Characters

Shanti - (Human) A sophomore in high school and the only daughter of Indian immigrants, Shanti works hard both in and out of school, even if what she wants to pursue isn’t what her parents want. Stubborn, skeptical and dedicated, she feels like she has little time to stop and rest, except for the occasional talk with her online friend, Rachel. All that changes when her plane crashes, and she is rescued by Phoebus. She then has no choice but to be taken to a mysterious place called the Skybox.

Phoebus - (Gryphside) Phoebus catches Shanti when he happens to be flying close by her plane as it crashes. While sometimes he complains about the extra burden, it is clear that he is both kind and devoted, as he goes to great lengths to defend Shanti. However, he’s got some secrets of his own...even though he’s bad at keeping them.

Argus and Adonis - (Pegaside) - These two cousins belong to a large Pegaside family, and grew up together since they were young. Both are brash and prone to taking charge of a group whether asked to or not, and both can carry a grudge. Adonis is the physically stronger one, while Argus is more clever.

Ziva - (Nixside) Ziva associates herself with Drakeside more than most of her kind would dare to, but she has her reasons, all of them having to do with ambition and survival. She prefers not to get her claws dirty, and would rather engage in a fight of words...although she’s not very good at winning those, either.

Pallas - Pallas - (Gryphside) Phoebus’s lifetime mate, Pallas is very strong-willed and often assertive. She’ll defend those she cares about to the death, but cross her and you’ll regret it, even if she does care about you.

Antiope - (Pegaside) - A matriarch Pegaside in the same family Argus and Adonis belong to. She is a bit friendlier and more understanding than some of the younger, hotheaded males in the family. However, she’s also sometimes a bit anxious about things.

Hiba and Honza - (Zalside) These two “lucky twins” are never separate, and frequently finish the others’ sentences. They are friendly towards most everyone they meet, and are particularly curious about the surface world, since they want to go down and have fun without fear of not surviving the trip.

Taranis - (Drakeside) Like most Drakeside, Taranis is ambitious, but not in the more common ways. She is immensely jealous of Terminus, the de facto leader of the Skybox, and will do anything to ursurp him. Whether she would stop there is another matter altogether.

Tiamat - (Drakeside) Taranis’s right-hand Drakeside, a bit unusual for his kind since he’d rather have someone else boss him around than try to build his own harem the way most Drakeside do. Part of that may stem from his short size and accompanying inferiority complex.

Cracked Mask - (Spaceside) While the Spaceside don’t have much regard for distinct individuals within their clan, Cracked Mask can’t help but stand out from the crowd, and is often the one to attempt to communicate with Shanti or help her. How Cracked Mask got the crack in their mask is a mystery.

Rachel - Shanti’s online friend, although they have never met in person. Rachel will listen through all of Shanti’s woes, but is a bit reluctant to share her own.