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# 10 - Vale Of The Vole [VOTV]

Young Esk, the ogre-nymph-human, together with his new-found companions, a beautiful winged centaur and a mole named Volney, search Xanth to gather a company of creatures to defend the Vale of the Vole.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Eskil Crossbreed Xanth change one’s intentions by saying “no” Son of Tandy and Smash; also known as Esk; changes a creature`s intentions toward him without the creature really understanding why with his talent. 01
Ivy Human Xanth Enhancement King of Human Xanth (21), third female king; daughter of Irene and Dor; twin sister of Ida, and Dolph; wife of Grey; Her talent causes the qualities she perceives to intensify. She is also unique in having befriended the Gap Dragon, whom she calls Stanley Steamer. 05
Chem Centaur Xanth Projecting maps Daughter of Cherie and Chester; mother of Chex by Xap; manifests a map in thin air of anything she has seen. 02
Chex Alicentaur Xanth Lightening objects Daughter of Chem and Xap; wife of Cheiron; when she flicks things with her tail, they become lighter. Since her wings aren`t strong, she uses her talent on herself to fly. 02
Volney Vole Xanth Mate of Wilda; grey fur and brown eyes above ground, but the colors reverse below ground; silver talons that fit over his own with which he can tunnel amazingly fast. 03
Latia Curse Fiend Xanth curses but one in three is a blessing An old curse fiend woman, whose every third curse is actually a blessing. She is ugly, and skilled enough with stage makeup to create a face that will curdle water. She is a companion of Volney. 07
Marrow Bones Skeleton Gourd Reassembling bones Husband of Grace’l Ossein; father of Picka Bone and Joy’nt; used to frighten sleepers in bad dreams, but got lost on a path in the gourd; chosen by Dolph as his Adult Companion on his Quest. 09
Bria Brassie Gourd Daughter of Blythe and Brawnye, she has an accommodation spell which enables her to marry Esk Ogre. 09
KEY - Xanth Titles; so far, by the numbers: (Click on any Title for more info on that book)
1 A Spell For Chameleon [ASFC]  2 The Source Of Magic [TSOM]  3 Castle Roogna [CaR]  4 Centaur Aisle [CA] 
5 Ogre, Ogre [OO]  6 Night Mare [NM]  7 Dragon on a Pedestal [DOAP]  8 Crewel Lye [CL] 
9 Golem In The Gears [GITG]  10 Vale Of The Vole [VOTV]  11 Heaven Cent [HC]  12 Man From Mundania [MFM] 
13 Isle Of View [IOV]  14 Question Quest [QQ]  15 The Color Of Her Panties [TCOHP]  16 Demons Don't Dream [DDD] 
17 Harpy Thyme [HT]  18 Geis of the Gargoyle [GOTG]  19 Roc And A Hard Place [RAAHP]  20 Yon Ill Wind [YIW] 
21 Faun & Games [FAG]  22 Zombie Lover [ZL]  23 Xone Of Contention [XOC]  24 The Dastard [TD] 
25 Swell Foop [SF]  26 Up In a Heaval [UIAH]  27 Cube Route [CuR]  28 Currant Events [CE] 
29 Pet Peeve [PP]  30 Stork Naked [SN]  31 Air Apparent [AA]  32 Two to the Fifth [TTTF] 
33 Jumper Cable [JC]  34 Knot Gneiss [KG]  35 Well-Tempered Clavicle [WTC]  36 Luck of the Draw [LOTD] 
37 Esrever Doom [ED]  38 Board Stiff [BS]  39 Five Portraits [FP]  40 Isis Orb [IO] 
41 Ghost Writer in the Sky [GWITS]  42 Fire Sail [FS]  43 Jest Right [JR]  44 Skeleton Key [SK] 
45 A Tryst of Fate [TOF]  46 Six Crystal Princesses [SCP]  47 Apoca Lips (The Xanth Novels) [AL]   
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Doug Harter maintains the Xanth Character Database, updating it as new books in the Xanth series are released. Thanks to Piers Anthony, for letting me see some of his Character Notes, to Peg Rombach-Riggs who did the work creating the original table, Seajay who supplied the numbers, Dawn M. Burge for suggesting and helping Origin to be accomplished, and FNProgramvare's BookCat, which I use to store the Xanth Character info.
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