A series of murders took place in Summersea, Emelan in 1039 KF. The perpetrators were Nurhar Dihanur, and his wife Alzena. They were assisted by a young unmage, whom they threatened and bribed with dragonsalt to get him to cooperate, thus he was not a willing accomplice.
|Place of occurrence||Summersea, capital of Emelan|
|Date of completion|
|Length of event|
|Perpetrator(s)||Alzena and Nurhar Dihanur, the Unmage (press-ganged, forced)|
Sandrilene fa Toren (unofficial, aided)
|Victims||Members of the Rokat family|
|Motive||Blood feud, revenge|
|Captured by||The magic of Sandrilene fa Toren and Pasco Acalon|
|Sentence||Already dead before sentencing|
|Circle Universe event|
|Event in||Magic Steps|
House Dihanur and House Rokat were in a bitter blood feud. The Dihanurs sent assassins to kill every Rokat that existed, regardless of age and gender. The revenge was in retaliation after one of the Rokats killed Palaq Dihanur, the patriarch of their clan, severed his head and displayed it in a public place. The Dihanurs' goal was to force the Rokat family into extinction
The Dihanurs had already killed a slew of Rokats in countries like Janaal and Bihan, countries which are less likely to get involved in such business. They used unmagic, which made them invisible and undetectable. The magic could also be used to get rid of, literally destroying, warding spells and the like. Thus they were able to sneak in to heavily guarded and protected areas in order to murder. When quite a few Rokats were offered protection in the Keep of Duke's Citadel, one of the most magically protected areas in Summersea, they were able to infiltrate it, and were barely stopped.
The assassins killed men, women (regardless of whether they were born Rokats), and children. They killed wives in case they were pregnant with more Rokats.
Capture and death
The Dihanur perpetrators and the unmage were captured using an unmagic net woven by Sandrilene fa Toren, an ambient thread mage who had the rare power to weave magic. The Dihanur murderers and the unmage were magically called to the net due to a complicated dance performed by Pasco—the same he used to call the fish into his friend's nets. It was originally the plan to catch them and put them to trial, but Alzena grabbed Pasco Acalon and threatened to kill him if Sandry did not release them. Thus, Sandry was forced to kill them using the unmagic net in order to rescue Pasco.
Notes and references
- Magic Steps, Chapter 6 (pp. 231-232; Random House ebook)
- Magic Steps, Chapter 6 (pg. 229; Random House ebook)
- Serial murders in Chammur, 1 of 2 major problems in Street Magic.
- Gang warfare in Chammur, 1 of 2 major problems in Street Magic.
- Arson attacks of 1039, major problem in Cold Fire.
- Serial murders in Tharios, major problem in Shatterglass.
Magic Steps Set in Summersea, the capital of Emelan; 1039 KF. The protagonists must find the perpetrators of gruesome serial killings. Nobles Winding Circle Law enforcement House Rokat House Dihanur & associates Residents of Summersea Magic Places other The Circle Opens novels: Street Magic • Cold Fire • Shatterglass