By Mykela

Zel’viin (Zel’viina Ren) 


Zel’viin lost her mother early in life and never knew her father, so she was raised by an aunt that was a witch.

Once Zelviin moved in with her aunt at age four, her aunt named her in the witch naming ceremony, so the common folks called her Zel’viin and the witch community called her Zel’viina.

The aunt was busy with her witching and wasn’t sure how-to parent Zel’viina.  Moreover, she knew nothing about braiding a little girl’s hair and Zel’viina’s ‘wild’ curly red hair was often something the aunt wanted contained; therefore, the aunt had Zel’viina wear a scarf over her head, so that ‘problem’ was not seen. The aunt lived until Zel’viina was almost seven and then the aunt died from a spell gone awry.

At that point, Queen Cat’aliin took Zel’viina in and took over her training.  Queen Cat’aliin, a white witch Queen, was a little more social and Zel’viina was able to meet more people and interact with them.  This is when she met Narliin.  Narliin and Zel’viina became instant friends and Zel’viina’s new teacher was willing to take Narliin as a student, although Narliin would not ever live with them.

Since Zel’viina lost two significant people in her short time and does not want to lose anyone else, especially not suddenly, she concentrates her studies on spells of future to know what was going to happen before it happens.  Of course, knowing something ahead of time is not always pleasant, and knowing doesn’t make the thing, if bad, preventable, so fear greatly inhibits her ability in this skill.  Still most know she studies spells for future and they will refer to her as Madam Zel’viin for that reason.

The story introduces Madam Zel’viin in her chambers in King Balvantz’s castle when Prince Jaarul enters the main chamber to receive a prediction of future for his birthday.  At this time, Zel’viin is still deeply inhibited and still trying to tuck away her red curls.

Reading future for others is sometimes easier, but the other person must be relaxed.  That is why Zel’viin starts Prince Jaarul off with something simple.  Then when she sees the bad scene her old fears grip her, along with the knowledge that future is not preventable, at least not as she knows and sees it.

By the time she reveals what the future showed for Prince Jaarul to him and his parents, she has somewhat minimized her fear for that particular future, but it isn’t until near the end of book two that she loses some of her inhibitions.

Zel’viina needs a teacher and needs approval, so she wants Mi’atsha as a teacher to fill that need.  Because that need is so great Zel’viina ignores or minimizes her friend’s, Nar’liinje’s, treatment of Mi’atsha, but at times she feels the split in herself because she wants to be loyal to her friend, and she also wants to be loyal to Mi’atsha, her new Queen and teacher.

At many points in the story, Zel’viina doesn’t feel capable of being able to accomplish her teacher’s request; however, her need for approval is stronger than her self-doubt and she does everything in her power to accomplish things.  From Mi’atsha she also learns that there are different ways to accomplish things and just because one way doesn’t work does not mean another method won’t.

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