Aturi

aturi by ruth lampiAturi is a main character from Orphaned Gods.
On the way toward the door, Aturi knelt for a quick prayer at his little folding shrine. The tiny carved figure of Raven, who presided over secrets and memory—as well as death—currently stood in the place of honor beside the incense-holder. Aturi lit a new cone of incense and pressed both palms to his heart. “Raven who sees things hidden,” he muttered under his breath, “turn your blind eye favorably to your people. And help me remember my equations, please.”
Written by Jessica Van Oort, and art by Ruth Lampi.

Livalli

LivalliLivalli, a character in Orphaned Gods.
“So are you in trouble?” Livalii asked. “Need me to knock some heads? Because I will.”
“I’m not in trouble.” Tiiro stressed the I, ever so slightly. “It’s just... fate. I saw myself going. So I go. You know how that is.”
“Then where are you going?” Livalii’s hand tightened around her cup.
“It’s not so much where, as with whom.”
Livalii raised her eyebrows and didn’t deign to ask the question aloud.

Art by Ruth Lampi, writing by Jessica Van Oort.

Tiiro

tiiro by ruth lampiTiiro, a character in Orphaned Gods.
“You don’t have to study every waking hour, though,” Tiiro said. “There’s other things in life.”
“What would you know about waking hours?” Aturi said.
Tiiro chuckled. “You got me there.” He reached over and swirled the dregs in Aturi’s cup. “I know, let’s go out to the Diving Swan. You need more of that poison if you’re going to stay up all night again. And I wouldn’t mind a nice relaxing cup of tea.”
“All you’ll do is nap in the cushions,” Aturi complained. “You might as well sleep here.”
“But I like the fresh air. And you can bring your book.” Tiiro lifted the stylus from Aturi’s fingers. “Come on, let’s go.”
Art by Ruth Lampi, writing by Jessica Van Oort.

Madrahar

In the epic fantasy setting of Madrahar, the spirit world and the mortal world intertwine. Reincarnating demigods and schools of magic live side by side. The heroes of a world reborn from ruin must choose to either repent of or repeat the mistakes of the past. Madrahar was created in 2006 or 2007 by Ruth and Jessica, and was originally a setting for a college D&D game. The world has grown since then, and has been used as a setting for four different RPG systems across five gaming campaigns. Jessica's currently working on a series of novels called Orphaned Gods set in the north of the continent after the Downfall, while Ruth has plans for the story Heirs of Elluamore.

Neharu

Neharu, art by Ruth Lampi Neharu, a character in Orphaned Gods.
Neharu tripped and rolled down into a little canyon cut away by a stream, and ended in the water. It wasn’t deep, but he checked to make sure he hadn’t broken the little sacred drum. All was well, so he trotted along the canyon bottom, sometimes jumping from stone to stone to avoid the water. This was spirit territory now, and he was almost to the place he would wait for a sign. A stick suddenly fell down out of the air and he caught it. He heard a distant peal of laughter that was not a people-voice, but no one appeared when he called a greeting.
Neharu continued on, carrying the spirit stick. In a little while he found the place where the stream disappeared under a wide, flat rock. On the rock were many smaller rocks, left by travelers who had visited this place. Neharu added one of his own, drank from the stream, and set his pack beside the pile of stones. He sat down meditation style, and closed his eyes, but then opened them just in time to catch another stick.
“Who is throwing me sticks?” he asked the world.
Laughter filled the air.
Art by Ruth Lampi, text by Jessica Van Oort.