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# 19 - Roc And A Hard Place [RAAHP]

The 19th novel in this lighthearted series, popular for its puns and its innocent naughtiness, is again set in the fantasy land of Xanth (Demons Don't Dream ). Here, Anthony tells the story of the Demoness Metria and her other selves, the crazy D. Mentia and the waif Woe Betide, as they carry on a mission for the Good Magician Humfrey: Metria and company must assemble a court and jury to try Roxanne Roc, under unspecified charges from another magical Xanth bird, the Simurgh. On this loose structure are hung many outlandish characters, adventures, jokes and plays on words-such as the quarter horse that splits into four one-legged creatures, or the twins Ordinate and Abscissa, who can travel "by geometry." The mentions of Xanth's enforced "Adult Conspiracy to keep Interesting Things from Children," the youth of some of the characters and the euphemistic presentation of sex may appeal to younger readers.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Mentia Demoness Hades Metria`S alter-ego, a little crazy. Has alter-eros Metria, Woe Betide, 01
Metria Demoness Hades Lover of Gromden; wife of Veleno; mother of Threnody, Ted, and Chaos; troublemaker who has a problem with vocabulary; has alter egos Mentia and Woe betide 01
Roxanne Roc Xanth A female roc, ordered by the Simurgh to babysit a magic egg at Nameless Castle. In 600 years it hatches Sim, the Simurgh`s chick. 02
Woe Betide Demoness Hades Metria`S alter ego, a sweet, winsome waif. Has alter-egos Mentia, Metria 01
Dolph Human Xanth Shape Changing Son of Irene and Dor; brother of Ivy, younger; husband of Electra; can change his own form instantly, which is helpful in his many adventures, some incognito. He was once betrothed to Nada Naga and Electra at the same time. 06
Dug Human Mundania Husband of Kim (DDD); father of Knut; skeptical but spunky young Mundane man who enters Xanth by way of his computer, to compete in the adventure game. Escorts Nimby and Chlorine in Mundania. 05
Kim [DDD] Human Mundania Erasure Wife of Dug, mother of Knut; intrepid and likable Mundane girl competing with Dug in the Xanth adventure game; secured her place in the game by winning a talent contest. Escorts Nimby and Chlorine in Mundania. 05
Jenny Elf Elf Two Moons Singing visions Wife of Jeremy; mother of Jerry and Jone; an elf from the World of Two Moons, inadvertently visiting Xanth. Unlike Xanth`s elves, she has very pointed ears, four fingers, and is quite tall for an elf. Her talent allows her to sing visions into existence for sharing. 05
Arnolde Centaur Xanth Magic aisle Generates an aisle of magic wherever he goes and generates a Mundane aisle in Xanth by using reverse wood. Known as the Archivist. 05
Ichabod Human Mundania A Mundane archivist, and researcher of Xanth. He is considered to be the best historian of Mundane Alabama. 07
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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