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Mimander (pronounced mih-MAN-dur) is the term in Tradertalk referring to a Trader mage, who travels with the caravans and ships. Mimanders dress in yellow garments, including yellow face-veils and gloves,[1] which can lead to difficulty in discerning the gender of a mimander. There is always a mimander on the Trader Council[2].

Training

Ongoing mimanders study for many years. The length of study varies from ten years to a whole lifetime. Mimanders only specialise in one area of expertise, usually controlling some force of nature. Their training is so harsh that only one in ten apprentices lives to be a journeyman.[3]

Abilities

Mimanders are vital for the caravans as they can, to some degree, control certain parts of the weather. They can, for example, catch the wind in their nets for later use or "call to the wind as if they were friends who could be invited to stay"[4].

The Trader mages also tie winds up in cords and sell them for high prices. Normally green cord is used for northbound winds, yellow for eastbound winds, blue for westbound winds and red for southbound winds. Combinations of directions are also possible like a green cord with yellow strands in it, which stands for a northeast wind.[5]

The mimanders pray and perform purification rituals such as qunsuaunen,[6] so one can talk to a trangshi, or upon a trangshi to remove their bad luck and give them a new life.[2]

Mimander are capable of creating bijili to store magic powers.[7]

Notes and references

  1. Daja's Book, Cp. 2 (p. 29/30; Scholastic paperback)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sandry's Book, Cp. 2 (p. 26/27; Scholastic paperback)
  3. Sandry's Book, Cp. 7 (p. 132; Scholastic paperback)
  4. Sandry's Book, Cp. 1 (p. 2/3, Scholastic trade paperback)
  5. Sandry's Book, Cp. 2 (p. 32; Scholastic paperback)
  6. Daja's Book, Cp. 4 (p. 49; Scholastic ebook)
  7. Tris's Book, Cp. 9 (p. 106; Scholastic ebook)

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