dramliza / dramlizEdit

  • noun, a wizard, witch
  • dramliza, singular
    • Anthora is a powerful dramliza
    • Dramliza, what are you doing up there?
  • dramliz, plural
    • Rool Tiazan inspired many of his fellow dramliz to rebel against their makers, the Sheriekas
    • Where are those four dramliz going?


Crystal Dragon prologue, describes how the Sheriekas / Iloheen created the dramliz from zaleata, natural beings of grace and power. They downloaded them into human-looking forms (somehow, maybe similar to resurrection via cloning ) and forced them to serve the Iloheen, working in pairs, dominant and submissive. Some rebelled, escaping with humanity to a different universe.

Once again only the zaleata were visible. Power and grace. Unimaginable power, for these were zaliata at the height of their considerable abilities, captured, contained, and exploited by the Iloheen—

she came as often as she might to the aetherium, the folded space at the edge of what was, to watch the play and the power of the wild ones, the rebels; those who had contended as equals against the Iloheen —And lost. Of course, they had lost. No one and nothing could stand against the Iloheen. So she had been taught, and so she believed. But knowing that each zaleata contained within the aetherium had striven, flame to ice, against one of the Iloheen — that knowledge excited a brilliant emotion in her...[1]

  • the Aetherium : a folded-space confinement area
  • most dramliz were made from captivity-bred zaleata , but Rool Tiazan was a wild one.
  • Crystal Dragon refers to another type of dramliz, formed in a far different forge. They are human.[2]

Rebel Rool TiazanEdit

  • Rool began life as a wild zaleata, captured by Sheriekas and somehow forced / downloaded into a human shape — the better to deceive humanity. All his zaleata power in a deceptively frail human form, crowned with bright red hair.

There it was — her favorite of the wild dancers: Not so large as some, but densely structured, the pattern of its emanations controlled, it colors deep and cunning, resonating through every spectrum she was able to sense, and surely well beyond. It suited her fancy to style this one Iloheen-bailel — Lord of Chance—in all ways fit to serve the Masters of Unmaking.[3]

  • with his Lady, Rool Tiazan won free of his makers, the Sheriekas / Iloheen, and helped other dramliz to freedom, too.
  • He followed the Lines of Luck to Cantra and helped her lead humanity away from the Lords of Unmaking, into a different universe:

Shan tells Priscilla: "Erob is Korval’s most ancient ally. The family diaries speak of Rool Tiazan and his lifemate, leaders of the dramliz, who chose to evacuate the Old World on the ship piloted by Cantra yos’Phelium. Rool Tiazan had read the luck, you see — and the luck sent him to Cantra yos’Phelium.”

“Rool Tiazan was a full wizard, then,” Priscilla murmured. “He had the Sight.”

“Apparently so, since Quick Passage and her passengers eventually came safe to Liad.”[4]

  • Rool became human and eventually died (but his genes survived, see Breeding with Korval section)

Anthora yos'Galan. . . the most puissant dramliza to manifest since Rool Tiazan’s death, forty years after Cantra yos’Phelium brought her passengers safe to the planet they would name Liad.[5]

Dramliz' Ancient Pledge to KorvalEdit

Pre-migration, a millennium ago

  • At Gimlins, aboard Spiral Dance, rebel dramliz Rool Tiazan and his Grey Lady kneeled to The Tree and begged forgiveness for what they'd done as Sheriekas-made servants. They pledged to be allied to Jela and Cantra yos'Phelium. Cantra suggested to Tree that an ally need only be able to shoot, and willing to aim at the enemy. Tree forgave them and gave each a seedpod to seal the alliance. Rool and his Lady told them to go to Landomist, Osabei Tower, and free Liad dea’Syl and/or his equations[6]

"Captain, the Solcintrans will renounce us, for we embody that which they most fear...The groundlings say we are dangerous, and perversions; they call us sheriekas-spawn and they kill us out of hand...

I have here healers, true-dreamers, seers, finders, hunch-makers, green-thumbs, teachers -- treasures beyond counting for the days beyond. Grant us passage and you may call upon us for any service so long as Jela's tree survives to bind us."[2]

Breeding with KorvalEdit

The dramliz want young Tor An's genes. Farseers predict twins from the match and offer the girl-child to us — to Clan Korval — as settlement. Jela would say that a wizard on board tips the scale to survival — which remains sound reasoning, though we're planet-bound now and in honorable estate, or so the boy will tell me . . .

As it transpires, Tor An met his proposed wife several days ago, through Dramliza Rool Tiazan's good graces, I make no doubt! The boy's smitten, of course, so the marriage is made. Perhaps the girl-child will fail of being dramliz . . .

—Excerpted from Cantra yos'Phelium's Log Book[8]

College of the DramlizEdit

Anthora taught at the College of The Dramliz in Solcintra[9], [10]

Dramliz GiftsEdit

The dramliz are wizards, warlocks, witches...whatever. "Wizardly power is but a matter of degree.”[5]

  • "healers, true-dreamers, seers, finders, hunch-makers, green-thumbs, teachers..."[2]
  • "The dramliz, for lack of a saner way to bend the language, were wizards, infinitely more powerful than Healers. Dramliz talents embraced interactive empathy and took off from there: teleportation, translocation, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, telelocution -- every item on the list of magical abilities attributed to any shaman, witch or wizard worth their salt during any epoch in history."[11]
  • they may have multiple amazing abilities or just a few small gifts
  • their gifts may be obscure, like Theo’s singular ability to recognize piloting skill
  • But they all inherited their gifts from the original dramliz, who were created by the Sheriekas — humanity’s worst nightmare — until some rebelled and helped humanity escape into a bubble universe[6][12]
  • Some free dramliz used their gifts to control, imprison, torture — Simbu, for one example.[13]


  • a’trezla is the Liaden term for Lifemates. It contains the same root “trez” that’s in cha’trez, which means heartsong. (From list of terms in Balance of Trade)
  • "Some few unfortunates discover themselves to be the perfect halves of a wizard’s match...”[14]
  • when one lifemate dies, the other usually follows quickly after. In rare cases, the supposedly dead lifemate lives on within the living half, as first occurred with Rool Tiazan and his Lady[15]
  • Lifemating is a rare Liaden custom (see Liaden Tenets) encompassing the length of the partners' lives — even if one should die. One of the pair must leave his or her clan of origin and join the clan of the lifemate. At that time the adoptive clan pays a "life-price" based on the individual's profession, age, and internal value to the birth clan. [16]
  • Rool Tiazan and his dominant (My Lady) were lifemated:

"The family diaries speak of Rool Tiazan and his lifemate, leaders of the (rebel) dramliz”[17]

“The bridge that connects our brother and our sister, soul to soul and heart to heart.”

“Those who heal by machine dared tamper with this?” Edger demanded, albeit rhetorically. “They are fools, Shan yos’Galan.”

“I’m inclined to agree,” Shan said. . . “They have forgotten what ‘lifemated’ means—what it had meant, in the past.”

“This joining is not . . . usual among the Clans of Men, I know. Is it more usual among your Clan Korval, or among my sister’s human clan of Erob?”

“Erob bred mighty wizards, once,” Shan said, dreamily. “Korval has always been—Korval. Wild cards, pirates, and random elements. The luck moves roughly about us.”[19]

Lifemate PairsEdit

  • Rool Tiazan and his Lady
  • Er Thom and Anne
  • Daav and Aellana
  • Shan and Priscilla / Lute and Moonhawk
  • Val Con and Miri
  • Anthora and Ren Zel
  • Pat Rin and Natesa — but maybe just a choice to bond for life, not a magical mating
  • and more, no doubt


  • A gift of the dramliz, but a healer is not nearly as powerful as a full dramliza
  • a healer isn’t necessarily a dramliza, but could be, as with Anthora, who is both
  • What is their relationship exactly? Unsure
  • see the Healers page

Politics and InstitutionsEdit

  • Dramliz Guild -- formed as a result of the unsuccessful movement to eradicate all dramliz and purge their genes from the Liaden pool, which was opposed by Korval. See excerpt below. [20]
  • College of The Dramliz in Solcintra[9], [21]
  • Clan Erob, with foremost dramliza Rool Tiazan, settled on Lytaxin, rather than Liad, probably because the galactic immigrants from Old Solcintra loathed and feared anything different.
  • Healers are permitted on Irikwae, a Liaden inner-world, but The Dramliz are rigidly rejected. Miandra Maarilex , a twin daughter of Clan Tarnia on Irikwae, melted her ruby holding back a wind twist, but the Delm pretended she’s only a mixed up girl, to conceal her ability. [22]

“Irikwae was colonized by those clans who felt that the dramliz should be . . . should be . . .”

“Eradicated,” Miandra said, and the bitterness was back in her voice. “It was believed that a mutation which allowed one such . . . abilities — that such a mutation endangered the entire gene pool. A purge was called for. The matter went to the Council of Clans, in very Solcintra, and debate raged for days, for who is truly easy in the presence of one who might hear your thoughts, or travel from port to center city in the blink of an eye? Korval Herself led the opposition, so the history texts tell us, and at last prevailed. The existing dramliz were allowed to live, unsterilized. The clans of the dramliz retained their rights of contract marriage, mixing their genes with the larger pool as they saw fit. And a guild was formed, much like the pilots guild, or traders guild, which gave the dramliz protection as a valuable commercial enterprise.”

“The dissenting clans,” Meicha said after a moment, “left the homeworld, and colonized Irikwae. At first, there was a ban on Healers, too. That was eventually lifted, as it became apparent that Healers worked for . . . social stability . . .”[23]

List of DramlizEdit

Original shereikas-made dramliz:

  • The red-headed gambler / "runner with luck" at Faldaiza Port, who helped Jela escape with his tree.[28][2]
  • Rool Tiazan -- reads the ley lines, sees the Luck's golden gleam, does amazing stuff like zap a bunch of people into a moving spaceship...see Clan Erob
  • Rool's Lady, a powerful Healer, and their children[29]
    • Rool’s Lady lived within him after she died, the first known lifemate bond, a dramliza thing. Even only a spirit, she could still heal Cantra...
  • Simbu, Gray Lady’s evil sister: "An eternity of torment passed—and he [Rool] was released. He collapsed....His lady’s sister relaxed into the chaise, her eyes bright and cruel, crimson smoke wreathing her head. “We are in accord,” she said.[30]

More recently

  • Miandra Maarilex — a twin daughter of Clan Tarnia who surreptitiously held back a wind twist, melting her ruby. (12th C, SY 1118)[31]
  • Er Thom and Anne — manifested only in the lifemate bond
  • Daav and Aelliana — lifemate bond. and maybe supernatural scholarship? ability to hide in plain sight? Become a new identity (like an aelantaza)
  • Val Con and Miri — lifemate bond
    • Val Con — dramliz block, hunch-maker, slight telekinesis (see his page)
  • Anthora yos'Galan -- lifelate bond, telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, etc.; teaches at The College of the Dramliz, Solcintra[32]
    • a college, so there must be dramliz

'It was . . . daunting . . . that the masters of the dramliz, despite repeated testings, had failed to measure the limits of Anthora yos’Galan’s abilities. According to one confidential guild report, she was not merely the best of the current depleted population of wizards, but the most puissant dramliza to manifest since Rool Tiazan’s death, forty years after Cantra yos’Phelium brought her passengers safe to the planet they would name Liad.'[5]

  • Ren Zel dea'Judan -- unmeasurable power; can manipulate the ley lines, unmake the universe; lifemate.
  • Shan yos'Galan -- aka Lute, healer+, lifemate
    • Shan telepathically spoke with Val Con on Vandar, zillions of miles away [33]
  • Priscilla -- the goddess Moonhawk, Sintian witch, a lifemate
  • Nova yos'Galan -- "she who remembers" (see Heirloom)
  • Syl Vor — the sight
  • Padi yos'Galan -- powerful healer, a dragon [34]
  • Pat Rin — a gambler, reads the Luck
  • Quin — gambler Luck, like his father (see Roving Gambler)
  • Theo - the luck swirls around her, and she can see piloting ability in others, even before they hatch (fetus Talizea)[35]
  • Tarona Rusk, Healer (possibly a dramliza too?) freed from The Department of the Interior[34]
  • Silain, the Luthia of The Bedel has some abilities, whether like Healers only or also of the dramliz...? Silain killed Mr. Newhouse by touching his lifeline [36]. She “sees” visions — of the school blowing up, for one example[37]
    • and Kezzi is learning healing from The Luthia and Anthora [38]
  • etc. see also list of Healers, but all Healers aren’t necessarily dramliz...


  1. Crystal Dragon prologue
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Crystal Dragon, chapter 32
  3. Crystal Dragon prologue
  4. Plan B, ch 5, Dutiful Passage, in Orbit
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 I Day Day 50
  6. 6.0 6.1 Crystal Soldier, chapter 31
  7. Plan B, ch 5
  8. Local Custom, chapter 25
  9. 9.0 9.1 I Dare, ch 55
  10. I Dare, Day 54 / ch 51 audible
  11. Local Custom, chapter 14
  12. Crystal Dragon prologue
  13. Crystal Dragon chapter 22
  14. Balance of Trade, DAY 107 Standard Year 1118, Elthoria
  15. Crystal Dragon
  16. Mouse and Dragon, ch 3
  17. Plan B, ch 5, Dutiful Passage, in Orbit
  18. Local Custom, chapter 39
  19. I Dare. Lytaxin, Erob’s Catastrophe Center
  20. Balance of Trade Day 165, SY 1118, Irikwae
  21. I Dare, Day 54 / ch 51 audible
  22. Balance of Trade Day 165, SY 1118, Irikwae
  23. Balance of Trade Day 165, SY 1118, Irikwae
  24. Alliance of Equals
  25. Alliance of Equals
  26. Alliance of Equals
  27. I Dare
  28. Crystal Dragon, chapter 10
  29. Crystal Soldier
  30. Crystal Dragon chapter 22
  31. Balance of Trade Day 165, SY 1118, Irikwae
  32. I Dare, Day 54 / ch 51 audible
  33. Carpe Diem, Vandar, Winterfair
  34. 34.0 34.1 Alliance of Equals, chapter 35
  35. Ghost Ship
  36. Dragon in Exile, chapter 36
  37. Necessity’s Child
  38. Neogenesis, Surebleak I