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# 6 - Night Mare [NM]

The Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth from the north, ravaging and destroying as they advanced. But Mare Imbrium had her own problems. Ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Now the Night Stallion dismissed her, exiling her to the day world with a message for King Trent: "Beware the Horseman!"

She had no idea of what that meant. But that was the way with prophetic warnings--nobody could understand them until it was too late.

Then she met the Horseman. And she discovered that one who would ride a night mare was a master of bit and spur, and not a man to surrender her,

For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare!

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Chameleon Human Xanth phasic changes in intelligence and beauty Wife of Bink; mother of Dor, Auspice, and Anima; she changes with the month, going through three distinct phases. Fanchon is brilliant but also bad-tempered and very ugly. Wynne is very beautiful and good-natured but also stupid. Dee possesses average looks and intelligence. At age 76, youthened to 16. 01
Grundy Golem Xanth Conversing with all living creatures Husband of Rapunzel; father of Surprise; small man-figure fashioned from wood, clay, rags, and other bits of refuse who later comes to life; affectionately tolerated, despite being a remarkable insulter. 03
Mare Imbrium Day Mare Gourd Wife of Forrest; mother of Palus Putredinis by the Day Stallion; started out as a Night Mare and delivered bad dreams to sleepers until she became a Day Mare when she got half a soul; appears as a solid black horse in daylight and as a young woman wearing black in dreams but is dematerialized in darkness; also known as Imbri. 01
Horseman Werehorse Xanth Short circuit Evil offspring of a stallion and a woman, he appears as either a white stallion or a handsome man wearing a brass circlet, called the "short circuit", which hooks its victims directly into the hypnogourd, trapping them there. Poses as the Day Horse, his own steed. 02
Ichabod Human Mundania A Mundane archivist, and researcher of Xanth. He is considered to be the best historian of Mundane Alabama. 04
Day Horse Horse Xanth See Horseman 02
 
KEY - Xanth Titles; so far, by the numbers: (Click on any Title for more info on that book)
1 A Spell For Chameleon [ASFC]  2 The Source Of Magic [TSOM]  3 Castle Roogna [CaR]  4 Centaur Aisle [CA] 
5 Ogre, Ogre [OO]  6 Night Mare [NM]  7 Dragon on a Pedestal [DOAP]  8 Crewel Lye [CL] 
9 Golem In The Gears [GITG]  10 Vale Of The Vole [VOTV]  11 Heaven Cent [HC]  12 Man From Mundania [MFM] 
13 Isle Of View [IOV]  14 Question Quest [QQ]  15 The Color Of Her Panties [TCOHP]  16 Demons Don't Dream [DDD] 
17 Harpy Thyme [HT]  18 Geis of the Gargoyle [GOTG]  19 Roc And A Hard Place [RAAHP]  20 Yon Ill Wind [YIW] 
21 Faun & Games [FAG]  22 Zombie Lover [ZL]  23 Xone Of Contention [XOC]  24 The Dastard [TD] 
25 Swell Foop [SF]  26 Up In a Heaval [UIAH]  27 Cube Route [CuR]  28 Currant Events [CE] 
29 Pet Peeve [PP]  30 Stork Naked [SN]  31 Air Apparent [AA]  32 Two to the Fifth [TTTF] 
33 Jumper Cable [JC]  34 Knot Gneiss [KG]  35 Well-Tempered Clavicle [WTC]  36 Luck of the Draw [LOTD] 
37 Esrever Doom [ED]  38 Board Stiff [BS]  39 Five Portraits [FP]  40 Isis Orb [IO] 
41 Ghost Writer in the Sky [GWITS]  42 Fire Sail (To Come) [FS]  43 Jest Right (To Come) [JR]   
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Doug Harter maintains the Xanth Character Database, updating it as new books in the Xanth series are released. Thanks to Piers Anthony, for letting me see some of his Character Notes, to Peg Rombach-Riggs who did the work creating the original table, Seajay who supplied the numbers, Dawn M. Burge for suggesting and helping Origin to be accomplished, and FNProgramvare's BookCat, which I use to store the Xanth Character info.
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