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# 31 - Air Apparent [AA]

When the Good Magician Humfrey’s son Hugo suddenly vanishes, his disappearance sets in motion a series of madcap misadventures that send a collection of colorful characters on a perilous pair of parallel quests. Among them are Debra, a pretty young girl beset by an obnoxious curse; Hugo’s beloved wife Wira, whose sightlessness is balanced by a talent for sensitivity, Happy and Fray, a pair of sprightly storm-spirits; Nimbus, the Demon Xanth’s own son; and the mysterious outlaw known as the Random Factor.

As they travel through some of the magical realm’s most astonishing locales, these unwitting adventurers discover they are key players in a grand drama whose origins reach back to the origins of time itself.

Filled with exhilaration and excitement, ribaldry and romance, Air Apparent is a fabulous new fantasy saga from the lively imagination of master storyteller Piers Anthony..

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Fray Cloud Xanth Daughter of Happy Bottom and Fracto 03
Nimbus Crossbreed Xanth mixing metaphors - and making them happen Son of Chlorine and Nimby; has a faint nimbus, or glow, around him which his mother can`t see. Ilene called him Glow when she didn`t know who he was. 06
Random Factor Human Xanth Boyfriend of Debra; figure in Castle Maidragon who does something random to intruders each time they open his chamber door. 04
Sim Bird Xanth Son of the Simurgh; husand of Ilene; will inherit the universe in due course 07
Wira Human Xanth Sensitivity Wife of Hugo; mother of Liz. A blind woman whose body was asleep on the Isle of Illusion. She met Hugo in the dream realm. She lost twenty years of her life; but with Gorgon`s help, she was youthened to her conscious age. Brown hair, pink eyes. Later, by participating in a Quest, she was granted her sight. 01
Hugo Human Xanth Conjuring rotten fruit Son of Gorgon and Humfrey; husband of Wira; seems unimpressive at first, but with the help of Ivy`s enhancing skills, comes into his own magically and intellectually. Found out that he had a seed from a mediocri-tree in his ear. When he got rid of it, all his fruit was good. 01
Happy Bottom Hurricane Xanth Blowing things away Wife of Fracto; Tropical Storm Gladys made magic 03
Debra Human Mundania Girlfriend of Random Factor; created by the Factory as a 13 year old girl with a curse, men want to de-bra her when her name is said; made real and aged to 18 by Nimby. Falls in love with Random Factor., 02
Glow Crossbreed Xanth See Nimbus 06
Ilene [AA] Human Xanth makes illusions real Daughter of Iris and Trent 06
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 [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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