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# 20 - Yon Ill Wind [YIW]

A Mundane (human) family is blown to Xanth by a tropical storm that threatens the land's existence. To save Xanth and to win a cosmic wager, the Demon X(AN) must become Nimby, a mortal, ass-headed pink-and-green-striped dragon and wring an unlikely tear from the hard-hearted maiden Chlorine. Anthony relates each episode of this frothy adventure through a different character's eyes in order to reinforce a gentle lesson about gifts and responsibilities. Xanth, where everything is very literal and each being has its own one talent, can continue only if everyone from mightiest to humblest works together. This engaging excursion puts them all to charming use. Once again, Anthony's unflagging sparkle, verve and wordplay spin everyday trials of Mundane life into storytelling gold.

Major Characters

Character Name Species Origin Talent Notes First Chapter Mentioned
Chlorine Human Xanth Poisoning water Wife of Nimby; mother of Nimbus; greenish-yellow hair and complexion; once plain, stupid, and mean spirited with shrewish mother and brutish father. Changed by NIMBY to be beautiful, smart, healthy, and nice. 01
David Baldwin Human Mundania Son of Mary Baldwin by her first husband, age 12, brown eyes turned green by sight of Chlorine`s panties, blond hair. Aligned with Demon Earth, so he could associate with Jaylin who is aligned with Demon Fornax. 02
Jim Baldwin Human Mundania Husband of Mary Baldwin; Physics Professor at U Of Miami, age 39, black hair 02
Karen Baldwin Human Mundania Daughter of Mary and Jim Baldwin, age 7, hair red, eyes blue 02
Mary Baldwin Human Mundania Wife of Jim Baldwin, age 37, researches archaic languages at U of Miami, blonde 02
Midrange Cat Mundania awareness of coming problems Mate of Erin Kitty Litter; pet of David Baldwin; blond fur; migrated to Xanth when he got old. 02
Nimby Dragon Ass Xanth makes himself and companion anything the other desires Not In My Back Yard Demon Xanth in disguise: donkey headed dragon 01
Sean Baldwin Human Mundania Flight without wings Son of Jim Baldwin by his first wife, age 17, hair dark almost black, loves Willow Elf, granted magic talent by Nimby. 02
Willow Elf Xanth Flying Wife of Sean Baldwin; 18; winged elf associating with a winged elm tree, large for an elf because the tree is large, so almost human sized; pretty, fair hair to waist, large green eyes, tiny hands and feet; goes to Mundania for a while. 12
Woofer Dog Mundania sniffing out any living thing Mate of Rachel; pet of Sean Baldwin; large mongrel; dark fur; migrated to Xanth when got old 02
Tweeter Bird Mundania Parakeet, Karen Baldwin`s pet, brownish feathers. Migrated to Xanth when got old. 02
Happy Bottom Hurricane Xanth Blowing things away Wife of Fracto; Tropical Storm Gladys made magic 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 (Apr/17) [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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