Character Profile (updated): Prince Noss Jua-mata

Consort to Princess Arjana and father of her sacred cubs, Prince of the Four Winds and of the Jua-mata; Noss holds many titles, including the dubious honour of 'Chakaa'. Uniquely he is both an infallible hyena prince and a 'mad' Chakaa - an impossible square to circle. However, as both a Chakaa and Prince of... Continue Reading →

Though hyena culture appears a dense web to outsiders, in general males are deferential to females and must ultimately obey their wishes. This rule applies across the tribes, from the lowliest commoner up to the royal family. There are no kings in hyena society, only sacred queens. The highest rank a male can hope for,... Continue Reading →

Photo of the Jua-mata tribe's royal family, the latest in a long and illustrious bloodline. The princess, seated furthest from the camera, is superior to her prince consort, who kneels in the foreground dressed and painted as a traditional Jua-mata warrior. Artwork and novel copyright © Adam Browne.

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