anthony) Carter was Professor Fleming’s graduate student in Antiquities in Latin and Greek. Also from 1905, he lived for seven years with the professor, Nanette, and a few other classmates in the days of Julius Caesar. He joined the travelers because it seemed his only chance to get back home. No one has spelled it out that he will likely get home in time for World War One, but he suspects. And the fact that there will be a World War Two some years later does not surprise him.
Plus, as always,
The confrontations begin. Until then, Happy Reading