~The World of Rowan Blaize: Character Profiles~ by JONATHAN KIERAN
The realm of ancient sorcerer Rowan Blaize is one in which otherwise hidden worlds collide with (or dwell alongside) our own mortal sphere. Rowan’s existence is played-out across landscapes and dreamscapes that encompass “worlds within worlds,” providing the observant traveler ample opportunity to encounter creatures of dazzling magical qualities. Some of these beings are friendly, others are belligerent, and still others have a hard time deciding among the various options. From one universe to the next, certain things never change. Enjoy meeting the main characters of Rowan’s adventurous story in the profiles below and remember: wherever the world and whomever the wayfarer … only enchantment is immortal.
Character Name: Celintha
*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Marian Seldes
Nature/Occupation: Semi-immortal sorceress.
Age: 250 yrs. (give or take a decade)
Background: Celintha was a famed witch and seer from the Dalorum Hill Country in Kelnia’s remote northern region, from whence the clan of Starbane’s father hailed. When the King began to experience the magical mischief and wrath of young Princess Oblixta, the haggard old witch of his homeland was summoned to the royal court. Oblixta later tricked Celintha into revealing her magic secrets, and Celintha –disappointed and disturbed– was forced to wait a very long time for a sharp (but haplessly brief) act of revenge upon her far more powerful protégé.
Significant Traits: Stooped, wrinkled and garbed in a frayed linen tunic bedecked with strange charms, sigils and feathers, Celintha could perhaps be described as a classic “hag” or “hedgewitch,” were it not for the radiant kindness evident in her wise countenance. She probably began life as a mortal being, but the practice of marvelous enchantment has preserved her existence long beyond the normal course of years, as such magic is wont to do for certain individuals in the desolate grandeur of the Kelnian world.
Unique Powers/Abilities: An unmatched alchemist and concoctor of potions (save, perhaps, for Oblixta and Rowan Blaize), Celintha is also proficient in spells of discernment, the control of atmospheric conditions, the summoning of guardian spirits (e.g. the Gnimblegnome) and the crafting of impenetrable illusions.
Classic Quote: “Would that I could travel with you, child, but such a journey cannot happen for one as old as I am.”
Featured In: Book Three (Rowan Blaize and the Starbane Exile)
*If I am ever fortunate enough to see Rowan’s adventures adapted for film or for the stage, this is the actor (or creature) I can most readily visualize playing the character in a given profile.
A sweeping modern fairy-tale is born with the Rowan Blaize series of books …
Book One = The magical cornerstone – a lavishly illustrated epic poem and “spell” to treasure for a lifetime, telling the story of sorcerer Rowan Blaize’s fall from power. (Think Beowulf-meets-Dr.Seuss)
Book Two = The rip-roaring novel that continues the adventures of Rowan Blaize and introduces the three hilarious witches of the Ancient City, along with its dysfunctional werewolves, wraiths, ghosts, vampires, dryads, banshees and a beauty pageant brat that might just destroy the world.
Book Three = The novel that finds Rowan trapped by a spell in another world, caught between a faery-squashing sorceress who’ll stop at nothing to conquer the kingdom … and a feisty teenage prince who’s determined to get it back.